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Jerez WSBK: Bautista dominates as Rea and Lowes collide

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Jerez WSBK: Bautista dominates as Rea and Lowes collide
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Jun 8, 2019, 12:47 PM

Ducati's Alvaro Bautista took a dominant victory in the opening World Superbike race at Jerez as Jonathan Rea finished a provisional third after sending Alex Lowes into a crash.

Rea converted his pole position into a Turn 1 lead but Bautista looked racy from the get-go and passed his rival at Turn 5 on the opening lap.

Bautista then pulled away, with Rea only a few tenths slower initially, but the Kawasaki rider's pace soon deteriorated.

Rea's deficit to Bautista was five seconds by lap 9 but the Northern Irishman had to turn his attention to the charging Yamahas of Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes.

Van der Mark quickly made a move at Turn 6 with Lowes also following suit a lap later but, while the Dutchman pulled away, Lowes couldn't shake Rea off.

Bautista continued to pull away from van der Mark and eventually won his 12th WSBK race by 7.1s, with the latter completing a similarly lonely race in second.

Lowes and Rea meanwhile engaged in a thrilling battle, the duo switching positions numerous times.

Lowes looked to have made the decisive move at Turn 13 on lap 15, but Rea stayed close to him and made a desperate move at the final corner of the race.

But Lowes crashed as a result of the incident, with Rea crossing the line third. The incident is currently under investigation.

GRT Yamaha and Puccetti Kawasaki riders Marco Melandri and Toprak Razgatlioglu had a race-long battle for fifth - which became fourth after the Lowes crash - with the Italian eventually winning the duel.

BMW's Tom Sykes finished sixth followed by Chaz Davies (Ducati), Sandro Cortese (GRT Yamaha), Leon Haslam (Kawasaki) and Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Barni Ducati).

Ten Kate Yamaha scored four points with Loris Baz in 12th, as Yuki Takahashi, Leon Camier's replacement at Honda, crashed at Turn 1.

Cla Rider Bike Time
1 Spain Alvaro Bautista Ducati -
2 Netherlands Michael van der Mark Yamaha 7.119
3 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 15.323
4 Italy Marco Melandri Yamaha 19.951
5 Turkey Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki 20.107
6 United Kingdom Tom Sykes BMW 23.096
7 United Kingdom Chaz Davies Ducati 26.834
8 Germany Sandro Cortese Yamaha 29.526
9 United Kingdom Leon Haslam Kawasaki 29.707
10 Italy Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati 31.218
11 Germany Markus Reiterberger BMW 31.999
12 France Loris Baz Yamaha 36.824
13 Argentina Leandro Mercado Kawasaki 46.045
14 United Kingdom Tommy Bridewell Ducati 47.804
15 Italy Alessandro Del Bianco Honda 52.105
16 United Kingdom Alex Lowes Yamaha 55.046
17 Japan Ryuichi Kiyonari Honda 55.795
  Spain Jordi Torres Kawasaki  
  Japan Yuki Takahashi Honda  
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Series World Superbike
Event Jerez
Sub-event SBK Race 1
Drivers Alvaro Bautista
Teams Ducati Aruba.IT
Author David Gruz