The 2022 World Superbike ended with Alvaro Bautista’s win, as he brought Ducati back to the top of the World Championship at the end of a heated battle with Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea. A three-way challenge that thrilled two-time champion Troy Corser, who talked about it on the official WorldSBK website.
|“It was fantastic. Seeing three riders at that level with different constructors, aces so close, and the respect between riders that I see on the track. They race intensely but fairly, without creating problems for the other riders,” the Australian rider commented. “This is what makes the SBK world championship so special.”
A triumphal season for Ducati, which scored sixteen victories and fifteen more podiums with only Bautista, the 2022 winner. “Considering the success story of the brand in the SBK, it’s hard to believe that it has been eleven years since they won the last world championship,” Corser said. “I’ve always said that Bautista is an excellent rider, and I think that working with the Ducati engineers and staff is what has drawn the best from him as a rider and allowed him to receive the best out of the team. That’s amazing. He has a great personality. He’s really nice to fans, the audience, and everyone.”
But the rider who most thrilled “the Crocodile” was six-time champion Jonathan Rea, who matched Troy’s record of 377, precisely during the Australian round of the Superbike.
“When I watch him, Jonny is the rider who always seems to have great control. I’ve obviously known him for a long time, since he first joined the championship, at the time of the SSP. I also spent time with him, helping him as much as I could. Watching him now, seeing the results he achieved as a rider, is really special,” Troy said. “This was another record that I expected would be beaten. Reaching this goal must be a nice feeling for Jonny. Like I said, he’s a rider I’ve always liked to help and see win, and I think I can say that it’s great that Jonny robbed me of my record.”
The future could still bring some satisfaction to Australia in the SBK, thanks Remy Gardner’s arrival and the presence of Oliver Bayliss in the SSP.
“It’s kind of hard for me to imagine how far Remy will go in the SBK world championship. No doubt, he’s a really talented rider, but he’s in a different paddock. He’s very talented, he’s very fast, but it’s not easy to put it all together here in an entire season. He learned a lot in the MotoGP, but I think Superbikes are a bit harder to ride. I wish him all the best,” Corser admitted.
Things are different for Oli, who will have to wait a little longer before dealing with the top guns. “Let’s wait and see. It’s hard to say anything before seeing him on a Superbike. Oli Bayliss undoubtedly is under a lot of pressure, I think because of the successes of his father, Troy, and the name he bears,” the two-time champion said. “He seems quite calm and relaxed. He still needs a little experience, a little more time on the bike, but it’s great to see Troy’s son here, I’m sure he’s very proud of him. I’m sure it’s also very stressful for him and Kim! I’d like to say that he could become another world champion, but he still has a long way to go, to get results, and gain experience.”