Toprak Razgatlioglu wins another World Superbike classic after getting the better of Jonathan Rea on the last lap in Most.
|2022 World Superbike Autodrom Most, Czech Republic – Superpole Race Results|
|1||Toprak Razgatlioglu||TUR||PATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK||10 Laps|
|2||Jonathan Rea||GBR||Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK||+2.327s|
|3||Alvaro Bautista||SPA||Aruba.It Racing Ducati||+3.406s|
|4||Michael Rinaldi||ITA||Aruba.It Racing Ducati||+4.679s|
|5||Axel Bassani||ITA||Motocorsa Ducati||+7.127s|
|6||Andrea Locatelli||ITA||PATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK||+8.328s|
|7||Iker Lecuona||SPA||Team HRC WorldSBK||+8.479s|
|8||Scott Redding||GBR||BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team||+10.308s|
|9||Garrett Gerloff||USA||GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team||+10.506s|
|10||Xavi Vierge||SPA||Team HRC WorldSBK||+14.540s|
|11||Loris Baz||FRA||Bonovo Action BMW||+14.634s|
|12||Lucas Mahias||FRA||Puccetti Kawasaki||+14.760s|
|13||Philipp Oettl||GER||GoEleven Ducati||+15.271s|
|14||Luca Bernardi||SM||Barni Spark Ducati Team||+18.008s|
|15||Hafizh Syahrin||MAL||MIE Honda Racing||+24.394s|
|16||Kohta Nozane||JPN||GRT Yamaha||+24.574s|
|17||Leandro Mercado||ARG||MIE Honda Racing||+24.891s|
|18||Eugene Laverty||IRL||Bonovo Action BMW||+26.956s|
|19||Peter Hickman||GBR||BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team||+28.649s|
|20||Roberto Tamburini||ITA||Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSBK Team||+35.860s|
|21||Michal Presek||CZE||Rohac & Fetja Motoracing||+57.426s|
|22||Oliver Konig||CZE||Orelac Racing Kawasaki||DNF|
|23||Christophe Ponsson||FRA||Gil Motor Sport Yamaha||DNF|
|24||Alex Lowes||GBR||Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK||DNF|
|25||Ryan Vickers||GBR||Pedercini Kawasaki||DNF|
In a repeat of race one Razgatlioglu took the lead from Rea off the line, while Bautista also challenged the Kawasaki rider heading into turn one.
Able to edge ahead under braking, Rea remained second as Michael Ruben Rinaldi also made a solid start aboard his Panigale V4 R.
Using the preferred SCX rear tyre for the 10-lap sprint, Razgatlioglu and Rea were attempting to break clear of Bautista who was instead coming under pressure from team-mate Rinaldi.
But with Bautista proving to be especially strong in sectors three and four, the championship leader was managing to stay in touch.
As Razgatlioglu began to break clear of Rea, Ryan Vickers suffered a crash on lap four. Moments later and Alex Lowes was next to crash out [turn 10].
With the pace continuing to improve at the front, Bautista was quickly dropped by Razgatlioglu, who himself was a second clear of Rea.
A superb lap seven saw Rea rapidly close in on Razgatlioglu, however, signs were there that the six-time world champion was on the limit as he nearly lost the rear at turn six.
Still, Rea continued to close the gap as a move for the lead appeared imminent. That’s exactly what happened with three laps remaining as Rea took the lead for the first time. But in typical Razgatlioglu fashion, the Pata Yamaha rider regained the lead heading into turn one.
After exchanging positions at the beginning of the final lap, drama then followed heading into turn 15 – Rea was able to generate great drive heading into the right-hander, but with Razgatlioglu aware that a move was coming he defended the inside.
Despite that, Rea attempted to make the move stick which in-turn resulted in the Kawasaki rider clipping Razgatlioglu who dangled his right leg before running off-track and into the gravel. Luckily for the Northern Irishman he was able to stay aboard his ZX10-RR and keep ahead of Bautista.
Most World Superbike Records
Fastest ever lap – Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing Team 1:30.947s (2022)
2021 Race Winners
Race 1 – Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR Pata Yamaha
Superpole Race – Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR Yamaha
Race 2 – Scott Redding GBR Aruba.it Ducati
Bautista wins Most World Superbike race one
While Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea were the expected challengers for victory, which was the case for much of the race, it was Bautista who came through to ultimately dominate at Most.
Able to stay in touch during the early laps, Bautista got faster and faster as the race developed before back-to-back overtakes on Razgatlioglu and Rea saw him take the lead.
Bautista had to contend with pressure from Scott Redding, who like Bautista got stronger as the 22 lap race unfolded. His seventh win of the 2022 campaign, Bautista now leads the championship by 29 points.
Following Saturday’s race one it was announced that current Bonovo Action BMW rider Eugene Laverty will take up a co-owner and rider coach role with the team. It means the former MotoGP rider will bring an end to his WorldSBK career that lasted a total of ten seasons.
BSB rider Ryan Vickers made his World Superbike debut for Pedercini Kawasaki on Friday, as did Prasek for Rohac & Fetja Motoracing BMW. Making his second consecutive World Superbike start, Peter Hickman was also in action for the factory BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, replacing the injured Michael Van Der Mark.
Fresh off a new one-year deal with BMW, Van Der Mark, who has missed every round except his home race in Assen, will make his return to action following the summer break at Magny-Cours.
Most World Superbike weekend schedule (UK time)
09:30-10:15 Free Practice 1
14:00-14:45 Free Practice 2
08:00-08:30 Free Practice 3
13:00 Race 1
10:00 Superpole Race
13:00 Race 2