World Superbikes - Round 1 Summary and Round 2 TV Schedule

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By Steve Lamb

Production Manager - Still considers himself a novice rider, despite passing his test over twenty years ago. Steve has only ever owned four bikes - a '95 Suzuki GSX600F (which he dropped in the first minute of ownership), an '04 Yamaha FZ6 Fazer and currently a '16 Ducati Scrambler Classic, as well as (very slowly) building a '94 Yamaha SR125 'brat tracker'.

World Superbikes - Round 1 Summary and Round 2 TV Schedule

 

Spaniard Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Ducati) was talk of the town at Round 1 in Australia, when he set the paddock alight with three explosive wins at his World Superbike debut.

Starting third on the grid in the opening race, Bautista took the lead from Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea on the first lap. Team-mates Rea and Leon Haslam pushed hard in pursuit until a mistake saw Haslam take to the gravel and leave Rea to chase down Bautista.

Despite his hard work, Rea could only watch on as Bautista pulled nearly a second a lap on him, to finish the race over 14 seconds ahead - a record margin for a dry race. Rea took second, from GRT Yamaha's Marco Melandri with Britain's Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha) taking an excellent fourth - just 0.05 seconds behind Melandri.

Bautista's dominance continued in the shorter 10-lap SuperPole race, winning again, but by a reduced margin of just 1.17 seconds over Rea, with Haslam taking third.  Lowes secured a repeat fourth ahead of his Pata Yamaha team-mate, Michael Van Der Mark.

Sunday's race saw Bautista complete his hat-trick of wins, taking victory by over 12 seconds from Rea in second and, just two-tenths behind, Haslam in third. The Pata Yamaha team-mates followed in fourth and fifth with Van Der Mark taking the spoils ahead of Lowes this time.

Bautista's incredible performance sees him lead the Championship table by 13 points from Rea, with Melandri and Lowes sharing third place, 19 points behind the Northern Irishman.

 

In the World Supersport race, the leading group was much closer with the lead being swapped six times, before Germany's Randy Krummenache (Yamaha) took over on Lap 10 to lead the pack home ahead of France's Jules Cluzel on the GMT94 Yamaha, in their debut race. Krummenache's team-mate, Caricasulo, took the final podium spot ahead of ex-MotoGP rider Hector Barbera.

 

World Superbikes - Round 1 Summary and Round 2 TV Schedule

 

At the end of Round 1, here's how the tables look: 

WSBK RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE (TOP 10)

POS

RIDER

BIKE

PTS

NEXT

LEADER

1

BAUTISTA, Alvaro (SPA)

Ducati

62

 

 

2

REA, Jonathon (GBR)

Kawasaki

49

13

13

3

MELANDRI, Marco (ITA)

Yamaha

30

19

32

4

LOWES, Alex (GBR)

Yamaha

30

-

32

5

VAN DER MARK, Michael (NED)

Yamaha

29

1

33

6

HASLAM, Leon (GBR)

Kawasaki

24

5

38

7

CORTESE, Sandro (GER)

Yamaha

19

5

43

8

DAVIES, Chaz (GBR)

Ducati

15

4

47

9

SYKES, Tom (GBR)

BMW

12

3

50

10

LAVERTY, Eugene (IRE)

Ducati

12

-

50

WSSP RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE (TOP 10)

POS

RIDER

BIKE

PTS

NEXT

LEADER

1

KRUMMENACHER, Randy (SWI)

YAMAHA

25

 

 

2

CLUZEL, Jules (FRA)

YAMAHA

20

5

5

3

CARICASULO, Federico (ITA)

YAMAHA

16

4

9

4

BARBERA, Hector (SPA)

YAMAHA

13

3

12

5

GRADINGER, Thomas (AUT)

YAMAHA

11

2

14

6

HIKARI, Okubo (JAP)

KAWASAKI

10

1

15

7

CORENTIN, Perolari (FRA)

YAMAHA

9

1

16

8

SEBESTYEN, Peter (HUN)

HONDA

8

1

17

9

DANILO, Jules (FRA)

HONDA

7

1

18

10

CRESSON, Loris (BEL)

YAMAHA

6

1

19

 

World Superbikes - Round 1 Summary and Round 2 TV Schedule

 

The season continues this weekend at the Chang International Circuit, Buriram in Thailand, where the WSBK field will be hoping to make inroads into Bautista's early lead.

This weeks TV coverage is split between Eurosport 2 for live action and Eurosport 1 showing highlights, as follows:

ROUND 2 - TV SCHEDULE

Friday 15th March 2019

Highlights of FP 1 and 2

Eurosport 2

18:45 - 19:50

Saturday 16th March 2019

Highlights of FR1 and 2

Eurosport 2

04:00 - 05:30

WSBK - SuperPole (Qual)

Eurosport 2

05:30 - 10:00

WSSP - SuperPole (Qual)

WSBK - Race 1

Highlights

Eurosport 2

23:30 - 00:30

Sunday 17th March 2019

Highlights

Eurosport 1

00:30 - 01:30

Highlights

Eurosport 2

05:00 - 05:30

WSBK - SuperPole Race

Eurosport 2

05:30 - 10:15

WSSP - Race

WSBK - Race 2

Highlights

Eurosport 2

10:15 - 10:45

Highlights

Eurosport 2

17:00 - 18:00

Highlights

Eurosport 1

20:45 - 22:15

Highlights

Eurosport 2

23:15 - 00:15

 

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