Jonathan Rea Takes Race 1 at Most, Bautista’s Championship Lead Dwindles
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) won race 1 at Autodrom Most by a commanding 4 second lead over Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK). Rea benefited from choosing a superior tire strategy that did no require him to pit when the majority of the field had to as conditions changed. It was evident as the race progressed that full wet tires were not the best choice. Rea gained a 12 second advantage after the tire change and was able to hold on long enough to secure his first win of the season. Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) who had a similar tire strategy secured his second podium of the season.
Championship points leader Alvaro Baustista made the wrong tire call and ended up finishing in 12th place. When the championship seemed all but guaranteed we’ve seen Bautista fall off in the last few round which has allowed Razgatlioglu the opportunity to crawl back and gain some traction in the points standings. Razgatlioglu’s second place finish means he is just 54 points behind Bautista. If the result were to repeat in the Superpole race or race 2 Bautista’s lead could dwindle.