#WorldSBK Jerez – Sunday roundup: World Superbike, World Supersport
In an unforgettable showdown, the top two contenders for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship engaged in a fierce duel at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto. Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) secured the win, with Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) initially crossing the finish line first but was promptly docked one position for stepping outside the track limits. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK), aiming for a high note farewell with Kawasaki, was in the lead before an unfortunate crash on Lap 5.
In a day of highs for Yamaha, Dominique Aegerter (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) achieved his second career podium, capping off a brilliant season for the GYTR GRT Yamaha team as his team mate Remy Gardner took fourth place. Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) emerged as the top Independent rider in fifth position. Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) secured sixth place, securing fifth overall in the Championship standings.
Race 2 at Jerez marked a thrilling conclusion to the 2023 WorldSSP season. On Lap 3, Marcel Schroetter (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) crashed at Turn 13 with his bike hitting the fence on the exit of the corner, leading to a red flag and a race restart over a seven-lap distance due to safety conditions.
Nicolo Bulega (Aruba.it Racing WorldSSP Team) capped off his season in style with a 16th win. Bulega’s remarkable season included a record-breaking 21 podiums. Stefano Manzi (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) engaged in an intense battle for second place, marking his 22nd career podium, while Can Oncu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) made a triumphant return to the podium in third.
Adrian Huertas (MTM Kawasaki) secured fourth, Federico Caricasulo (Althea Racing Team) took fifth, and Valentin Debise (GMT94 Yamaha)finished sixth.