2022 Phillip Island World Superbike Race One Result: Flag To Flag, Drying Track, Tyre Changes, Oh My

Rain stopped but everyone bar one was on wet tyres. Philipp Oettl was the lone rider on an intermediate rear. Ducati needs 14 points to claim the manufacturer title.

Alvaro Bautista led Toprak Razgatlioglu into turn on e with Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes behind them. Axel Bassani passed Garrett Gerloff for sixth place behind Andrea Locatelli. Philipp Oettl pitted in after running on after the first lap.

Lap two, Alex Lowes set the fastest lap in fourth place, a 1'44.169, as Jonathan Rea took second place into turn one to start lap three. Rea took the lead into turn four and set the fastest lap of 1'43.070 on lap three. A lap later, Razgatlioglu took second place into turn four. Lowes charged past Bautista a couple of turns later, carrying much more speed into the corner.

At the start of lap five, Bautista took third placer from Lowes at the start of the lap, but Lowes took it back into turn four. At the front, a second clear of the fight for third, Razgatlioglu set a 1'43.014 and took the lead on the brakes into turn one.

Alex Lowes closed to the leaders, bringing Bautista with him as Bautista set a 1'43.014 fastest lap. Rea took a sweeping line out of turn two that gave him a tighter line into turn three, sticking his Kawasaki under Razgatlioglu. A turn later, Lowes took second place from Razgatlioglu and at the start of lap eight, after setting a fastest lap of 1'42.722, Alex Lowes took the lead, passing his teammate down the straight and sitting on the inside line into turn one, starting lap eight in the lead and finishing it with another fastest lap, a 1'41.728. 

The leading four riders were covered by under a second as the track dried out. Lap nine, Razgatlioglu went wide and let Bautista snatch third place from him before Lowes and Rea set fastest laps, with Rea's 1'41.052 coming out on top. Riders started pitting in for slick tyres, with Tati Mercado following Hafizh Syahrin in tyre changes.

Jonathan Rea pits in after Syahrin's decision to switch gave him the fastest lap, a 1'39.629. Razgatlioglu also pitted in. After Rea. Lowes led Bautista and Gerloff but Bautista and Gerloff then pitted in. Lowes stayed in under 1'40 as Syahrin set a 1'37.855 in eighteenth place. Scott Redding inherited second place, twenty eight seconds off Lowes. Rea and Razgatlioglu returned in fifth and sixth, was Lowes pitted in. Rea set a 1'33.311 on the better tyre with three riders ahead of him, with Redding in the lead twenty seconds ahead of Rea. Lowes returned behind Rea, Razgatlioglu and Bautista. At the start of lap fourteen, Rea set a 1'32.735 in third place as Oliver Konig pitted in. Scott Redding and Kyle Smith led Rea by over ten seconds who had six seconds over Toprak Razgatlioglu until Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap on lap fourteen, a 1'32.735. Kyle Smith was passed by Jonathan Rea round the outside and Rea reclaimed the lead. Razgatlioglu powered into turn one after setting a 1'32.304, blasting past Smith for second place, under six seconds from Rea in the lead. 

Xavi Vierge got a pit intervention time penalty, but it was rescinded a couple of laps later. Jonathan Rea posted a 1'32.203 on lap sixteen of twenty two, almost six seconds clear of Toprak Razgatlioglu with Alvaro Bautista nine seconds further back. Alex Lowes caught and passed Bautista into Lukey Heights. Razgatlioglu set a 1'32.005 under five and a half seconds off Rea in the lead. Andrea Locatelli also passed Bautista, passing him into turn four.

Jonathan Rea briefly held a new fastest lap only for Razgatlioglu to post a 1'31.884 five seconds behind him. Lowes led Locatelli and Bautista ten seconds off the leading pair with Axel Bassani and Garrett Gerloff twelve seconds behind them. 

Lap twenty was another fastest lap, for Razgatlioglu, a 1'31.868, but ten seconds later, Lowes posted a 1'31.847 for the fastest lap. 

Kyle Smith stayed out on his wet tyre, lapping six seconds slower than everyone else, started the last lap in tenth place, under two seconds clear of eleventh placed Tetsuta Nagashima, it didn't take long for Nagashima to catch and pass him.

With the leading riders spread out a bit, the last lap didn't have any fights near the front and Jonathan Rea won by six seconds over Toprak Razgatlioglu. Nine seconds further back, Alex Lowes took third place three seconds ahead of Andrea Locatelli with Alvaro Bautista a further second behind. 

With a well-timed pit stop, Jonathan Rea took the tactical advantage to win the race. Toprak Razgatlioglu lost too much time in his tyre change to challenge Rea and Alex Lowes lost four or five seconds every lap he didn't pit in but still finished on the podium. Garrett Gerloff was top independent rider in sixth place, behind Andrea Locatelli and Alvaro Bautista. 

Jonathan Rea heads to the last day in third place in the championship thirty two points behind Toprak Razgatlioglu. Ducati claimed the manufacturer's title with a day to go. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 6.247
3 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 15.435
4 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 2.907
5 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R 1.027
6 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 36.235
7 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 37.641
8 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 43.137
9 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 57.704
10 49 T. NAGASHIMA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'01.086
11 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 1.989
12 11 K. SMITH Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'06.326
13 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale V4R 1'07.099
14 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'08.976
15 35 H. SYAHRIN Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'12.006
16 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 1'12.785
17 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'16.024
18 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M1000RR 1'22.552
19 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'33.661
20 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R 1 Lap
RET 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M1000RR 3 Laps
RET 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1  
Round Number: 
12
2022
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Comments

It was mind-bogglingly hard to keep track of in the middle, especially at 5:30am. :)

It was well nigh impossible to keep track from the outside of turn 12, with no big screen and no commentary. We thought Rea was leading, but nobody was really sure. 

Yes Rusty we are in the right place, right hemisphere. 

Wasn't as comfortable at the track as I would like. Cool and wet with a breeze. But we have had worse.

Rained a fair bit overnight roughly 20mm judging from the puddles this morning. 

Blue skies at 8:30am :-)

More rain today is possible.

Steve buddy, what happened first laps of Supersport to my Manzi? Is he ok?

The conditions sound difficult for riders - mixed right? Are you having fun?

What happened to Stefano Manzi? I don't know, didn't see at the time and haven't seen the race since.

Now I have, Manzi had a problem in the first part of the first lap. Probably due to riding in a cloud of spray and rain. He was 9th out of southern loop from12 on the grid. Made a mistake coming out of Jack Miller corner & went down, last half way around lap 1. Holding up the safety car.

Mixed conditions indeed Motoshrink, four seasons in one day. As is often the case here. 

My host in Cowes reckons it won't rain too much today. Poured down overnight and this morning as soon as I got my bike out.  There could be some more on the way around the start of the superpole race.

Definitely having fun thanks shrink. 

Rusty that was a long time ago. I saw Mick Doohan at Bathurst on a superbike. You really should get to a SBK weekend here. It's much better for access. We can take the bikes in and move around the outfield, stop anywhere for a different point of view. 

And get into the paddock, fanzone etc. Much smaller crowds this time. 

Well worth a visit. 

…I’ve been to several MotoGPs at PI, including the most recent one, but haven’t been to SuperBikes since Mick Doohan won two races at either Eastern Creek or Oran Park, pardon my fading memory.

Spoiler alert, more regarding Stefano Manzi in race two.

 

 

 

Sorry to say 'shrink but Stefano scored another DNF in race 2. That's Zero points for the round.

Stefano round zero, but there is more to life than racing, despite what Steve McQueen said. Manzi may have some wonderful experiences at P.I. The penguin parade is most famous. Watching dozens of Little Penguins come ashore through surf that is about nine on the Beaufort scale. Observing through wind, rain & spray so intense you can't see your hand in front of your face. The tourists love "the experience".

Wasn't entirely S.M.62's fault. Manzi passed Carica on the way into Miller corner T4. M was fast in then a little wide, Carica turned underneath him and took the inside line. Manzi seemed slightly startled to have Carica's elbow in his right ear. They may have touched, probably did & Stefano went down.

Ninety odd days until the 2023 pilgrimage to SBK at Philip island. I should live so long.

…the first episode of MotoGP Unlimited and wife and I enjoyed it. Another 8 episodes to go which will pass some time during the wait for racing to start again.