SBK, Ducati retorts to Yamaha: Bautista closes test ahead of all

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Alvaro Bautista closes tests ahead of everyone

If Monday had been in the sign of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Yamaha, the final day of Superbike testing at Phillip Island, staged on Tuesday, instead saw Alvaro Bautista and Ducati main protagonists.

In fact, the reigning World Superbike World Derivative Champion set the best time of the final day, stopping the clock at 1:30.272. Behind him was the first of the Italians, Andrea Locatelli (Yamaha), 72 thousandths back. Third place for a brilliant Michael Ruben Rinaldi, 229 thousandths slower than his Spanish teammate. Fourth Jonathan Rea on Kawasaki, sixth Razgatlioglu.

SBK, Phillip Island test: last day (top positions).

1. Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati) 1’30.272s

2. Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) + 0.072s

3. Michael Ruben Rinaldi ( Racing – Ducati) +0.229s

4. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +0.444s

5. Dominique Aegerter (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) +0.467s

6. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) +0.485s

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