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Sunday stats pack: will Kawasaki take a 160th WorldSBK victory?

Saturday, 22 May 2021 14:24 GMT

Know all of the stats ahead of Sunday at MotorLand Aragon!

The 2021 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is alive and kicking after the first race day of the season, giving thrilling action all the way through all three categories. Along with the huge headlines, highly impressive stats were achieved throughout the day and there’s even more that await the record books on Sunday. So, what can we expect to happen on Sunday, and what were the major records achieved today?

  1. In Race 1 on Saturday, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) took a historic 100th race victory, the first rider to achieve 100 wins in one class in any FIM Road Racing World Championship.
     
  2. Jonathan Rea has won the opening race of the 2021 season, the first time he has won the season-opener since Phillip Island in 2017, Race 1.
     
  3. A win for Kawasaki tomorrow will see them move on to 160 wins in WorldSBK.
     
  4. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK) achieved his first podium at MotorLand Aragon, and Yamaha’s best result in a full-length race since Marco Melandri was second in 2011, Race 2.
     
  5. Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) was also on the podium: he and Razgatlioglu took their 25th career podiums, putting them level with Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC), and one clear of Fred Merkel, the first-ever WorldSBK Champion.
     
  6. A podium for Yamaha tomorrow will see them move on to 275 races on the podium in WorldSBK.
     
  7. It’s the first time since 2014 that Ducati have not featured on the MotorLand Aragon podium. Previously, they had always been first or second since 2015.
     
  8. For the first time since Oran Park in 1988, a country locked-out the front five grid slots on the grid after Superpole. Jonathan Rea, Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati), Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team), Alex Lowes and Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven) in MotorLand Aragon; Mick Doohan, Michael Dowson, Robert Phillis, Robert Scolyer and Malcolm Campbell did the same for Australia.
     
  9. A win again for Great Britain on Sunday will be the 280th in WorldSBK.
     
  10. For the first time in World Supersport Championship history, the results at the end of Superpole featured ten different nationalities inside the top ten.

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