WSBK weekend in Misano


Race 1

In Superpole, the Italian rider scored the fastest lap time to secure the first spot on the grid. However, his lap time got cancelled due to a yellow flag, and Razgatlioglu (BMW) was promoted to pole position. In Race 1, Bulega's start was not incisive; on the third lap, he even found himself in sixth place. The Italian rider reacted immediately, and over the next four laps, he managed to move up to second after passing his teammate. Although he was showing a competitive race pace, Bulega could not recover the gap on Razgatlioglu and had to settle for the second step of the podium.

Bautista got off the line well from fifth on the grid, and by the first corner, he was already third. On lap six, the Spaniard took second after passing Gardner (Yamaha). However, as the feeling with his Ducati Panigale V4R wasn’t the best, he couldn’t defend himself from Bulega's attack. Michele Pirro made no mistakes and finished 13th after recovering five positions.

Nicolò Bulega ( Racing - Ducati #11) - 2nd:
"Unfortunately, the start wasn’t one my best. I immediately lost contact with the front guys and had to recover some positions. When I could make my way clear, I tried to push to catch Toprak. Towards half of the race, I thought I could catch him, but his pace was really incisive. We will try again tomorrow."

Alvaro Bautista ( Racing - Ducati #1) - 3rd:
"It wasn’t an easy race for me. I got off the line well, but the feeling I had, especially with the front, did not allow me to push as I wanted to. Now, we will study the data to find a setup that will suit the higher temperatures expected for tomorrow."

Michele Pirro ( Racing - Ducati #51) - 13th:
"Unfortunately, qualifying didn't go well, and as if that wasn't enough, I had a little mishap at the start. I basically found myself last, and that's why, in the end, the thirteenth place is a good result. All in all, I gained experience that I can use tomorrow."

Race 2

The Pirelli Emilia Romagna Round ended with another double podium for the Racing – Ducati team, with riders Nicolò Bulega and Alvaro Bautista finishing second and third, respectively.

The Italian rider, who also finished second in the Superpole Race, took the lead at Turn 1 and tried to put some distance between himself and the rest of the group. However, thanks to an impressive pace, Razgatlioglu (BMW) managed to overtake him on Lap 8. From that moment onwards, the positions remained unchanged. Nonetheless, it was an extremely solid weekend for Bulega, who is now second in the overall standings of the World Superbike Championship, 21 points behind Razgatlioglu, and with a 3-point advantage over his teammate.

Alvaro Bautista was forced to start 11th on the grid following a crash in the Superpole Race. Nevertheless, the rider from Talavera staged an impressive comeback, concluding on Lap 10 when he overtook Lowes for the third step of the podium.

It was an unfortunate race for Pirro, who crashed after attempting an overtaking maneuver on Lowes (Ducati) for the 12th position.

Nicolò Bulega ( Racing – Ducati #11) - 2nd:
“I am thrilled. Competing for the first time in Misano with the Superbike and finishing all races in second place is, without a doubt, a great result, even though winning would have been a dream. Anyway, I have to say congratulations to Toprak because he has been really fast. Now we will head to Donington, a circuit that I like a lot.”

Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati #1) - 3rd:
“I made a great comeback, and I should say that I had fun. For sure, we are still not in our best shape. We worked a lot on the bike this weekend, trying to find the ideal set-up, which, in the end, we were not able to find. Now, we need to reset and analyze the data in order to arrive at Donington with more certainty.”


Race results

Pos.Nr.DriverBikeTime-gap to Leader
1 54 T. Razgatlioglu M1000RR 33:06.338
2 11 N. Bulega Panigale V4R 2.980
3 1 A. Bautista Panigale V4R 6.920
4 22 A. Lowes ZX-10RR 9.951
5 55 A. Locatelli YZF R1 11.974
6 9 D. Petrucci Panigale V4R 15.900
7 47 A. Bassani ZX-10RR 16.055
8 87 R. Gardner YZF R1 19.125
9 7 I. Lecuona CBR1000 RR-R 22.535
10 65 J. Rea YZF R1 27.237
11 29 A. Iannone Panigale V4R 27.292
12 45 S. Redding M1000RR 29.948
13 14 S. Lowes Panigale V4R 31.044
14 53 T. Rabat ZX-10RR 38.090
15 5 P. Öttl YZF R1 43.840
16 21 M. Rinaldi Panigale V4R 43.852
17 28 B. Ray YZF R1 44.363
18 31 G. Gerloff M1000RR 45.078
19 95 T. Mackenzie CBR1000 RR-R 48.580
NC 51 M. Pirro Panigale V4R
NC 97 X. Vierge CBR1000 RR-R
NC 60 M. van der Mark M1000RR
NC 77 D. Aegerter YZF R1
NC 27 A. Norrodin CBR1000 RR-R

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