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Ballistic Bautista blasts away WorldSBK opposition at Buriram

Monday, March 18 2019

Former MotoGP ace Alvaro Bautista made it six World Superbike wins in a row, as his perfect start to his superbike career continued in Thailand over the weekend.

After his dominant showing at Phillip Island at the season-opener in February, he did it again at the Buriram circuit, securing his first superpole in qualifying and converting that into his fourth win in a row in race one.

But the victory came after an early scrap with Kawasaki's reigning champion Jonathan Rea, as their rivalry intensified further. The pair made contact early in the race after Rea made a move to pass, with the incident forcing Bautista to make a dramatic save and leaving him with rubber marks on the right leg of his leathers.

Bautista described the move as "very aggressive" and left him down in third place temporarily, before fighting back with moves on Alex Lowes and then on Rea once more, to eventually pull out a gap of over eight seconds.  

Bautista made it five in succession with victory in Sunday morning's shortened Tissot Superpole race, which was red flagged just after the halfway point following an accident between local wildcard rider Thitipong Warokorn and Honda's Leon Camier.

He made it six successive triumphs in race two, with a crushing display as he led from start to finish to win by over 10 seconds, with Rea forced to settle for second once again, for the sixth time this year, while Lowes claimed his third podium of the weekend for Yamaha.

Despite his unbeatable form so far, Bautista's championship lead over Rea is only 26 points, equivalent to just over one race win, with Alex Lowes third.

The WorldSBK field are back in action at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain on the first weekend in April, while the only UK round takes place at Donington Park on a new summer date of 6-7 July. Tickets are available in advance now, priced from £25, while children aged under 13 go free all weekend! Click here for full details.