MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Mugello Moto3 FP2 Result: Binder Takes The Lead

The sun continued to smile over the lightweight class as the second practice session got underway and FP1 times were quick to tumble, much like championship leader Pedro Acosta. While the Spaniard recorded the first crash of the weekend in Moto3, his rivals were trading top spot in the session, with Darryn Binder the eventual victor by two tenths of a second. Dennis Foggia made his way towards the top of the timesheets of his home race to finish the day second, less than a tenth ahead of John McPhee.

Romano Fenati in fourth was half a second slower than the leader and marginally quicker than Gabriel Rodrigo. Tatsuki Suzuki led the way going into the final time attack, before dropping back to sixth spot, ahead of Deniz Öncü and Niccolò Antonelli. FP1 leader Andrea Migno finished ninth, while Jaume Masia completed a top ten covered by nine tenths of a second. Riccardo Rossi in 11th position was one second down on the leader, while the remaining positions in the provisional top 14 went to Carlos Tatay, Stefano Nepa and Jason Dupasquier. Acosta did not rejoin after his crash at the final corner and got pushed down to 16th position but will get another opportunity to make amends, with excellent conditions forecast for Saturday morning.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 40 Darryn BINDER Honda 1'56.661    
2 7 Dennis FOGGIA Honda 1'56.857 0.196 0.196
3 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'56.942 0.281 0.085
4 55 Romano FENATI Husqvarna 1'57.170 0.509 0.228
5 2 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 1'57.256 0.595 0.086
6 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'57.297 0.636 0.041
7 53 Deniz ÖNCÜ KTM 1'57.325 0.664 0.028
8 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'57.380 0.719 0.055
9 16 Andrea MIGNO Honda 1'57.497 0.836 0.117
10 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'57.543 0.882 0.046
11 54 Riccardo ROSSI KTM 1'57.716 1.055 0.173
12 99 Carlos TATAY KTM 1'57.724 1.063 0.008
13 82 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'57.749 1.088 0.025
14 50 Jason DUPASQUIER KTM 1'57.807 1.146 0.058
15 71 Ayumu SASAKI KTM 1'57.824 1.163 0.017
16 37 Pedro ACOSTA KTM 1'57.918 1.257 0.094
17 11 Sergio GARCIA GASGAS 1'57.975 1.314 0.057
18 12 Filip SALAC Honda 1'58.016 1.355 0.041
19 22 Elia BARTOLINI KTM 1'58.127 1.466 0.111
20 52 Jeremy ALCOBA Honda 1'58.248 1.587 0.121
21 43 Xavier ARTIGAS Honda 1'58.267 1.606 0.019
22 27 Kaito TOBA KTM 1'58.300 1.639 0.033
23 67 Alberto SURRA KTM 1'58.326 1.665 0.026
24 19 Andi Farid IZDIHAR Honda 1'58.354 1.693 0.028
25 28 Izan GUEVARA GASGAS 1'58.840 2.179 0.486
26 31 Adrian FERNANDEZ Husqvarna 1'58.877 2.216 0.037
27 6 Ryusei YAMANAKA KTM 1'58.891 2.230 0.014
28 73 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 1'59.080 2.419 0.189
29 20 Lorenzo FELLON Honda 1'59.286 2.625 0.206
30 32 Takuma MATSUYAMA Honda 1'59.481 2.820 0.195
Round Number: 
6
2021
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2021 Estoril World Superbike FP1 Result: Razgatlioglu Beats Kawasakis

Toprak Razgatlioglu set the fastest time of the session as the flag came out, over half a second quicker than Jonathan Rea, Alex Lowes and Scott Redding. Eugene Laverty was quickest independent rider, holding off sixth-placed Chaz Davies. Razgatlioglu recorded the only 1'36 lap of the session.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.920   322,4
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'37.501 0.581 321,4
3 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'37.604 0.684 318,6
4 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'37.624 0.704 319,5
5 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 1'37.853 0.933 320,5
6 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'37.896 0.976 321,4
7 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 1'37.941 1.021 317,6
8 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.074 1.154 319,5
9 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 1'38.170 1.250 317,6
10 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'38.246 1.326 320,5
11 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'38.469 1.549 323,4
12 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'38.510 1.590 320,5
13 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.666 1.746 318,6
14 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'38.672 1.752 322,4
15 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'38.932 2.012 316,7
16 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 1'39.303 2.383 317,6
17 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.522 2.602 313,0
18 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 1'39.607 2.687 314,0
19 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'39.755 2.835 313,0
20 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.756 2.836 307,7
21 76 S. CAVALIERI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'42.358 5.438 303,4
22 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'42.879 5.959 308,6
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Mugello Moto2 FP1 Result: Roberts Robs Gardner

A sunny Mugello greeted the intermediate class for their first outing of the weekend and it was the same familiar names towards the top of the timesheets. After the lead changed hands a few times, Joe Roberts took over by two tenths of a second, right after his save made it into the highlights reel. Championship leader Remy Gardner got demoted to second, ahead of rival Sam Lowes and closely followed by rookie Raul Fernandez.

Fellow rookie Tony Arbolino joined the top five on home soil, five thousandths of a second faster than Augusto Fernandez and another eight hundredths ahead of Xavi Vierge. Marco Bezzecchi dropped down to eighth place after leading the way early on, ahead of Marcel Schrotter and with Fabio Di Giannantonio rounding out the top ten positions. Aron Canet in 11th spot was the final rider to post a time within a second of the leader, although Hafizh Syahrin and Marcos Ramirez were not too far off. Jorge Navarro started the day at the bottom of the top 20, a second and a half slower than the fastest time of the morning.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'51.746    
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'51.984 0.238 0.238
3 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'52.004 0.258 0.020
4 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'52.131 0.385 0.127
5 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'52.346 0.600 0.215
6 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'52.351 0.605 0.005
7 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'52.359 0.613 0.008
8 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'52.504 0.758 0.145
9 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'52.547 0.801 0.043
10 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'52.645 0.899 0.098
11 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'52.705 0.959 0.060
12 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'52.756 1.010 0.051
13 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'52.759 1.013 0.003
14 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'52.970 1.224 0.211
15 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'53.053 1.307 0.083
16 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'53.100 1.354 0.047
17 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'53.198 1.452 0.098
18 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'53.205 1.459 0.007
19 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'53.206 1.460 0.001
20 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'53.293 1.547 0.087
21 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1'53.329 1.583 0.036
22 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'53.375 1.629 0.046
23 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'53.442 1.696 0.067
24 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'53.507 1.761 0.065
25 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'53.590 1.844 0.083
26 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'53.731 1.985 0.141
27 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'54.197 2.451 0.466
28 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'54.212 2.466 0.015
29 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'54.436 2.690 0.224
30 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'54.529 2.783 0.093
31 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 1'56.417 4.671 1.888
Round Number: 
6
2021
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2021 Mugello MotoGP FP1 Result: Fast Start For Viñales

Mugello welcomed the premier class back after a year’s hiatus forced by the pandemic but the home favourites had a low key first session, while Maverick Viñales stole the spotlight. After Michele Pirro started out fast on his favourite playground, the Spaniard took over at the front and resisted a late charge from compatriot Alex Rins to keep top spot to the checkered flag. Johann Zarco did not even need fresh rubber to climb into second, two tenths off the lead, while Rins dropped to third ahead of teammate Joan Mir.

Franco Morbidelli was the first of the Italian brigade in fifth position, ahead of Pecco Bagnaia and Pirro – the Ducati test rider standing in for the recovering Jorge Martin. Fabio Quartararo very briefly led the way, before dropping back to eighth place and was the last rider to post a time within a second of his teammate’s. Le Mans victor Jack Miller and lead KTM man Miguel Oliveira rounded out the top ten, while the likes of Takaaki Nakagami and the Espargaro brothers narrowly missed out. Two of the names frequently mentioned in Mugello, Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi, started their weekend just outside of the top 15, over a second and a half behind the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'46.593    
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'46.802 0.209 0.209
3 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'46.952 0.359 0.150
4 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'47.176 0.583 0.224
5 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'47.184 0.591 0.008
6 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'47.186 0.593 0.002
7 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'47.555 0.962 0.369
8 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'47.566 0.973 0.011
9 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'47.716 1.123 0.150
10 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'47.748 1.155 0.032
11 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'47.791 1.198 0.043
12 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'47.870 1.277 0.079
13 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'47.992 1.399 0.122
14 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'48.049 1.456 0.057
15 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'48.128 1.535 0.079
16 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'48.277 1.684 0.149
17 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'48.302 1.709 0.025
18 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'48.319 1.726 0.017
19 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'48.375 1.782 0.056
20 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'48.734 2.141 0.359
21 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'48.967 2.374 0.233
22 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'48.997 2.404 0.030
Round Number: 
6
2021
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2021 Mugello Moto3 FP1 Result: Home Advantage For Migno

The lightweight class got a sunny welcome to Mugello and the home favourites predictably enjoyed it the most. Top spot in FP1 was fought between Andrea Migno and Romano Fenati, with the Snipers rider eventually snatching the headlines at the checkered flag by almost half a second. Fenati settled for second, while Jaume Masia made a late jump into the top three and separated Niccolò Antonelli from his compatriots.

Darryn Binder joined the top five, while Deniz Öncü and Dennis Foggia were the only other riders to post a time within a second of the leader. John McPhee was little over a second down on Migno, while Filip Salac and Gabriel Rodrigo rounded out the top ten, the Argentinian having led the way for most of the session. Championship leader Pedro Acosta was briefly at the top of the standings, before dropping back to 14th position, a second and a half behind the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'57.724    
2 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'58.219 0.495 0.495
3 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'58.387 0.663 0.168
4 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'58.580 0.856 0.193
5 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'58.594 0.870 0.014
6 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'58.609 0.885 0.015
7 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'58.702 0.978 0.093
8 17 John McPhee Honda 1'58.739 1.015 0.037
9 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'58.811 1.087 0.072
10 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'58.844 1.120 0.033
11 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'59.251 1.527 0.407
12 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'59.259 1.535 0.008
13 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'59.332 1.608 0.073
14 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'59.377 1.653 0.045
15 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'59.557 1.833 0.180
16 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'59.731 2.007 0.174
17 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'59.823 2.099 0.092
18 22 Elia Bartolini KTM 1'59.898 2.174 0.075
19 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'00.074 2.350 0.176
20 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 2'00.098 2.374 0.024
21 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 2'00.350 2.626 0.252
22 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 2'00.437 2.713 0.087
23 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 2'00.515 2.791 0.078
24 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2'00.523 2.799 0.008
25 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'00.650 2.926 0.127
26 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2'00.796 3.072 0.146
27 67 Alberto Surra KTM 2'01.147 3.423 0.351
28 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 2'01.308 3.584 0.161
29 32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda 2'01.446 3.722 0.138
30 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 2'01.941 4.217 0.495
Round Number: 
6
2021
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2021 Aragon World Superbike Race 2 Result: Smart Choices?

The last race of the weekend was held in "wear a jumper" weather, at 11ºC with a damp track, with decisions to be made over tyres. Only two riders sat on the grid with slick tyres, a third opting to start from the pits to join them.

Scott Redding and Jonas Folger had slick tyres fitted, Redding informing his team of his decision on his run through the pits before his second sighting lap. His teammate Michael Ruben Rinaldi opted to join Redding, pitting in and starting from the pitlane. 

Jonathan Rea took the lead from pole position with Garrett Gerloff behind him. Alex Lowes pushed Gerloff down to third place at turn four, with Chaz Davies, Toprak Razgatlioglu, Michael Van der Mark and Scott Redding rounding out the top seven. Davies got bitten by the treacherous conditions and slid his Ducati into the gravel halfway round the lap, recovering in last place. 

The leading five set off, leaving Redding to deal with Alvaro Bautista as they escaped. Garrett Gerloff set the fastest lap on lap two  as he passed Lowes and started to hound Rea for the lead, but Gerloff tried to make a pass that wasn't there and bashed into Rea at the entry to a chicane, sending the pair towards the gravel.

Jonathan Rea's motocross brain took over and he hit the gravel under power with his weight over the rear of his Kawasaki and he launched himself back onto the track, sacrificing two places so he couldn't be ruled as taking an advantage, returning to the race in third place, behind Alex Lowes and Toprak Razgatlioglu. Garrett Gerloff had to puck up his scarred bike and worked his way back to thirteenth place before being handed a long lap penalty for his impetuous action.

Michael Van der Mark took advantage of the chaos to pass Rea for third place and the leading group was joined by Scott Redding, setting the fastest lap as his tyres came to him.

On lap five, Razgatlioglu led Lowes, van der Mark, Rea and Redding in a tight bunch. Down the long back straight, Redding powered out of turn fifteen and took fourth place as Van der Mark slipped up into second. Further back, Tom Sykes set the fastest lap. Lap six opened with Michael Van der Mark taking the lead into turn one as Redding climbed through the field behind him, taking second place at turn eleven, past two Lowes and Razgatlioglu, and took the lead down the straight. 

Scott Redding then spent the next two laps setting fastest laps and breaking over three seconds free from van der Mark in second place. Behind Van der Mark, the two Kawasakis of Lowes and Rea fought with Razgatlioglu for third place, both riders passing him as he slid both tyres around turn twelve. Rea passed Lowes for third at the end of the straight and Tom Sykes joined the group, putting a BMW at both ends of the group of five riders fighting for second.

On lap ten, with Scott Redding over five seconds clear in the lead, Michael van der Mark did his best to hold up the Kawasakis behind him, Jonathan Rea overcooking his entry into the last corners at the end of the straight, but on lap sixteen, Rea briefly held second place before being beaten on the brakes by van der Mark. Rea finally made a pass stick on lap thirteen of eighteen, passing the BMW on turn twelve with a move that took two turns to set up, taking second place ten seconds behind Scott Redding. Tom Sykes beat Toprak Razgatlioglu and the Yamaha rider dropped off the pack. 

Alex Lowes, Michael van der Mark and Tom Sykes all entered turn one of lap fifteen three abreast, with Lowes coming out ahead, in the prime position to see Rea over a second clear and escaping, albeit ten seconds behind Scott Redding. Tom Sykes eventually made a turn one pass work on his teammate and he settled into fourth place as the laps ticked off.

With the places settled, the leading six riders all held their stations through the last two laps, but as Jonas Folger and Garrett Gerloff caught up with Toprak Razgatlioglu, closing over a second of gap on the last lap, sixth place suddenly didn't seem as safe, but Razgatlioglu held off Gerloff and Folger over the line.

Scott Redding took his first race win of the year, gambling on slick tyres, ten seconds ahead of Jonathan Rea who, after passing Redding on the slow-down lap, made a "big balls" gesture to the winner, congratulating Redding for his bravery. Alex Lowes took third place to maintain his second place in the championship.

When they got back to parc fermé, Garrett Gerloff sought out Jonathan Rea and apologised for his frankly daft overtake. Rea seemed to accept his pleading as it didn't affect his race.

Jonathan Rea leaves the weekend of racing with a healthy title lead of twelve points over his teammate Alex Lowes. Scott Redding recovered from what could have been an opening disaster in third place, five points behind Lowes and only seventeen off Rea. Toprak Razgatlioglu, Tom Sykes and Garrett Gerloff round out the top six.

The Kawasaki riders of Rea and Lowes put their team at the top, and Redding and Razgatlioglu did their teams proud, but the surprise showing was the BMW, which seemed to perform very well in tricky conditions, promising hope for its development this year.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R  
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 9.856
3 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 10.434
4 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 12.094
5 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 16.234
6 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 3.957
7 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 20.427
8 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 20.587
9 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 4.439
10 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 28.855
11 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 35.644
12 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 38.275
13 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 41.585
14 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 44.922
15 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 46.022
16 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 22.050
17 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 1'13.998
18 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'14.859
19 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1 Lap
20 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 2 Laps
21 76 S. CAVALIERI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 3 Laps
RET 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 14
RET 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 14 Laps
Round Number: 
1
2021
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2021 Aragon World Supersport Race 2 Result: Patience And Preparation Pay

World Supersport race two would be missing two riders at the start, with Nikki Tuuli and Thomas Gradinger being declared unfit, Tuuli with a concussion and Gradinger with a foot contusion. Pole-sitter Jules Cluzel still has no luck, getting sent to the back of the grid for a tyre pressure infringement. The race was declared wet, making tyre choice a factor.

Philipp Oetll inherited pole position but threw away the lead after crashing out in turn one alongside Federico Caricasulo and the lead was taken over by Steven Odendaal then by Marc Alcoba and Christoffer Bergman. Randy Krummenacher ended the first lap in an impressive third place in the tricky conditions. Jules Cluzel was nine seconds behind in thirteenth place. 

Christoffer Bergman, setting the fastest lap on lap two, had a second and a half lead over Marc Alcoba with Randy Krummenacher two seconds further back. Cluzel was in eleventh, then tenth, a second and a half behind Raffaele De Rosa. 

Another fastest lap from Christoffer Bergman as he stretched his lead over Marc Alcoba to two seconds. Randy Krummenacher another four seconds further back had over a second over Steven Odendaal with Luca Bernardi and Manuel Gonzales rounding out the top six. 

Another lap and Christoffer Bergman increased his pace again as the track dried out. Steven Odendaal, the only rider on intermediate tyres, took third place from Randy Krummenacher as Luca Bernardi pulled out of fifth place with his hand up. Jules Cluzel, passing Dominique Aegerter and Raffaele De Rosa, worked his way to seventh place, closing on Hannes Soomer. The group Cluzel caught was headed by fourth-placed Manuel Gonzales, and in the space of a few corners, Cluzel passed three riders and took fourth place, with a four second gap to third-placed Steven Odendaal who set the fastest lap on lap six. 

Christoffer Bergman and Marc Alcoba led the race on wet tyres as Steven Odendaal and Jules Cluzel took over with the fast laps, Cluzel setting the fastest lap on lap seven, almost two seconds quicker than the lead pair. At half race distance, Cluzel was three seconds off Odendaal and eleven seconds from Bergman in the lead.

Lap eight, and Cluzel knocked another second off the fastest lap, under nine seconds from the lead and finally on the tail of Steven Odendaal and a further three of second-placed Marc Alcoba. 

As Cluzel closed on Odendaal, two places behind, Raffaele De Rosa set the fastest lap. Cluzel caught and passed Alcoba, and as Alcoba looked over his left shoulder, Odendaal sneaked past on his right. 

With five laps left, Jules Cluzel was just under three seconds off the lead, lapping three seconds faster than Christoffer Bergman. De Rosa set the fastest lap again, climbing to fifth place. At the end of the straight, Cluzel took the lead, putting power down better out of turn seventeen and passing him cleanly before the end of the straight.

In lap twelve, the top five closed up, and Bergman's time was over, in fifth place as the intermediate chargers all passed him. Cluzel led Steven Odendaal, Raffaele De Rosa and Hannes Soomer and a fight for the win broke out. De Rosa, again, set the fastest lap.

Cluzel and Odendaal, locked together had back markers to pass, and Odendaal made the best use of his faster bike down the straight and the penultimate lap started with four riders able to take the win. Another fastest lap and second place came as De Rosa passed Cluzel, with under a second covering the lead four riders. 

The last lap, Odendaal led De Rosa, Cluzel and Soomer, with under three quarters of a second covering the four. De Rosa harangued Odendaal as Soomer nipped at Cluzel. De Rosa, seeking his first ever win, took the lead and tried to break free before the long straight where Odendaal had a clear advantage. 

Down the straight, on the last lap, Steven Odendaal closed up on Raffaele De Rosa and took the lead on the brakes, and the pair had a run to the flag, with Odendaal maintaining the lead as De Rosa twitched his rear exiting the last turn. Jules Cluzel held off Hannes Soomer to take third place after starting at the back of the grid.

Tyre choice and patience paid off for the riders with the intermediate rear tyre, having to wait for the leaders' tyres to drop off as the track came to the intermediate tyres. Odendaal thanked his team for convincing him to switch to an intermediate tyre.

Steven Odendaal took his second win from two races and leads the championship by nineteen points over Dominique Aegerter. Raffaele De Rosa ends the weekend twenty three points from Odendaal. Jules Cluzel ends in sixth place, behind Hannes Soomer and Christoffer Bergman.

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6  
2 3 R. DE ROSA Kawasaki ZX-6R 0.100
3 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 0.334
4 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 0.389
5 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 17.785
6 71 C. BERGMAN Yamaha YZF R6 19.976
7 70 M. ALCOBA Yamaha YZF R6 31.984
8 95 V. TAKALA Yamaha YZF R6 35.144
9 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 36.403
10 55 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 37.524
11 81 M. GONZALEZ Yamaha YZF R6 0.297
12 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 50.606
13 6 M. HERRERA Yamaha YZF R6 56.884
14 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 8.011
15 19 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R6 7.739
16 42 S. FROSSARD Yamaha YZF R6 1'17.314
17 22 F. FULIGNI Yamaha YZF R6 1'17.560
18 94 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'33.617
19 24 L. TACCINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'33.621
20 45 S. KAWASAKI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'53.310
21 84 M. FABRIZIO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1 Lap
RET 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 13
RET 23 D. PIZZOLI Yamaha YZF R6 4 Laps
RET 29 L. BERNARDI Yamaha YZF R6 5 Laps
RET 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 14 Laps
Round Number: 
1
2021
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2021 Aragon World Superbike Superpole Race Result: Tyre Choices, Please

After a damp warmup this morning, the race was declared a wet race. Ten laps of the longest circuit on the calendar would determine the grid positions for the full length race this afternoon. Tyre selection was being made on the grid between wet and intermediate tyres. 

Scott Redding took the hole shot but went wide, but he retook the lead out of turn two. After tentative shuffling, Rea and Redding swapped around enough to let Alex Lowes pass the pair. After a lap, Redding had the lead as the Kawasakis fought for second place, with Rea in front. 

Scott Redding overcooked turn two, letting Jonathan Rea close the gap. Redding on the wet tyre had different lines to the Kawasakis on intermediate tyres. Alex Lowes passed Redding as Rea set the fastest lap. 

In fourth place, Chaz Davies, also on intermediate tyres, broke free of the battle with Tom Sykes and Garrett Gerloff and closed up to Redding, passing him on lap three. Gerloff passed Redding and was the second-quickest rider on the track. 

A couple of seconds behind Scott Redding, Toprak Razgatlioglu held off Alvaro Bautista and Michael van der Mark, in a close fight. Nearer the front, Gerloff caught Davies and started making attempts to pass him, passing him into the last corners on a tighter line than looked possible under Davies. Lap four, Jonathan Rea set the fastest lap again, with the first 1'58 lap of the race.

Michael van der Mark, gambling on an SCX rear tyre, passed Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding to take fifth place nearly six seconds behind Chaz Davies. 

At half race distance, Jonathan Rea had a five second lead over his teammate Alex Lowes who was a second and a half ahead of Garrett Gerloff and Chaz Davies with Michael van der Mark five seconds further back. Van der Mark set the fastest lap as Scott Redding dropped back when Toprak Razgatlioglu pushed him wide and was followed by Alvaro Bautista. 

Lap seven and Garrett Gerloff set the fastest lap under a second behind Alex Lowes, but van der Mark then beat it a few seconds later, his tyre choice paying off albeit a little late late. Garrett Gerloff took the fastest lap back with two laps left.

At the start of the last lap, Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes set fastest laps only for Michael van der Mark to beat the pair of them, over a second faster than fourth-placed Chaz Davies ahead of him, but nearly three seconds behind him.

Jonathan Rea took the win and pole position for the last race of the weekend, with his teammate Alex Lowes second again, ahead of a delighted Garrett Gerloff whose last-minute change to intermediate tyres after the sighting lap paid off. Chaz Davies headed the second row alongside Michael van der Mark and Toprak Razgatlioglu. Alvaro Bautista captained the third row with a visibly frustrated Scott Redding regretting his tyre choice in eighth-place. Yamaha's Kohta Nozane rounded out the top nine.

Jonathan Rea holds an eight point lead in the championship over Alex Lowes and seventeen points more than Toprak Razgatlioglu. Chaz Davies is the top independent rider and top Ducati, two points ahead of fifth-placed Scott Redding.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 3.506
3 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 5.051
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 8.908
5 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 10.175
6 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 19.167
7 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 29.565
8 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 33.361
9 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 33.675
10 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 34.771
11 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 36.451
12 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 38.709
13 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 41.188
14 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 51.975
15 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 52.644
16 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 52.912
17 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'07.329
18 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'15.604
19 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'16.459
20 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'17.105
RET 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 3 Laps
RET 76 S. CAVALIERI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 7 Laps
RET 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 8 Laps
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2021 Aragon World Supersport Race 1 Result: Thrills And Spills

World Supersport looks like it's going to be a Yamaha R6 series for one last year, but not if Nikki Tuuli and Philipp Oettl can keep the likes of Jules Cluzel, Steven Odendaal, Dominique Aegerter, Randy Krummenacher, Federico Caricasulo and many, many more in check.

Jules Cluzel took the lead from pole position as Nikki Tuuli dropped back through the pack at the start. Philipp Oettl, Dominique Aegerter and Steven Odendaal passed Tuuli at the start and held their places for the first lap.

The leading five riders remained together at the front as Federico Caricasulo, returning to the class, and Marc Alcoba duelled behind, Alcoba crashing out behind a bit of a contretemps between Odendaal and Tuuli. 

On lap three, the three front riders, Jules Cluzel, Philipp Oettl and Dominique Aegerter had a gap of over a second over Odendaal and Tuuli, but a lap later, they were all back together. 

Tuuli, setting the fastest lap on lap three, took fourth place from Odendaal and caught up Aegerter. Jules Cluzel tried to break away at the front, but Philipp Oettl on the only Kawasaki in the top ten kept up with him for a few laps.

Nikki Tuuli made good on his pace and cleanly powered past Aegerter down the long straight, taking third place and setting another fastest lap. Tuuli then passed Philipp Oettl and slotted in a second behind leader Jules Cluzel.

Jules Cluzel's lead was slowly shrinking, Nikki Tuuli half a second quicker per lap, and the leading two were a second clear of the rest of the grid. On lap eight, Tuuli caught Cluzel. Cluzel was quicker through the slower complex, but Tuuli had a faster lap-on-lap pace.

Tuuli's quicker pace didn't help at this stage, with his half second advantage not mattering as long as Cluzel could hold his line and retain the lead. 

And then it was all over. 

Into turn twelve, Nikki Tuuli miscalculated his entry and he clipped Jules Cluzel's rear wheel and the pair tumbled into the gravel, their races over. They sat down together and had a bit of a chat as the race lead was taken by Philipp Oettl and Dominique Aegerter as Steven Odendaal looked on. 

Philipp Oettl's Kawasaki looked better in corner entry and exit which held off the faster Yamaha onslaught behind him. Four laps from the end, the podium places looked sorted out, with the order to be determined over the last four laps. Aegerter briefly held the lead, but Oettl snapped back immediately to regain the top spot. Aegerter took the lead at the end of the straight and Steven Odendaal took second into turn one. Yamahas held the top two spots with three laps to go. 

Dominique Aegerter and Steven Odendaal swapped the lead a couple of times as they broke free of Philipp Oettl's Kawasaki as Luca Bernardi overhauled Federico Caricasulo over three seconds further back. 

On the last lap, Aegerter took the lead into turn four and held a defensive line through the next few corners and the pair headed down the long back straight to determine the victory. In Aegerter's slipstream, Steven Odendaal forced his way into the lead, hpolding it into the last turn and to the line.

Steven Odendaal took his first podium at the top, winning his first race ahead of Dominique Aegerter's first podium. Philipp Oettl took third place two and a half seconds further back as Luca Bernardi and Manuel Gonzales held off Federico Caricasulo.

The incident between Nikki Tuuli and Jules Cluzel is under investigation, with the blame looking like it'll fall on Tuuli who was taken to the medical centre to be checked up. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6  
2 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 0.099
3 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 2.536
4 29 L. BERNARDI Yamaha YZF R6 3.956
5 81 M. GONZALEZ Yamaha YZF R6 0.782
6 94 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 4.817
7 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 6.121
8 71 C. BERGMAN Yamaha YZF R6 7.212
9 3 R. DE ROSA Kawasaki ZX-6R 8.352
10 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 7.783
11 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 16.279
12 6 M. HERRERA Yamaha YZF R6 22.257
13 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 22.296
14 84 M. FABRIZIO Kawasaki ZX-6R 11.978
15 55 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 37.978
16 42 S. FROSSARD Yamaha YZF R6 39.308
17 19 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R6 20.574
18 45 S. KAWASAKI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'04.435
19 24 L. TACCINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 4 Laps
RET 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 7 Laps
RET 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 675 7 Laps
RET 22 F. FULIGNI Yamaha YZF R6 7 Laps
RET 70 M. ALCOBA Yamaha YZF R6 12 Laps
RET 23 D. PIZZOLI Yamaha YZF R6 13 Laps
RET 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 2
RET 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 1
RET 95 V. TAKALA Yamaha YZF R6 14 Laps
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2021 Aragon World Superbike Race 1 Result: And We're Back

World Superbike is back and it gave us an exciting opening race. The season normally starts in Australia before taking a long break, giving us a strange pre-season race, but with the pandemic curbing the usual scheme of things, the opening round at Aragon had a lot to live up to, and it delivered.

Jonathan Rea took the lead from pole position and was joined by his Kawasaki teammate Alex Lowes, the pair of them armed with the harder SC0 tyres. Scott Redding, also on the harder tyre, was third place behind them, fending off Tom Sykes, Garrett Gerloff, Chaz Davies and Toprak Razgatlioglu. 

On the second lap, the Kawasakis held a one second gap over Scott Redding and Garrett Gerloff, with Tom Sykes dropping back a few places. Jonathan Rea set the fastest lap on lap two as Lowes and Rea increased their lead over Redding.

On lap three, Garrett Gerloff's hold on fourth place behind Scott Redding came to an end as Chaz Davies passed him on the outside and Toprak Razgatlioglu took advantage of his modified line to follow Davies through on the inside of Gerloff's Yamaha. A lap later, Razgatlioglu passed Davies into turn one to take fourth place, and a lap later, he took third place off Scott Redding into turn one, staring at a two and a half second to Lowes and leader Rea. 

Into turn two, Chaz Davies took a tight line, aided by his SCX softer tyre, and cleanly swept under Redding's bike, Redding having to lift his knee and redraw his line to avoid the not-red Ducati. As RAzgatlioglu built a bit of a gap from Davies, Alvaro Bautista caught up with Scott Redding and Garrett Gerloff, eventually passing Gerloff down the long back straight to take sixth place behind Redding.

Just past the halfway mark, Alex Lowes lost a lot of pace, his tyre seeming to have had enough, and after a few laps, he was caught and passed by Toprak Razgatlioglu. As soon as he was passed, with Chaz Davies catching up, his pace recovered and he was keeping Razgatlioglu in check, his SC0 tyre sandwiched between two SCX-shod riders. 

On lap twelve of eighteen, Jonathan Rea had a lead of over three seconds to the three-way battle for second, as Lowes and Razgatlioglu kept fighting, initially allowing Chaz Davies to close up and eventually becoming a six-way fight with Redding, Bautista and Gerloff joining them until Gerloff left them to it, losing touch after a mistake. 

On the penultimate lap, a few laps into Lowes and Razgatlioglu swapping places, Alex Lowes took and held second place from Toprak Razgatlioglu while Scott Redding made the best of a great exit onto the start/finish straight to take fourth place from Chaz Davies. As the last lap ticked off corner by corner, it looked like Toprak Razgatlioglu would take second place, over four seconds from Jonathan Rea's inevitable victory, but instead Alex Lowes took an un usual line, having studied Razgatlioglu's advantages and disadvantages, and exited the last corner onto the straight with a better line for grip and powered past Toprak Razgatlioglu's Yamaha to take second place. 

Jonathan Rea took his hundredth World Superbike victory ahead of his Kawasaki teammate Alex Lowes, with Toprak Razgatlioglu rounding out the podium four hundredths of a second behind Lowes. Scott Redding beat Chaz Davies for fourth place with Tom Sykes picking up a sixth, Alvaro Bautista having crashed out at the start of the last lap. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 3.965
3 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 0.043
4 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 0.234
5 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 4.615
6 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 6.784
7 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1.561
8 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 10.187
9 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 10.326
10 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 7.367
11 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 21.154
12 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 27.523
13 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 30.963
14 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 36.769
15 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 39.334
16 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 41.544
17 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 43.179
18 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'21.460
RET 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1 Lap
RET 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 13
RET 76 S. CAVALIERI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 9
RET 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 7
RET 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 2
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