WSBK in Thailand Race 1


17.03.2019
Álvaro Bautista continued his winning streak on the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team’s Panigale V4 R when he took the victory in the first race of the weekend at the Buriram circuit in Thailand. The Spanish rider got the better of Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) after a superb scrap that lasted until the mid-point of the race. Team-mate Chaz Davies on the other hand was not so lucky, the Welshman crashing out on lap 9.

Starting from pole position after picking up the first Superpole trophy of his career, Bautista went wide at the first turn and was passed by Rea who took the lead of the race. After a contact with the northern Irish rider on lap 3, which almost caused him to crash, Álvaro had to make up the lost time and positions, but he managed to catch and overtake his rival on lap 9, crossing the finishing line with a lead of eight seconds on the second placed man.

Davies started from row 3 with the ninth quickest time obtained in Superpole. The Welsh rider was not far off the group fighting for the final podium place, but he crashed after a mistake at turn 3. Davies managed to remount, finishing in fifteenth place and earning one point.

Álvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) – 1st
"For sure for me this was a different race completely from Australia! It was fantastic to win after a great fight with Rea, especially at the beginning and then in the middle. We made contact in turn 3 because I overtook him on the line and suddenly he came in very fast and hit me and I was very lucky not to crash and damage the bike. After that I got my pace and caught Lowes and Rea. Today however I didn’t feel so comfortable with the bike: in the morning it was good but in the afternoon I had problems braking into the corners, and in acceleration I was suffering a bit as well. Despite this, I won again and I’m happy even though the feeling wasn’t perfect."

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) – 15th
"I had a decent start and the first few opening laps, then settled into a rhythm and found a way to pass Cortese and put myself into the podium fight which I thought was a realistic target for today. Unfortunately, I pushed the front in turn 3 and got suckered into a mistake because I wasn’t running my own race. It wasn’t a good day, but I feel like I made steps forward; now we have to turn the corner in terms of comfort and get the lap time to come a little easier. Tomorrow we’ll try and go for a different riding position on the bike and change in balance to give me a better feeling."


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Race results

Pos.Nr.DriverBikeTime-gap to Leader
1 19 A. Bautista Panigale V4 R
2 1 J. Rea ZX-10RR 8.217
3 22 A. Lowes YZF R1 14.155
4 60 M. van der Mark YZF R1 14.623
5 91 L. Haslam ZX-10RR 18.554
6 33 M. Melandri YZF R1 18.681
7 11 S. Cortese YZF R1 25.603
8 21 M. Rinaldi Panigale V4 R 27.627
9 66 T. Sykes S1000 RR 28.789
10 54 T. Razgatlioglu ZX-10RR 32.153
11 81 J. Torres ZX-10RR 33.033
12 36 L. Mercado ZX-10RR 33.254
13 2 L. Camier CBR1000RR 34.232
14 28 M. Reiterberger S1000 RR 43.041
15 7 C. Davies Panigale V4 R 54.495
16 99 T. Warokorn ZX-10RR 1:15.758
17 52 A. Delbianco CBR1000RR 1:25.108
DNF 23 R. Kiyonari CBR1000RR 12 Runden
DNF 50 E. Laverty Panigale V4 R 18 Runden

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