Bautista bellissimo in treacherous WorldSBK Race One at P.I.

2023 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship

Spherical One – Phillip Island

World Superbike Race One

The opening 22-lap race of the 2023 FIM Superbike World Championship acquired underway at 1615 on Saturday afternoon at Phillip Island.

Alvaro Bautista on the grid – Picture RbMotoLens

The late begin as a consequence of some delays in what had been a loopy World Supersport race simply previous to the 1000 cc machines taking to the observe.

Jonathan Rea on the grid – Picture RbMotoLens

Forward of the sighting lap a very good downpour had soaked the Phillip Island circuit and at that stage of proceedings it regarded as if the one viable tyre alternative can be full wets.

The sector all acquired away cleanly and it was a wiggling Bautista that led the sector by way of flip one for the primary time forward of Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu, our common triumvirate of entrance runners in current seasons.

Alex Lowes was having fun with the moist circumstances to be instantly hassling Razgatlioglu for third place.

Jonathan Rea slotted into the lead at flip ten late on lap one to steer the sector throughout the stripe for the primary time and he maintained that lead all the best way down the chute and round Southern Loop.

Jonathan Rea leads Alvaro Bautista

Additional again Lowes had acquired the higher of Razgatlioglu to maneuver as much as third place. Andrea Locatelli was fifth, Dominique Aegerter sixth, Alex Bassani seventh and Remy Gardner eighth.  Michael van der Mark was ninth however then went down at flip eight which promoted Oettl into that place and Petrucci in to tenth.

Jonathan Rea began to stretch away from Bautista over the following few laps. A tenth right here and there to provide himself just a little respiration house. Additional again Razgatlioglu had come again at Alex Lowes to push himself again as much as third place. Andrea Locatelli was fifth, Bassani sixth. Tom Sykes retired with a technical downside in lap 5.

Bautista leads Rea and Razgatlioglu – Picture RbMotoLens

Iker Lecuona had steadily labored his manner ahead and was as much as seventh place forward of Aegerter by lap six. Danilo Petrucci then pushed Aegerter additional again to eighth on the following lap.

Scott Redding was additionally shifting up the order, passing Gardner, Vierge after which Aegerter to maneuver as much as ninth place on lap eigth.

Up entrance Bautista had began to reel in Jonathan Rea. By lap 9 the Spaniard was proper on his tail however then had just a few little moments which noticed him retreat as soon as once more and bide his time.

Toprak Razgatlioglu was now the quickest man on observe however had greater than two-seconds to make up in an effort to get in contact with the main duo.

Toprak Razgatlioglu

Bautista took the lead by way of flip three in what was a courageous transfer and saved the Kawasaki man at bay by way of flip 4 and Siberia. Rea proper on his tail by way of Hayshed however finally the Ducati man began to tug away late on that lap and begin stretching away.

Bautista leads Rea and Razgatlioglu – Picture RbMotoLens

The race had solely simply broached the midway mark although so quite a bit might occur from right here.  Lots of riders have been now actually battling rear grip as their wets have been now properly handed their use-by date.

Additional again Scott Redding had his elbows out and was making progress. Because the race entered its second half the Brit took seventh place from Lecuona. He was slightly below 13-seconds behind the race leaders with 10 laps nonetheless to run.

Bautista had an enormous second by way of Hayshed which allowed Jonathan Rea to shut proper onto his pipe as soon as once more. Each riders have been pushing arduous within the treacherous circumstances and this was going to be no cakewalk to victory. Each flip had its dangers and it was a advantageous line they treaded and threaded as they negotiated the 12 turns of the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

At two-thirds race distance Bautista led Rea by slightly below a second. Razgatlioglu was four-seconds additional again in third place however with four-seconds over fourth positioned Andrea Locatelli. Alex Lowes was fifth however then fell at flip two and went out of the race. Lowes demise promoted Bassani into fifth and Redding into sixth.  Redding the one rider in that high six to be on the SCR2 rear, these in entrance of him all on SCR1.

With 5 laps to run Bautista now had two-seconds on Rea however each that pair have been nonetheless pushing arduous and having moments right here and there. Razgatlioglu was an extra four-seconds behind in third place however with nearly six-seconds on his Pata Yamaha team-mate Andrea Locatelli.

Alex Bassani

Alex Bassani was on his personal in fifth however just a little additional again Lecuona had come again at Redding and took sixth place from the Brit. A few laps later each Petrucci and Vierge acquired the higher of Redding to push him additional again to ninth.

Bautista the victor. The Spaniard definitely needed to work for it and was put underneath loads of strain from Jonathan Rea however kicks his championship defence off in advantageous fashion. Scorching circumstances, chilly circumstances, moist circumstances, he’s the person to beat…

Bautista victorious

Toprak Razgatlioglu put the runs on the board when it counted to recuperate from a troublesome begin to the weekend to say third place.

2023 WorldSBK – Spherical One – Race One – Podium

Andrea Locatelli fourth forward of Alex Bassani whereas Iker Lecuona took sixth place for Honda forward of Danilo Petrucci.

Alvaro Bautista – Picture RbMotoLens

Xavi Vierge and Petrucci clashed on the ultimate lap and whereas Danilo crossed the road first officers finally penalised him one place for ‘irresponsible driving’ which promoted the Honda man to seventh place on the outcomes sheet. That offers HRC 6-7 outcomes from the season opener.

Alvaro Bautista – Picture RbMotoLens

Prime BMW was Scott Redding in ninth whereas Garrett Gerloff rounded out the highest ten.

2023 WorldSBK – Spherical One – Race One – Podium – Picture RbMotoLens

Remy Gardner confirmed cheap tempo early on however finally struggled when the perfect of his tyres had gone and crossed the road in twelfth place behind Philipp Oettl, however in entrance of team-mate Dominique Aegerter.

World Superbike Race One Outcomes

Pos Rider Bike Time/Hole Pace
1 A. Bautista Ducati Panigale V4R 37m48.672 322.4
2 J.  Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR +3.471 314.9
3 T Razgatlioglu Yamaha YZF R1 +6.168 315.8
4 A. Locatelli Yamaha YZF R1 +16.789 314.0
5 A. Bassani Ducati Panigale V4R +20.918 314.9
6 I.  Lecuona Honda CBR1000 RR-R +27.015 314.0
7 X. Vierge Honda CBR1000 RR-R +30.625 322.4
8 D. Petrucci Ducati Panigale V4R +31.000 323.4
9 S. Redding BMW M1000 RR +37.447 321.4
10 G. Gerloff BMW M1000 RR +42.591 321.4
11 P. Oettl Ducati Panigale V4R +44.142 311.2
12 R. Gardner Yamaha YZF R1 +48.833 313.0
13 D. Aegerter Yamaha YZF R1 +51.617 312.1
14 M. Rinaldi Ducati Panigale V4R +55.010 314.9
15 H. Syahrin Honda CBR1000 RR-R +1’15.223 317.6
16 E. Granado Honda CBR1000 RR-R +1’17.459 306.8
17 L. Baldassarri Yamaha YZF R1 +1’20.226 309.5
18 L. Baz BMW M1000 RR +1 Lap 313.0
Not Categorised.
RET 22 A. Lowes Kawasaki ZX-10RR 8 Laps 314.9
RET 52 O. Konig Kawasaki ZX-10RR 11 Laps 305.1
RET 66 T Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10RR 12 Laps 305.1
RET 60 M. Van Der Mark BMW M1000 RR 21 Laps 320.5

Phillip Island WorldSBK/ASBK Race Schedule

Sunday 26 February 2023
Begin  End  Session  Session Laps Distance
0800 0810 Timekeeping Observe System Check
0830  0840 FIM Medical Inspection /// FIM Observe Inspection
0910 Australian Supersport 300 R3 8 35.56km
0945 Australian Superbike R2 12 53.34km
1030 1045 WorldSBK WUP
1055 1110 WorldSSP WUP
1130 Australian Supersport R3 10 44.45km
1200 1235 Pit Stroll 2 & Security Automotive Laps ASBK Shows on Podium
1300 WorldSBK SPRace 10 44.45km
1340 Australian Superbike R3 12 53.34km
1430 WorldSSP R2   80.01km
1505 1535 ASBK Pillion Rides ASBK Shows on Podium
1600 WorldSBK R3 22 97.79km