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Bautista clean sweeps WSBK opener at Phillip Island

Mat Coch

Sunday 24th February, 2019 - 5:33pm

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Alvaro Bautista took a clean sweep at Phillip Island

Alvaro Bautista has claimed a clean sweep of the opening round of the FIM Superbike World Championship with two race wins and victory in Superpole at Phillip Island.

Having cleared out in the opening race of the weekend on Saturday, the Spaniard rocketed into the lead from the start of Race 2 to edge out a lead over Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam at a second a lap with another dominant performance.

Along with two clinical performances in the two 22-lap races, Bautista prevailed in the all-new Superpole sprint race earlier on Sunday.

Rea ended the weekend final race in second ahead of Haslam, with the Yamaha-shod trio of Michael van der Mark, Alex Lowes and Marco Melandri rounding out the top six.

With Bautista untouchable out front, the main interest in was the battle between Rea and Haslam, with Melandri also latched onto the Kawasaki pair for a number of laps.

Rea managed to build a small but decisive break on the final lap, while Melandri fell into the clutches of van der Mark and Lowes, ultimately being bested by them both.

Aussie wildcard Troy Herfoss endured another torrid race with mechanical issues taking him out of the race.

The next round of the Superbike World Championship will be held at the Chang circuit in Thailand from March 15-17.

Results: Race 2, Australian Round

Pos Rider Bike Laps Time
1 Alvaro Bautista Ducati Panigale V4 R 22 33:38.114
2 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR 22 +12.195s
3 Leon Haslam Kawasaki ZX-10RR 22 +12.454s
4 Michael van der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 22 +16.574s
5 Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 22 +16.859s
6 Marco Melandri Yamaha YZF R1 22 +17.329s
7 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale V4 R 22 +26.823s
8 Sandro Cortese Yamaha YZF R1 22 +27.580s
9 Eugene Laverty Ducati Panigale V4 R 22 +29.116s
10 Leon Camier Honda CBR1000RR 22 +29.176s
11 Leandro Mercado Kawasaki ZX-10RR 22 +29.460s
12 Markus Reiterberger BMW S1000 RR 22 +29.896s
13 Tom Sykes BMW S1000 RR 22 +31.321s
14 Jordi Torres Kawasaki ZX-10RR 22 +40.926s
15 Ryuichi Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR 22 +41.616s
16 Michael Rinaldo Ducati Panigale V4 R 21 +1 Lap
DNF Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki ZX-10RR 17
DNF Troy Herfoss Honda CBR1000RR 5
DNF Alessandro Delbianco Honda CBR1000RR 0

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