#CZEWorldSBK Sunday Roundup: World Superbike, World Supersport, World Supersport 300
In a dramatic WorldSBK Race 2 at Most, Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) emerged as the star of the day, securing a historic 18th win of the season and setting a new all-time record of season wins. The race took a thrilling turn as Bautista’s title rival, Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK), crashed out from the lead, handing Bautista a 25-point swing in the Championship standings. Meanwhile, Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) engaged in a fierce battle for the remaining podium positions, with Petrucci ultimately edging out Rea by a mere 0.073 seconds to secure second place.
Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) displayed remarkable resilience, recovering from an early setback when he ran through the gravel at the chicane. Despite losing time, Bassani fought back and finished just 0.061 seconds off the podium in fourth place. Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) secured fifth place after a closely contested battle in the closing stages. Remy Gardner (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) impressed with a solid sixth-place finish, marking his strongest weekend in the WorldSBK Championship so far.
In a thrilling and unpredictable WorldSSP Race 2 at Autodrom Most, Tarran Mackenzie (PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team) emerged as the unexpected hero. As rain showers swept the circuit, the race became a battle of strategy and nerves.
Mackenzie’s decision not to pit for wet tires when the rain began proved to be a game-changer. Starting from 22nd on the grid, he showcased his skill on slicks, gaining significant time on his rivals and securing his first-ever WorldSSP victory, as Honda celebrated their first WorldSSP victory since 2016. Marcel Schroetter (MV Agusta Reparto Corse also on slicks, finished in second place, while his teammate Bahattin Sofuoglu demonstrated resilience, recovering from a mid-race crash and a Long Lap Penalty to take the final spot on the podium.
John McPhee’s (Vince64 by Puccetti Racing) bold tire strategy paid off as well, earning him a strong fourth-place finish, while Adam Norrodin (PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team) showcased Honda’s potential with an impressive fifth position. Making a remarkable return to the Championship as a wildcard rider, Thomas Gradinger (Eder Racing) secured a top-six finish.
Nicolo Bulega (Aruba.it Racing WorldSSP Team)’s 16th place finish and Stefano Manzi (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha)’s unfortunate retirement marked a challenging race for both title contenders
World Supersport 300
Under the challenging and wet conditions at Autodrom Most, the WorldSSP300 riders faced a shortened eight-lap race in Race 2. Indonesian rider Aldi Satya Mahendra (Team BrCorse) emerged as the winner, clinching his first-ever victory in the series. Mahendra made a decisive pass on the last lap to secure the top spot on the podium.
Behind Mahendra, Jose Manuel Osuna Saez (Deza-Box 77 Racing Team) put up a strong fight for victory, finishing a close second, just 0.169 seconds behind the winner. Jose Luis Perez Gonzalez (Accolade Smrz Racing BGR) also had a standout performance, earning his first-ever podium finish in the WorldSSP300 category with a third-place finish, and at the same time, took the lead in the Championship standings. The race witnessed some intense battles, with Wildcard Kevin Santos Fontainha (Sublime Racing by MS Racing) and Samuel Di Sora (ProDina Kawasaki Racing)’s fourth and fifth-place finishes, respectively. Fenton Seabright (Kawasaki GP Project) also had a strong run, briefly challenging for a podium spot before settling for sixth place.