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Jerez WorldSBK Race 1 | Alvaro Bautista crowned 2023 WorldSBK Champion with 26th win

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Alvaro Bautista, Aruba.it Racing, Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2023 WorldSBK, Jerez, action [Gold & Goose].

Alvaro Bautista has been crowned 2023 WorldSBK Champion after fending off Toprak Razgatlioglu to claim his 26th victory in the opening race of the Jerez season finale.

In a year that has seen the Aruba.it Ducati rider largely dominate proceedings with an extraordinary 25 victories coming into his season concluding home race, Bautista resisted the early attentions of a charging Toprak Razgatlioglu to comfortably secure the points he needed to make the championship a formality.

It is his second successive WorldSBK Championship Riders' title after clinching his maiden crown last season with the Aruba.it Racing team.


Indeed, while the scant two points he needed from any one of the three races this weekend made Bautista a strong champion-elect coming into the opening encounter, it is credit to the Spaniard for being able to do so in style with a lights-to-flag success.

He was made to work hard for it initially, however, Razgatlioglu dismissing his third row starting position to quickly get himself up to fourth by the end of the opening lap before shimmying past both factory Kawasaki riders for third and then second just a few corners later.

From here, the Turk set his sights on Bautista but save for being quicker than his rival through the twisty, difficult to pass sections, he couldn’t get close enough to attempt an overtake.

As the race wore on, Razgatlioglu’s challenge faded, releasing Bautista through to complete the win and the 2023 WorldSBK riders’ title. It ensures a clean sweep for Aruba.it Racing and Ducati of the riders’, teams’, manufacturers’ and WorldSSP titles.

Behind Razgatlioglu, Andrea Locatelli worked his way up the order from tenth on the grid to complete the podium, the Italian getting the better of a fading Kawasaki contingent mid-way through the race.

Rea held on for fourth place, escaping from a mighty scrap for fifth place between Philipp Oettl and Danilo Petrucci, the two satellite Ducati riders proving the quickest on track during the closing stages.

In the end it was Petrucci who’d nab the position in the closing stages from Oettl and Alex Lowes o add another top five result to his tally and strengthen his hopes in the battle for the independents’ title, particularly after a costly DNF for main rival Axel Bassani [see below].

In a chastening race for some of the leading contenders, Michael Ruben Rinaldi was forced to settle for eighth after being given a long lap penalty for a run-in with Axel Bassani, his rival for fifth in the overall standings.

The Italian made light contact with his countryman and bitter rival at Turn 9, forcing an angry Bassani into a rare DNF and closing things up considerably between them in the fight for fifth.


With GYTR GRT Yamaha riders Remy Gardner and Dominique Aegerter out of the running having qualified inside the top five - the former with a crash, the latter a technical issue - and Garrett Gerloff crashing out of tenth, Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge completed the top ten for Honda.

In a tough year that has seen it crack the points on just two occasions in 2023, Puccetti Kawasaki - utilising a factory-spec Kawasaki ZX-10RR this weekend - scored its best result of the year in 11th with Tito Rabat, while Lorenzo Baldassarri also landed a personal best finish of 12th on the GMT94 Yamaha.

Loris Baz, the recovering Garrett Gerloff and Hafizh Syahrin picked up the remaining points’ paying positions down to 15th.

2023 Spain WorldSBK | Jerez | Race 1 Results | Round 12 of 12
1Alvaro Bautista🇪🇸Aruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R20 Laps
2Toprak Razgatlioglu🇹🇷Pata Crescent RacingYamaha R1+1.195
3Andrea Locatelli🇮🇹Pata Crescent RacingYamaha R1+9.071
4Jonathan Rea🇬🇧Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR+10.065
5Danilo Petrucci🇮🇹Barni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R+10.661
6Philipp Oettl🇩🇪Go ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R+11.538
7Alex Lowes🇬🇧Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR+12.152
8Michael Ruben Rinaldi🇮🇹Aruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+18.148
9Iker Lecuona🇪🇸Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R+20.639
10Xavi Vierge🇪🇸Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R+23.671
11Tito Rabat🇪🇸Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+24.827
12Lorenzo Baldassarri🇮🇹GMT 94Yamaha R1+27.061
13Loris Baz🇫🇷Bonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR+39.299
14Garrett Gerloff🇺🇲Bonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR+39.983
15Hafizh Syahrin🇲🇾Petronas MIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+56.614
16Oliver Konig🇨🇿Orelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+56.658
17Leandro Mercado🇦🇷Petronas MIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+58.075
18Dominique Aegerter🇨🇭GYTR GRTYamaha R1+58.924
19Florian Alt🇩🇪Holzhauer RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+1m >
DNFAxel Bassani🇮🇹Motocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R
DNFGabriele Ruiu🇮🇹B-Max RacingBMW M 1000 RR
DNFMichael van der Mark🇳🇱BMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR
DNFScott Redding🇬🇧BMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR
DNFRemy Gardner🇦🇺GYTR GRTYamaha R1

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