It was arguably one of the best WorldSBK races we’ve seen yet as the riders showcased some incredible battles during the season opener at Phillip Island, Australia. Out of all the drama, racing action, and even drag races, Kawasaki came up on top with Yamaha and Ducati really close on their tails.
The Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK (KRT) had something to celebrate as their riders, Alex Lowes and Jonathan Rea, produced some great results for the team. Despite Rea dropping out of Race 1 thanks to a race incident with BMW’s Tom Sykes (and crashing out while aggressively trying to catch up with the leading group), the 2019 World Champion retaliated with a Superpole win and P2 finish in Race 2.
Things were a bit brighter for Alex Lowes, who kicked things off with a P2 finish in Race 1, P4 for Superpole, and victory for Race 2. Looks like the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R seems to really fit the riding style of the promising Brit as he starts of the 2020 WorldSBK championship as the leading rider
It wasn’t an easy feat to pull as the Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) riders had to fend off the likes of Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team), Toprak Razgatlıoğlu and Michael van der Mark (PATA Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team), and Aruba.it Racing – Ducati’s Scott Redding. It was an overtaking festival throughout the weekend which makes it one of the best WorldSBK races we’ve seen.
Toprak Razgatlıoğlu took his 2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 across the finish line in first place for Race 1 followed by Lowes and Redding while Race 2 concluded with Alex Lowes, Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding completed the podium spots in Race 2.
What a phenomenal start to the season?@toprak_tr54 wins at Phillip Island in one of the closest finishes in #WorldSBK history.#AUSWorldSBK ?? pic.twitter.com/SM3hJUW8En
— WorldSBK (@WorldSBK) February 29, 2020
Alex Lowes is now leading the 2020 championship with 51 points, followed by Scott Redding with 39 points, and Toprak Razgatlıoğlu in P3 with 34 points.