WSBK weekend in Misano

The Pirelli Emilia Romagna round had a fantastic start for the Racing - Ducati team, which celebrated under the podium Alvaro Bautista's victory and Michael Rinaldi's third place.

After conquering a superb pole position, Bautista was the protagonist of a thrilling duel with Rea (Kawasaki) before finally taking the lead on lap 13 and closing with a wide margin under the checkered flag.

Michael Rinaldi (who started from the fifth position) had an incisive race pace but lost contact with the podium group and eventually had to fight with Bassani (Ducati) for the fourth position. After overtaking the Italian rider, Rinaldi tried to chase Razgatlioglu, who was then forced to stop with five laps to go due to a technical problem. Rinaldi got then a valuable podium in front of his fans.

Alvaro Bautista ( Racing - Ducati #19)
"It was a good race, and I had a great battle with Jonathan. I have to admit that the feeling with my Ducati has been great since Friday. The higher temperature may have helped me, but I felt I could do well. I am happy because the race pace was really excellent despite never reaching my limit. It's a special victory for Racing for Ducati and all the fans. I hope I can entertain them tomorrow as well."

Michael Rinaldi ( Racing - Ducati #21)
"I am thrilled with this podium. It is an important result after some rounds below our expectations and in which we could not find the right conditions to be competitive. We decided, together with the team, to change our working method, and the direction taken is certainly the right one. We are still not at 100% of our potential, but today's race shows that we have made important steps forward."

It was a fantastic weekend for the Racing - Ducati team. After a spectacular Race-1, Alvaro Bautista and Michael Rinaldi repeated themselves also on Sunday at the Pirelli Emilia Romagna Round as they celebrated again on the podium in front of their home fans.

After securing P2 in the Superpole Race won by Razgatlioglu (Yamaha), Bautista got his second win of the weekend at the end of an exciting Race-2. The Spaniard's feeling with the Ducati Panigale V4R was evident since the very first corners and allowed him to take the lead on lap 7 after a battle with Toprak to close the race with a wide margin under the chequered flag.

Michael Rinaldi – who was forced to start from tenth on the grid after a difficult Superpole Race - was the protagonist of a sensational first lap, n which he recovered six positions. On lap 4, the Italian rider attacked Rea (Kawasaki) and then he quickly defended the third position and his second podium of the weekend.

Alvaro Bautista ( Racing - Ducati #19)
"It was a very exciting weekend. The feeling with my Ducati has been excellent since Friday, although, honestly, in the Superpole Race, we had some difficulties. The team did a great job, and in Race-2, I felt comfortable right away. The race for the World Championship title? I am not concerned about the Standings and don't care about the points lead. I only care about having the feeling that I am on the right path. I am very happy to have given such emotions to all the Ducatisti fans. We have to keep on!"

Michael Rinaldi ( Racing - Ducati #21)
"I am very happy. Yesterday's podium was perhaps unexpected. In Race-2, however, the feelings with the bike were very good. In the Superpole Race, we had a problem that did not allow me to be competitive and forced me to start from tenth on the grid. I got off well, knowing I had all the cards to get to the front. I dedicate this result to my team, to the many Italian fans who support me, and especially to my family."


Race results

Pos.Nr.DriverBikeTime-gap to Leader
1 19 A. Bautista Panigale V4R
2 1 T. Razgatlioglu YZF R1 7.194
3 21 M. Rinaldi Panigale V4R 11.119
4 65 J. Rea ZX-10RR 14.901
5 7 I. Lecuona CBR1000 RR-R 18.774
6 55 A. Locatelli YZF R1 20.217
7 47 A. Bassani Panigale V4R 21.149
8 22 A. Lowes ZX-10RR 23.533
9 45 S. Redding M1000RR 29.638
10 76 L. Baz M1000RR 38.831
11 5 P. Oettl Panigale V4R 40.881
12 2 R. Tamburini YZF R1 41.588
13 29 L. Bernardi Panigale V4R 43.353
14 50 E. Laverty M1000RR 43.833
15 37 I. Mykhalchyk M1000RR 43.889
16 3 K. Nozane YZF R1 44.697
17 53 T. Rabat ZX-10RR 49.375
18 36 L. Mercado CBR1000 RR-R
19 52 O. Konig ZX-10RR
RET 97 X. Vierge CBR1000 RR-R
RET 35 H. Syahrin CBR1000 RR-R
RET 25 A. Delbianco ZX-10RR
RET 16 G. Ruiu M1000RR
RET 31 G. Gerloff YZF R1

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