Alvaro Bautista walked away with the Jerez WorldSBK sprint race win in Spain this morning while title rival Jonathan Rea fought his way from last on the grid to fourth.
Bautista was again unstoppable on the Aruba Ducati, crossing the line with a near three-second advantage after ten laps and now has a 61 point lead over Rea. He was joined on the podium by Michael van der Mark and Marco Melandri.
As was expected Rea made up time and places like a man possessed, going fourth with less than half the race gone.
It would have been fifth at that point but Alex Lowes (Yamaha) was unlucky once again and fell off at high speed, for his second no-score of the weekend.
Eventual podium man on Saturday, Marco Melandri (GRT Yamaha), was second for most of the race, with Michael van der Mark (Yamaha) nipping at his heels as Rea closed in on them both.
VDM would pass Melandri for second place, with Rea levelling off in fourth as he had no greater final pace than the podium men.
Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad) finally got past Leon Haslam (Kawasaki) for fifth and stayed there to the end.
Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) was a lone seventh,
Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) eighth - winning a fight with top ten men Sandro Cortese (GRT Yamaha) and Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati).
Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Barni Racing Team Ducati) was 11th and stand-in rider Tommy Bridewell (Team GoEleven Ducati) a strong 12th, just behind the regular WorldSBK runner and ahead of five other finishers.