The current week in road bikes with CycleOnline.com.au.
Alvaro Bautista’s (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) WorldSBK winning streak came to an end at Imola, interrupted by none other than four-time defending champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team). Welcome to Cycleview on CycleOnline.com.au.
I think it was after Thailand’s second round that we started wondering how long Bautista could continue his winning streak, and well, any questions were answered by number one plated Rea at the weekend.
It was a probably a matter of time that Rea would pick up his first win of the season, I mean, he is a four-time champion after all. The factory Kawasaki pilot capitalised on a round and venue that he knew he would be strong at, coming out with a pair of well-earned victories.
Bautista still holds a mighty lead in the championship rankings, 43 points in fact, so Rea needs to start winning a lot more races, or something drastic needs to strike the current leader for him to be right in contention. As the championship really ramps up, it will be interesting to see what direction the title chase ends up going in, especially after Bautista experiencing his first ‘blemish’.
Before I sign off – if you’re in Sydney this Saturday night, be sure to check out Throttle Roll at the Commune in Waterloo. The event celebrates custom bikes and motorcycle culture, and it’s set be a pretty special day/night. After a year hiatus, the Throttle Roll crew are back and in a new venue, which thankfully, is undercover, so weather won’t be an issue.
Kicking off 11am and running into the late hours of the night, Throttle Roll is set to feature live bands, moto themed artwork, moto markets, trade stands, food trucks, craft beer, Mutt Motorcycle Mini Movies, and the legendary Throttle Roll mechanical bull.
That’s it for this week, we’ll catch you next Wednesday with another Cycleview feature! In the meantime stay tuned to CycleOnline.com.au for the latest daily content and be sure to follow us on social media via @cycleonline on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.