SUPERBIKE

Alvaro Bautista

Born on 21 November 1984 in Talavera de la Reina, Spain

2022 FIM Superbike World Champion

AWESOME ALVARO!

It is safe to say that Alvaro Bautista – Ducati has been a dominant force in the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship.

In a sport that is as unpredictable as WorldSBK where the slightest lapse in concentration can result in a no-score, the Spaniard’s consistency this season has been nothing short of remarkable and he clinched the crown with one round still remaining.

The thirty-seven-year-old threw down the gauntlet at the opening round on home ground at Aragon in April when he topped pole before running two-one in the points-paying races and he was hardly off the podium for the rest of the year.

Storming rides at Assen, Estoril and Misano followed as he built up a commanding championship lead before, he crashed out in the opening race at Donington Park in the middle of July and then fought back with second in race two.

Just two weeks later he was in command again at the Autodrom Most in the Czech Republic, but after winning the opener at Magny-Cours in early September he fell in race two.

A fortnight later he re-established his dominance with pole position followed by a dazzling double win in Catalunya and then backed up a second-placed finish on the Algarve with victory in race two.

The championship then shifted its focus to South America and Argentina where Bautista claimed both race wins at the end of October in Villicum to ensure that he headed to Indonesia in mid-November with an incredibly healthy points lead.

A second-place finish in race two at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit was good enough for the title with Bautista heading to Australia’s Phillip Island for the final round with an unbeatable sixty-six-point lead.

PALMARES

FIM 125cc Grand Prix World Champion: 2006
FIM Superbike World Champion: 2022