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Bautista takes slicks gamble to win thrilling Superpole race at P.I.


2022 FIM Superbike World Championship
Spherical 12 – Phillip Island


WorldSBK Superpole Race

After a primarily dry morning a heavy bathe dumped an honest pour on Phillip Island round 20-minutes earlier than WorldSBK Superpole race early this afternoon right here at Phillip Island. Nevertheless as a consequence of a fairly robust blustery wind had helped the monitor to dry remarkably rapidly, that’s not to say it was absolutely dry, as that was removed from the case, as there have been loads of moist patches, however even with the quick ten-lap distance it did appear to be an excessive amount of of a big gamble for full wets at each ends.

After the warm-up lap riders got here again into pit-lane for a last-minute tyre change, which means they would want to begin from pit-lane after the remainder of the sector had handed. Scott Redding one of many few to make that change.

Wen the lights went out it was Toprak Razgatlioglu the early race chief forward of team-mate Andrea Locatelli whereas a slick shot Bautista was third earlier than getting completely swamped by about ten riders on the run by means of flip three as he tip-toed his method round on slicks, whereas most of his opponents had been on intermediates or a shandy (combine of various rubber entrance to rear) of some type.

On the finish of the opening lap Alex Lowes led the way in which from Razgatlioglu and Rea, Locatelli fourth, Van der Mark fifth and Gerloff sixth. Bautista has been shuffled all the way down to 14th place. Many of the entrance runners as this stage operating a moist entrance and intermediate rear.

Nothing separates Lowes, Razgatlioglu and Rea over the opening few laps.  Scott Redding was beginning to make progress, as much as tenth with six laps to run, ten-seconds behind the race leaders, and Bautista was as much as ninth.

Bautista set a brand new quickest lap of the race on lap 5, he was now in eighth place, 7.3-seconds behind the leaders… He was operating two-seconds faster than the fellows up entrance, so he had time to do it.

Jonathan Rea moved by means of to the lead whereas Razgatlioglu tried to stick with him, whereas the tempo was now too sizzling for Alex Lowes as he had began to lose contact with that duo. Rea had upped his tempo dramatically, however Bautista was getting faster once more. The Spaniard had been slowed by site visitors which slowed his cost a bit however when he acquired previous anybody he left them for lifeless.

Rea saved a giant entrance finish lose at flip 4 and didn’t lose place. Razgatlioglu did get him at flip ten although. As that pair crossed the stripe with three to run, Lowes was nonetheless in third and two-seconds behind the leaders, Bautista had simply acquired Locatelli for fourth and was now solely 3.5-seconds behind the leaders…

Bautista took third place from Lowes at Lukey Heights with simply over two laps to run. After which closed on Razgatlioglu and Rea so quick he made it appear to be they had been on 600s. The Ducati man simply blew previous Rea, then did Razgat up the within at Lukey Heights for the penultimate time. By the final lap board, just a few corners later, Bautista already led by over a second.

On the flag Bautista the victor by 3.3-seconds whereas Razgatlioglu managed to carry off Rea’s final lap cost to assert second place.

Alex Lowes fourth, Alex Locatelli and Scott Redding fifth after ranging from pit-lane.

WorldSBK Superpole Race Outcomes

  1. Bautista
  2. Razgatlioglu +3.285
  3. Rea +3.328
  4. Lowes +6.670
  5. Locatelli +9.238
  6. Redding +9.328
  7. Gerloff +12.173
  8. Vierge +13.427
  9. Fores +17.416
  10. Baz +18.069
  11. Mahias +27.298
  12. Syahrin +29.522
  13. Bassani +32.064
  14. Mercado +35.276
  15. Laverty +35.868

WorldSBK Championship Factors

  1. Bautista
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