Boiling point is being reached in the WorldSBK title fight, and the stats are pointing to say that it may not be concluded just yet…
The 2022 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship enters its penultimate round of the season as the Mandalika International Street Circuit hosts what is set to be one of the most dramatic rounds of the year so far. With a title on the line in both WorldSBK and WorldSSP and the 900th race in World Superbike ready to bring more history, there’re records and stats at every apex this week; what can we watch out for in Indonesia this weekend throughout the Pirelli Indonesian Round?
900 – The first race in Mandalika will be the 900th in WorldSBK history.
400 – Italy has 399 podium placements and can become the second country to reach 400. The UK leads with 847. The 400th British podium came in Sepang, Malaysia in 2014 with Tom Sykes.
400 – Ducati is the all-time leader for races on the podium, 688, and Kawasaki with three can become the second manufacturer to hit 400 as they now have at 397.
99 – 99 points off the Championship lead is the biggest deficit Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) has had since joining Kawasaki.
32-33 – Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) on 30 wins and Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) on 29 are closing in on the most successful winners in WorldSBK history. Bautista has the sixth all-time place within reach, held by Troy Corser (33), the 7th of Chaz Davies (32) and the 8th of Colin Edwards (31). Razgatlioglu can match Davies with a triple in Indonesia.
32 – At the season end, Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing – Yamaha) will be 32 years, 1 month and 21 days old: that is exactly the age of Kenan Sofuoglu when he took his last title in 2016. A win in Race 1 at Mandalika will secure him his second straight title, the first rider to take the title twice in his first two seasons of WorldSSP.
27/30 – With three more podiums, Alvaro Bautista can become the second rider in history with at least 30 in a season. He stands at 27 now: Jonathan Rea recorded 34 in 2019 and 30 in 2021. 27 in a season are already a record for a Ducati rider: Bautista surpassed his own tally of 24 in 2019.
25 – Last year, Rea equalled here the record of Troy Corser for podiums on different tracks: 25.
21 – Rea is on a winning drought of 21 races, his longest since 2012-2013, when the drought was 33 races from Miller Motorsports Park Race 1 in 2012 to Moscow Raceway Race 1, 2013. It’s a long wait for the win that can place him at twice the number of wins of the next rider, Carl Fogarty, 118 to 59.
14/17 – At Mandalika, Bautista can equal the record of wins in a season. He currently has 14; the record is 17, set by Doug Polen in 1991 and equalled by Jonathan Rea in 2018 and 2019.
12-10 – Thanks to a double podium by Redding last year, Ducati outscored Honda for podiums in Indonesia: 12 to 10. Kawasaki follows at four.
10 – Eight races (four race weekends) have been run in Indonesia from 1994 to 1997. The count resumed last year with the first Mandalika weekend and is now up to ten.
7 – New Zealander Aaron Slight holds the record for podiums in Indonesia at seven.
3 – Three manufacturers took pole in Indonesia: Ducati (1994); Honda (1995, 1997); Yamaha (1996, 2021). Three manufacturers have also won in Indonesia: Ducati (6 wins), Honda and Kawasaki (2).
2 – In 2021, Mandalika became the second Indonesian track to host WorldSBK: Sentul (1994-1997).
2 – Only two races out of 10 in Indonesia have been won by riders never crowned World Champions: Sentul 1994/1 (James Whitham) and Sentul 1995/2 (Aaron Slight). Last year the races were won by the most successful Champion in history, Jonathan Rea (6 World Championships).
2x3 – Two riders are the most successful in Indonesia: Carl Fogarty and John Kocinski won at Sentul three times. A win for Rea would see him end his win drought and equal Fogarty and Kocinski.
2021 race winners:
- Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki, Race 1 and Race 2)
Last polesitters at Mandalika International Street Circuit:
- 2021: Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) 1’32.877s
Manufacturer podium places (and wins) in WorldSBK at Mandalika International Street Circuit:
- Kawasaki: 2 (2)
- Ducati: 2
- Yamaha: 1
- BMW: 1
Key gaps from Mandalika International Street Circuit in 2021:
- Front row covered by: 0.379s
- 1 second in Superpole covered… the top 7: 0.898s
- Closest race gap between 1st and 2nd: 0.283s (Rea 1st, Redding 2nd, Race 2)
- Closest race podium: 2.155s (Rea 1st, Razgatlioglu 2nd, Redding 3rd, Race 1)
- Closest race podium of all time: 2.155s (Rea 1st, Razgatlioglu 2nd, Redding 3rd, Race 1, 2021)
Manufacturer top speeds at Mandalika International Street Circuit in 2021:
- Ducati: Chaz Davies – 287.2 km/h, Race 1
- Honda: Alvaro Bautista – 290.3 km/h, Superpole
- Yamaha: Toprak Razgatlioglu – 284.9 km/h, Race 1
- Kawasaki: Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes – 284.9 km/h, Superpole and FP2
- BMW: Tom Sykes and Michael van der Mark – 281.2 km/h, FP3, Superpole Race and Race 1
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