Estoril, round 1: Bautista wins epic duel / Superbike World Championship

The first race of the Superbike World Championship 2022 in Estoril was hard fought. First Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) defeated Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki), but then the World Champion lost to the triumphant Álvaro Bautista (Ducati).

The races of the Supersport World Championship 2022 in Estoril will take place without Michael van der Mark (BMW), Philipp Öttl (Ducati) and Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha). The German will replace Xavi Fores, piloted at MotoXracing Marvin Fritz instead of the injured Roberto Tamburini the Yamaha R1.

In the super pole Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) significantly improved the record by 0.5 seconds in den Trainings Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) shone with the fastest times. World Championship leader Álvaro Bautista (Ducati) is always nearby.

Because the asphalt was cooler than in the training sessions, Rea relied on the SC0 racing tyres. Razgatlioglu and Bautista the softer SCX.

In the first half of the race, Rea and Razgatlioglu pulled away at the front and battled it out like the race was about to be over. But from lap 15, Bautista turned the duo into a trio – the Ducati star was stuck behind Andrea Locatelli (Yamaha) for a long time.

Bautista inherited second place on lap 16 after Rea braked and from then on chased Razgatlioglu. The two changed positions several times, with the Yamaha rider benefiting from his exceptional performance on the brakes. But the Spaniard used the power of his Ducati to overtake the Turk on the home stretch. Rea was knocked off third.

Honda gave an encouraging performance in race one with 5th place for Iker Lecuona and 6th place for Xavi Vierge. Scott Redding also impressed for a long time with strong lap times and a position in the top 5, but in the last third of the race the Englishman fell back to 8th place as he was still the best BMW driver.

Marvin Fritz (Yamaha) showed an impeccable performance in the first run and in 16th only missed the points by a few 1/1000 seconds.

That’s how the race went

Start: Razgatlioglu in front in the first turn, then Rea and Bautista. Lecuona in 5th place, Redding in 7th place. Fritz in 15th place.

Lap 1: Razgatlioglu 0.1s ahead of Rea. Bautista dropped to 4th behind Locatelli (3rd). Then Lowes, Redding and Lecuona. Failure Mercado.

Lap 2: Razgatlioglu and Rea 1.4s ahead of Locatelli and Bautista. Fritz on 15.

Lap 3: Rea follows Razgatlioglu like a shadow and hits the Turk’s rear wheel – this time without crashing. Bautista can’t get past Locatelli.

Lap 4: Razgatlioglu 0.5 seconds ahead of Rea, who sets the fastest race lap in 1:36.204 min. Bautista new third. Redding stays in 5th ahead of Lecuona and Lowes. Fores and Fritz fight for 15th place.

Lap 5: Rea slowly nibbles back at Razgatlioglu. Bautista (3rd) 2.8 seconds back. Vinales gives up the race.

Lap 6: Razgatlioglu misses the ideal line, Rea slips inside and is the new leader.

Lap 7: Rea and Razgatlioglu drive to the limit, Bautista can’t get any closer.

Lap 8: Razgatlioglu brakes past Rea at the end of the straight. Locatelli (4th) is already 4.4 seconds behind.

Lap 9: While Razgatlioglu and Rea fight at the front, Bautista crawls a little closer. Fritz (16th) two seconds behind Lucas Mahias in 15th place.

Lap 10: Now Rea regains the lead at the end of the straight on the brakes. Bautista shortened to 1.9 sec.

Lap 11: It’s damn close between Rea and Razgatlioglu, mainly in the first corner. Bautista benefits from this: Only 1.4 seconds! Locatelli in 4th place is already 7.2 seconds behind. Redding (5th) catches up with the Italian.

Lap 12: Only Bautista drives in 1:36.867 min under 1:37 min.

Lap 13: Rea stays in front, Razgatlioglu on the back wheel. Bautista back 1 sec. Redding, Lecuona and Vierge fight for 5th place. Fritz loses 16th place to Luca Bernardi (Ducati).

Lap 14: Rea misses Turn 1 – Razgatlioglu in front, Bautista now second.

Lap 15: Razgatlioglu 0.5s ahead of Bautista and 0.8s ahead of Rea. Redding (7th) falls behind Lecuona (5th) and Vierge (6th).

Lap 17: Razgatlioglu and Bautista with identical times. Rea (3rd) is already 1.3 seconds behind.

Lap 18: Bautista 0.041 off Razgatlioglu! Rea can no longer keep up and falls further behind.

Lap 19: Razgatlioglu struggles on his Yamaha to stay ahead of Bautista.

Lap 20: Bautista in front for the first time but Razgatlioglu counters on the brakes.

Final lap: Bautista harnesses the power of his Ducati to cross the finish line 0.124 ahead of Razgatlioglu, with Rea third by 4.8. Fritz misses the points by 0.080 seconds as 16th.

Result Superbike World Championship: Estoril, race 1
Pos driver Motorrad time
1. Alvaro Bautista Ducati
2. Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha + 0,126 sec
3. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki + 4,835
4. Andrea Locatelli Yamaha + 17,079
5. Xavi Vierge Honda + 19,107
6. Iker Lecuona Honda + 19,215
7. Alex Lowes Kawasaki + 21,956
8. Scott Redding BMW + 23,090
9. Michael Rinaldi Ducati + 24,104
10. Loris Baz BMW + 25,212
11. Xavi Fores Ducati + 27,516
12. Axel Bassani Ducati + 30,686
13. Luca Bernardi Ducati + 39,599
14. About Nozane Yamaha + 39,643
15. Eugene Laverty BMW + 41,735
16. Marvin Fritz Yamaha + 41,854
17. luke mahias Kawasaki + 42,790
18. Christophe Ponsson Yamaha + 50,082
19. Hafiz Syahrin Honda > 1 min
20. Oliver King Kawasaki > 1 min
21. Isaac Vinales Kawasaki > 1 min
out Leandro Mercado Honda

Status Superbike World Championship 2022 after 7 of 36 races
Pos driver Motorrad Points
1. Alvaro Bautista Ducati 134
2. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 107
3. Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha 84
4. Andrea Locatelli Yamaha 68
5. Iker Lecuona Honda 60
6. Michael Rinaldi Ducati 50
7. Xavi Vierge Honda 41
8. Alex Lowes Kawasaki 37
9. Axel Bassani Ducati 34
10. Loris Baz BMW 34
11. Scott Redding BMW 27
12. Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 25
13. Philipp Oettl Ducati 15
14. luke mahias Kawasaki 14
15. Michael van der Mark BMW 11
16. Eugene Laverty BMW 11
17. Ilya Mikhalchik BMW 9
18. Roberto Tamburini Yamaha 9
19. Luca Bernardi Ducati 9
20. Christophe Ponsson Yamaha 8
21. Xavi Fores Ducati 5
22. Leon Haslam Kawasaki 3
23. About Nozane Yamaha 2
24. Leandro Mercado Honda 1

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