2020 Jerez World Superbike Race Two Result: Sighting Lap Showboating

As the air temperature hit thirty five degrees centigrade, fun-loving Toprak Razgatlioglu did some show-boating on the sighting lap, in spite of a lack of audience. After a quick wheelie, he did a slow rear slide that turned into the simplest lowside crash, spinning in the middle of the track. He picked it up and sheepishly made the grid for the race start. 

Jonathan Rea once again hit turn one first, ahead of Scott Redding and Loris Baz, but as Michael van der Mark got pushed back into the first few turns, Toprak Razgatlioglu charged through from tenth place getting up to fifth place in a handful of corners and ending the first lap in third place, reminding us why the reverse grid was scrapped. 

Into the first turn, Scott Redding passed Jonathan Rea into the first turn as Chaz Davies and Toprak Razgatlioglu sorted themselves out in third and fourth places. Scott Redding set the fastest lap as he started to break away in the lead and on lap three Chaz Davies finally made a pass stick on Toprak Razgatlioglu.

On lap five, over a second behind Redding, Davies was visibly quicker than Rea and pecked at his rear, looking for a pass. At turn nine, an unusual passing place, Davies passed the reigning champion and set off after his teammate. Rea spent lap six swapping places with Toprak Razgatlioglu, and Alex Lowes tried to pass the duelling duo into turn six, overcooking the entry and passing both Razgatlioglu and Rea only to push Razgatlioglu off his like and have Rea pass them both back for third place. Behind the action, Loris Baz slid out of turn thirteen and ended up in last place after picking his bike up. 

Eight laps in, Razgatlioglu once again passed Jonathan Rea, this time into turn six, and Alex Lowes tried to follow him though. A second behind the battle fir third place, Michael van der Mark suddenly had company as Michael Ruben Rinaldi caught him up after fighting through Alvaro Bautista, Garett Gerloff and Leon Haslam. After closing the three second gap to van der Mark, he tried to pass the Yamaha rider at turn five and put himself inside into turn six, but as van der Mark fought back, Rinaldi held on through turns seven and eight, ending the three corner run on the inside and holding sixth place, closing on Alex Lowes over the next few laps.

Once clear of Rea, Razgatlioglu was able to gap the riders behind him but the three second gap to second-placed Chaz Davies was an unreasonable distance to close. Thirteen laps in, Rinaldi started to try to pass Lowes, passing him into turn five, and charging down the long straight to try to pass Jonathan Rea. A lap later, he nearly made the lap six pass work for him but went in too deep. At turn nine, he passed Rea again, but Rea took fourth place back on the exit. At the end of the lap, a frustrated Michael Ruben Rinaldi slid both wheels into turn thirteen and held a tight line to pass Rea and hold fourth place down the straight. 

At three quarter race distance, fifteen laps in, Scott Redding and Chaz Davies, with a consistent gap of just over two seconds between them were riding at the same place over three seconds clear of third-placed Toprak Razgatlioglu. Three seconds further behind, Michael Ruben Rinaldi was a second clear of the Kawasaki teammates fighting over fifth place, and on lap seventeen, Alex Lowes, using an SCX rear tyre, took fifth place off Jonathan Rea at turn six and the race was set.

Scott Redding won his second World Superbike race, set the fastest lap and extended his championship lead over Jonathan Rea. His Ducati teammate Chaz Davies had his best result of the year and lifted himself to fifth place in the championship, ahead of Michael van der Mark. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu closed to within two points of Alex Lowes maintaining his fourth place in the championship, while Jonathan Rea held onto second place, but lost a point to Alex Lowes. Michael Ruben Rinaldi equalled his best ever result with his fourth place.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R  
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 3.082
3 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 5.472
4 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 8.709
5 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 10.772
6 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 12.501
7 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 13.760
8 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 17.472
9 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale V4 R 19.938
10 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 21.375
11 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 23.555
12 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 28.209
13 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 29.128
14 11 S. CORTESE Kawasaki ZX-10RR 35.062
15 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale V4 R 35.269
16 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1 38.450
17 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 44.444
18 77 M. SCHEIB Kawasaki ZX-10RR 45.370
19 63 L. GABELLINI Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'08.007
RET 20 S. BARRIER Ducati Panigale V4 R 3 Laps
RET 23 C. PONSSON Aprilia RSV4 1000 6 Laps
RET 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 9 Laps
RET 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 14 Laps
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2020
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I really enjoyed this play-by-play. For the first ten years of my career in race reporting, we told the race, lap-by-lap, corner-by-corner. Then my bosses said I had to tell the story behind the race, the before and after, because everybody had seen the race on TV. I resisted because I knew from my own experience that the race is a story told by chapters and that it is easy to forget those first laps, the big overtake, and some of thr action that the camera missed. After reading ths and the other lap-by-lap accounts, I think perhaps race reports should still include, maybe in a box alongside the main report, the detailed account. I had to watch the Spanish G.P. (Jerez 1) three times, flag to flag, to actually understand all the development and subplots. Good job, Jared. David sure can pick 'em!

Hiya Dennis! Agreed on play by play yet adding a longstanding need for sufficient editing.

The Ducati ruled the day. Credit to Redding, Davies back to form, and Rinaldi. The Red bike is the one I see present moment. Very aged Melandri still has the goods, welcome back 33.

Yet to find Toprak's warmup spill. Glad his bike was fine. His lines were SO good. Thank goodness the Yamaha hefted more motor into their agility base (cue looming concern in GP). TRaz is still ascending. Question, are we going to keep seeing motors pop?

The Kawasaki is a bike that generally works everywhere and in all conditions. We cannot say that about the Ducati. Duc has a year of data and good base setting, lets hope that have ironed out setup woes. Surprisingly it may have been a tire and setup mismatch for Jonathon Rea today. Great start again, but the bike went away from him perhaps with an early front tire drop. Mid corner speed became labored. In battle he could not hold inside lines.

While we have not seen the Honda performance many hoped, it is doing ok. Bautista is pushing it hard and ragged. The new BMW has given glimpses of something great and elder gent Sykes another bloom opportunity. Three bikes at the pointy end for now.

A favorite consideration? We have several fun underdog presences. Ponsson and Aprilia did ok earlier in the weekend, happy to have them. American Gerloff made a strong showing today. Rinaldi on basically shelf bought independent kit is yellowy beautiful. But there must be many in great appreciation of upstart Ten Kate Yamaha's outfit with Baz. They are developing their OWN race kit to SELL us. Same for the R6. This interdependent venture with Yamaha is uniquely wonderful.

Going back in for another watch.
Cheers!

I had to think about that for a moment.  In a straight heads up dual, JR was down 12 seconds at the end of a race.  Whoa.

I haven't seen any post-race explanation yet but have to assume JR had a problem with his bike. He wouldn't be that much slower than all those ahead of him without a good reason. It'll be interesting to see what the gap is between the Kawasaki's and Ducati's as the season progresses.

Redding looks particularly fierce, as does Toprak and I think JR has his work cut out to make it six in a row.

It wasn't like a PI or Assen all in brawl, but it was a good race with small advantages in pace working themselves out over the 20 laps. Mat Oxley has written a great Twitter piece today on Scott Redding's performance. I think there is rather too much uninformed judgement of riders' character around these days and I certainly don't have any particular insight into Mr Redding, but I can say this: To deal with dropping out of MotoGP ranks, to go to immediately smashing the BSB title says a lot for his competitive character. To be leading WSBK at this stage says even more. I have also not seen him being anything less than gracious and transparent in interviews and podiums. And I agree with him that sticking with a genuinely uncompetitive ride is a fool's enterprise.

After his exit from MotoGP in 2018, Redding must of felt his world had come to an end. Going to BSB was always a risk with a load of unknown quirky UK tracks to learn. Had Redding not won BSB last year I think he might still be there this year or on a satellite bike in WSBK. I see so many comments on Facebook that all he needs to do is to win WSBK championship this year and he will be a shoe-in for a great ride on a Ducati Motogp bike next year. I personally wouldnt rush - he has a 2 year deal with Ducati and Rea is not going to make it easy this year. 

... that you have to be on the right bike to really shine. And Redding wasn't, in MotoGP. Maybe that's because he's too big or just wasn't the right fit for what came up, but it irks when people refer to him as a MotoGP reject. I don't think anyone who makes it to that level deserves that kind of discourtesy - they've all achieved way more than most of us. But Redding's real talent shone through last year, where it took speed, talent, endurance, consistency and a damn good bike to take that title.

It would be enjoyable to see him win the WSBK title this year, I think he certainly has it in him, though if I was him I wouldn't be in too much of a hurry to go back to the other paddock. That's still a notch above WSBK in my book and, even with a grade A ride he might find himself mid-pack, as has been the case with many a fore-runner.

Scott Redding is a champion.

The MotoGp paddock didn't recognise Scott Redding's value. That doesn't deminish SR45's skills, talent or abilities. So grand prix motorcycle racing has lost a colourful character. MotoGp's loss not ours. I Like Redding, not too keen on some of his haircuts, but that doesn't matter when the helmet goes on. I met Scott at Sepang 2018 when he knew he was leaving the world championship & going to BSB. As our after dinner speaker Scott was open about his racing career. He was positive about his future, planning to win the BSB title and then move on to World SBK.

Redding has achieved the goal of winning the BSB championship. Redding is in WSBK now, winning races & leading the title race at the moment. SR45 has done well on two very different circuits in SBK. Don't know how familiar he is with Portimao.

The regular world superbike riders know Portimao well, it will be interesting to see how Redding performs at the next round.

Portimao starts on Friday, Brno MotoGp ditto; it's going to be a big weekend!

Strictly regarding the action on track, I too was feeling some deja vu this weekend. Watching Rea, Razgatlioglu & Redding in close formation I felt at times like I was watching Corser, Haga & Bayliss.

I would't worry about Redding and his lack of experience at Portimao - I am sure he was there before on a BSB bike at start of 2019 testing. His learning curve in 2019 was far steeper on smaller BSB circuits - Knockhill must have been a shock and I sure he won a race there. I sense a maturity in Redding now. He comes across as sensible, quite humble and compared with the past - his haircuts are much more restrained. Even his social media stuff is focused.

How JR kept the wheels turning whilst Bautista's fell off was astonishing, something that nobody could have foreseen. Does history repeat itself? Maybe only in hindsight, this truncated season making things more unpredictable than ever. There is no doubt in my mind that Kawasaki are rattled, the level of concern in the garage palpable through the TV. There is also no doubt in my mind they will be burning the midnight oil and will come out fighting. And it's Portimao next...

... the second race slower than Race 1, and also happened to suffer his lowest-ever position with Kawasaki - I wouldn't expect what we saw on Sunday afternoon to be any kind of a trend for Rea considering his complete ownership of the series for so many years.