Although there is still one meeting to be played this season, Alvaro Bautista secured his first World Superbike title last night at Mandalika. The Spanish driver, who was already solid the day before in the first race, finished second again behind the defending champion Toprak Razgatlioglu, who, despite his victory, could not postpone the deadline any longer. However, the Turk did everything in his power at the weekend, he also finished first in the Superpole race a few hours earlier.
By finishing second on Sunday, Bautista leaves Indonesia 66 points ahead of his nearest rival in the championship. A now insurmountable gap which guarantees him his first world title since his crowning in 2006 in 125 cc. It is also the end of a long wait of 11 years in World Superbike for Ducati, who had not seen such a result since the title was won by Carlos Checa in 2011. The Italian manufacturer is certainly going through a period of prosperity, a week after the World Cup which Pecco Bagnaia in Valencia in MotoGP.
“Before today [de courir]I started to feel pressure”recognizes Bautista. “It was difficult to deal with this situation. I knew I had more races [pour y parvenir], but it was my first match point without depending on the other pilots. There was more pressure on me so I just tried not to make any mistakes. I am so happy because even with the pressure of the championship we were able to do a good job and win the title.”
After leading the start of the event, Jonathan Rea took third place under the checkered flag, mathematically out of contention for the title since Saturday night. Andrea Locatelli overtook Axel Bassani for fourth, while Scott Redding, unsatisfied the day before, placed the first BMW in sixth. Loris Baz finished outside the top 10 this time, in 13th place.