Champion Rea closes in on Bautista following race two crash.
Points leader Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) and reigning champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) have shared race wins in Sunday’s action at round seven of the 2019 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) in Misano, Italy.
Spaniard Bautista rode to commanding victory in the Superpole race, comfortably defeating Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK) and Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Racing Team), while Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) and Rea completed the top five.
A shake up in race two saw Rea emerge victorious and significantly close the gap on Bautista in the standings, as the the Ducati crashed in the earlier stages. Bautista now leads by just 14 points after completing race two in P14.
In a Kawasaki dominated podium, Razgatlioglu and Haslam were second and third respectively ahead of Lowes and Michael Rinaldi (BARNI Racing Team).
A frantic 20-lap WorldSSP encounter saw the championship pendulum continue to swing and add drama to the title race. Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) took the win ahead teammate Federico Caricasulo after a thrilling final lap, while Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) complete the top three.
The WorldSSP300 race saw numerous accidents and the usual fairing-bashing action across the 13-lap outing, in the end however, it was a fourth career win for Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300), who held her nerve to defeat Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) and Andy Verdoïa (BCD Yamaha MS Racing).
Australian Tom Edwards (ParkinGo Team Kawasaki) was 24th, while compatriot Tom Bramich (Nutec – RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki) recorded a DNF. WorldSBK now heads to Donington Park in the United Kingdom on 5-7 July.