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[New V4R Debut Win] DUCATI A. Bautista is the perfect victory in the Superbike opening game


It was the opening game of the Superbike World Championship held at Phillip Island, Australia on February 23 and 24, Alvaro Bautista who switched from MotoGP until last year achieved a perfect win.

Motorcycle and riders are open to potential

It is just a perfect victory. Alvaro Bautista, who controlled the race 1 and race 2 with a big difference, also won the Super Pole race held on Sunday morning and brought the best results to the Panigale V4R which was the debut year. Bautista who led Paninagre V4R to debut as early as the Perfect Win was decided to switch to the Superbike World Championship from 2019 in the middle of last season but ‘Desmosedici GP17 of type delayed in 2018’ ranking 12. It showed the speed of occasional shining such as entering the rank. The potential is highly appreciated by Ducati · MotoGP Team manager Gigi Darinha, and to prove it, as a substitute for Jorge Lorenzo who was missing in injury in Phillip Island in the 17th round of 2018. He is running a factory machine and finishing 4th behind the top with 4 seconds.

Meanwhile, the motorcycle was attracting attention as well. Ducati Panigale V4R has a high popularity since the start of the season, especially as it is noteworthy how it affects the regulation of the 2019 season, the maximum number of revolutions of 16500rpm (at 6th speed) which is not common sense. Regarding this, it was taken into consideration that the regular revolution is 16000 rpm or finally settled at 16350 rpm. The limit of the new BMW S1000RR that debuted in the same year is 14,900 rpm (14475 rpm for a commercial motorcycle). And KAWASAKI that has achieved 4 consecutive victories until last year has appeared as a new model of the Ninja ZX-10RR, and because the maximum revolution of commercial motorcycle has been increased to 14,300 rpm, it is 500 rpm higher than 14100 rpm at the beginning of the previous year and it is limited to 14600 rpm was set.

J. Ray is the leader on Saturday qualifying = super pole.

The Super Bike opening race was held on Saturday the 23rd in Super Pole (qualifying) and Race 1. Defeating champion Jonathan Ray (1 min 29 sec 413) is the leader here. And Leon Haslam (1: 29.624), which runs the same KAWASAKI in 2nd place, entered Bautista 3rd place (1m 29.972s) and secured the front row. By the way, Bautista had the top time on both days, on the same Phillip Island circuit on February 18th and 19th.

In race 1, Bautista made a good start and Ray and Haslam followed. Tom Sykes (BMW) and others who transferred from Alex Lowes (YAMAHA) and KAWASAKI to this will form a top group as they pursue. Although Haslam overtook Ray at the 4th lap, it crashed at the 4th corner on lap 13. Ray ranked second and Loews ranked third, but Marco Melandri (YAMAHA), who was placed in fourth place, is aiming for entering the top three with a trip.

Ultimately, Bautista is the goal after putting a second close to Ray 15 seconds. It ran away third place Melandri who ran away low ranked third.

Here is the overwhelming speed of V4R and Bautista. In the lap time during the race, it was fairly fast compared with 1/31/453 of Ray who scored 2nd in 1 minute 30 seconds 884 which cuts down 1 minute 31 seconds, and at the race time it gave a big difference of 14 seconds 983 It is. Also, although it is the second lowest in lap time (4th place), even if it beats 1 minute 31 seconds 162, it is set to be 16 seconds 984 difference in race time, and on average it is delayed by 0.7 seconds or more per lap It will be.

A. Bautista who also dominated Sunday

On February 24 (Sunday) Super Pole race, and race 2 was held. It is a sprint race that is contested with Super Pole in 10 laps, which also serves as a preliminary selection to determine the grid of race 2. When winning, 12 points will be attached (normal race is 25 points). It was again Bautista who hit this.

Bautista, who decided on a good start, went on to the top after a few corners. But on the fourth lap Ray reclaimed the top and Bautista stood on top again on lap six, and a fierce battle took place. In the third place battle, Haslam, Michael van der Mark (YAMAHA), and Loews are three people, followed by Melandri and Sandro Cortez (YAMAHA). … … but the race ended suddenly with a red flag due to multiple crashes on lap eight. It was Ray 1 min 30 sec 075 that recorded the fastest strap. Bautista was 1 minute 30 seconds 123, and Hathram was 1 minute 30 seconds 639.

Race 2 started from the grid reflecting the ranking of the Superpole race further boosted the speed of Bautista. Not only did it demonstrate speed from the start but at a time it gave a margin enough to drop the pace after putting a difference of less than 18 seconds into the second place or less. Ray is second with 195 differences of 12 seconds and 3 races in a row. This followed by Haslam (12 seconds 454 difference), Van der Mark (16 seconds 574 difference), Loews (16 seconds 859 difference), Melandri (17 seconds 329 difference). The fastest trap was Bautista’s 1/30/573, Haslam’s 1/30/838 lasted, and only these two have recorded 1 minute 30 seconds.

As far as the opening race is seen, it seems to be said that the Bautista of this season can not be handed, but besides weak points by the circuit, it is also conceivable that the upper limit of the number of revolutions will be lowered if the higher ranking results continue. Ray, Haslam, and YAMAHA will not be silent. The 2019 Superbike World Championship is always hot!

YAMAHA YZF-R6 monopolizes the podium!

YAMAHA is strong in the world SSP (super sports). In addition to the podium, YZF-R6 became the top 5th place, but Japanese rider Okubo Hikaru who ran the KAWASAKI Ninja ZX-6R in the 6th place showed a good fight but YZF-R6 occupied 7 of the top 10. This was held only for one race, but after the next round the theme will be how the riders of other manufacturers face the YAMAHA fleet.

Original Source[ Young Machine ] (*Japanese)

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