A round of firsts, one of the closest seasons in WorldSBK history and more: the unmissable statistical headlines from Round 3
With three rounds gone, the 2022 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is heating up, and there’s been plenty of big achievements throughout the opening quarter of the season. From the Circuito Estoril, once again big milestones were hit, records smashed and history made. So, sit down, relax and enjoy getting up to date with all of the latest stats from one of WorldSBK’s greatest weekends of racing.
1000/500 – Ducati and Kawasaki, after their hat-trick of Estoril podiums, can now mathematically hit 1000 and 500 podium places respectively at Misano. They’re currently on 993 and 497 respectively.
380 – Alvaro Bautista’s (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) race victory in Race 1 was the 380th for Ducati. His victory was also the first time since 2019 that a full race had seen the race winner only lead across the line on the final lap: it was Toprak Razgatlioglu then on a Puccetti Kawasaki at Magny-Cours in Race 1.
280 – Jonathan Rea’s (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) fastest lap on the penultimate lap of Race 2 was the 280th fastest lap for Great Britain.
210/162 – There have been 210 finishes with the gap between 1st and 2nd at less than half a second, whilst there’s also been 162 finishes with the gap at less than 0.300s – all three races at Estoril are included.
153 – Bautista’s Race 2 podium meant that Spain is now on 153 podium placements, one clear of France and now in sixth overall. Next up is Japan in fifth place with 196.
98 – In World Supersport, Yamaha made it 98 poles in the class, level with Honda at the top of the rankings.
61 – Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) took a 61st podium in WorldSBK in Estoril’s Race 2, now level with James Toseland and Pierfrancesco Chili.
46 – With his hat-trick of podiums at Estoril, Razgatlioglu is now three podiums clear of Fabrizio Pirovano in the Yamaha podium rankings. His next target will be the 71 podiums, set by Noriyuki Haga, who has the most for Yamaha.
30 – In WorldSSP300, Samuel Di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo) was forced to start from 31st on the grid but came through to take victory. This is the furthest down on the grid anyone has had to come from for victory in the class; the previous best was Hugo De Cancellis (Prodina Racing WorldSSP300) at Assen in Race 2 this year, coming from 19th.
20 – Alvaro Bautista’s Race 1 win was the 20th of his WorldSBK career, all of which have been achieved with Ducati. He is 14th in the overall standings and just one win behind Max Biaggi, whilst in Ducati’s rankings, he is seventh, two behind 2011 World Champion and fellow countryman, Carlos Checa.
14/8 – Jonathan Rea, Alvaro Bautista and Toprak Razgatlioglu shared a podium for the 14th time in their career, the eighth time this year.
12 – 12 years, 11 months and 1 day is the new longest winning career, set by Jonathan Rea’s victories on Sunday. He beats Noriyuki Haga’s previous record by a single day.
9 – Yamaha took a ninth consecutive front row with Toprak Razgatlioglu in second at Estoril. They are now just one away from equalling their all-time record streak of 10, set on two occasions: from 2007 to the start of 2008 with Troy Corser and Noriyuki Haga and in 2009, only by Ben Spies.
9 – Alvaro Bautista and Iker Lecuona (Team HRC) are the only riders to score in all 2022 races so far.
6 – Six of the opening nice races have been decided by less than 0.300s seconds. The all-time record is nine, which occurred twice: 1997 and 1999.
4 – Scott Redding (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) is on a run of four points-scoring finishes, the best for BMW this year.
3 – Xavi Fores (Team Goeleven) scored points in all three races of a WorldSBK weekend for the first time; in 2020, he failed to do it on the Puccetti Kawasaki. This year, it happened despite him missing Free Practice.
1 – For the first time ever since the three-race format was introduced in 2019, all three races of a round were decided with the race-winning overtake coming on the last lap.
0.854 – The combined gap between first and second of the six WorldSBK finishes that have been less than three tenths of a second.
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