WorldSBK: Alvaro Bautista wins his second WorldSBK title at home
After a dominant season Alvaro Bautista claimed his second World Superbike title in the opening race of the weekend at Jerez.
After a hectic qualifying session it was the WorldSBK Championship leader Alvaro Bautista who claimed pole position. Joining the reigning Champion on the front row was Dominique Aegerter and Alex Lowes.
All Bautista needed to do in the first race of the weekend was to score two points to win his second WorldSBK title in a row.
As the lights went out it was Bautista who grabbed the holeshot on his Ducati and was in the perfect position to secure his title. Following the Spaniard close behind was the Kawasaki duo of Lowes and Jonathan Rea. Toprak Razgatlioglu had made his way from seventh to sixth.
In an ambitious move Razgatlioglu made his way forward as he passed Remy Gardner and Aegerter in one corner and made his way into fourth. At the start of lap two Razgatlioglu made his way forward once more as he passed Lowes to claim third place.
The fight was on between first and second in the Championship as Razgatlioglu passed Rea and found himself in second, just behind Bautista. The Spanish and Turkish rider began to pull away from the Kawasaki duo to extend their lead.
Despite having good qualifying positions Aegerter and Scott Redding had awful starts and on the fifth lap found themselves down in 17th and 19th place, as Gardner crashed out of the race. The British rider eventually retired with a technical issue.
On the ninth lap of the race the battle at the front began to die down, but the battle for sixth began to heat up. Philipp Oettl, Danilo Petrucci, Axel Bassani and Michael Ruben Rinaldi were fighting it out for sixth.
With nine laps to go Bautista had checked out, the little Spaniard had broken the Turkish rider and was running away with the race and the title.
With seven laps to go the Independent title began to heat up as Axel Bassani was forced off by Rinaldi giving Petrucci a chance to fight for the Independent Championship in his rookie year.
Despite it being his last weekend on a Kawasaki Rea was off of the podium in the opening race of the weekend with five laps to go as he was in fourth behind Andrea Locatelli in third.
The title looked set and done with three laps to go as Bautista had a 4.1 second lead over Razgatlioglu. The Yamaha duo still found themselves in second and third, with Rea in fourth.
Bautista took the chequered flag to claim his 25th race win of the season, but also his second World Superbike title!
Razgatlioglu started his final weekend with Yamaha with a positive as he finished second and Locatelli rounded out the podium in third.