2021 Estoril World Superbike Race 1 Result: Tyres Again

World Superbike race one at Estoril would be twenty one laps around a windy circuit, with most choosing the SCX superpole race tyre. Very few of the top riders would select the SC0 rear tyre. Several riders retroactively lost their quickest Superpole laps for passing a yellow flag, a harsh penalty when the qualifying tyre only gives them one quick lap.

Jonathan Rea in pole position was one of the outliers with the SC0 tyre, and as the lights went out, Rea was beaten to turn one by Scott Redding and Toprak Razgatlioglu with Michael Ruben Rinaldi right behind him. Alex Lowes, recovering from his front row demotion, went wide at turn one and lost a few places. Lucas Mahias jumped up two places and slotted into fifth place, making his Kawasaki very wide, putting a plug in the second group. After lap, the first four riders were a second and a half clear from the fight over fifth. Another lap, after Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap, and that gap was well over two seconds when Alex Lowes finally found a way past the Frenchman.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi briefly held third place, fighting Jonathan Rea as the leading two broke away, but Rea took it back before the start of lap four, a second behind Scott Redding and Toprak Razgatlioglu. Six laps in, Rinaldi lost tough with Rea, dropping to a second behind him.

A few seconds behind the front four, Alex Lowes held a gap briefly, until Garrett Gerloff jumped the gap from Eugene Laverty, Michael van der Mark and Chaz Davies further back. Gerloff inherited fifth place after Alex Lowes crashed out in front of him, and the gap behind increased as Eugene Laverty also lost the front behind him, with the chaos happening around Gerloff without any input from him for a change. Gerloff started chipping away at the three second gap to Rinaldi in front, a tenth or two a second quicker.

At half race distance, Jonathan Rea's tyre started working better than those of the riders around him, and over three laps, he eliminated a gap of over a second to make the fight at the front a three-way battle.

By lap fifteen, Rea was the quickest rider in the front group, but lap after lap, he couldn't find a way past the incredible braking of Razgatlioglu into turn one. Three laps from the end, the front three were covered by under half a second, with Rea passing Razgatlioglu into turn one only to be beaten on the brakes, while Scott Redding, weak into turn one, was spared a challenge by the fight over second place, able to exploit his superior pace the remainder of the lap.

Scott Redding held off the challenges, leading out of the last turn by almost a second as Toprak Razgatlioglu beat a hard-charging Jonathan Rea by under four hundredths of a second. Behind the podium battle, Garrett Gerloff held off Michael Ruben Rinaldi for the last couple of laps to take fourth place. Chaz Davies took sixth place, three and a half seconds later.

Scott Redding questioned his tyre choice throughout the race, suggesting he may use the SC0 rear yesterday, while Jonathan Rea lamented the early battle with Rinaldi that cost him contact with the two faster riders ahead.

Scott Redding closed the gap to Jonathan Rea in the championship to just eight points and Toprak Razgatlioglu took third place, five points ts of Alex Lowes whose finishing outside the points cost him second place in the title chase.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R  
2 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 0.877
3 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 0.915
4 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 9.518
5 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 4.118
6 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 17.177
7 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 19.316
8 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 20.185
9 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 25.625
10 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 2.147
11 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 30.349
12 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 35.722
13 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 35.885
14 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 36.887
15 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 45.434
16 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 46.472
17 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 51.132
18 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 1'09.888
19 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'09.903
20 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'26.686
RET 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 6 Laps
RET 76 S. CAVALIERI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 14 Laps
Round Number: 
2
2021
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Comments

Seems the SCX is no longer a gamble for the feature races, temp and surface dependant of course. Toprak never really challenged for the lead, which was disappointing and Rea looked a shadow of himself from Aragon, taking it relatively easy on the bike and direction changes.

Reddings tyre was of course, to use a technical tyre term, shagged. But he brought it home again without any real overtaking pressure. Loved the Parc Ferme interviews were Redding suggested maybe the harder SCO was the tyre for tomorrow, while Rea was wondering the opposite. 

Good to see MvdM get a decent finish after the FP1 fiasco, he wasn't the only one suffering ride by wire woes, Chas Davies had it too.

Roll on more close racing tomorrow.

this column makes no sense & contradicts the text.  In general, it appears to be gap from Redding in 1st, but then Gerloff in 4th at 9sec gap, followed by Rinaldi in 5th at 4 sec gap and Davies listed as 17 sec gap when text says Davies was 3.5 sec back.

not the first race that these numbers are screwy...   Jared? is something wrong with the data you are given from WBSK ??

Yeah, that's screwy. I'll fix it. We get data as a PDF and have parsers that try and get the data from the PDFs and it's never easy to get it right. Every year, we need to fix them. 

It'll be the independent riders with screwy data because the PDF will have added a new column for them.