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2019 WSBK/ WSS/ WSS 300 Season (Spoilers Inside)

Will Rea keep his winning streak? Is it possible that Bautista, on the new Ducati V4, will be a challenge to for the championship?

We will see this year.

New this year: Staruday Race 1. Sunday Sprint (Race 2). Sunday Race 3.

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Wondering how this new sprint race thing will work out. I'm all for more racing, but more racing will present more opportunity for crashing/technical problems and might present an interesting dynamic for race 3 and the season as a whole.

Looking forward to seeing how the Duc V4 will perform. Moto journalists were heaping praise on it all summer, but rarely has the new production hotness been all that impressive once the grid forms up at the world racing level.


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My money is on Ducati this year. They are long due for a WSBK championship. I still think Rea will be the best rider in the paddock, but I'm banking on the new Ducati being that much better of a bike that Davies or Bautista will be able to beat Rea.

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Honda Announces Its 2019 World Superbike Plans With Althea Racing And Moriwaki Engineering And Without Ten Kate
  • In the FIM (*2) Road Racing World Championship Series MotoGP class, five-time champion and 2018 winner Marc Marquez will be joined by Jorge Lorenzo to race for Repsol Honda Team.
  • In the FIM Superbike World Championship Series, HRC will support the team operated by Althea Racing and Moriwaki Engineering with Leon Camier and Ryuichi Kiyonari as their riders.

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Honda Announces Its 2019 World Superbike Plans With Althea Racing And Moriwaki Engineering And Without Ten Kate
  • In the FIM (*2) Road Racing World Championship Series MotoGP class, five-time champion and 2018 winner Marc Marquez will be joined by Jorge Lorenzo to race for Repsol Honda Team.
  • In the FIM Superbike World Championship Series, HRC will support the team operated by Althea Racing and Moriwaki Engineering with Leon Camier and Ryuichi Kiyonari as their riders.
Kiyonari?? Seriously? This guy's still racing? lol...last time I saw him was in BSB a few years ago, but been out of the game since about 2014-2015. How old is he?

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No more Laguna Seca round . Thankfully, MotoAmerica is still on the schedule.

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Kiyonari?? Seriously? This guy's still racing? lol...last time I saw him was in BSB a few years ago, but been out of the game since about 2014-2015. How old is he?
If I remember correctly he almost took the title but had a huge high side in the rain. It's been a while.

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Rea will still win it, Davies will be second to Bautista, Sykes will win the sprint race, providing its one lap

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So Davies is saying they worked on ergonomics mostly and he hasn't pushed it all that hard, yet his best time was within 0.1 of his best times in both races this year where he got 2nd and 1st respectively. This looks promising! Once he's more comfortable on it and is actually racing it, he should be even faster. He just needs to work on his consistency and finish the races. Then Rea will actually have someone to challenge him.

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Aragon WorldSBK Test - Wednesday Results

1. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing Team 1m 49.668 72 laps

2. Alex Lowes GBR Pata Yamaha 1m 51.157 76 laps

3. Chaz Davies GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1m 51.180 61 laps

4. Leon Haslam GBR Kawasaki Racing Team 1m 51.479 67 laps

5. Michael Ruben Rinaldi ITA BARNI Racing Team 1m 51.656 74 laps

6. Michael van der Mark NED Pata Yamaha 1m 51.852 72 laps
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Lets go Bautista!

World Superbike: Jonathan Rea, Alvaro Bautista Top The Order On Day One Of Testing At Jerez

Jerez Day One Unofficial Times:

1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) 1.39.657

2. Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing Ducati) 1.39.979 +0.322

3. Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing Ducati) 1.40.202 +0.545

4. Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) 1.40.296 +0.639

5. Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) 1.40.390 +0.733

6. Marco Melandri (GRT Yamaha Team) 1.40.663 +1.006

7. Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) 1.41.572 +1.915

8. Sandro Cortese (GRT Yamaha Team) 1.41.972 +2.315
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That's pretty impressive. First time riding the bike and already only 0.3 seconds behind Rea, and in 2nd overall. What's funny is that his best lap in the race this year at Jerez in MotoGP was 1:39.839 lol...only a tenth slower on the Panigale on his first day riding that bike lol His qualifying time in that GP race was 1:38.838 so just a second difference.

I think Bautista is gonna be a contender next year as long as he doesn't throw it down the track much. Rea has shown that not only is he really fast, he's also the most consistent guy on the grid throughout the whole season. He rarely crashes and rarely makes mistakes. Bautista can't afford to have more than like 2 DNF's in the whole year even if he's fast enough to win races and get podiums.

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