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WorldSBK Indonesia Preview: Can Bautista extend his title lead?

The World Superbikes Championship gears up for another weekend of racing, with the action taking place in Indonesia.


This will be the third time that the World Superbike Championship takes the to Mandalika International Street Circuit, with both Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlıoğlu taking the checkered flag first in the past.


However, it was Álvaro Bautista that took victory on all three occasions last time out in Australia and the Ducati rider will be hoping to extend his early title lead as he defends his World Championship.


The Spanish rider will have good memories of the circuit as he won the title here last season, while Jonathan Rea’s memories will be fairly negative after he lost in 2021 when the second race was cancelled, not giving him a chance to overtake Toprak Razgatlıoğlu.


After the early start for viewers in the UK last time around, for this race, things aren’t much better.

Free Practice One begins at 2 am, with Free Practice Two starting at 5 am.

Saturday’s action begins with Free Practice three at 12:30 am, with Superpole taking place at 2:40 am.

Then the racing begins later on Saturday morning, with a 5:30 am start for Race One.

Sunday sees two races take place, the first being the Superpole at 2:30 am with race two at 5:30 am.

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