2019 WorldSBK
Argentina Day Two

From Friday morning, it was immediately clear that the Argentinian track conditions were not the best. After the problems that arose last year, this year about 70% of the track had been resurfaced, but it did not improve the grip due to the vast amount of sand on the asphalt.

For this reason, riders Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati / Ducati Panigale V4 R), Sandro Cortese (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK / Yamaha YZF R1), Marco Melandri (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK / Yamaha YZF R1), Leon Camier (Moriwaki Althea Honda Team / Honda CBR1000RR), Riucki Kiyonari (Moriwaki Althea Honda Team / Honda CBR1000RR) and Eugene Laverty (Team Goeleven / Ducati Panigale V4 R) decided not to participate in the race as a form of protest.

The remaining twelve riders who lined up on the grid rode the race regularly over a distance of 21 laps on a 49-degree track temperature.

WorldSBK Argentina Day Start
Argentina World SBK Race One

After taking pole position in the Superpole session held in the late morning, in Race 1, Álvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati / Ducati Panigale V4 R) maintained the race lead from start to finish.

WorldSBK Argentina Day Start Bautista Rea
Argentina World SBK Race One

At the start, both Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK / Kawasaki ZX-10RR) and Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing / Kawasaki ZX-10RR) managed to get past Michael Van Der Mark (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team / Yamaha YZF R1), moving in behind the Ducati-riding Spaniard.

WorldSBK Argentina Day WorldSBK Race start
Argentina World SBK Race One

In the opening laps, the first four riders were within a gap of less than six-tenths of one another. On the seventh lap, Rea had a go at overtaking the race leader, but the Ducati rider was able to fend off the attack. The Northern Irishman made another attempt on the following lap and it seemed as if he would be able to overtake Bautista, but the Spaniard maintained the upper hand, once again staying ahead of the reigning World Champion.

WorldSBK Argentina Day Rea Razgatlioglu VanDerMark
Argentina World SBK Race One

From about the mid-race point, the gaps between the riders increased and the positions stayed the same until the end.

WorldSBK Argentina Day Bautista Wins
Argentina World SBK Race One

Álvaro Bautista winning the race ahead of Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK / Kawasaki ZX-10RR) and Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing / Kawasaki ZX-10RR), third.

WorldSBK Argentina Day Sykes
Tom Sykes

Michael van der Mark beat his team-mate Alex Lowes to fourth place while Leon Haslam was sixth ahead of Tom Sykes. 

P1 – Alvaro Bautista (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati)

“It’s my first time riding here in San Juan and I am so happy that I was able to get the victory at this amazing track with all these amazing people supporting us! Today was really difficult riding on the slippery surface of the asphalt. I just tried to keep calm and avoid mistakes. I didn’t really focus on my performance but more on not making any error, trying to ride as smooth as possible. I hope tomorrow we will be able to enjoy other amazing battles”.

WorldSBK Argentina Day Bautista Flag Win
P1 – Alvaro Bautista

P2 – Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)

“To be honest, it was a really difficult race today. The conditions of the track were not perfect and it was more about trying to manage my race. I feel really good with my bike and I want to thank all my guys because we made a last-minute change for these conditions and I think it worked. I tried to be with Bautista, but then I made a mistake because I was riding over my head to stay there. I made a few mistakes but I really hope that the track will be a little bit better tomorrow, but for today I am quite content with the podium”.

WorldSBK Argentina Day Toprak Razgatlioglu
Toprak Razgatlioglu

P3 – Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing)

“It has not been so easy for me, but I think all riders were struggling today. In the final two laps, I pushed to the limit in the attempt to reach the second position. But then I saw it was impossible for me to reach Johnny, so I decided to settle there in the third position and bring home another podium. I am really happy about this result. Let’s see how will be tomorrow”.

Results and Championship Standings 

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 A. Bautista Ducati Panigale V4 R 35m38.957
2 J.  Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1.562
3 T. Razgatlioglu Kawasaki ZX-10RR +3.327
4 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 +16.996
5 A. Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 +22.535
6 L.  Haslam Kawasaki ZX-10RR +25.840
7 T. Sykes BMW S1000 RR +31.928
8 J.  Torres Kawasaki ZX-10RR +41.819
9 L.  Mercado Kawasaki ZX-10RR +46.835
10 A. Delbianco Honda CBR1000RR +1m03.500
11 M. Reiterberger BMW S1000 RR +1m13.699
12 M. Rinaldi Ducati Panigale V4 R +3 Laps
Not Classified
NS E. Laverty Ducati Panigale V4 R /
NS M. Melandri Yamaha YZF R1 /
NS R. Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR /
NS S. Cortese Yamaha YZF R1 /
NS C. Davies Ducati Panigale V4 R /
NS L.  Camier Honda CBR1000RR /
Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 A. Bautista Ducati Panigale V4 R 1m40.771
2 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 +0.125
3 J.  Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR +0.140
4 T. Razgatlioglu Kawasaki ZX-10RR +0.463
5 A. Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 +0.637
6 M. Rinaldi Ducati Panigale V4 R +1.290
7 C. Davies Ducati Panigale V4 R +1.382
8 A. Delbianco Honda CBR1000RR +1.643
9 S. Cortese Yamaha YZF R1 +1.797
10 M. Melandri Yamaha YZF R1 +1.802
11 L.  Camier Honda CBR1000RR +1.834
12 J.  Torres Kawasaki ZX-10RR +2.425
13 T. Sykes BMW S1000 RR +2.518
14 L.  Haslam Kawasaki ZX-10RR +3.122
15 R. Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR +3.480
16 E. Laverty Ducati Panigale V4 R +3.709
17 M. Reiterberger BMW S1000 RR +4.172
18  L.  Baz Yamaha YZF R1 +6.805
Not Qualified
NQ 36  L.  Mercado Kawasaki ZX-10RR /
Pos Rider Total
1  Jonathan Rea  564
2  Alvaro Bautista  440
3  Alex Lowes  290
4  Michael Van Der Mark  287
5  Toprak Razgatlioglu  276
6  Leon Haslam  249
7  Chaz Davies  223
8  Tom Sykes  218
9  Marco Melandri  171
10  Jordi Torres  125
11  Sandro Cortese  122
12  Loris Baz  114
13  Michael Ruben Rinaldi  113
14  Markus Reiterberger  73
15  Leandro Mercado  67
16  Eugene Laverty  54
17  Leon Camier  42
18  Alessandro Delbianco  28
19  Ryuichi Kiyonari  22
20  Lorenzo Zanetti  21
21  Peter Hickman  14
22  Thomas Bridewell  12
23  Yuki Takahashi  11
24  Michele Pirro  10
25  Samuele Cavalieri  6
26  Sylvain Barrier  3
27  Hector Barbera  3
28  Takumi Takahashi  1
WorldSBK Argentina Day R Podium
#ARGWorldSBK at Circuito San Juan Villicum: Race 1
1. Alvaro Bautista (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati)
2. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +1.562
3. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) +3.327


The World Supersport grid took to the San Juan circuit for their Tissot Superpole session in Argentina, more important than ever before at it is match-point for the title this weekend. As the track temperature increased, it became increasingly harder to set a competitive lap time. However, remaining in fine form from topping FP2 on Friday, Corentin Perolari (GMT94 YAMAHA) mastered the hot conditions and the heated battle for pole, taking his first ever World Supersport pole.

The 25-minute session got underway in a bad way for Loris Cresson (Kallio Racing), as the Belgian rider crashed at Turn 1, meaning he had a mountain to climb. It was looking like it would also be a tricky weekend for the BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team duo of Randy Krummenacher and Federico Caricasulo, as the top two in the Championship were languishing outside the top five.

Unlike in the WorldSBK, lap times came on stronger throughout the session and with just three minutes to go, it was looking like a French 1-2-3 on the grid for Sunday’s race. However, it would all be spoilt as the times tumbled in the closing stages, with a variety of riders firing shots at the front row.

In the end however, it was Corentin Perolari who remained at the top of the timesheets and took a career-first pole position in World Supersport. The young Frenchman – who is the seventh youngest WorldSSP pole-sitter in the class’ history – had never achieved a front row until now, proved that his Friday pace was no fluke and he took the pole position by just under a tenth of a second from Italian sensation, Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing). The veteran was back on the front row for a second successive round. Completing the front row and eager to keep his title aspirations alive, Jules Cluzel (GMT94 YAMAHA) will be eager to capitalise on his front row advantage.

Heading up the second row, Magny-Cours pole-sitter Kyle Smith (Team Pedercini Racing) made it two Kawasaki’s in the top four. The British rider, who was a constant front row threat, is seeking a first podium of the year in WorldSSP. Fifth place belonged to another Kawasaki rider, as 2017 World Supersport Champion Lucas Mahias secured a second row start, making it three French riders in the top five. Championship leader Randy Krummenacher will start this title quest from sixth place, as he is off the front row for a second round in succession.

Row three features more big names, with Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) looking for a second consecutive podium in World Supersport from seventh on the grid. He was able to pip Federico Caricasulo, as the rider second in the standings was only able to finish eighth. One place behind, it was a career-best starting position for Christian Stange (GEMAR Ciociaria Corse WorldSSP Team), who was top Honda. Completing the top ten was Hungary’s Peter Sebestyen (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda).

There’s plenty of work to be completed for plenty of riders outside the top ten, as Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was 11th, ahead of Raffaele De Rosa (MV AGUSTA Reparto Corse) in 12th and Thomas Gradinger (Kallio Racing) in 13th.

Pole position – Corentin Perolari (GMT94 YAMAHA)

“I have a very good feeling with my bike here in Argentina. I am extremely pleased with the first position. Since the beginning of the weekend, I’ve been feeling comfortable on my bike and I think that starting for pole position will help me do a good race tomorrow. Thanks to my team for all their effort”.

WorldSSP at Circuito San Juan Villicum – Superpole
Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 C. Perolari Yamaha YZF R6 1m45.993
2 A. Badovini Kawasaki ZX-6R +0.067
3 J.  Cluzel Yamaha YZF R6 +0.136
4 K. Smith Kawasaki ZX-6R +0.206
5 L.  Mahias Kawasaki ZX-6R +0.241
6 R. Krummenacher Yamaha YZF R6 +0.275
7 I.  Vinales Yamaha YZF R6 +0.773
8 F. Caricasulo Yamaha YZF R6 +0.924
9 C. Stange Honda CBR600RR +1.016
10 P. Sebestyen Honda CBR600RR +1.200
11 H. Okubo Kawasaki ZX-6R +1.208
12 R. De Rosa MV Agusta F3 675 +1.303
13 T. Gradinger Yamaha YZF R6 +1.409
14 H. Soomer Honda CBR600RR +1.561
15 J.  Danilo Honda CBR600RR +1.726
16 D. Valle Yamaha YZF R6 +2.470
17 L.  Cresson Yamaha YZF R6 +2.629
18 J.  Van Sikkelerus Honda CBR600RR +2.721
19 F. Fuligni MV Agusta F3 675 +4.072
20 R. Hartog Kawasaki ZX-6R +4.313
21 A. Coppola Yamaha YZF R6 +4.962
22 G. Sconza Honda CBR600RR +5.271
Not Qualified
NQ G. Van Straalen Kawasaki ZX-6R /



Sunday AEDT Schedule

Time Class Session
0125 WSSP600 WUP
0300 WSBK Superpole Race
0415 WSSP600 Race
0600 WSBK Race 2