WSBK-weekend in Donington Park


02.07.2023

Race 1



Saturday at Donington saw Alvaro Bautista taking another extraordinary victory as he brought Ducati back to the top step of the podium in the UK Round after 12 years.

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Team rider (who was starting from second on the grid) engaged in a spectacular initial battle with Rea (Kawasaki), Razgatlioglu (Yamaha), and Lowes (Kawasaki). After taking the lead on lap 10, the Spanish rider's race pace became unbeatable, allowing him to cross the finish line with a comfortable margin.

It was unlucky Race 1 for Michael Rinaldi. The Italian rider (P9 on the grid) had to deal with an unexpected rear wheel lock-up that cost him several positions. Rinaldi stayed on track to finish 13th and gather important data in preparation for the Superpole Race and Race 2 tomorrow.

Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #1)
"I am truly satisfied. For sure, this was a great victory, but what makes me happier is the feeling I managed to find with the bike. I had a lot of fun, first in the battle and then riding. It was a great Saturday, and we secured a victory on a circuit that historically hasn't favored Ducati. For that, I thank the team for their excellent work today after a weather-affected Friday."

Michael Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #21)
"It's a shame. In the first lap, I had an issue with the rear. I even thought it was an engine-related problem, but it turned out to be just a wheel lock-up. I lost many positions and found myself last. But I didn't give up. It was important to keep going and gather data. I'm confident that tomorrow will be a whole different story."

Race 2



First, the concern for the scary accident involving Michael Rinaldi, which required the display of the red flag.

Then the joy of the sixteenth seasonal victory for Bautista, who, after finishing second in the Superpole Race, engaged in an exciting duel with Rea (Kawasaki) and Toprak (Yamaha) before pulling away.

These were the emotions for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team on Sunday at Donington, which the reigning World Champion closes with a 93-point lead over Razgatlioglu in the standings.

After the second lap incident with Sykes (BMW) and Baz (BMW), Michael Rinaldi was transported to the Medical Center. The X-rays performed on the Italian rider ruled out serious fractures. Further in-depth checks will be carried out upon his return to Italy.

Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #1):
"If someone had told me that I would have come back from Donington with 2 victories and a second place, I might have had trouble believing it. That's why I'm really happy about this weekend. The feeling with the bike was once again fantastic. I don't look at the standings: I only think about the next race and I can't wait to be in Imola."

Michael Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #21):
"It has been a really unlucky weekend where something important always happened in the early laps. Today's accident was really bad. I only remember finding myself on the ground with a lot of pain in my ankle. Fortunately, the initial analysis ruled out fractures. I wish a speedy recovery to Sykes, who was at the medical center with me."


Gallery:



Race results

Pos.Nr.DriverBikeTime-gap to Leader
1 1 A. Bautista Panigale V4R
2 54 T. Razgatlioglu YZF R1 2.650
3 9 D. Petrucci Panigale V4R 7.936
4 45 S. Redding M1000 RR 9.198
5 65 J. Rea ZX-10RR 9.506
6 22 A. Lowes ZX-10RR 9.960
7 47 A. Bassani Panigale V4R 10.292
8 55 A. Locatelli YZF R1 10.537
9 31 G. Gerloff M1000 RR 11.036
10 5 P. Oettl Panigale V4R 14.317
11 77 D. Aegerter YZF R1 17.697
12 87 R. Gardner YZF R1 23.762
13 28 B. Ray YZF R1 24.052
14 7 I. Lecuona CBR1000 RR-R 24.543
15 35 H. Syahrin CBR1000 RR-R 48.163
16 32 I. Vinales ZX-10RR 50.201
17 52 O. Konig ZX-10RR
18 51 E. Granado CBR1000 RR-R
19 34 L. Baldassarri YZF R1
RET 53 T. Rabat ZX-10RR 4 Laps
RET 97 X. Vierge CBR1000 RR-R 8 Laps
RET 76 L. Baz M1000 RR
RET 66 T. Sykes M1000 RR
RET 21 M. Rinaldi Panigale V4R

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