Superbike World Champion Álvaro Bautista ended his outstanding season in Australia with two wins. The hussar race with which he won the sprint race was particularly impressive.
Álvaro Bautista was the only one of the 22 drivers to tackle the Superpole race on a dry track on slick tires and went from first to 16th on the first lap. Over the next nine laps, the Spaniard showed why he is a two-time world champion: On November 21, the 38-year-old found the perfect combination of caution and speed, plowing through all the field and winning by a margin of 3.285 seconds. . !
“That was my decision,” Álvaro said of the risky tire choice.
Didn’t the team think he was crazy? “They didn’t say anything, but they certainly thought it,” smiled the Ducati star. “Fortunately I have a lot of experience with this track and with that climate from my days in MotoGP. Even after a lot of rain, the track can dry out in just a few laps, and that’s how it happened. I’m very proud, but I also needed big balls to start like this.”
Bautista continues: “When I came out of the pits, I thought there was less water. I drove behind Rinaldi and got the spray from him. That’s when I thought ‘shit’ for the first time. I had told my crew chief Giulio to change the starting grid to a dry setup. He asked me if he was sure and if he could already see that it had rained a lot and that everything was wet. I said ‘believe me, become dry setup’. He said ‘fine’. When I was on the starting grid, I had my doubts. He told me that he had three tires: rain, intermediate, slick. For a short time I didn’t know what to do: I expected less water on the track. He advised me a wet tire on the front and an intermediate on the rear, that was the safe option. But I’m not fast with an intermediate. And I saw that the straight line was drying up in the middle. So I took a chance and went with the slicks. He asked: ‘Are you sure?’ I do!’ I’m sure everyone thought he was crazy.”
“If things go well for you, you are also lucky. You have to be strong, but also lucky. But there is also the fact that I am very confident in my bike and in my riding. If the World Championship had not been decided yet, I would have chosen the safe option. But I had nothing to lose, so I gave it a try.”
Bautista again secured first place on the grid for the second feature race and won this one as well. It was his 16th win and his 31st podium finish in 36 races that year. But in Jonathan Rea he had a stubborn opponent. Due to the race being stopped on lap 18 after Eugene Laverty’s crash, the battle of the giants was cancelled.
“Johnny was very fast all weekend and in all conditions,” Álvaro told SPEEDWEEK.com. “When I passed him, he was much slower than me. But when he was behind me, he was able to keep up. This track is very fluid. When you feel good on your bike, it’s easy to follow someone. He certainly had a very good feeling with his bike this weekend and showed a correspondingly strong performance. I figured we’d be biting the bars and trying to beat each other for the last two laps. Unfortunately, it was later cancelled, so the last fight of the season was scrapped. Shame , I wanted to fight. In 2023 the season begins here, I hope good fights with Johnny and that the fallen are well.
|World Superbike Championship result: Phillip Island, race 1|
|two.||Toprak Razgatlioglu||yamaha||+ 6,247 sec|
|10||tetsuta nagashima||sling||> 1 minute|
|eleven||miguel rinaldi||ducati||> 1 minute|
|12||kyle smith||kawasaki||> 1 minute|
|13||Xavi Fores||ducati||> 1 minute|
|14||Lucas Mahías||kawasaki||> 1 minute|
|fifteen.||Hafith Syahrin||sling||> 1 minute|
|sixteen.||scott redding||bmw||> 1 minute|
|17||Leandro Mercado||sling||> 1 minute|
|18||eugene laverty||bmw||> 1 minute|
|19||oliver king||kawasaki||> 1 minute|
|twenty||Philipp Oettl||ducati||> 1 minute|
|outside||michael vs mark||bmw|
|Superbike World Championship Result: Phillip Island, Superpole-Race|
|two.||Toprak Razgatlioglu||yamaha||+ 3.285 sec|
|twenty||oliver king||kawasaki||> 1 minute|
|twenty-one||michael vs mark||bmw||> 1 minute|
|22||miguel rinaldi||ducati||> 1 minute|
|World Superbike Championship result: Phillip Island, race 2|
|two.||jonathan rea||kawasaki||+ 0.209 sec|
|12||michael vs mark||bmw||+28,195|
|twenty||kyle smith||kawasaki||> 1 minute|
|Status of the 2022 Superbike World Championship after 36 of 36 races|
|fifteen.||michael vs mark||bmw||46|