2021 Estoril World Superbike Superpole Race Result: Short And Sweet

The World Superbike Superpole race was ten short laps with not all riders choosing to use the dedicated sprint race tyre. 

Jonathan Rea, running an SC0 tyre, got to turn one third, but forced his way under Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding to take the lead mid-corner. Scott Redding took the lead in turn five. Making the most of the SCX sprint tyre. On lap two, Razgatlioglu passed Rea and Redding into turn one, but Rea covered the inside line into turn two and led out of turn three after setting the fastest lap. Razgatlioglu took the lead a couple of turns later. Redding took the lead into turn one, but Razgatlioglu defended on the brakes to retain the lead.

Garrett Gerloff and Michael Ruben Rinaldi were in touch with the three-way fight over the lead, with Alex Lowes almost a second behind them in sixth place. Toprak Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap again and held his lead into lap four. Scott Redding made a mistake into turn six, with Rea nearly following him, letting Rea and Gerloff past on the inside. Rea set the fastest lap in second position on lap four, with a second covering the leading five riders. 

Rea set the fastest lap again and, into turn one of lap six, he attempted a pass into turn one to take the lead from Razgatlioglu who lifted his rear wheel on the brakes and had to release the brakes briefly, letting Rea take the lead. Alex Lowes latched onto the back of the leading five and started looking for a way past fifth-placed Rinaldi. Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty were over two seconds behind the slash and dash at the front in seventh and eighth. Into lap eight, Redding took third back from Gerloff as a gap appeared in front of Rinaldi with the pace of the leading four in the 1'36 as Rea set the fastest lap again, escaping to eight tenths of a seconds clear of Razgatlioglu. 

Jonathan Rea opened the last lap with a nine tenths of a second lead over Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding. Garrett Gerloff was too far behind to disrupt the fight between Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding, but he was clear enough of Michael Ruben Rinaldi to assure his fourth place.

Jonathan Rea took the win on the harder tyre, ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding. Jonathan Rea leads Scott Redding in the championship by thirteen points, and with winning on the SC0 tyre, probably gives Redding hard choices for race two. Toprak Razgatlioglu closes to thirteen points behind Scott Redding with Alex Lowes and Garrett Gerloff consolidating their fourth and fifth places. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 0.690
3 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1.180
4 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 2.059
5 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 3.583
6 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 3.623
7 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 7.062
8 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 7.831
9 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 8.969
10 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 9.581
11 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 10.013
12 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 10.850
13 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 11.419
14 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 15.703
15 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 16.678
16 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 16.810
17 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 20.194
18 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 22.250
19 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 39.192
20 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'01.246
RET 76 S. CAVALIERI Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
RET 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
Round Number: 
2
2021
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