WorldSBK: Alvaro Bautista Sprints to victory on Sunday morning at Portimao

Published on October 1, 2023
By Luke Newman

Alvaro Bautista goes two for two at Portimao as he wins the Superpole Race.

After destroying the field in yesterdays opening race Alvaro Bautista claimed victory once again at Portimao after battling hard with Toprak Razgatlioglu until the chequered flag.

Jonathan Rea started from pole once again, just like yesterda. Alongside the six-time World Champion was his team-mate, Alex Lowes, and former WorldSSP Champion, Andrea Locatelli. The last two WorldSBK Champions of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Alvaro Bautista started from fourth and fifth.

The lights went out for the second time this weekend and it was Razgatlioglu who grabbed an early lead from the moment that the lights went out. Closely behind the Turkish rider was Locatelli and Rea, with Bautista down to sixth.

Rea and Lowes went down on the opening lap at turn five. Both Kawasaki riders went down in the same incident as the British riders got over-ambitious. The top three was now Razgatlioglu, Locatelli and Bautista had now moved up to third.

With two of the podium favoruites out of the race the under-dogs now had a chance to prove themselves. Iker Lecuona, Remy Gardner and Michael van der Mark made their way into the top seven.

With six laps to go there was the first change in the front three since the opening lap. Bautista made his way past Locatelli and got into second place. With a 1.2 second gap to Razgatlioglu with six laps to go the Spaniard began putting the pressure on the Turkish rider.

With three laps to go the 1.2 second gap had dramatically shrunk to 0.046 seconds across the line. Bautista did briefly take the lead into turn one, but Razgatlioglu snapped straight back.

Two laps to go and the game of cat and mouse continued, Razgatlioglu still led the way from Bautista. Both Champions were pushing to their maximum throughout the whole lap.

The move finally arrived on late the last lap, Bautista used the maximum of his Ducati to blast his way pass Razgatlioglu on the run to the line. The little Spaniard stamped his authority over the Turkish rider once again.

Alvaro Bautista took the race win once again and extended his WorldSBK Championship lead to 55 points over Razgatlioglu.

Razgatlioglu took a second place, after being mugged on the run to the line and his team-mate Locatelli was back on the podium as he finished third.


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