2020 Estoril World Superbike Superpole Race Result: Short Track, Fast Sprint

The ten lap sprint race that would determine the grid for race two this afternoon was cold enough for everyone to opt not to use the SCX superpole race tyre. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu hit turn one from pole position again, ahead of Garrett Gerloff, Leon Haslam and Michael van der Mark as Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding carved their way through their respective packs. At the end of lap one, Alex Lowes tucked the front at turn thirteen and ended his race, walking away from his crash.

At the start of the second lap, Leon Haslam fell back to fifth place as the continued duel between Chaz Davies and Michael van der Mark passed him at the start of the lap. Jonathan Rea climbed up to seventh place as Scott Redding made his way to eleventh. Toprak Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap as he increased his lead over Garrett Gerloff. 

Over the next few laps, Toprak Razgatlioglu stretched out his lead to a second and a half over Garret Gerloff who had a similar lead over the Chaz Davies versus Michael van der Mark battle over the last podium place. Jonathan Rea, after overtaking Leon Haslam into turn one of lap four, was a second behind them. Scott Redding, three places back after passing Michael Ruben Rinaldi sat behind the Hondas of Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam and lined them up for a passes, taking seventh place off Haslam on lap six of ten. Toprak Razgatlioglu set a new lap record of 1'36.594 at the halfway mark.

As Chaz Davies and Michael van der Mark continued to fight, Scott Redding eventually passed Alvaro Bautista for sixth place, just over a second behind Jonathan Rea. Chaz Davies went a little wide at turn three, his grip starting to fade, and van der Mark tried to stuff it up the inside, but had to back off after Davies closed his line and the pair touched. They continued close riding, van der Mark needing to pass before his grip dropped to the same level as Davies, and at the end of lap eight, he took his opportuinty at turn thirteen and led briefly down the straight where the power of the Ducati, coupled with his braking prowess, put Davies in front into turn one. At turn four, however, Davies once again went a little wide and van der Mark still had the tyre to get underneath and pass Davies. Davies had no answer and van der Mark bolted off. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu won decisively again, with a pole position, lap record and two wins so far this weekend, ahead of Garrett Gerloff and Michael van der Mark, Yamaha's first all-blue podium in the history of World Superbike, and a lockout of the front row for race two. Chaz Davies was a second off the podium in fourth place. Scott Redding couldn't close the gap on Jonathan Rea, but the pair finished together on the time sheet and will round out the second row for this afternoon's race, alongside Chaz Davies. Michael Ruben Rinaldi's ninth place, behind the Hondas, assured him of the independent rider's championship, thirty four points clear of Loris Baz.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1  
2 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1.928
3 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 2.940
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1.134
5 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 4.745
6 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1.170
7 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 7.969
8 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 11.835
9 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 12.293
10 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 12.342
11 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 12.643
12 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1 12.714
13 94 J. FOLGER Yamaha YZF R1 14.984
14 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale V4 R 22.177
15 71 M. FERRARI Ducati Panigale V4 R 22.349
16 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 22.581
17 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 27.889
19 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 30.067
20 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 50.259
RET 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 2
RET 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
Round Number: 
8
2020
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