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Buriram WSBK: Bautista wins red-flagged Superpole race

Buriram WSBK: Bautista wins red-flagged Superpole race
Mar 17, 2019, 6:38 AM

Alvaro Bautista was declared the winner of World Superbike’s second ever Superpole race at Buriram, which was red-flagged four laps from the chequered flag due to an incident on Turn 3.

Reigning champion Jonathan Rea got the best getaway among the front-row starters and led the field into Turn 1, but pole-sitter Bautista used the extra top speed of his factory Ducati bike to retake position at the following straight.

Rea cut to the inside of Bautista into Turn 3, in similar fashion to his Race 1 move, but the MotoGP convert again took little time to pounce back.

After shaking off the initial threat from the Kawasaki rider, Bautista steadily but slowly extended his lead, taking it to 1.7s by the time the race was red-flagged on lap 6.

A crash between Kawasaki Thailand wildcard Thitipong Warokorn and Honda’s Leon Camier was found to be the reason of the red flag.

Warokorn was swiftly taken to the medical centre, before being shifted to a hospital in Buriram for further checks.

A statement from WSBK read: "Warokorn has been taken to Buriram hospital for further medical assessments: chest injury; head injury, concussion."

Camier was also declared unfit for the final race of the weekend after suffering a right wrist fracture, right knee sprain and tibial spine avulsion, according to another statement by the series.

The results of the Superpole race were announced immediately after the red flag, based on the order after lap 5, with Bautista scoring his fifth consecutive WSBK win as well as pole position for the final race of the Buriram weekend.

Rea was classified second while Yamaha’s Alex Lowes completed the podium spots.

Lowes’ teammate Michael van der Mark spent much of the first five laps trading position with Marco Melandri, before a mistake by the GRT Yamaha rider finally allowed him to sneak ahead.

Van der Mark later passed the second Kawasaki of Leon Haslam on lap 5, eventually finishing fourth.

Melandri was classified fifth, just a tenth behind Haslam, but ahead of his teaṁmate and World Supersport champion Sandro Cortese.

Ducati’s Chaz Davies dropped outside the top 10 on the opening lap of the race, but recovered well to finish eighth.

Toprak Razgatlıoglu was ninth for Turkish Puccetti Racing, while Tom Sykes finished as the lead BMW rider in 10th.


Cla # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista  Ducati 10'06.157  
2 1 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea  Kawasaki 10'07.883 1.726
3 22 United Kingdom Alex Lowes  Yamaha 10'08.233 2.076
4 60 Netherlands Michael van der Mark  Yamaha 10'10.938 4.781
5 91 United Kingdom Leon Haslam  Kawasaki 10'11.582 5.425
6 33 Italy Marco Melandri  Yamaha 10'11.690 5.533
7 11 Germany Sandro Cortese  Yamaha 10'12.005 5.848
8 7 United Kingdom Chaz Davies  Ducati 10'13.378 7.221
9 54 Turkey Toprak Razgatlioglu  Kawasaki 10'13.817 7.660
10 66 United Kingdom Tom Sykes  BMW 10'16.205 10.048
11 21 Italy Michael Ruben Rinaldi  Ducati 10'17.024 10.867
12 36 Argentina Leandro Mercado  Kawasaki 10'19.227 13.070
13 81 Spain Jordi Torres  Kawasaki 10'19.835 13.678
14 28 Germany Markus Reiterberger  BMW 10'21.417 15.260
15 52 Alessandro Delbianco  Honda 10'28.286 22.129
  99 Thailand Thitipong Warokorn  Kawasaki    
  2 United Kingdom Leon Camier  Honda    
  23 Japan Ryuichi Kiyonari  Honda    
  50 Ireland Eugene Laverty  Ducati    
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Series World Superbike
Event Buriram
Author Rachit Thukral