WSBK weekend in Misano


05.06.2023
It’s been an extraordinary Saturday for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team as Alvaro Bautista triumphed in Race-1, conquering his twelfth win of the season, and Michael Rinaldi climbed on the second step of the podium. It was a fantastic one-two on the day that Ducati payed homage to its history in racing with a special livery that features the return of the Ducati Yellow. The colour dates back to the first half of the 1970s but reached its greatest popularity in the 1990s. Bautista, who started from pole position, took the lead at the first corner. His race pace was dominant, and after two laps, he could already create a gap that allowed him to manage the race until the chequered flag. Starting from third position, Rinaldi immediately moved into second place. The Italian rider was the protagonist of a spectacular first lap in which he defended himself brilliantly against the attacks of Razgatlioglu (Yamaha). Rinaldi’s race pace was also incisive and allowed him to control second position easily. Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #1) "First and second in our home race! It was a perfect Saturday for Ducati and the team, and I am pleased about it. It was scorching, but despite that, I got positive feedback from the bike. The feeling was incredible, allowing me to have a consistent and fast pace from the very first lap. From the outside, it may look easy, but in reality, I had to push as hard as I could to create the gap between the rest of the rivals. I really enjoyed every lap and every corner, and I hope I can continue like that tomorrow". Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #21) "It was a positive day for me, but above all, for the team with Alvaro's win and my second place. In front of our fans, it was important to get a good result, and it was really great. We raced in a special yellow livery, which brought us luck! I am satisfied with my performance: I didn't expect to be able to sustain such a pace for more than half the race. Alvaro really made the difference: he is riding the bike in a unique way right now, and he deserved the win. Now we'll look at the data and try to take a step forward. The goal is to try to close the gap that separates us from him and try to fight for the win." Alvaro Bautista was unbeatable as he took his third consecutive hat trick of the season, conquering his 14th victory in 15 races, a new record in WorldSBK history. On the other hand, Michael Rinaldi crashed with six laps to go after a good battle with Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha). After winning Race 1, Bautista took the win in the Superpole Race and dominated Race 2 as well, taking the lead at the first corner and passing under the chequered flag with a wide margin. The Spanish rider is now firmly at the top of the Superbike World Championship standings with 298 points and an advantage of 86 points over Razgatlioglu. Rinaldi finished third in the Superpole Race, and in Race-2, he was the protagonist of a good duel with Razgatlioglu. However, Six laps from the end, the Italian rider made a small mistake that compromised his race. Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #1) "It was a special weekend not only for Ducati but also for me. After so many years with this brand, I now feel half-Italian. Right now, my feeling with the bike is incredible, allowing me to take it to the limit on every track and in every situation. The season is still long, and the goal is to continue like this. I thank the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team for the great work done again this weekend!" Michael Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #21) "The regret is great, and it is useless to deny it, but it was a very positive weekend in terms of performance. In Race 2, the feeling wasn't what it was on Saturday, but I still managed to stay firmly in the podium zone with a big advantage over the chasers. The crash? I was sucked into Toprak's slipstream, and he braked hard. The combination of these two factors led me to make a mistake. It's a pity, but I come out of this round with great confidence".


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Race results

Pos.Nr.DriverBikeTime-gap to Leader
1 1 A. Bautista Panigale V4R
2 54 T. Razgatlioglu YZF R1 8.446
3 47 A. Bassani Panigale V4R 18.368
4 65 J. Rea ZX-10RR 20.174
5 97 X. Vierge CBR1000 RR-R 22.344
6 55 A. Locatelli YZF R1 23.307
7 9 D. Petrucci Panigale V4R 23.552
8 31 G. Gerloff M1000 RR 24.905
9 5 P. Oettl Panigale V4R 25.255
10 87 R. Gardner YZF R1 27.253
11 77 D. Aegerter YZF R1 27.529
12 76 L. Baz M1000 RR 36.856
13 66 T. Sykes M1000 RR 38.066
14 45 S. Redding M1000 RR 52.235
15 35 H. Syahrin CBR1000 RR-R
16 32 I. Vinales ZX-10RR
RET 28 B. Ray YZF R1 4 Laps
RET 21 M. Rinaldi Panigale V4R 6 Laps
RET 34 L. Baldassarri YZF R1 7 Laps
RET 70 L. Vitali ZX-10RR
RET 22 A. Lowes ZX-10RR
RET 88 R. Mizuno CBR1000 RR-R
RET 53 T. Rabat ZX-10RR

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