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WorldSBK Assen SPole Race Results | Super 7 for untouchable Bautista

Alvaro Bautista, Aruba.it Ducati, Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2023 WorldSBK, Assen, action [credit/ Geebee/2Snap]

Alvaro Bautista continued his steamroll towards back-to-back WorldSBK titles with another commanding victory in the Assen Superpole Race.

After stalking his way to the front in Saturday's opening race to bring up his sixth win in seven races, not even a shortened eight-lap sprint race could halt the Spaniard's charge to victory number seven.

In doing so, it brings Ducati's tally to 399 WorldSBK victories, with Bautista well placed to make it 400 in this afternoon's longer race two.


With the expiring Bonovo BMW of Loris Baz on the warm-up lap forcing officials to delay the start of the race so as to check for oil on track, it was Jonathan Rea that got the better jump off the line to get the hole-shot.

However, with Bautista tucked in behind him, it wasn't long before he struck to the front with a pass into Hoge Heide, the Spaniard assuming a lead he'd control to the flag.

In a largely uneventful race, Rea held onto second position, just under a second behind Bautista, while third place Toprak Razgatlioglu ensured an identical podium to that of race one.

Alex Lowes trailed home in a lonely fourth place, three seconds off the lead but three seconds up on the battle for fifth, which went the way of Andrea Locatelli on the second of the Pata Yamaha R1s.

Sixth place Axel Bassani secured independent honours on the Motocorsa Ducati, fending off Dominique Aegerter, the Swiss rider in turn nosing across the line in front of Scott Redding on the best of the BMWs.

Rounding out the points in ninth - thus securing a guaranteed spot on the third row of the grid - was leading Honda representative Xavi Vierge.

With the front three rows for race two decided, the likes of Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Danilo Petrucci - who finished 13th and 14th respectively - face an uphill challenge this afternoon to bring their weekend's to a strong conclusion.

Same goes for Bradley Ray, who despite a bright start running on the fringes of the top ten, was eventually shuffled down to 16th.

WorldSBK Superpole Race Results - Assen

2023 WorldSBK | Assen, Netherlands | Superpole Race Results | Rd. 3 of 12]
1Alvaro BautistaESPAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R8 Laps
2Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR+0.916
3Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Crescent RacingYamaha R1+1.757
4Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR+3.126
5Andrea LocatelliITAPata Crescent RacingYamaha R1+6.067
6Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R+6.781
7Dominique AegerterCHEGYTR GRTYamaha R1+7.054
8Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR+7.125
9Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R+8.568
10Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR+10.344
11Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R+10.546
12Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRTYamaha R1+11.246
13Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+11.807
14Philipp OettlGERGo ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R+12.037
15Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R+12.825
16Bradley RayGBRMotoxracingYamaha R1+13.079
17Garrett GerloffUSABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR+13.549
18Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+20.193
19Tom SykesGBRPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+21.340
20Lorenzo BaldassarriITAGMT 94Yamaha R1+24.463
21Eric GranadoBRAMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+25.353
22Gabriele RuiuPORB-Max RacingBMW M 1000 RR+25.706
23Oliver KonigCZEOrelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+27.243
DNFIsaac VinalesESPTPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR
DNFLoris BazFRABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR

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