WSBK in Barcelona


24.03.2024

Race 1


The Saturday of the Pirelli Catalunya Round was full of emotions”.
Nicolò Bulega took the lead of the race on lap six and built a very wide lead but in the last three laps he had to deal with the sudden drop of the rear tire and he was overtaken by Razgatlioglu (BMW) closing with a second place that still gives him the provisional leadership in the World Superbike Championship standings.
Alvaro Bautista had to deal first with an unimpressive qualifying (P11) then with a three-position penalty. The reigning World Superbike Champion, however, was the protagonist of a fantastic comeback that allowed him to take the podium (P3) and the third position in the world ranking tied with Razgatlioglu.

P2 Nicolò Bulega (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #11)

"I can't say I'm very happy because I was first with a big lead until two laps to go. Unfortunately, in the final part of the race I no longer had grip on the rear and this did not allow me to manage the advantage I had built. On the other hand, however, this is an important experience that I can use in the future. I learned something today and tomorrow I will try to do better."


P3 Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #1)

"It was very difficult to make it back to the front group starting from 14th position. And honestly, I don't understand the reasons for the penalty because during qualifying my low speed didn't create any problems for any other rider. I am happy with this podium but I don't have the best feeling with my bike yet. We have to keep working and improve."


Race 2


Alvaro Bautista was the protagonist of a spectacular Sunday. Nicolò Bulega closed the second round of the 2024 WorldSBK season with first place in the championship standings.

The Pirelli Catalunya Round provided plenty of excitement right from the Superpole Race, which ended with a P3 of the reigning World Champion, who started from 11th position and made a fantastic comeback

Bautista was then perfect in Race-2 holding from lap 10 a race pace that was impregnable even for his teammate.
For Nicolò Bulega the satisfaction of a solid second place in Race-2 (P4 in Superpole Race) allows him to return home with first place in the Superbike World Championship standings with a 12-point advantage on Alvaro Bautista.

Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #1)

"This is a great result at the end of a weekend that was not easy. We managed to recover position after position starting from P14 in Race 1 due to a penalty that I didn't understand. For this, I want to thank the team with whom we did a great job. See you in Assen."


Nicolò Bulega (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #11)

"We adopted a different strategy today than in Race 1 and the choice proved to be a good one. I am very happy with what we did this weekend also because this is a track I like but not one of my favourites, like for example Assen. We go home with a lot of confidence and a feeling that is growing more and more every day".


Gallery:



Race results

Pos.Nr.DriverBikeTime-gap to Leader
1 1 A. Bautista Panigale V4R 1:41.963
2 11 N. Bulega Panigale V4R 2.041
3 54 T. Razgatlioglu M1000RR 7.005
4 60 M. van der Mark M1000RR 12.452
5 9 D. Petrucci Panigale V4R 15.076
6 22 A. Lowes ZX-10RR 15.285
7 87 R. Gardner YZF R1 16.000
8 65 J. Rea YZF R1 16.963
9 77 D. Aegerter YZF R1 19.849
10 31 G. Gerloff M1000RR 21.644
11 45 S. Redding M1000RR 22.108
12 14 S. Lowes Panigale V4R 24.985
13 55 A. Locatelli YZF R1 26.329
14 97 X. Vierge CBR1000 RR-R 26.452
15 53 T. Rabat ZX-10RR 34.445
16 5 P. Öttl YZF R1 36.522
17 95 T. Enge CBR1000 RR-R 46.934
18 27 A. Norrodin CBR1000 RR-R 1:07.842
NC 29 A. Iannone Panigale V4R
NC 7 I. Lecuona CBR1000 RR-R
NC 28 B. Ray YZF R1
NC 47 A. Bassani ZX-10RR
NC 21 M. Rinaldi Panigale V4R

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