2022 Most World Superbike Race Two Result: Do You Like Overtakes?

Eugene Laverty, fresh from announcing his new role in the Bonovo BMW team, was ruled unfit for this afternoon's twenty two lap race while Alex Lowes pulled out due to a bout of gastroenteritis. The weekend attendance was 37,081 as the temperature climbed to 29ºC. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu led Alvaro Bautista and Michael Ruben Rinaldi as Jonathan Rea got pushed back to fifth place. Axel Bassani pushed Rinaldi aside to take third off him and Rea followed him to fourth. Rinaldi took two places back to start lap two back in third place ahead of Rea. Scott Redding sat in sixth place, ahead of Andrea Locatelli and Iker Lecuona. Razgatlioglu set a 1'31.916 fastest lap ahead of Bautista, Rinaldi and Rea. Rea took third place into turn one on the brakes, putting two Ducatis behind him and one in front. The gap from the leading six, with Redding in sixth, climbed to over a second. On lap four, Rinaldi hit turn one in front of Rea, but he ran in too hot and lost the front, all on his own. 

Lap five, Bautista led over the line but Razgatlioglu had the inside line and kept his lead. Scott Redding pushed Bassani to fifth place as the leading trio led him by over a second. Bautista shot past Razgatlioglu down the straight, with an obvious speed advantage, but had too much speed and had to run on at turn one, conceding second place to Rea. 

At the start of lap seven, it was Rea's turn to overtake Razgatlioglu, but he held the lead through the first few turns, the pair over a second clear of Bautista. Razgatlioglu returned the favour a lap later, taking the lead from Rea as Bautista closed up. Bassani took fourth place off Redding down the straight, demonstrating the difference between the Ducati and the BMW, but Redding held on to Bassani, closing up throughout the lap. Redding pulled alongside Bassani to start lap ten and took fourth place back in to turn one. 

At the start of lap eleven, Alvaro Bautista led over the line but Jonathan Rea took the inside line into turn one, with Toprak Razgatlioglu getting pushed back to third place by Bautista. Rea held the lead, but took a slower line, forcing Bautista to give up a pass attempt. A lap later, Bautista led over the line again, but Rea took it back into the chicanes at the start of the lap. At that start of lap thirteen, Bautista used his speed advantage to lead over the line again, this time taking the lead ahead of Rea into turn one. Razgatlioglu remained in contact a quarter of a second off Rea's rear.

Lap fourteen had the leading trio covered by half a second throughout the lap and four tenths the lap later. Razgatlioglu took second place to start lap fifteen, outbraking Rea into turn one. Razgatlioglu set about hounding Bautista, but couldn't get a wheel under the Ducati to try and disrupt Bautista. With seven laps left, Bautista couldn't shake his rivals. Razgatlioglu made a turn twenty pass to take the lead, but Bautista powered past over the line. Razgatlioglu took the lead into turn one, giving Rea a chance to try to pass Bautista. 

Lap eighteen, Bautista wasn't able to close before the line and Razgatlioglu held the lead through the first few turns. A lap later, Razgatlioglu's lead was six tenths of a second clear of Bautista and Rea as Toprak Razgatlioglu set a fastest lap of 1'31.713 as he started to rabbit away at the front while Rea hounded Bautista. 

Two laps left, Toprak Razgatlioglu led by over a second, another fastest lap of 1'31.705, as Bautista had a little breathing room behind him as Rea missed a corner on the previous lap. A lap later, at the start of the last lap, the leading trio had settled into their positions, with Razgatlioglu clear of Bautista with Rea over a second further back. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu cleanly won the race ahead of Alvaro Bautista and Jonathan Rea with Scott Redding over six seconds off the podium ahead of Axel Bassani. 

Razgatlioglu's victory put him five places closer to Bautista and nine points closer to Rea, closing the gap to seven points, but Bautista extended his lead over Rea to thirty one while dropping to only thirty eight points from Razgatlioglu. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1  
2 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R 0.756
3 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 2.833
4 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 9.693
5 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 11.970
6 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 5.674
7 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 23.418
8 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R 26.436
9 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 27.914
10 29 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V4R 30.857
11 2 R. TAMBURINI Yamaha YZF R1 42.047
12 35 H. SYAHRIN Honda CBR1000 RR-R 45.735
13 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 46.989
14 10 P. HICKMAN BMW M1000RR 0.076
15 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 59.050
16 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'01.271
17 77 R. VICKERS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'13.958
18 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'17.001
RET 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 2 Laps
RET 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 4 Laps
RET 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 18 Laps
RET 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 19 Laps
Round Number: 
6
2022
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Comments

Good racing! The usual suspects at the front plus, Scott Redding, Axel Bassani and MMR. They where having at the big 3 and mixing it up.

I seem to have Jinxed Michael Ruben Rinaldi. Sorry mate.

Gerloff was going well in the latter half, until the last few laps. What happened?

Great, entertaining race!

Bautista and Redding should not have even been in the points, never mind the top 5. Both blow T1, run through the perfectly paved runoff section (at 38:00 in the WSBK full session vid) and have to slow down and wait (!) so they don't take the lead. 

I imagine the same mistake at, for example, T1 at Mugello: blow the turn and you are in gravel, as you should be. Race over.

 

If I'm not mistaken, the Turn 1 "runoff" is actually the old track. Regardless of whether or not they still run the old configuration at Most, the Turn 1 runoff area needs to remain paved for safety because the track turns back on itself. The same cannot be said of San Donato. 

However, I agree in principle. It's crazy that riders could simply skip a turn, and not suffer long lap or ride through penalties. It's particularly irksome since the stewards have begun punishing riders for minor off-track excursions into the green areas of the track. But if you complete miss a turn completely, they don't care because "no advantages was gained"? Really? Do they also look at the lap times of the riders who go into the green to determine if an advantage was gained?

I don't think race direction is spoiling the show or anything, but this sort regulatory malfeasance is something you'd expect from the participants, who generally don't care about any rules until someone's passions get inflamed, and then race direction is forced to arbitrate a political crisis. I guess none of the major participants care that Bautista and Redding skipped a turn so they will just forget it and move on. It gives the appearance that race direction only exists to referee infighting between the participants, not to create rules for competition. 

Perhaps what is needed here is more of a maze for riders to weave through so by the time they get back to the track they have acquired a disadvantage.

They already have a couple of tyre walls to go around the end of, which they all managed to do quite safely, so I don't think safety is a concern. Add some more, to the extent that they will definitely lose time by going through there.

Agree.  It looks like me on early F1 sims - just shortcutting the chicanes at Monza at full speed to gain back time! :)

Being able to blow the corner completely and then just rejoin so as to 'not gain an advantage' is absurd.  The advantage was not having to negotiate the corner.  In a lap1 turn1 scenario, that means removing yourself from the possibility of being taken out by someone - a huge advantage!  Later in the race if you're so hot into the corner you need to take the shortcut,  then you likely wouldn't have made the corner in the first place - result a crash or ~10 seconds spent getting yourself out of the gravel like Aliex in Assen.

It seems for that track, they should for example have a 'box' like the end of pit lane where the rider has to come to a stop for a predetermined time (5-10sec say) before being released.  Not making it around the corner MUST end up being a disadvantage.

Anyhow, other than that a great SBK weekend again.  The fantastic rivalry between TR and JR is flattering it though.  The field *is* shallow, it really is just the three front runners, albeit with Redding making great progress in joining them.  But team mates of the front 3+1 are usually distant (Rinaldi being the closest) and Honda is still a step or two behind.

I feel that Rea is in for a hard time the rest of the season as I can't see the advantage of being on a Kawasaki.

His initial launches looked good but Toprak was in front even before braking, greater acceleration and we know how killer he on the brakes. Bautista has the speed advantage such that he can gentle the front end more than has been his habit and downfall in previous years. Maybe the green machine and Rea have a mid corner speed advantage but that isn't much use if another bike is parked there in a race though it works in qualifying. Nor is qualifying well as much an advantage as it should be if you can't get into the first corner in front and then have no easy way of overtaking.

Then there is the difficulty of it being harder to preserve your tyres when you are having to rely on edge grip for speed.

Toprak has been nailing the starts, that's for sure. It's going to be fascinating watching the season play out. You have to think that one crash or one mechanical will be very hard to overcome for any of the top three at this point. 

Strange close to the weekend. Toprak complaining (again) that the Yamaha might not be capable of winning. Then he doubles the Superpole race and Race 2. Maybe he's clowning to deceive his competitors or maybe he's a bit desperate. Redding and Bautista skip a corner, and suffer no adverse action. Gerloff and Lecuona suffer debilitating tire issues late in Race 2, which was particularly bad for Gerloff who was doing his usual late charge, and taking huge chunks out of riders directly ahead of him. 

The Ducati is also still incredibly fast for a BoP formula. Unclear exactly what's occurring, but it appears WSBK might have BoP of input. Ducati is using the v-angle and low reciprocating mass (maybe?) to gain an advantage. It's also possible the BoP algorithm is being massaged to give Ducati a little boost since 2011 was their last rider's championship. Unclear. We know little or nothing about the general concept of the BoP or the algorithm that governs (or doesn't actually govern) adjustments.