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Alvaro Bautista wins 49th Superpole race



Alvaro Bautista

Alvaro Bautista finished ahead of surprise package Dominique Aegerter to win the WSBK Jerez Superpole race on Sunday. Bautista slipped down from pole to third in the opening corners, while Alex Lowes led Aegeter. But two laps in, Razgatlioglu had moved up six positions to lead the field.

With seven laps to go Aegerter’s Ducati had a massive blowout, sending him off the track and into the gravel. The incident left fluid on the track and the race was red-flagged. To add to the drama, there was a brief rainshower during the break.

On the restart, Rea moved to the head of the race ahead of Aegerter on his spare machine, while Bautista lurked in third. But the Northern Irishman made a huge error on Turn 1, running wide and slipping down to fifth.

It didn’t take long for the champion-to-be to breeze past Aegerter and open up a lead at the front. Meanwhile, Lowes tried to get through Razgatlioglu for third, but made minor contact into the first corner, sending him into the gravel and out of the race.

With three laps to go, Rea battled back to be all over the rear wheel of Razgatlioglu. The former world champions swapped positions, but Rea would hold onto third in the end. At the head of the race, Bautista crossed the line in splendid isolation, a picture very familiar to WSBK fans in 2023.

Superpole results:

1 Alvaro Bautista SPA Aruba.It Racing Ducati 8 Laps
2 Dominique Aegerter SWI GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team +1.487s
3 Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK +3.124s
4 Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK +3.581s
5 Andrea Locatelli ITA Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK +5.716s
6 Remy Gardner AUS GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team +6.268s
7 Philipp Oettl GER GoEleven Ducati +6.572s
8 Michael Van Der Mark NED ROKIT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team +6.878s
9 Danilo Petrucci ITA Barni Spark Racing Team +7.342s
10 Xavi Vierge SPA Team HRC WorldSBK +8.522s
11 Michael Ruben Rinaldi ITA Aruba.It Racing Ducati +12.320s
12 Lorenzo Baldassarri ITA GMT94 Yamaha +12.772s
13 Iker Lecuona SPA Team HRC WorldSBK +13.043s
14 Loris Baz FRA Bonovo Action BMW +14.586s
15 Tito Rabat SPA Puccetti Kawasaki +17.734s
16 Hafizh Syahrin MAL PETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Racing +22.082s
17 Florian Alt GER Team HRC +25.785s
18 Gabriele Ruiu ITA Bmax Racing BWM +25.908s
19 Leandro Mercado ARG PETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Racing +26.403s
20 Axel Bassani ITA Motocorsa Ducati +28.518s
21 Garrett Gerloff USA Bonovo Action BMW DNF
22 Scott Redding GBR ROKIT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team DNF
23 Alex Lowes GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK DNF

Source: Supersport

In other news – VIDEO: Murdah Bongz’s Springboks wild celebrations has Mzansi in stitches

Well-known Mzansi DJ Murdah Bongz’s wild celebrations after the Springboks win get Mzansi talking. He is well known for his vibes, and what he did only reminded fans of his character.

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ZESCO United seek five in a row in MTN Super League




ZESCO United

ZESCO United will hope to make it five wins in a row when they welcome Forest Rangers in an Ndola Derby in the MTN Super League, having already opened up a four-point lead at the top of the table. But counting against them is an odd piece of history in this fixture – their having only been five home wins in matches between these two sides in their last 29 meetings.

That is an exceptionally low count, but perhaps it is the fact that neither side has far to go for games and they have in the past shared the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, but that does not really explain why the team listed away should enjoy three times more success (15 wins) in clashes between the teams.

Rangers have had a middling type of season, with four wins, four defeats and six draws, they sit 10th in the 18-team league. They have also both scored and conceded 15 goals.

Second-placed Nkwazi have lost only two of their 14 games so far as they welcome a NAPSA Stars side hovering just above the relegation zone. Stars are also still seeking a first away win (D2 L5) while Nkwazi are unbeaten on their own patch (W4 D3).

There has not been much to choose between the sides in their last nine meetings at Nkwazi, with three wins each and three draws.

Red Arrows have risen to third but remain inconsistent as they go away to ZANACO this weekend. Five of the last six meetings between the sides have been drawn, including the previous three.

FC MUZA are winless in four (D2 L2) after an excellent start to the season and have a tricky away day at Green Buffaloes, who have yet to lose on their own patch (W4 D3).

MUZA are the second highest scorers in the division with 19 goals, behind only ZESCO (23), so they know the way to goal and will hope for success.

Nkana FC got a win last time out to move to within two points of safety, but need to back it up with more as they go to Kansanshi Dynamos. Two of their three wins this season have come on the road, so they can take some confidence from that statistic.

Defending champions Power Dynamos just have not managed to get into second gear this campaign as they welcome bottom side Trident. Perhaps this is the time to change that, with the visitors still yet to register a win (D9 L5).

In other matches, Kabwe Warriors host Mutondo Stars, Green Eagles welcome Prison leopards and Mufulira Wanderers travel to Konkola Blades

Source: Supersport

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Williams confirm Sargeant to stay with F1 team in 2024




Logan Sargeant

Williams have confirmed American driver Logan Sargeant will stay with the Formula One team next season. The British outfit have opted to retain Sargeant for a second campaign despite his troubled 2023 season. The 22-year-old, who scored just one point throughout the season, will race alongside Alex Albon, with the London-born Thai’s place already announced.

“I am thrilled to be continuing with Williams Racing for the 2024 season,” Sargeant said on Friday. It has been an incredible journey with the team so far and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue developing as a driver within such a talented and dedicated group.

“We have exciting plans for the future and I can’t wait to contribute to the team’s success in the coming year.”Sargeant claimed his maiden point in Formula One, the first American to score in the sport since Michael Andretti 30 years ago for McLaren, after Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc were both disqualified from the United States Grand Prix in Austin in October.

Albon finished the year with an impressive 27 points to help Williams land seventh in the constructors’ championship, the team’s best result for six seasons.

“I am pleased to continue our journey with Logan into 2024,” said team principal James Vowles.

“Logan has demonstrated immense skill while under the pressure of the world stage, making him a perfect fit for our team. We have great confidence in his abilities and believe that together we can achieve even greater success in the upcoming season. The Formula One season will start in Bahrain on 2 March.

Source: Supersport

In other news – Zingah announces taking a break from his podcast

Zingah announces taking a break from his podcast, Choppin It With Bhuda T. The South African rapper announced quitting music two years ago, and shortly after that, he began the podcast which ran for two seasons.


Speaking to TshishaLIVE, the star has decided to pause his podcast temporarily. Read more

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