Bautista exploits the power of his V4 and mocks Rea. Third Razgatlioglu ahead of Locatelli and Rinaldi. Petrucci recovers up to twelfth position. Bad Bassani fifteenth
September 24, 2023
It was a beautiful racelived on the challenge between magnificent three who put on a show from the first to the last corner. Jonathan Rea started out as a missile and took the lead, immediately pushing like a maniac, but dragging Toprak behind him Razgatlioglu and Alvaro Bautista.
In a few laps the three did the empty behind them. The six-time world champion drove like a fury, making up for the shortcomings of his old Ninja with his talent, but both Toprak and especially Bautista did not let him escape. The Spaniard always took advantage of the long straight of the Aragonese track to give vent to all the cavalry of his Panigale V4, and at the beginning of the seventh lap he even tried to take the lead but his two opponents promptly replied and within a few corners Alvaro found himself from first to third.
The lesson happens the world champion remained wary wait for the last lapand with one perfect maneuver he first followed Rea and passed him and then remained inside the penultimate corner, appearing in the lead on the finishing straight.
Rea closed at second place an almost perfect race, in which he squeezed his ZX-10RR to the maximum, obtaining the best possible result and yielding only to the V4 engine and Bautista’s great ability to exploit it in the best possible way. Soil (who chose a soft Q tire on the rear) tried until the end, but he was missing something in the comparison with his two great rivals.
Andrea Locatelli finishes fourth like yesterday in the long race and precedes Michael Ruben Rinaldi who immediately lost the top three. The two Hondas did well with Iker Lecuona sixth and Xavi Vierge seventh. Philipp Oettl and Garrett Gerloff also scored points. Danilo Petrucci he was once again the author of an excellent comeback, but in just ten laps he was unable to go beyond twelfth place and will therefore start from the fourth row in Race2. Bassani did badly as he went wide at the first corner and only finished in fifteenth position. Lorenzo Baldassari finished in twenty-first place while Gabriele Ruiu retired on the first lap.