With a stunning final lap in Race 2 for the 2022 World Superbike Championship in Estoril, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) knocked out already winner Alvaro Bautista (Ducati).
The starting grid for the second round of the Superbike World Championship in Estoril corresponds to the result of the Superpole race in the top three rows. The front row consists of Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki), Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) and Alvaro Bautista (Ducati). In the second row was Iker Likona (Honda), Andrea Locatelli (Yamaha) and Alex Luiz (Kawasaki). The third row begins with BMW driver Scott Redding. From the tenth position on the network, the Superpole rating is used.
Four riders missed the second main race due to injuries: Michael van der Mark (BMW), Philip Uttle (Joe Eleven Ducati), Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha) and Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Buchetti). German Xavi Force Ducati drove.
The rain clouds that caused the turbulent second race of the World Supersport Championship have not gone away. However, at the start of the race the track was completely dry and out of a few drops it stayed that way. The front row of the grille has been selected in favor of SCX soft racing tires.
Up front, the expected three-way battle between Rhea, Razgatlioglu and Bautista developed, with Alex Luiz (Kawasaki) briefly involved. The three exceptional talents showed off an impressive race, and the last session ripped the spectators out of their seats.
Bautista led the race most of the time, but Ria also took the lead on several occasions. With the fastest lap of the race, the Northern Irishman drove the fast Ducati driver’s rear wheel on the penultimate lap. It took Ria two attempts before he could successfully overtake the Spaniard. At the finish line, the Kawasaki rider was 0.2sec ahead of Bautista. Razgatlioglu fell in the last laps and finished third after 4 seconds. In fourth, Lowes had his best result of the season.
Andrea Locatelli (Yamaha) finished fifth, fending off attacks by Iker Likona (Honda) for half a race, which had to seal sixth by just 0.077sec.
The best BMW ever brought Scott Redding to the finish once again. The Englishman was in the top six at times, but fell back to eleventh as the race progressed.
Marvin Fritz (Yamaha) lost points in 17th place.
This is how the race went:
Start: Razgatlioglu in front of Rea and Locatelli in the first corner. Bautista at 4, Lecuona at 5. Marvin Fritz 14.
Lap 1: Rea leads Razgatlioglu, Bautista and Lecuona. Reading is in eighth place.
Lap 2: The top three in 0.5 seconds drop with the fastest lap of the race at 1:37.222 minutes fourth. Redding passed in tenth place.
Round Three: The first raindrops are falling! Razgatlioglu (II) makes no attempt to attack Rea. Lowes was faster again in 1:37.039 and passed Bautista for third.
Lap 4: Rea, Razgatlioglu, Lowes in 0.141 seconds, Lecuona 6th, Redding 10th. Fritz is in fifteenth place.
Lap 5: A one-second gap between Bautista (fourth) and Locatelli (fifth).
Lap 6: Isaac Vinales (Kawasaki) fell while he was 19th.
Lap 7: Razgatlioglu on the brakes, overtaking Riya in the lead. The Yamaha driver sets the fastest race lap of 1:37,022 minutes.
Lap 8: Razgatlioglu, Rea, Lowes and Bautista in 0.6 seconds. The fastest fell in 1: 36.978.
Lap 9: Fritz (15) has Ponson (16) breathing down his neck.
Lap 10: Bautista snatches third place from Lowes in a row. Locatelli (5th) is already 2.4 seconds behind. Roasting in ninth place already loses 8.5 seconds.
Lap 11: Bautista beats Razgatlioglu and Rea respectively to lead Race 2 for the first time.
Lap 12: Rea pushes Bautista back into the lead. Lowes Razgatlioglu collects on the brakes, but the Turk responds immediately.
Lap 13: The top four are already three seconds ahead of Locatelli (fourth), four seconds ahead of Lecona (fifth) and ten seconds ahead of Reading (tenth).
Lap 14: The lead changed several times between Bautista and Rea. Razgatlioglu (3rd) is suspiciously regressing.
Lap 15: Bautista is 0.2 seconds ahead of Rea and 0.6 seconds ahead of Razgatlioglu. Lowes (IV) must be demolished. Lecuona (6) is attached to Locatelli (5). Fritz at 17 with a touch up to 15th.
Lap 16: Lecuona (6) on the rear wheel of Locatelli (5).
Lap 17: React to the fastest lap in person, but Bautista is still a little faster.
Lap 18: Bautista slowly moves away from Rhea and Razgatlioglu. Redding (10′) is under pressure from Fores (11′).
Lap 19: Bautista is 0.4sec ahead of Rea and 1.5sec ahead of Razgatlioglu. Force takes 10th place from Reading (11th)
Lap 20: Rea is restless and keeps putting pressure on Bautista with the fastest race lap of 1:36.949 minutes.
Final lap: RIA wins, ahead of Bautista and Razgatlioglu. Fritz at 17.
|World Superbike result: Estoril, race 2|
|2.||Alvaro Bautista||ducati||+ 0.194 seconds|
|4.||Alex Louise||Kawasaki||+ 7.125|
|5.||Andrea Locatelli||Yamaha||+ 8232|
|6.||Iker Likona||Honda||+ 8309|
|7.||Axel Bassani||ducati||+ 10865|
|12.||Loris Baz||BMW||+ 25193|
|16||Christopher Bunson||Yamaha||+ 41.541|
|17||Marvin Fritz||Yamaha||+ 42555|
|18||Leandro Mercado||Honda||+ 49.775|
|19||Hafez Syria||Honda||+ 51353|
|20||Oliver King||Kawasaki||> 1 minute|
|Place the 2022 World Superbike Championship after 9 races out of 36|
|17||Michael van der Mark||BMW||11|