WSBK in Imola Race 1

After eleven successive wins since the start of the season, the Racing – Ducati team rider Álvaro Bautista was unable to extend his unbeaten record at the Autodromo di Imola, where this weekend the fifth round of the Superbike World Championship is taking place.

Starting from the front row with third place on the grid, the 34-year-old Spanish rider – and championship leader – was unable to do anything about his Kawasaki rival Jonathan Rea, and after 19 laps Álvaro had to settle for second place in the first race this weekend.

Team-mate Chaz Davies was unlucky today, despite starting from the pole slot after making major gains throughout the weekend. Totally at ease on the track where he has won a total of four times, the 32-year-old Welshman saw all his hopes of victory vanish after just four corners, when an electrical problem on the engine of his Panigale V4 R forced him to retire from the race, without him even completing one lap.

Tomorrow the ten-lap Superpole Race will be held at 11.00 CET, while Race 2 gets underway at 14.00.

Álvaro Bautista ( Racing - Ducati #19) – 2nd
"For sure it hasn’t been easy to learn the track in just a few sessions, and in addition the race pace today was very high. At the start I tried to follow Jonathan but I struggled to keep his pace. Nevertheless, I’m happy because today we scored the best possible result. We didn’t make any mistakes and in the end it was important to score good points for the championship. I’m also happy because I think it was a good result to finish the race in second place on a track which was completely new for me until today."

Chaz Davies ( Racing - Ducati #7) - DNF
"I’m massively disappointed because I saw today as a big opportunity. I felt a big improvement with the bike from yesterday, the crew did a fantastic job and we made another step forward. I did a record lap in Superpole, was looking forward to fighting with Johnny and putting the bike on top of the podium. I didn’t have a lot to lose but I didn’t get very far. It seemed like an electrical problem, because the bike lost power coming out of turn 4 and Johnny overtook me. It’s a pity, I’ll try and get a good result tomorrow but the weather doesn’t look so good."


Race results

Pos.Nr.DriverBikeTime-gap to Leader
1 1 J. Rea ZX-10RR 33:48.277
2 19 A. Bautista Panigale V4 R 7.832
3 54 T. Razgatlioglu ZX-10RR 19.291
4 60 M. van der Mark YZF R1 19.968
5 91 L. Haslam ZX-10RR 20.111
6 33 M. Melandri YZF R1 31.846
7 22 A. Lowes YZF R1 32.024
8 21 M. Rinaldi Panigale V4 R 34.107
9 87 L. Zanetti Panigale V4 R 34.814
10 28 M. Reiterberger S1000 RR 40.196
11 81 J. Torres ZX-10RR 51.426
12 46 T. Bridewell Panigale V4 R 55.235
13 80 H. Barbera ZX-10RR 56.539
14 23 R. Kiyonari CBR1000RR 1:01.025
15 52 A. Delbianco CBR1000RR 1:27.025
DNF 11 S. Cortese YZF R1 5 Runden
DNF 66 T. Sykes S1000 RR 10 Runden
DNF 7 C. Davies Panigale V4 R 18 Runden

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