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Misano WorldSBK Race 1 Results | Dominant Bautista makes it a Ducati dozen


Alvaro Bautista's dominant run of form in the 2023 WorldSBK Championship maintained its head of steam as he romped to another dominant victory in the opening race of the weekend at Misano.

Swelling his trophy tally this season to 12 wins in 13 races, the near-flawlessness in Bautista's record on the Aruba.it Ducati Panigale V4 R in 2023 was reflected in a similarly commanding route from lights-to-victory, the gap back to team-mate Michael Ruben Rinaldi a clear +5.2secs.

If the plot was familiar, then at least the bike wasn't with Bautista and Rinaldi swapping red for yellow as Ducati used its home round to honour Giallo Ducati with a special livery that will be echoed on the factory Ducati MotoGP machines at Mugello next week.


Whether the new hues could be classified as 'go faster stripes', Ducati likely wouldn't have needed them anyway as Bautista and Rinaldi gripped onto an early 1-2 formation they wouldn't reliniquish to the chequered flag.

A third 1-2 of the year for the Aruba.it team, second for Rinaldi will be particularly welcome in his attempts to hold onto his factory ride next season.

Toprak Razgatlioglu rallied hard in the first few turns in an attempt to break the Ducati deadlock, but after being rebuffed by Rinaldi by Turn 4, he soon lost touch with the leaders.

Instead, his afternoon was preoccupied with the close attentions of Danilo Petrucci and Axel Bassani, the independent Ducati riders enjoying arguably their best races of the 2023 season.

Though unable to get the better of Razgatlioglu, Petrucci looked on course for a satisfying season's best run to fourth, only for the ex-MotoGP rider to drop the Barni Spark Racing bike at Turn 8 with six laps remaining.

His exit promoted a grateful Bassani into fourth place for a timely head-turning result in front of Ducati top brass.

With gaps forming throughout the field, leading to fairly little elbow-to-elbow action, it was left to Jonathan Rea and Dominique Aegerter to provide much of the entertainment in their fight for fifth. However, while the Swiss rider's attack was unrelenting, Rea's defence would hold strong to the flag, the Ulsterman taking the spot, with Aegerter sixth.

Alex Lowes brought his Kawasaki home in seventh, with Iker Lecuona (HRC Honda), Remy Gardner (GYTR GRT Yamaha) and Xavi Vierge (HRC Honda) completing the top ten.

Scott Redding led a muted BMW offensive in 11th, while Andrea Locatelli endured an out-of-sorts race well down in 12th place. Garrett Gerloff, Philipp Oettl and Lorenzo Baldassarri picked up the final points in 13th, 14th and 15th, leaving Tom Sykes and Bradley Ray - who started from the pit-lane - empty-handed.


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Misano WorldSBK - RACE 1 RESULTS

2023 Italian WorldSBK | Misano World Circuit | Race 1 Results | Round 5 of 12
1Alvaro BautistaESPAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R20 Laps
2Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+5.221
3Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Crescent RacingYamaha R1+8.971
4Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R+14.285
5Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR+18.594
6Dominique AegerterCHEGYTR GRTYamaha R1+19.021
7Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR+21.036
8Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R+23.751
9Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRTYamaha R1+24.011
10Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R+29.081
11Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR+29.430
12Andrea LocatelliITAPata Crescent RacingYamaha R1+30.139
13Garrett GerloffUSABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR+30.562
14Philipp OettlGERGo ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R+33.210
15Lorenzo BaldassarriITAGMT 94Yamaha R1+34.858
16Tom SykesGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR+35.778
17Loris BazFRABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR+38.489
18Bradley RayGBRMotoxracingYamaha R1+40.374
19Tito RabatESPPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+56.950
20Isaac VinalesESPTPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+1m >
21Ryo MizunoJPNMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+1m >
DNFDanilo PetrucciITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R
DNFHafizh SyahrinMALMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R
DNFLuca VitaliITAOrelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR
DNSGabriele RuiuITAB-Max RacingBMW M 1000 RR

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