Reigning WorldSBK Champion Alvaro Bautista takes all three wins in a dominant performance in Italy
Reigning WorldSBK Champion Alvaro Bautista beat Toprak Razgatlioglu and Axel Bassani in Race 2 at the Pirelli Emilia-Romagna round to take his tenth consecutive victory. He became the first rider in WorldSBK history with 14 wins out of the first 15 races of the Championship, and extended his points haul in the championship to 298.
Toprak Razgatlioglu took second place in Race 2 as he crossed the finish line 8.446s behind the race winner. He remains second in the standings with 212 points, 86 fewer than Bautista. Local hero Axel Bassani completed the Race 2 podium to take his fifth podium, the first one since San Juan 2022. He is fifth in the standings with 126 points and is the top independent rider.
But for Bautista the triple win highlighted his dominance of the season so far. In both the 1st and 2nd races, as well as the Superpole race, he never looked like losing once he hit the front, standing on the top step of the podium for all three races.
It will be worrying times for the other manufacturers, as Ducati seem to have hit a sweet spot, that the rest of the manufacturers cannot yet match.