Bautista Scores Ninth Straight WorldSBK Win at Home Race
This past weekend’s WorldSBK race at the Motocard Aragon Round provided action and entertainment from lap one, with hard passes and an exciting battle taking place. Alvaro Bautista shattered more records by taking his ninth consecutive race win to equal 2003 WorldSBK champion Neil Hodgson in winning the opening nine races of the season, as well as giving Ducati their 350th WorldSBK win.
In Race 2, a move made by Bautista’s Ducati teammate Chaz Davies at Turn 7 on lap two to get ahead of Rea and pushed the reigning four-time champion back into the jaws of the chasing pack. An action-packed second lap saw passes galore, with Tom Sykes making an error at Turn 12 and seeing Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Jordi Torres pass through – Torres now sixth from eighth on the grid, one of the strongest showings in WorldSBK by the Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki.
The penultimate lap beckoned, and it was Rea and Davies who renewed their rivalry. Rea put his trademark passing move on Davies at Turn 4, slicing under the Welshman, only for the 2011 WorldSSP champion to fight back at Turn 5. Leon Haslam, after initially being dropped by half-a-second, was now right back in the battle for the podium; something he hadn’t stood on since Race 2 at Phillip Island.
On the final lap, a mistake by Davies at Turn 1 allowed Rea to come straight through and put in the lap of his life to put distance into Davies. Haslam wasn’t able to capitalise on the mistake by Davies and whilst Davies was coming back towards Rea into the final corner, there was nothing he could do to get ahead.
Bautista took the win, ahead of Rea by another huge margin; the ninth time that those two have finished in that order in 2019. Davies completed the podium for the second time at the Motocard Aragon Round, whilst Haslam and Lowes completed the top five.
For full results, go to www.WorldSBK.com.
Bautista will take his unblemished WorldSBK record to the Netherlands this weekend for the MOTUL Dutch Round. World SBK returns to WeatehrTech Raceway Laguna Seca on July 12-14 for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round with MotoAmerica. Tickets and information are available here or by calling 831-242-8200.