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Gordon Ritchie WorldSBK Blog: Stock Market Derivatives

The WorldSBK season has simply exploded with bizarre chapters since the last time this wee column was punched out.

The gleeful anoraks will remember it, at least, as a season of three roughly unequal parts. The early third when Alvaro Bautista came in from MotoGP like a tiny trophy typhoon and forced everybody else back onto the cold shelter of their tech basements to try and find something – anything – that could match the rev-ravishing Ducati. That whole red effort huffed, puffed and blew all their houses of hope down flat, right up until Imola.

Even at that serpentine circuit, which snakes uphill and down and has tricky entries ready to punish the reckless, Bautista took a deep breath, accepted he was not finding his way around it like 11-year Superbike man Rea (not on his first visit anyway) and took his medicine in the form of minor points losses. Second and third and then once cancelled wet race for everybody. Hardly the stuff of nightmares...

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2019 Laguna Seca World Superbike Superpole Race Result: Red Flagged At Corkscrew Again

The Tissot Superpole Race would determine the top three rows for race two. A red flag came out on the first lap after a crash between riders at the corkscrew and an eight lap restart would determine the results. 

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2019 Laguna Seca World Superbike Race One Result: Star Spangled Supercorsas

After Angela Roach belted out the Star Spangled Banner, with an appropriate amount of added notes for a sporting event, the riders lined up under a California sun. A few of the frontrunners chose to use the SCX tyre designed for the ten lap Superpole race. 

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