Alvaro Bautista claims a dominant race win the opening race of the weekend as the small Spaniard obliterated the rest of the grid and really showed why he is the Championship leader.
After qualifying on Pole it seemed that there was only one person who could beat Bautista, and that was of course Bautista. The Reigning World Superbike Champion looked unbeatable and had checked out until a Red Flag was thrown on Lap Four.
Race One was restarted with a new distance of 17 laps. Bautista started on pole once again, but had his teammate Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) alongside him on the front row.
Bautista once again was unbeatable around Catalunya as the Spaniard completely disappeared up the road while chaos occurred behind him. The Reigning World Superbike Champion was running at lap times that were one second quicker than the other riders and crushed the opposition.
Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK Team) claimed another podium this season as he continues to chase his second win of the season. The Turkish rider finished the race in second place just ahead of his fierce rival.
After returning to the podium in Assen Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) returned to the podium once again in Catalunya. The six time World Superbike Champion was fighting the Kawasaki to get the best result he could from it and managed to secure a solid third place.
The other Factory Yamaha rider of Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK Team) took his bike to a solid fourth place. The Italian rider has been a solid top five finisher all season as he solidifies himself as a told level World Superbike rider.
Dominique Aegerter (GRT Yamaha) may have started from the front row originally but the Swiss World Superbike rookie is still finding his feet. However, it does not mean he was settling for a result as he claimed a fifth place finish, just behind Locatelli.
Iker Lecuona (Team HRC) took his Honda to a decent result as they crossed the line in sixth place. The Spaniard has had an up and down weekend but in Race One managed to pull out a decent result.
After a fierce start to the race involving an incident with a fellow Ducati rider Axel Bassani (Motocrosa Racing) could only manage to finish seventh overall after burning his tyre out.
Xavi Vierge (Team HRC) struggled with tyre wear on the Honda once again. But even though he dislikes the bike sliding underneath him he still managed to finish inside the top ten in eighth.
The Texan, Garrett Gerloff (Bonovo Action BMW) took his satellite BMW to a good result of ninth place. This meant that Gerloff was the top BMW rider and massively outperformed the other three BMW riders.
Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) took his Barni Ducati to a top ten finish as he rounded out the top ten in tenth place. Ahead of his return to MotoGP Petrucci will just be looking to stay fit.
The British riders had an up and down race in Catalunya. One massive result for the British riders was for Bradley Ray (Motoxracing WorldSBK Team), the WorldSBK rookie took his best result of the season in 13th place, which is his first points of the season. Tom Sykes (Puccetti Racing) has not had a good season and could only manage 17th place at Catalunya. The two other Brits of Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Scott Redding (RoKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) crashed out of the race.
WorldSBK Catalunya - Race One Results
|2023 Catalunya WorldSBK | Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya | Race One Results | Rd. 4 of 12]|
|1||Alvaro Bautista||ESP||Aruba Ducati||Ducati Panigale V4 R||17 Laps|
|2||Toprak Razgatlioglu||TUR||Pata Crescent Racing||Yamaha R1||+8.864|
|3||Jonathan Rea||GBR||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||+8.927|
|4||Andrea Locatelli||ITA||Pata Crescent Racing||Yamaha R1||+13.992|
|5||Dominique Aegerter||CHE||GYTR GRT||Yamaha R1||+14.206|
|6||Iker Lecuona||ESP||Team HRC||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+15.809|
|7||Axel Bassani||ITA||Motocorsa Racing||Ducati Panigale V4 R||+18.222|
|8||Xavi Vierge||ESP||Team HRC||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+20.607|
|9||Garrett Gerloff||USA||Bonovo Racing||BMW M 1000 RR||+20.841|
|10||Danilo Petrucci||ITA||Barni Spark Racing||Ducati Panigale V4 R||+22.930|
|11||Remy Gardner||AUS||GYTR GRT||Yamaha R1||+23.475|
|12||Philipp Oettl||GER||Go Eleven||Ducati Panigale V4 R||+31.286|
|13||Bradley Ray||GBR||Motoxracing||Yamaha R1||+31.823|
|14||Loris Baz||FRA||Bonovo Racing||BMW M 1000 RR||+32.859|
|15||Hafizh Syahrin||MAL||MIE Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+40.429|
|16||Ivo Lopes||POR||BMW Motorrad WorldSBK||BMW M 1000 RR||+46.947|
|17||Tom Sykes||GBR||Puccetti Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||+50.828|
|18||Lorenzo Baldassarri||ITA||GMT 94||Yamaha R1||+1 Lap|
|DNF||Michael Ruben Rinaldi||ITA||Aruba Ducati||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|DNF||Alex Lowes||GBR||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|DNF||Scott Redding||GBR||BMW Motorrad WorldSBK||BMW M 1000 RR|
|DNF||Eric Granado||BRA||MIE Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R|
|DNF||Oliver Konig||CZE||Orelac Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|DNF||Isaac Vinales||ESP||TPR by Vinales Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|DNS||Gabriele Ruiu||ITA||Bmax Racing||BMW M 1000 RR|