2019 Misano World Superbike Race Two Result: A Hot Track Makes For An Interesting Race

Twenty one laps on a hot Italian track and both GRT Yamaha riders - Marco Melandri and Sandro Cortese - decided to use the ten lap Superpole SCX tyre. 

Alvaro Bautista opened the race ahead of the three Kawasakis of Leon Haslam, Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea. Marco Melandri held fifth place until Alex Lowes took it from him at turn four, but Melandri took it back at turn eight.

On lap two, at turn four, Alvaro Bautista changed the shape of the championship by crashing at turn four and putting three Kawasakis at the lead of the race. Leon Haslam set the fastest lap in first place only to have third-placed Toprak Razgatlioglu reset it a few tenths later. 

Lap four was three Kawasakis ahead of three Yamahas, with Alex Lowes between the GRT Yamahas of Marco Melandri and Sandro Cortese. Toprak Razgatlioglu, sliding both tyres smoothly around turn four, passed Jonathan Rea for second place and, into turn one of lap five, took the lead from a hard-to-pass Leon Haslam. A few seconds behind, Sandro Cortese lost the front into turn one, picking his bike up and recovering in last place. At turn eleven, Jonathan Rea, unwilling to be stuck behind Leon Haslam, took second place from him.

Lap six, with the leading five all within striking distance of each other, Marco Melandri made a play for third place, attacking Leon Haslam at turn two only to have the pair bash into each other during turn three. Haslam retained third place. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu continued to slide both tyres around a couple of corners with only Jonathan Rea, not sliding his tyres, able to keep up. As Leon Haslam dropped off the leading two, with Marco Melandri for company, the leading two started to increase their gap, lap after lap.

By lap eleven, Alex Lowes caught up to Haslam and Melandri, Haslam almost two seconds off Rea, and Alvaro Bautista had climbed up to eighteenth place. A few laps later, three laps past his tyre's use-by date, Marco Melandri carried too much speed for the amount of grip available and crashed out, recovering outside the points, putting Alvaro Bautista back in the points.

Apart from Michael Ruben Rinaldi briefly catching the battle between Haslam and Lowes and dropping back shortly after, the next few laps showed no change at the front, but on lap eighteen of twenty one, Jonathan Rea took the lead. With a wide line out of turn sixteen, using all of the available track, and a bit more, to get a fast exit onto the straight, he powered past Toprak Razgatlioglu to take the lead into the first turn. Razgatlioglu fought back, but couldn't pass Rea.

On the penultimate lap, five seconds behind the leading pair, Alex Lowes took third place from Leon Haslam into turn one, but Haslam used turn two to take it right back. On the last lap, Razgatlioglu, smelling his first possible World Superbike win, tried a pass on Jonathan Rea at turn four, but couldn't make it work until turn eight, only to have Rea pass back underneath as he exited wide.

As Jonathan Rea exited the last corner, Razgatlioglu knew he had no chance and instead took a career best second place behind the reigning world champion with a triumphant wheelie. Leon Haslam made it al all-Kawasaki podium three tenths ahead of Alex Lowes. Alvaro Bautista finished in fourteenth place, netting two points.

Jonathan Rea sliced another twenty three points off Alvaro Bautista's championship lead, reducing it to just sixteen points. Toprak Razgatlioglu's second place catapulted him past Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri to take sixth place behind Leon Haslam.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 0.381
3 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 5.880
4 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 6.203
5 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 7.147
6 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 7.682
7 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 10.916
8 51 M. PIRRO Ducati Panigale V4 R 14.268
9 87 L. ZANETTI Ducati Panigale V4 R 20.043
10 81 J. TORRES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 22.127
11 28 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 27.107
12 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 27.475
13 97 S. CAVALIERI Ducati Panigale V4 R 36.333
14 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4 R 37.033
15 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R1 47.697
16 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 50.834
17 23 R. KIYONARI Honda CBR1000RR 1'05.352
RET 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 18
RET 72 Y. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR 4 Laps
RET 52 A. DELBIANCO Honda CBR1000RR 9
Round Number: 
7
2019
Tweet Button: 
Total votes: 61

Back to top

Comments

Great result for Kawasaki! Both KRT & Turkish Pucetti racing. Best ever SBK result for the young Turk.

Another good race for Alex Lowes, more points.

Alvaro another crash out of the lead. Is this why Alvaro Bautista isn't in MotoGp??

Four Ducatis in the top ten none of them the championship leader. Well done Michael Reuben Rinaldi.

Total votes: 65

I'm a huge fan of Reas riding. But Bautista when it all works has appeared different level. Lets just enjoy the season. On Eurosport 2 UK, Dominacelli was very laid back when interviewed, never seen him like that before. Competition improves the breed and the attendances it appears,too.

Total votes: 51

I don't think Bautista has ever seen Donington. Could be a tough weekend for him and lose more of his points lead. But he knows Laguna Seca very well and was fast there in MotoGP. Hopefully he can take advantage...

Total votes: 68

Bautista been to Donington Park, he won there in 125s and took a podium in 250s. He'll probably find his way around fine.

Total votes: 69

Fascinating watching the two similar Kawasaki use very different lines to go almost the same speed.

Total votes: 64

Is a funny way of saying Kawasaki locked out the podium 😂. Once again, no Bautista, no Ducati. And it's obvious watching him ride. He gets that Ducati to the front with total commitment into turns, no other Ducati rider in WSBK gets that bike to the apex as quickly. 

 

Total votes: 45

Alvaro Bautista is on slightly higher level of speed as of Misano. It's his year '19

Jonathan at his fastest is very fast &  very close. Jonathan Rea is doing a great job! He's doing what he has to do to push A.B.19 in 2019.

Jonathan is pushing so hard AB has made mistakes. Likewise Jonathan has had more than his usual crashes & prangs.

Up until Misano Michael van der Mark had been mighty rapid and winning races.

I wouldn't say Alvaro has it easy at Ducati.

But. It's a truthfully universally acknowledged that every racer likes a fast bike. Ducati V4R is the fastest four cylinder sports bike as per SBK 2019 season so far.

So why does ,Beautista crash out of the lead?

Is it in his head or just mistakes of technique?

,

Toprak Razgatlioglu!! Another podium & again fighting for the lead, awesome

Old Tom Sykes also getting the BMW closer to the top.

Total votes: 61

The results quite clearly show that over a full spectrum of riders the Kawasaki is still the best bike, closely followed by Yamaha, to be riding in WSBK. Only 1 person is getting results on the Ducati & he is so far on the limit he's crashing too often. Even the Ducati test rider, on his home track is struggling with it. 

Total votes: 62