2021 Misano World Superbike Superpole Race Result: Laverty Fit To Race

Eugene Laverty was declared fit and would start the race in past place. Ten laps around Misano would determine the grid for the second race this afternoon.

Toprak Razgatlioglu led Jonathan Rea, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Scot Redding as Chaz Davies crashed out of the first turn, tagging Lucas Mahias's rear wheel. Alex Lowes and Tom Sykes rounded out the top six as the race started to stretch out after one lap. Turn eight of lap two, Rinaldi took second place cleanly from Rea and set the fastest lap, a new lap record of 1'34.356. Tom Sykes was no longer with the leading six, as the gap between himself and Alex Lowes stretched to over a second at the start of lap four.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi could match Toprak Razgatlioglu but could not pass him into any of the turns. Michael van der Mark crashed into turn one. As Jonathan Rea struggled to keep up with the leading pair, Scott Redding in fourth found it even more difficult and was a second off the six-times champion at half race distance. At turn eight, Rinaldi lined up next to Razgatlioglu but couldn't pass on the brakes, but he kept his momentum and pulled off an overtake into turn eleven, not a traditional passing place, and Razgatlioglu kept trying to take the lead back throughout lap six and seven. Jonathan Rea kept with the leaders as they swapped places, with Scott Redding a second behind and Alex Lowes another second and a half further back. 

Lucas Mahias crashed out at turn six, behind ninth-placed Garrett Gerloff. The American having started from the back was working hard to get a good starting position for race two. Axel Bassani was in a lonely sixth place, a couple of seconds behind Alex Lowes and almost three seconds clear of Tom Sykes. 

As the last lap started, Jonathan Rea stopped pushing to join the leading duo of Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Toprak Razgatlioglu, with Scott Redding almost a second behind him.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi took his second victory of the weekend, ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu. Jonathan Rea rounded out the podium over a second behind with Scott Redding in his wake. Alex Lowes was three more seconds behind with Axel Bassani grabbing the top independent spot in sixth while Garrett Gerloff fought through to eighth place, earning a third row start for race two.

Toprak Razgatlioglu closed in to Jonathan Rea by two points as Michael Ruben Rinaldi's win consolidated his fifth place and he now sits thirteen points behind Alex Lowes and twenty six behind his teammate Scott Redding.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R  
2 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 0.485
3 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1.865
4 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 2.419
5 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 5.671
6 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 7.448
7 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 10.560
8 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 13.102
9 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 13.110
10 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 16.348
11 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 18.585
12 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 20.167
13 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 20.796
14 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 21.207
15 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 27.728
16 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 30.205
17 76 S. CAVALIERI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 35.374
18 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 35.643
19 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 37.066
RET 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 2 Laps
RET 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 5 Laps
RET 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R  
Round Number: 
3
2021
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Comments

Not where he'd have hoped to be prior to the accident, but I think 10 seconds off his team mate after the hit he took and starting from the back is encouraging and offers something to work with in race 2. I hope he goes well. A quick, clever, modest man who hasn't had the success  or good fortune his talent deserves.