The 2023 WorldSBK season comes to an end with an extraordinary result for Aruba.it Racing - Ducati that conquers the World Championship Team title, thus completing the "triple crown" after Manufacturers' and Riders' titles with Alvaro Bautista.
It was a sensational Race-2 won by Alvaro Bautista, who battled with Toprak Razgatlioglu to create a breathtaking spectacle. Under the chequered flag, the Spanish rider finished second, just 32 thousandths behind Toprak, who was then penalised (exceeding track limits at the last corner).
For Bautista it is the 27th victory of a record-breaking season.
"I think it's been a practically perfect season as well as this last weekend. We have won all the titles and I am very happy for the team. For me it was an even bigger emotion. To win in front of so many fans and my family, was great. In Race 2 I had a lot of fun, the duel with Toprak was fantastic: we fought in every corner but always in a fair way. I think everyone who saw the race got emotional. Now it's time to celebrate even though from tomorrow we will start thinking about testing on Tuesday and Wednesday and the MotoGP Wild Card in Malaysia. The season is not over yet".
"It wasn't an easy weekend. We had a lot of difficulties on Saturday but the team did a great job finding a set-up that allowed me to push well during Race 2. I made a good comeback but unfortunately, while trying to keep the bike upright after a sudden lock-up, I felt a strong pain in my right shoulder that didn't allow me to be competitive in the final and fight for the podium. However, I gritted my teeth and I am happy to have brought the team important points for the classification".
"It has been an incredible year, the best so far in my career. We achieved fantastic results together with a team that welcomed me in an extraordinary way. I thank them, one by one, for giving me everything to be competitive again after a few difficult seasons.