HEAD TO HEAD: How do teammates compare to each other after five rounds in 2021?

Thursday, 29 July 2021 08:28 GMT

15 races have been completed in the 2021 campaign so far which gives a good indication of how each inter-team battle at factory outfits is starting to shape up…

Five rounds into the 2021 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship gives a clear indication of how the head-to-head internal battles are going at the five factory outfits in both the Tissot Superpole sessions and the three races over a WorldSBK round. No rider has finished ahead of their teammate in every race after 15 races although two riders take a 5-0 lead from Superpole.

At reigning manufacturers’ Champions Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK, six-time Champion Jonathan Rea holding a 5-0 advantage over teammate Alex Lowes in Tissot Superpole sessions. He has made this advantage count in races too, having beat Lowes 14-1 in races so far; Lowes only finishing ahead at Donington Park in Race 2, when Rea crashed from the lead. Despite the huge margin in terms of a head-to-head, Lowes will take some comfort in knowing he has been close to Rea throughout the majority of the 2021 season.

Like at KRT, the Superpole battle at Racing – Ducati falls in favour of one rider with Scott Redding leading Michael Ruben Rinaldi 5-0 in Superpole. Races, however, are much closer between the two with Redding leading 9-6. There have been instances where crashes have influenced this score, notably tyre gambles in mixed conditions and some crashes: Redding crashed in Race 2 at the Circuito Estoril and had a penalty, while Rinaldi was crashed into by American Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) in the same race. Redding also crashed out of Race 1 at Donington Park while Rinaldi did the same in Race 1 at Assen.

The Superpole fight at the Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK Team is headed by Toprak Razgatlioglu, leading 4-1 ahead of rookie teammate Andrea Locatelli. In races, Razgatlioglu’s experience and consistency are helping him to a 14-1 advantage over Locatelli, with the Italian rider able to finish ahead of Razgatlioglu in Assen Race 2 when he took his first WorldSBK podium, but it coincided with a race that Razgatlioglu was taken out of. Locatelli will be hoping Assen provided a breakthrough as he looks to consistently fight for podiums.

Team HRC have a 4-1 Superpole battle too with British rider Leon Haslam leading Alvaro Bautista. Spanish rider Bautista takes a 9-6 advantage over Haslam in races so far in 2021. Bautista has had numerous incidents in races that may skew this stat slightly including crashes at MotorLand Aragon and the TT Circuit Assen, although Haslam has taken Honda’s best result of the 2021 campaign so far despite trailing in the head-to-head.

The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team have the closest Superpole fight with Tom Sykes, who has the most pole positions of anyone in WorldSBK history, leading teammate Michael van der Mark 3-2. Sykes was unable to set a lap time at Assen in Superpole due to a technical issue that impacts the stats. Sykes holds the upper hand in racing too as he leads van der Mark 9-6. Van der Mark crashed out of the Tissot Superpole Race at Assen, while Sykes crashed while battling with his teammate, Lowes and Rinaldi in Race 2, eventually finishing 15th. Both riders have also crashed out from a Superpole Race at Aragon, for Sykes, and Misano for van der Mark.

Superpole head-to-head

Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK: Jonathan Rea 5-0 Alex Lowes Racing – Ducati: Scott Redding 5-0 Michael Ruben Rinaldi

Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK: Toprak Razgatlioglu 4-1 Andrea Locatelli

Team HRC: Leon Haslam 4-1 Alvaro Bautista

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: Tom Sykes 3-2 Michael van der Mark

Race head-to-head

Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK: Jonathan Rea 14-1 Alex Lowes Racing – Ducati: Scott Redding 9-6 Michael Ruben Rinaldi

Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK: Toprak Razgatlioglu 14-1 Andrea Locatelli

Team HRC: Leon Haslam 6-9 Alvaro Bautista

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: Tom Sykes 9-6 Michael van der Mark

Find out how these battles unfold throughout the 2021 campaign using the WorldSBK VideoPass!