2019 Australia World SBK Race 1 ResultsThe season-opening race of the 2019 World Superbike season at Phillip Island was a historic one for Alvaro Bautista and the Ducati Panigale V4 R.Both the Spaniard and the Ducati V4 R claimed wins in their first-ever WorldSBK race Saturday in Australia.
Bautista, who spent nine years competing in the premier MotoGP class before joining World Superbike, became the first rookie to win a WorldSBK race since Max Biaggi back in 2007.And the 34-year old did it with complete dominance. Starting from third on the grid behind Kawasaki Racing Team’s Leon Haslam and Jonathan Rea – the pole sitter – Bautista took over the lead at turn 3. From there he was untouchable.When the 22-lap race was complete, Bautista claimed the win by 14.983 seconds ahead of the four-time reigning World Superbike Champion Rea.Claiming the final podium was GRT Yamaha WorldSBK’s Marco Melandri, who finished 16.934 seconds behind Bautista.With his win, Bautista breaks various other records, including:
- First Spanish Rookie to set the fastest lap at Phillip Island on a Ducati since Ruben Xaus in 2001
- First Spanish rider to win a WorldSBK race since Jordi Torres in 2015 at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
2019 Phillip Island World Superbike Race 1 Results
|5||Michael van der Mark||Yamaha||NLD||00’19.179|
|9||Michael Ruben Rinaldi||Ducati||ITA||00’25.580|
|11||Jordi Torres||MV Agusta||ESP||00’28.214|