News 24 Oct 2022

Double WorldSBK win for Bautista to extend in Argentina

Defending champion Aegerter sweeps WorldSSP at San Juan.

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Banking two race wins in Argentina, Racing – Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista extended at the front as his charge continues for an elusive Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK), while defending World Supersport (WorldSSP) champion Dominique Aegerter secured both victories at San Juan.

Bautista took a convincing 5.141s win in race one, overcoming Iker Lecuona (Team HRC), Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) to bank 25 points.

Rea ultimately finished the outing second, Bassani third as title-contender and defending champion Toprak Razgatlioglu crossed the line P15 after crashing on the opening lap of the race. Lecuona and Michael Rinaldi ( Racing – Ducati) completed the top five.

Razgatlioglu bounced back to take the superpole race honours, besting Bautista and Rea as the top three finished within a second following an exciting 1o-lap encounter. Rinaldi finished fourth on this occasion, ahead of Kawasaki Racing Team’s Alex Lowes in P5.

In race two, Bautista made his way to the front by lap five and managed the race from there to take the chequered flag first once more, with Razgatlioglu in second 3.389s adrift, and the top three rounded out by Rea. Lowes elevated to P4 as Rinaldi finished fifth after leading in the early stages.

With just two rounds remaining, Bautista leads the standings by 82 points from Razgatlioglu, as Rea is third a further 16 points back entering Mandalika on 11-13 November.

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Securing a perfect points haul from Argentina, Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) took another big step towards securing back-to-back WorldSSP titles thanks to two convincing performances at San Juan.

Race one saw the number 77 take a slim 0.292s victory ahead of Raffaele De Rosa (Orlec Racing Verdnatura) as former champion Federico Caricasulo (Althea Racing) completed the top three.

Caricasulo elevated to P2 in the final bout, just 0.667s from Aegerter as Lorenzo Baldassarri (Evan Bros WorldSSP Yamaha Team) completed the top three. Aegerter now leads the series by 72 points from Baldassarri with Can Oncu in third, 208 points from the top.

Australia’s Oli Bayliss finished the first race in 15th before falling in the second outing when he was taken out at the first corner on the second lap.

Detailed results