Alvaro Bautista opens the final race weekend in perfect style as he takes two victories from two races
After Bautista won the opening race of the weekend yesterday the 2023 WorldSBK title had been decided. However, there are some old scores to settle with this being the final race day for Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea at Yamaha and Kawasaki.
Bautista lined up on pole once again with Dominique Aegerter in second with Alex Lowes in third. Rea started in fourth place and Razgatlioglu down in seventh.
It was the Swiss rider Aegerter who grabbed the holeshot and Lowes swooped into second place in front of Bautista. Lowes was not hanging around as he grabbed the lead off of the satellite Yamaha, as Bautista followed him through and took second.
Razgatlioglu got a great start up to fourth and then got into the podium positions as he passed Aegerter for third. But all of a sudden the Turkish rider grabbed the lead of the race ahead of Bautista. The action did not stop as Bautista, Rea and Razgatlioglu all kept battling for the lead. But then a red flag was thrown after Aegerter broke down.
When the race restarted it was once again Bautista from Aegerter from Lowes on the front row for the second time today. As the lights went out for the second time for the Superpole Race it was Aegerter from Bautista from Lowes into turn one.
Lowes and Rea both pounced into turn four and took Bautista relegating the World Champion to fourth. The lead Kawasaki rider for 2024, Lowes was not going to settle for second and claimed the lead back before Aegerter muscled his way back to the front.
Bautista blasted his way to the lead as he passed Aegerter on the second lap. Lowes took second place back as he passed the Swiss rider demoting him to third. Despite fighting at the front Lowes collided with Razgatlioglu and went down into turn one.
For laps to go and Razgatlioglu and Rea had started to scrap for third place as the Turkish and Northern Irishman were passing each other at every occasion. Disaster then struck for three riders as Axel Bassani and Garrett Gerloff went down in the same incident and Scott Redding pulled off of the track.
Bautista took the chequered for the second time this weekend as the two time World Superbike Champion claimed his second victory of the weekend.
Aegerter crossed the line in second to claim his first ever podium in WorldSBK in the final weekend of his rookie season in WorldSBK. Then rounding out the podium was the six time WorldSBK Champion, Jonathan Rea.