WorldSBK’s first visit to Italy since 2019 did not disappoint with home heroes, epic saves, thrilling battles and more
The MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship return to Italy and the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” recently and there was no shortage of action throughout the three races at the Pirelli Made in Italy Emilia-Romagna Round. There were two winners across the three races as Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) and Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK) shared the spoils with three very different race victories.
In Race 1, Rinaldi got the jump on the riders in front of him before a quick battle with Razgatlioglu on the opening laps before taking a commanding victory in front of his home fans, after starting from fourth on the grid. He would repeat this feat in the Tissot Superpole Race, albeit not taking the lead on the opening lap, to claim his second victory in as many races on home soil while riding for an Italian team on Italian machinery.
Race 2 belonged to Turkish star Razgatlioglu as he claimed his first victory of the 2021 season after holding off the challenge from Rinaldi as the Italian went in search of a hat-trick of victories. The duo battled hard throughout the 21-lap race, but it would be Razgatlioglu claiming victory and closing the gap to Championship leader Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) to just 20 points.
You can watch all three races from Misano at the top of this article and don’t forget you can view an extensive WorldSBK archive using the WorldSBK VideoPass!