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The dust may have settled, but the celebrations will surely continue in Australia for Ducati and Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati), as the Spaniard claimed success in 2022 to end the 11-year wait of Ducati for a world champion in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship. However, behind every moment of the Champions trophy lifting and title celebration, there are records, achievements, milestones and history, and Bautista’s case is no different. We sat down, combed through all of her hair-raising moments to reveal the stats behind her success in 2022. For something a little more alternative, you can check out the 10 facts you probably didn’t know about Bautista here.

1000 – At most in Race 1, Alvaro Bautista completed Ducati’s 1000e podium in WorldSBK, taking his first victory at Autodrom Most.

1000 – With his Race 2 victory in Argentina in October, Bautista passed the 1000 point mark for his time with Ducati, becoming 11e driver to score a minimum of 1000 points for the constructor.

216 – Bautista led 216 laps in 2022, but that’s not the most. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) led 225.

553 – Bautista’s point tally is 553; 47 more and he will become the first Ducati rider in WorldSBK history to reach the 600 mark. The absolute World Championship record is 663 by Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK), already unattainable in 2022 for Bautista. However, he is only 11 points behind the tally of Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) in 2021.

130 – In his 130e Starting the WorldSBK race, Bautista clinched his first crown. Six other riders won their first title after their 100e start, with Jonathan Rea having to wait the longest, clinching the 2015 crown in his 161st beginning.

53 – Surpassing Pierfrancesco Chile’s 43 Ducati podiums at the Barcelona Superpole Race, Bautista has 53 Ducati podiums, which puts him sixth overall for the manufacturer.

30 – With 30 victories so far in WorldSBK, including 14 in 2022, Bautista is only a distance away from Colin Edwards’ 31.

30 – All of Bautista’s 30 wins have come for Ducati, the third rider to achieve as many for the Bologna constructor after Carl Fogarty with 55 and Troy Bayliss with 52. He has two leads over the Ducati trainer in 2022 and triple runner-up Chaz Davies.

29 – Bautista needs just one podium to become the second driver in history with at least 30 in a season. He now has 29: Jonathan Rea won 34 in 2019 and 30 in 2021. 29 podiums in one season is already a record for a Ducati rider.

19 – #19 becomes 19e Different SBK world champion.

18 – For the 18e time in history, the world champion has not won the season opener. This year, Bautista took his first victory of the season in the second race, the Superpole Race in Aragon. This is the fifth year in a row that this has happened, with season openers won by: Marco Melandri in 2018, Alvaro Bautista in 2019, Toprak Razgatlioglu in 2020, Jonathan Rea in 2021 and 2022.

16 – The wait between Bautista’s two World Championships is 16 years: this is the longest wait between a first and a second World Championship in the history of the FIM Solo Road Racing World Championships. His title in 2006 was in the 125cc world championship.

11/2 – Bautista ends Ducati’s 11-year wait for a WorldSBK champion, the first since Carlos Checa in 2011. He becomes the second Spaniard to win a WorldSBK title

9 – Bautista is the ninth rider to win a championship for Ducati, giving them a 15e Title of the riders.

5 – Bautista becomes the fifth rider to win the WorldSBK title with one pole or less; the last time anyone clinched the title with a single pole was Max Biaggi in 2012. Amazingly, three WorldSBK champions won the title without a pole: Fred Merkel in 1988, Carl Fogarty in 1998 and James Toseland in 2004.

3 – Bautista winning the title for Ducati and for Spain is the third different rider for a third different manufacturer and country in as many years. In 2020 Briton Jonathan Rea won for Kawasaki, while in 2021 Razgatlioglu won for Yamaha and Turkey.

2 – He is only the second rider to win the WorldSBK crown with the #19, after Ben Spies in 2009.

1 – For the first time in history, Ducati has won both the WorldSBK championship and the MotoGP™ championship, thanks to Alvaro Bautista and Francesco Bagnaia.

1 – Bautista is also the first rider to win a lightweight world championship (125cc or Moto3™) in the MotoGP™ paddock and then a WorldSBK title. The only other Champions to have won titles in both paddocks are John Kocinski (250cc World Champion 1990) and Max Biaggi (250cc World Champion 1994 – 1997).

0.126 – So far in 2022, Bautista’s smallest winning margin was 0.126s, when he beat Toprak Razgatlioglu at Estoril in Race 1, only leading the last lap on the line.

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