WSBK in Imola



The Italian Round Race 1 held today at the Autodromo Enzo and Dino Ferrari in Imola delivered another great show to all WorldSBK fans. After the start, the race saw Locatelli (Yamaha), Bassani (Ducati), and Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) taking turns at the lead, while Alvaro Bautista (who started from fourth ) remained in the leading group. Then the duel between the Racing - Ducati team rider and Razgatlioglu ignited with Bautista finally taking the lead with eight laps to go, and his progression was decisive until the checkered flag.

Like his teammate, Michael Rinaldi had also to deal with an unfortunate qualifying as the yellow flags denied him the pole or, at least, an almost certain front row at the last corner. As he was starting from eighth on the grid, the Italian rider gritted his teeth and was the protagonist of a solid comeback, which saw him secure an excellent fifth place.

Alvaro Bautista ( Racing - Ducati #1)
"It was a tough race. I am delighted because I did not expect to be able to go this fast, especially after yesterday's free practice, where my feeling was not the best. However, lap after lap. I regained confidence despite a strong tussle. I tried to figure out where to attack Toprak, and when I felt the confidence at the front was good, I could pass him. It was a good Saturday, but now let's think about tomorrow".

Michael Rinaldi ( Racing - Ducati #21)
"For sure, today's qualifying was affected by the yellow flags. I am still not in my best physical condition, but I did my best and gave all my heart to make a comeback in the race. I did not want to push too much, especially at the beginning, because it was important to score some points. I tried to catch Locatelli for fourth, but the gap was too wide after the previous comeback. I hope to be able to do a good Superpole Race tomorrow to start further ahead in Race 2".


It was a Sunday of contrasting feelings in a scorching Imola that saw Race 2 shortened by five laps due to the prohibitive temperatures. Alvaro Bautista was the protagonist of a thrilling battle with Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) in the Superpole Race (P2), but in Race-2, he made a mistake at the first chicane and crashed out.
Michael Rinaldi gritted his teeth to finish both races in the top 5 to bring home precious points for the overall standings eventually.
These were the highlights of the WorldSBK Italian Round held at the Autodromo Enzo and Dino Ferrari in Imola.

Alvaro Bautista ( Racing - Ducati #1)
"There is little to say. I made a trivial mistake passing on the white line on the first lap. It can happen, and the important thing is to know what happened. It's a shame because the feeling has grown a lot over the weekend, and that's a positive thing anyway. See you in Most".

Michael Rinaldi ( Racing - Ducati #21)
"I gave it all and am happy to have brought some precious points home. Today was tough, I tried to push, but I felt I was at 50% of my potential. From tomorrow I'll be able to resume training with consistency to arrive in the best possible conditions at Most".


Race results

Pos.Nr.DriverBikeTime-gap to Leader
1 54 T. Razgatlioglu YZF R1
2 47 A. Bassani Panigale V4R 1.966
3 65 J. Rea ZX-10RR 2.458
4 55 A. Locatelli YZF R1 6.111
5 21 M. Rinaldi Panigale V4R 11.154
6 28 B. Ray YZF R1 12.210
7 76 L. Baz M1000 RR 13.319
8 45 S. Redding M1000 RR 13.775
9 9 D. Petrucci Panigale V4R 19.122
10 7 I. Lecuona CBR1000 RR-R 22.770
11 87 R. Gardner YZF R1 23.214
12 77 D. Aegerter YZF R1 25.082
13 31 G. Gerloff M1000 RR 25.179
14 97 X. Vierge CBR1000 RR-R 25.199
15 5 P. Oettl Panigale V4R 31.141
16 34 L. Baldassarri YZF R1 31.297
17 16 G. Ruiu M1000 RR 44.753
18 20 R. Tamburini CBR1000 RR-R 45.863
19 51 E. Granado CBR1000 RR-R 46.190
RET 22 A. Lowes ZX-10RR 4 Laps
RET 32 I. Vinales ZX-10RR 7 Laps
RET 52 O. Konig ZX-10RR 8 Laps
RET 91 L. Haslam M1000 RR 9 Laps
RET 53 T. Rabat ZX-10RR
RET 1 A. Bautista Panigale V4R

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