The battle raged on between Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea as the race victor was decided on the final lap
With the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship heading to the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours for the Motul French Round, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) was the victor after a late penalty for Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) for a track limits infringement on the final lap, with the pair battling it out throughout the 10-lap race.
THE TOP THREE…
Rea and Razgatlioglu lead the way from the start with Razgatlioglu taking the lead of the race on the second lap of 10 at the Turn 5 Adelaide hairpin. Rea was able to keep Razgatlioglu under pressure throughout the ten laps and this paid off into the Imola chicane on the final lap as Rea made a move for the lead on the final lap. Rea’s lead lasted just a few seconds, though, as Razgatlioglu responded almost instantly as he got up the inside of Turn 15 to take the lead. However, Razgatlioglu was deemed to have exceeded track limits at Turn 10 on the final lap meaning he was demoted one place by the FIM WorldSBK Stewards for the infringement.
Despite their battle throughout the entire race, the duo were able to pull away from third-placed Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK), who took his first podium since Donington Park, securing a front row start for this afternoon’s Race 2. Lowes had to battle with Italian rookie Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) with the British rider coming out on top.
RACE 2’S SECOND ROW
Locatelli will lead away the second row for Race 2 after finishing in fourth place, while Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) was able to bounce back from a difficult Saturday to claim fifth place in the Superpole Race meaning he will start from fifth place in Race 2 as he looks to get back on the podium. He will start alongside his 2022 teammate, Michael van der Mark (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team), with the Dutchman claiming sixth in the Superpole Race.
STARTING FROM THE THIRD ROW
Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) will line up in seventh place in Race 2 after battling back to finish seventh in the Superpole Race, alongside Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven) and Leon Haslam (Team HRC), with all five manufacturers starting from inside the top nine in the afternoon’s Race 2.
The top nine following the Tissot Superpole Race, full results here:
1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
2. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) +0.148s
3. Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +5.634s
4. Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) +6.995s
5. Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) +7.836s
6. Michael van der Mark (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) +8.471s
7. Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) +9.867s
8. Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven) +10.420s
9. Leon Haslam (Team HRC) +11.677s
Fastest Lap Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) 1’36.374s New Lap Record
Watch Race 2 from Magny-Cours at 14:00 Local Time (GMT+2) using the WorldSBK VideoPass!