BEST INDEPENDENT…GONE DUE TO ONE LAP EARLIER CELEBRATIONS!
A perfect Saturday, excellent Superpole, spectacular race with lots of overtaking between Rinaldi, Bassani, Petrucci, Lowes and Philipp, on the last lap the Go Eleven rider seems to be able to defend the Best independent… but he celebrates with a lap early, thinking the race was over, Danilo passes, Philipp realizes “the mistake”, but it’s too late. Anger and a hint of disappointment, yes, but hats off to the performance on the track.
In FP 3 the session was split into two outs: the first with the race tyre, the second for the time attack. Philipp settles inside the Top Ten, then in the all-or-nothing lap he finds some traffic, failing to enter the top five positions. Feeling with the bike and confidence in the potential don’t seem to be lacking here in Jerez.
P 1 A. Bautista 1.39.638
P 2 D. Aegerter + 0.233
P 3 S. Redding + 0.455
P 8 P. Oettl + 0.879
Superpole, the session that Philipp suffered the most of the year, on the Andalusian circuit, proved to be extremely positive. Sixth place on the grid, second row and best qualifying since Phillip Island, once again showcasing an incredible first sector. The hugs to number 5 upon returning to the pits, almost with teary eyes, demonstrate the good result obtained and the awareness of being able to achieve something important in the Race.
P 1 A. Bautista 1.38.635
P 2 D. Aegerter + 0.210
P 3 A. Lowes + 0.270
P 6 P. Oettl + 0.456
Race 1, definitely the most exciting and full of suspense of the whole 2023. Philipp starts and immediately ignites the battle with Bassani and Rinaldi. Having freed himself of both, he has a slightly faster pace, enough to create a slight gap. Petrucci comes back from behind and chases Philipp, starting a duel lasting about 10 laps. The two Ducati riders, despite the battle, recover and overtake Alex Lowes, arriving close to the podium. After at least three or four overtakes, the number 5 seems to be able to defend fifth place and take home the first Best Independent of the season. Penultimate lap, Philipp celebrates at the finish line thinking that the race is over, but there is still one lap left; Petrucci passes, Oettl realizes the mistake and finishes the race sixth. Losing like this really hurts, despite the applause-worthy performance, but seeing the rider apologize to everyone and almost in tears shows how much he is really looking to get the most out of this last round.
P 1 A. Bautista 33’44.752
P 2 T. Razgatlioglu + 1.195
P 3 A. Locatelli + 9.071
P 6 P. Oettl + 11.538
Honorable mention and congratulations to Aruba.it Ducati team, to all of Ducati Corse and to Alvaro Bautista for the second consecutive WorldSBK championship. Race victory and title on this Saturday in Jerez at the end of an incredible season, in which the Spanish rider’s work group raised the bar session after session, proving itself as a point of reference for all the other protagonists.
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