Caricasulo earns WorldSSP victory at Spanish round.
Points leader Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) and Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official) have shared victories at Jerez’s sixth round of the 2019 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) in Spain.
Bautista stormed to victory in the opening encounter on Saturday, taking the win over van der Mark and Marco Melandri (GRT Yamaha), while top five was completed by Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing).
In the Superpole race, it was once again Bautista who reigned supreme over van der Mark, as third and fourth was also replicated as Melandri and Rea completed the positions. Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) was fifth in the 10-lap encounter.
In a change of events, van der Mark rose to the occasion in race two to notch up his first win of the season ahead of Rea and Razgatlioglu, while top five was completed by Michael Ruben Rinaldi (BARNI Racing Team) and Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Racing Team). Bautista crashed out of the outing, recording his first blemish of the season.
In the WorldSSP category, BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team riders of Federico Caricasulo and Randy Krummenacher battled hard throughout the 19-lap encounter with the rest of the field, to come out on top – in that order – ahead of a charging Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha).
Marc Garcia (Kawasaki) and Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki) traded WorldSSP300 wins in both WorldSSP300 outings, while Australians Tom Edwards (Kawasaki) and Tom Bramich (Kawasaki) lodged 15-9 and 26-24 scorecards respectively. The WorldSBK now heads to Misano in Italy on 21-23 June for round seven.