2019 Donington World Superbike Race Two Result: As Close As Racing Gets

This weekend, thirty Eight thousand fans were treated to proper variable British weather and great racing at Donington Park, with eighteen and a half thousand enjoying Sunday's glorious sun.

Behind an all-Kawasaki front row after this morning's Superpole race, with Jonathan Rea alongside Toprak Razgatlioglu and Leon Haslam, Alvaro Bautista headed row two ahead of the Yamahas of Loris Baz and Alex Lowes. Rea and Razgatlioglu got away at the front ahead of Bautista and Haslam, with Chaz Davies making a great start ahead of Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes. Haslam quickly took his third place back from Bautista making it three Kawasakis ahead of Bautista's Ducati. 

On lap two, Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu both set fastest laps and, on lap three, after passing Rea in the Melbourne Loop right hand hairpin, Razgatlioglu set it again. The leading four started breaking away from Chaz Davies in fifth place as he was harassed by the Yamaha fight between Alex Lowes and Loris Baz. 

On lap six, Toprak Razgatlioglu went uncharacteristically wide at the Loop, leaving a gap Jonathan Rea threaded himself through for the lead. Two laps later, Razgatlioglu lost second place to Leon Haslam, but took it back and then took his unusually tight line through the Loop to take the lead back. 

As Razgatlioglu and Rea continued their racing, Haslam and Bautista kept up to watch the leading two engage in some really close wheel-to-wheel racing as Jonathan Rea rode Haga-close to the rear of Toprak Razgatlioglu, and on lap twelve, Rea made his move into Fogarty's Esses, taking the lead from Razgatlioglu and holding it through both of the following tight hairpins. A lap later, Bautista took a punt on a deep lunge into the Melbourne Loop, managing to get his Ducati stopped and turned in time to close a gap that the surprised Haslam couldn't exploit, putting Bautista into third place. 

On lap sixteen, The leading four were joined by the charging Yamaha battle of Loris Baz and Alex Lowes. Alex Lowes didn't slow down when the pair joined Leon Haslam and he made a very close pass on Baz into the esses with a little bit of forced kerb clipping that went unnoticed by the stewards. 

Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu continued some of the closest racing we've seen all year, eventually leaving Alvaro Bautista in a lonely third place a second and a half ahead of the fight for fourth. Alex Lowes latched onto the back of Leon Haslam and probed for a way past lap after lap, only finding a way past a lap before the end of the race.

Jonathan Rea tried to escape from Toprak Razgatlioglu knowing how strong the Turkish rider was in the last corners, and exited the chicane with enough of a gap that made it impossible for Razgatlioglu to use his cornering strength to pass him, and while Razgatlioglu did get exceedingly close, he couldn't pass Rea.

Jonathan Rea took his first complete weekend, winning all three races, taking and increasing the lead in the championship to twenty four points from Alvaro Bautista. Toprak Razgatlioglu's second place puts him fourteen points clear of Tom Sykes, in sixth place.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 0.365
3 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4 R 5.930
4 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 6.334
5 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 6.833
6 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 7.441
7 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 8.542
8 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 14.850
9 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 18.124
10 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 29.115
11 10 P. HICKMAN BMW S1000 RR 34.620
12 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 34.824
13 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R1 51.627
14 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 52.879
15 52 A. DELBIANCO Honda CBR1000RR 54.821
16 23 R. KIYONARI Honda CBR1000RR 1'07.330
RET 81 J. TORRES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1
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It’s been a long time since the wsbk racing was more entertaining than MotoGP but that was certainly the case this weekend. Race long battles for the top step and now we have a proper battle for the title to boot. While over the wall, it was processional and somewhat predictable. Shades of the late ‘90’s, foggy-esque and doohan-esque respectively. Some of that, this weekend, is no doubt down to the tracks. While passing at donnington is hard and often limited to only a couple of places, there are opportunities for the very brave or foolhardy, whereas I sometimes feel like I’ve seen less passes at Sachsenring in 20 years than in one normal moto3 race at Mugello.

anyway, good to see wsbk becoming worth watching again, hope it continues.