Defending World Champion Alvaro Bautista won the World Superbike Superpole race Sunday at Algarve International Circuit, in Portimao, Portugal. Riding his Aruba.it Racing Ducati Panigale V4 R, the Spaniard won the 10-lap race by just 0.142 second. It was Bautista’s fifth Superpole race win of the season.
Turkish star Toprak Razgatlioglu was the runner-up on his Pata Yamaha Prometeon YZF-R1, and Razgatlioglu’s teammate Andrea Locatelli placed third.
American Garrett Gerloff went from starting 12th on the grid to finishing eighth on his Bonovo Action BMW M 1000 RR, improving his grid spot for Race Two.