News 5 Jun 2023

Winning ways of Bautista continue with Misano WorldSBK sweep

Bulega and Manzi split WorldSSP wins, Ieraci victorious in WorldSSP300.

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Three race victories at Misano saw Aruba.It Racing Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista continue his winning ways in the 2023 Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK), as Nicolo Bulega and Stefano Manzi split wins in WorldSSP and Bruno Ieraci stood tall in WorldSSP300.

Bautista took a 5.221s victory in race one, leading each time across the line as teammate Michael Rinaldi made it a Ducati 1-2 in second.

BMW-bound Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) crossed the line in third, with Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) completing the top five.

The Superpole race was brought to a premature end after a collision between Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) and Iker Lecuona (Team HRC), the latter ultimately deemed unfit following the incident to compete in race two.

It was Bautista again who stood tall, however, leading Razgatlioglu by just 0.154s at the point where the race was declared. Rinaldi was again third, with Bassani and Rea featuring inside the top five once more.

A clinical performance from the reigning world champion in race two saw the Spaniard make it a hat trick of victories at Misano, leading Razgatlioglu by 8.446s across the line.

Rinaldi suffered a DNF in this bout and it was Bassani who completed the top three, in front of Rea and Xavi Vierge (Team HRC) in fourth and fifth respectively.

Australia’s Remy Gardner (GYTR GRT Yamaha) finished ninth in race one and rebounded from a collision in the Superpole race to finish race two in 10th position.

In terms of the WorldSBK Championship standings, Bautista leads on 298 ahead of Razgatlioglu second on 212 and Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha Prometeon) in third with 150. The next round of the 2023 WorldSBK Championship takes place at Donington Park between 30 June – 2 July.

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WorldSSP title rivals Bulega (Aruba.It Racing Ducati) and Manzi (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) split victories at the fifth round of the 2023 championship at Misano.

Bulega emerged with the win in the opening encounter, besting Manzi by 1.609s as Federico Caricasulo completed the top three, 1.814s from the lead.

It was Manzi who edged Bulega in race two to take his first WorldSSP victory with Yamaha, the gap between the leading duo 0.208s at the chequered flag.

Fourth in race one, German Marcel Schroetter (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) went one better in race two to complete the podium, and the number 23 sits third in the WorldSSP standings on 148 points, trailing Manzi (161) in second and Bulega (197) who leads.

D34G Racing Team’s Oli Bayliss notched 13-11 results in Misano, while Tom Edwards (YART Yamaha WorldSSP team) notched a 16-13 scorecard. Luke Power (Motozoo ME AIR Racing) crossed the line 23rd in race two.

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Italian Ieraci (ProDina Kawasaki Racing Team) scored a double victory in the World Supersport 300 Championship at Misano, narrowly securing the win on each occasion.

Ieraci led Mirko Gennai (Team BrCrose) by 0.149s in the opening bout, as Humberto Maier (Yamaha MS Racing/AD78 Latin America Team) rounded out the top three.

Ieraci again led the way in race two, on this occasion trailed by Dirk Geiger (Freudenberg KTM Paligo Racing) and Petr Svoboda, the leading trio separated by 0.411s at the time of the chequered flag.

Gennai now leads the WorldSSP300 standings by a single point ahead of Svoboda, with Geiger in third and 15 points from the top.

Detailed results