The numbers are pointing towards another battle between the big rivals, whilst plenty more can have their say too
The 2022 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship has arrived at the Circuito Estoril in Portugal, with the third round of the season promising to bring plenty of action throughout the weekend. Whilst the on-track action will be fierce once again, there’s some big stats to watch out for too. From big milestones, round numbers and Championship-first achievements, we’ve got everything you need to know in one place with our Estoril stats guide.
500 – It’s a match point for Kawasaki: at 494 total podium places, they’re nearing the milestone of 500. The record belongs to Ducati at 990, the only manufacturer to have surpassed 500. Ducati’s 500th podium placement was a second by James Toseland in Silverstone 2003 Race 1, a race with the podium locked out by Ducati with Hodgson winning and Xaus in third.
380 – A round number in sight for Ducati, that at the moment counts 379 wins.
340 – The last 12 races in WorldSBK have all featured three manufacturers on the podium; another two races like that this weekend and the tally will be 340.
180 – Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) has climbed on the podium 178 times for Kawasaki. Two more will give him not only a nice round number, but also a figure that’s 50 clear of the total of the entire career of his best competitor, Troy Corser, which amassed 130 podiums with Ducati, Aprilia, Petronas, Suzuki, Yamaha and BMW.
175 – Two more races in the points for Michael van der Mark (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) and he makes it 175 points-scoring finishes in WorldSBK
60 – Two podiums this weekend will see Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) take a 60th WorldSBK podium. A hat-trick of podiums will see him equal James Toseland and Pierfrancesco Chili at 61.
41 - Ducati has yet to record a Superpole at Estoril. So far, they’ve recorded pole position at 41 tracks out of 52 they’ve raced at in WorldSBK.
31 – Last year, Kawasaki won for the first time at Estoril, which became the 31st track in which they won at. Of the 2022 calendar, the only track they’ve not won at is Most, Czech Republic.
20 – Last year, Estoril became the 20th track in which Jonathan Rea won at, a new WorldSBK record. He then improved: his 21st winning track was Mandalika during the last round of 2021.
15 – In the ten races run so far at Estoril, 15 different riders climbed on the podium.
11-8 – Yamaha leads Ducati for podium finishes at Estoril: 11 to 8. Since the Championship returned to Estoril in 2020, Yamaha grabbed half of the podiums available: 9 out of 18.
8 – Estoril so far had 8 different winners out of 10 races run here. The only ones to post a second win have been Toprak Razgatlioglu (and Jonathan Rea.
6 – Toprak Razgatlioglu is the only rider who has taken six podiums at Estoril in all six of his starts.
5 – Estoril is the only track in WorldSBK history where 5 different winners won the first 5 races run (Davide Tardozzi and Stephane Mertens in 1988, Fabrizio Pirovano and Carl Fogarty in 1993, Toprak Razgatlioglu in 2020 Race 1).
3 – Yamaha and Ducati are the most successful manufacturer at Estoril in terms of wins: three each.
2 – Iker Lecuona (Team HRC) will be looking for a second consecutive podium at Estoril in Race 1. He’d become the first Honda rookie to achieve this since Michael van der Mark’ two third places at Assen in 2015.
1 – In 2020 at Estoril, Toprak Razgatlioglu took his maiden Superpole, the first for a Turkish rider.
2021 race winners:
- Scott Redding (Ducati, Race 1)
- Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki, Tissot Superpole Race and Race 2)
Last two pole-sitters at Estoril:
- 2021: Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) 1’35.876
- 2020: Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) 1’36.154
Manufacturer podium places (and wins) accumulated from all races at Estoril:
- Yamaha: 11 (3)
- Ducati: 8 (3)
- Kawasaki: 6 (2)
- Bimota: 4 (2)
- Honda: 1
Key gaps from Estoril 2021:
- Front row covered by: 0.288s
- 1 second in Superpole covered… the top seven: 0.987s
- Closest race gap between 1st and 2nd: 0.690s (Rea 1st, Redding 2nd, Superpole Race)
- Closest race podium: 0.915s (Rea 1st, Redding 2nd, Razgatlioglu 3rd, Race 2)
- Closest Estoril podium of all-time: 0.863s (Pirovano 1st, Bontempi 2nd, Slight 3rd, Race 2 1993)
Manufacturer top speeds at Estoril, 2021:
- Ducati: Chaz Davies – 328.2 km/h, Superpole Race
- Honda: Alvaro Bautista – 328.2. km/h, Superpole Race
- Kawasaki: Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes – 324.3 km/h, FP3 and Superpole Race
- Yamaha: Toprak Razgatlioglu – 322.3 km/h, FP1
- BMW: Tom Sykes – 320.4 km/h, Race 1
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