WorldSBK: Bautista Can Clinch Title This Coming Weekend In Indonesia

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Match-point: Bautista will have his first title chance in WorldSBK’s 900th race   Event schedule (local time) Friday, November 11th 09:00-09:45 > WorldSSP – FP1 10:00-10:45 > WorldSBK – FP1 12:00-12:45 > WorldSSP – FP2 13:00-13:45 > WorldSBK – FP2   Saturday, November 12th 08:30-09:00 > WorldSBK – FP3 09:55-10:15 > WorldSSP – Superpole 10:40-10:55 > WorldSBK – Superpole 12:00           > WorldSSP – Race 1 13:30           > WorldSBK – Race   Sunday, November 13th 08:30-08:45 > WorldSBK – WUP 08:55-09:10 > WorldSSP – WUP 10:30           > WorldSBK – SP Race 12:00           > WorldSSP – Race 2 13:30           > WorldSBK – Race 2 WorldSBK in numbers 900 – The first race in Mandalika will be the 900th in WorldSBK history. 32-33 – Alvaro Bautista (30 wins) and Toprak Razgatlioglu (29) are rapidly closing in on the most successful winners in WorldSBK history. Bautista has the sixth all-time place within reach, held by Troy Corser (33), the 7th of Chaz Davies (32) and the 8th of Colin Edwards (31). Razgatlioglu can match Davies with a second career hat-trick in Mandalika. 27/30 – With three more podiums, Alvaro Bautista can become the second rider in history with at least 30 in a season. He stands at 27 now: Jonathan Rea recorded 34 in 2019 and 30 in 2021. What to look out for in Mandalika Championship P1 – 507 points Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Ducati – Racing) In 2021, for the inaugural WorldSBK event at Mandalika, Bautista finished seventh in Race 1 and tenth in Race 2. He will have a first chance to win the title if he outscores Razgatlioglu by 17 points and outscores Rea by 1 point “Mandalika will definitely be a mystery for everybody, but a bit more for me because I’ve never been there with Ducati.  It will be the second year with WorldSBK there; the track is quite nice but there are a lot of question marks about the asphalt because they resurfaced the track, so we have to see how the conditions are there. Then, the weather will be another key point; it’ll be very complicated. I think, for us, we have to be very focused, especially on Friday because it will be important to get the reference on track with Ducati, try to get a good setup and be ready for everything because anything can happen. For me, it’s the most difficult race on the calendar. For me, it’s more important to discover the track with Ducati and try to have the same feeling with the bike as we had all season. The target is trying to get our performance and then we’ll see. The Championship ends after Race 2 of Phillip Island; before that, it’s stupid to think about the future.” Championship P2 – 425 points Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) In 2021, Razgatlioglu claimed the title at the Mandalika International Street Circuit. He finished second in Race 1 and fourth in Race 2 in 2021. He currently sits in second place in the standings, 82 points behind Bautista and 16 points ahead of Rea. “Going to a Muslim country is very good for me. Many people support me there and this is good motivation for me. I also have good memories at Mandalika, as we won the Championship there in 2021. We finished in second place in Race 1 last year and now we need to get three wins. We’ll be fighting for the win again; I love this track and I go there more relaxed and just wanting to take the win. I’m very happy to come back to Mandalika. There is a very good atmosphere there. I’m just scared about the rai… we will see. I don’t like rain and I hope for dry conditions.” Championship P3 – 409 points Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) Rea was the first WorldSBK winner at the Indonesian venue. In 2021, he won both races. He’s third in the Championship standings with 409 points. He is 16 points behind Razgatlioglu. “I’m really excited to go to Indonesia, Mandalika because last year was a first experience of the track. I really enjoyed the whole event, everything from the circuit layout to atmosphere, the fans were incredible especially in difficult conditions. It’s a circuit where we’re expecting to be strong. I enjoyed the track last year and I did a double win. I won in the wet and also in the dry. I really want to do a really nice weekend, trying to maximise our potential and keep working on our ZX-10RR.” Championship P4 – 260 points Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Ducati Racing) In 2021, he finished 12th in Race 1 and didn’t finish Race 2. Rinaldi heads into the final two rounds after strengthening his grip on fourth in the standings “We go to Mandalika next week. It’s a really nice track, in a really good place. It’s very hot so we need to train hard to race there. Also, sometimes it rains a lot there, so we’ll need to adapt quickly to any change of conditions. I really liked the crowd there, how they support us and how they support motorsport. It’s really cool to go there.” Championship P5 – 217 points Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) In 2021, Lowes was injured in FP3 and did not take part in the races. Therefore, he will race for the first time this year. “Obviously last year was the first year on the calendar, a new circuit. I didn’t race because I was injured but the parts that I did, I really enjoyed. I think the layout is great. It’s always nice to get new venues and I think the whole atmosphere was a lot of fun last year. I’m riding well at the minute so I’m hoping to get there and challenge for the podium. Like I said, it’s a layout I really enjoy. The weather can be a little bit of a mess, maybe we’ll have some rain but I’m looking forward to it.” Championship P6 – 212 points Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK)  In 2021, Locatelli was fourth in Race 1 and eighth in Race 2. “I want to be back on track. It was a new track last year. The weather was a bit strange, but it was really good. The feeling was not so bad. It was a nice track and a nice place, which is important. I don’t remember the weekend but, for sure, we arrive in Indonesia with a lot of confidence because in the end, even if San Juan was a strange weekend, it was also positive. We trust to be able to push immediately in Mandalika to find the feeling with the bike, to improve the bike and to fight at the front because the season is almost over. I want to enjoy the moment.” To keep an eye on: It will be Team HRC’s Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge’s first time at the Indonesian venue, with Honda keen to extend their slender three-point lead over BMW for fourth in the overall Manufacturers’ standings. On BMW’s side, Scott Redding (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) stood on the podium in both races in 2021 with Ducati, whilst Michael van der Mark (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) finished third in Race 2 with BMW. Kyle Smith (TPR Team Pedercini Racing) will make his WorldSBK debut at Mandalika as he joins the team for the two remaining rounds of the season. Championship standings (after Race 2 – Round 10) 1. Alvaro Bautista (ESP) Ducati (507 points) 2. Toprak Razgatlioglu (TUR) Yamaha (425 points) 3. Jonathan Rea (GBR) Kawasaki (409 points)     Dominique Aegerter. Photo courtesy Dorna.   On the verge of back-to-back titles: Aegerter returns to Indonesia looking to retain the title What to look out for in Mandalika Championship P1 – 424 points Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) Aegerter has not yet won at the Indonesian venue. In 2021 he finished second in Race 1 and third in Race 2. Aegerter will have a first chance to claim his second WorldSSP title in Race 1 if he outscores Baldassarri by three points. “I will approach the Indonesian round as always. There is no difference. In Argentina, everybody told me last year I was thinking a lot about the Championship. But I am quite relaxed. I just stay focused, train hard at home and prepare myself in a professional way. I will start Friday as always, then in Superpole I’ll try to get a good starting position and, in the race… I’ll try to fight for the victory or the podium. This is our goal.” Championship P2 – 352 points Lorenzo Baldassarri (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) It will be Baldassarri’s first WorldSSP race at the Indonesian venue. He stands in second place in the standings, 72 points behind Aegerter. “We are fast also in the new track. I have to give my 100% to learn fast the new track in Indonesia to win as many races as possible and enjoy. I have a great bike, a great team. I’m having a very good season. I think I will try to learn the track with my team, with the maps, with the computer, watching videos but also, I’ll play SBK22. I think we can arrive well prepared to Indonesia.” Championship P3 – 216 points Can Oncu (Kawasaki Pucetti Racing) In 2021, Oncu’s best result at Mandalika was a sixth place in Race 2. In Race 1, he finished in seventh position. “I like Mandalika. Last year there, it was not so bad for me so I think this year can also be very good for us, we can do a good job. I’m looking forward to going there and doing my best and I hope to achieve a podium. We’ll try our best to win. Argentina was a bit difficult for us and I’m sure Indonesia will be better.” To keep an eye on: Respectively fourth and fifth in the standings, Nicolo Bulega (Aruba.it Racing WorldSSP Team) and Stefano Manzi (Dynavolt Triumph) will also race at the Indonesian venue for the first time. With three podium places in the last two rounds and a podium finish at Mandalika in 2021, Federico Caricasulo (Althea Racing) will be one rider to follow in Indonesia. Raffaele De Rosa (Orelac Racing Verdnatura WorldSSP) will be another one to watch after two podium places claimed in the last two rounds. In 2021, he took his first and only WorldSSP win at Mandalika. Championship standings (after Race 2 – Round 10) 1. Dominique Aegerter (SUI) Yamaha (424 points) 2. Lorenzo Baldassarri (ITA) Yamaha (352 points) 3. Can Oncu (TUR) Kawasaki (216 points) The post WorldSBK: Bautista Can Clinch Title This Coming Weekend In Indonesia appeared first on Roadracing World Magazine | Motorcycle Riding, Racing & Tech News.

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