Alvaro Bautista coined his authority in the Superbike World Championship with an absolutely dominant show at Phillip Island; to win all three races. On board the Aruba Ducati factory, the 34-year-old Spaniard secured victory in the all-new ten-round sprint race on Sunday before destroying the field in the last 22 laps. He even had an 18-second lead over reigning champion Jonathan Rea. At the checkered flag, Bautista crossed the finish line over a 12 second period after being dramatically slowed down with his team leaving the finish line.
His masterclass on Phillip Island must be attributed to his love for Phillip Island MotoGP races (ahead of fourth place) the new V4 Ducati and its clear ability to make its rear Pirelli for the last time where others clearly had to ride to reach the last race distance.
Bautista said, "If you've told me before coming to Australia that we would have a weekend like this, I would not believe you. We worked really hard, especially during the two days before the race, and we were ready to fight.
"In the Superpole race we had a good fight with Jonathan, and in the afternoon the track conditions were different. but I could make a good pace. I pushed harder than yesterday because I thought the tire would last especially after the Superpole race with Johnathan as I thought he was trying to stay with me in the last race. I am so happy with the result that I will never forget a day today!
On a day that was a shameful day for the all-conquering partnership between Rea and Kawasaki, the 32-year-old Briton still managed to reach three second places a new record. And while some experts are already predicting the end of Rea's reign, it's worth noting that Rea has never been particularly strong on the Australian racetrack and will undoubtedly avenge himself on racetracks where tire life is irrelevant. 1
The race on Sunday The day was also a strong day for Rea's teammate Leon Haslam. The BSB champion 2018, who had fallen out of the first race, made up two second places in the two Sunday races. Especially in race three, Haslam showed that he is a good addition to the WSB paddock and earned his place in the dominant Kawasaki team.
He said, "It was good to carry on two podiums today. In the sprint of ten laps, I was a bit cautious and was caught behind the Yamaha, so I let myself down. I thought I had a bit in the hand to catch Jonathan in the last race. In the first four laps, I tried to create my own rhythm. After that, I tried to save the tire, and a group of five riders emerged. It was a nice easy rhythm and I felt good with my pace. Johnny and I had some good passes. good battles. My plan was to drive two laps before the finish, then he overtook me in lap one and I ran a long way. At the same time he was 0.4 seconds faster. I went with him and caught up with him on the last lap, but I felt like I had been caught a bit. I'm happy to be fighting Jonathan on his first race weekend of the year with his record in this class. "
It was a solid, if not spectacular, day for Yamaha, who was clearly the best rest after Bautista and the two Ducati, but could not stand in the battle for the podium.
Chaz Davies finished sixth in the final after taking a step with the new V4 Ducati. The Welshman is currently unable to get as close to his new teammate as possible. He does not have to be written off because of his undisputed class.
The next round of the Superbike World Championship takes place in Thailand March 15-17 A track where Kawasaki was strong, but a track that due to its long straights should fit the new Ducati.