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WorldSBK Assen Race 1 Results | Bautista battles back to make it 6 from 7

Alvaro Bautista has taken another comprehensive step forward in the 2023 WorldSBK Championship fight after overcoming a grid penalty to claim his sixth victory in seven races at Assen.

Bautista had originally qualified on pole position - only his third since the start of his dominant era of WorldSBK began at the start of the 2022 season - only to be demoted back to fourth as punishment for loitering on the racing line as he exited the pit-lane into the path of faster riders.

Despite the set-back, Bautista was soon on the prowl in the early stages of Race 1, shrugging off the early attentions of Alex Lowes in third before working his way past Toprak Razgatlioglu on lap six coming out of the final corner.


Up front, pole man Jonathan Rea - who got the hole-shot into Turn 1 - proved a more stubborn foe, but with Bautista swarming all over the Kawasaki it was only a matter of time before he got the jump on the Ulsterman.

The move eventually came just before the half-way point on lap nine, Bautista scorching into a lead he'd extend to more than three seconds by the chequered flag for another 25 points.

Though he didn't succeed with his spirited defence, Rea brought the Kawasaki home in second position for much-needed return to the WorldSBK podium, just ahead of 2021 WorldSBK Champion Toprak Razgatlioglu.

The Turk held second early on as he shadowed Rea, but lost touch with the leaders once he was passed by Bautista.

Though he'd work his way back onto the rear of Rea as the chequered flag loomed, he couldn't get the better of the Ulsterman, leaving him third.

His Pata Yamaha team-mate Andrea Locatelli followed him home in a distant fourth, the Italian prevailing in an entertaining scrap that ebbed and flowed as the race progressed. Initially held by Lowes, he was displaced by countryman Scott Redding on lap nine.

However, the Brits were overhauled by the advancing Italian front behind them with Axel Bassani getting by before Locatelli picked his way through too, eventually getting through on the Ducati rider too for fourth.

Bassani held on for fifth to secure top independents' honours aboard the Motocross Ducati, just ahead of Dominique Aegerter. The Swiss rider ran with the lead group in the opening laps before a mistake dropped him down to 12th, before battling back to sixth at the flag.

A fading Lowes ended up seventh, ahead of the second GYTR GRT Yamaha of Remy Gardner and Barni Spark Racing's Danilo Petrucci, the pair demoting a frustrated Redding to tenth after the ROKiT BMW rider struggled to the end.


Outside the top ten, Xavi Vierge, Garrett Gerloff and Michael van der Mark crossed the line 11th, 12th and 13th, with a busy battle for the final few points eventually went the way of Philipp Oettl and Michael Ruben Rinaldi, the latter struggling home in 15th having only started 16th.

Elsewhere, Bradley Ray held down a position inside the top fifteen for parts of the race but couldn't quite sustain that peak, eventually finishing 18th in a race of low attrition.

With only two non-finishers, Iker Lecuona crashed out on the Honda, while Tom Sykes slumped into another technical DNF as he continues his search for his first point on the Puccetti Kawasaki.

WorldSBK Assen - Race 1 Results

2023 WorldSBK | Assen, Netherlands | Race 1 Results | Rd. 3 of 12
1Alvaro BautistaESPAruba.it DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R22 Laps
2Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR+3.148
3Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Crescent RacingYamaha R1+3.891
4Andrea LocatelliITAPata Crescent RacingYamaha R1+10.105
5Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R+10.498
6Dominique AegerterCHEGYTR GRTYamaha R1+13.952
7Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR+14.098
8Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRTYamaha R1+16.942
9Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R+17.807
10Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR+18.066
11Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R+22.002
12Garrett GerloffUSABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR+23.632
13Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR+23.819
14Philipp OettlGERGo ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R+25.088
15Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba.it DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+26.803
16Lorenzo BaldassarriITAGMT 94Yamaha R1+34.593
17Loris BazFRABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR+34.719
18Bradley RayGBRMotoxracingYamaha R1+47.346
19Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+50.486
20Oliver KonigCZEOrelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+52.310
21Eric GranadoBRAMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+1m >
22Gabriele RuiuPORB-Max RacingBMW M 1000 RR+1m >
23Isaac VinalesESPTPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+1m >
DNFTom SykesGBRPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR
DNFIker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R

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