2022 Phillip Island World Superbike Race Two Result: Racing The Rain

Australia wanted more excitement for the last race of the year so it brought rain in for race two, but it stopped raining as the riders headed to the grid and was dry again by the time the race started. Everyone lined up for twenty two laps on slick tyres. 

Alvaro Bautista led into turn one as Garrett Gerloff and Xavi Vierge crashed out, Gerloff clipping Vierge's rear tyre into turn two. Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding passed Bautista on the first lap as Bautista went wide, ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu, Alex Lowes and Andrea Locatelli. Alex Lowes set the fastest lap, a 1'30.991, and fought off attempts by Bautista to take third from him. The leading six riders were over a second clear of the fight between three Ducatis for seventh place, Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Axel Bassani and Philipp Oettl covered by a second.

Jonathan Rea started to escape from the riders behind him and Bautista got past Redding and he was followed by Lowes and Razgatlioglu, pushing Redding to firth place ahead of Locatelli.

Bautista set a 1'30.956 on lap five, catching Rea. Locatelli pushed Redding into turn four to push Redding to the back of the leading group. A lap later, Bautista set a 1'30.956 and powered past Rea down the straight to take the lead before the finish line. Two seconds covered the top six. Bautista set a 1'30.879 on lap seven, but couldn't escape Rea and Razgatlioglu as a gap formed between Lowes and Locatelli. 

At half race distance, Bautista led Rea, Razgatlioglu and Lowes with less than a second covering the leading four riders. Over four seconds behind them, Andrea Locatelli led Scott Redding by over a second with Michael Ruben Rinaldi four and a half seconds further back. 

At the start of lap fourteen of twenty two, Toprak Razgatlioglu started losing touch with the leading pair and Lowes started nipping at Razgatlioglu's heels, looking for a way past. A lap later, Lowes had better drive into and out of the last corner and he passed Razgatlioglu down the straight but he was staring at a gap of almost two seconds to his teammate Rea ahead of him.

Fifteen laps down, Rea was still under two tenths behind Bautista, over two seconds clear of Lowes and Razgatlioglu. Andrea Locatelli was over six seconds behind them and four seconds ahead of a lonely Scott Redding as the sky darkened slightly. 

With less than five laps remaining, Eugene Laverty and Xavi Fores crashed into turn one, Laverty crashing out of the last race of his career and was taken to the medical centre, bringing out the red flags. As over two thirds of the race was completed, the result was called, giving Alvaro Bautista the win ahead of Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes. Toprak Razgatlioglu took fourth place, seven seconds clear of Andrea Locatelli. Scott Redding was in sixth place. The rain finally showed up on the cool down lap, after the race was decided. 

Alvaro Bautista had a quiet word with his Ducati Panigale V4R and gave it a little kiss before returning to the Parc Fermé revelries. 

The season close arrived a few laps premature and the riders who finished were rushing to get out of the newly-arrived rain, cutting public celebrations short. It's assumed everyone went back to Dominique Aegerter's mobile home for a party.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R  
2 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR I3.1
3 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR I3
4 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1 Sector
5 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 2 Sectors
6 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR I2
7 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 2 Sectors
8 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R I2
9 49 T. NAGASHIMA Honda CBR1000 RR-R I2
10 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR I1.1
11 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R I1.1
12 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M1000RR I1.1
13 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR I1
14 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR I1
15 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R I1
16 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 I1
17 35 H. SYAHRIN Honda CBR1000 RR-R I1
18 11 K. SMITH Kawasaki ZX-10RR SPD
RET 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M1000RR 17
RET 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale V4R 17
RET 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'31.887
RET 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1  
Round Number: 
12
2022
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Comments

... should follow Cam Beaubier and go home. I imagine that Vierge and Honda would agree, and most of the Yamaha camp as well.

That the Americans haven't been competitive. Joe Roberts won that odd Portugal Moto2 race, but we haven't seen many Yanks on the podium.

Well, he already is going home... seems he still had one last party trick up his sleeve for WSB to remember him by, sadly for Vierge. That Honda team sure can't take a trick in 2022.

At least we will have a fast and thinking racer aboard that GRT Yamaha for 2023.

...despite being from the U.S. I've never been a Gerloff fan. Guess we will see him next year on Laverty's BMW. Oh well. And I will be rooting for Remy.

Please don't associate Gerloff with Beaubier, he's a class act and a great rider who, if he grew up in Spain, would probably have won the Moto2 championship at minimum.

Sorry if it sounded like that. I agree that he's a class act, sorry to see him leave the world stage. I'm sure he'll have a much more relaxed (and probably better paying) time back home.

…here in Australia for a world class sporting event. Bears out what I have said previously about the non-existent profile of motorcycle racing here. It’s F1 or V8 Supercars, neither of which are of any interest to me.

Well almost none, Bayliss 8th in the WSS, fourth of five Ducatis finishing.

It is sad to watch WSBK races in Australia with so little home representation and the media doesn't care about niche sports unless we have competitive representation.

You should see the coverage of any m/c racing here in Canada ... crickets ...

and promoters who can't get over themselves. Aussie bike racing in general has been a big pile for decades.

I watched all of the racing on Kayo, as much as I hate giving Murdoch a cent I can't be without it.