San Juan, run 2: Finest racing with Ducati victory / Superbike World Championship

The second round of the Superbike World Championship 2021 in San Juan Villicum was an exciting exchange of blows between the currently best works drivers. Ducati star Scott Redding won the race.

The starting grid for the second round of the Superbike World Championship in San Juan in the first three rows corresponded to the result of the Superpole race. The front row consisted of World Championship leader Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha), Scott Redding (Ducati) and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki). Michael van der Mark (BMW) improved to position 5. Because Alex Lowes (Kawasaki) was again declared unfit by the race doctors because of his hand injury, Honda driver Leon Haslam moved up to position 9.

After his dominance in San Juan so far, Toprak Razgatlioglu was the favorite for the last race of the Superbike World Championship this weekend. Only Scott Redding seemed to be able to prevent the Yamaha rider’s first triple.

The second run was much more than a copy of the previous races. Razgatlioglu, Redding and Rea fought an exciting battle at the front with countless overtaking maneuvers that the observer caught the breath. After eight laps, the three top drivers were still within 0.2 seconds!

It was only in the middle of the race that Redding was able to prevail with fast lap times and clinched a strong victory. Behind the Ducati rider, however, the battle for the remaining podium positions between Razgatlioglu and Rea continued cheerfully. With great will, the Kawasaki driver squeezed past the world championship leader and crossed the finish line in second place. Razgatlioglu was satisfied with 3rd place.

Jonathan Rea’s greatest achievement in Argentina, however, was that he postponed the World Cup decision to the season finale in Indonesia.

Axel Bassani drove another strong race, finishing fourth with the Motocorsa Ducati just 1.5 seconds behind Razgatlioglu.

Michael van der Mark brought the BMW M1000RR home in 6th place. For the best Honda finish, Álvaro Bautista came in tenth.

This is how the race went:

Start: Razgatlioglu in front of Rea and Redding in the first corner. Then Bassani, van der Mark, Locatelli and Haslam.

Lap 1: Rea uses a mini-mistake by Razgatlioglu to overtake, but the Turk takes the lead back one corner later.

Lap 2: The same mistake by Razgatlioglu and again Rea goes past – and stays in front. Bassani past Redding in 3rd place. The top 7 within 2 seconds.

Lap 3: Rea’s fastest race lap in 1: 38.256 min, but at the end of the straight Razgatlioglu took the lead back.

Lap 4: Several overtaking maneuvers at the front. Razgatlioglu comes out as the leader from the fourth lap, then Redding ahead of Rea and Bassani. Van der Mark 1.3 seconds back in 5th place, Haslam eighth. Davies (9th) on the rise.

Lap 5: Redding new leader, but the Ducati driver brakes at the end of the straight and falls back to 3rd place behind Razgatlioglu and Rea. The battles for position ensure that van der Mark (5th), Rinaldi (6th) and Locatelli (7th) are only 2 seconds behind.

Lap 6: Razgatlioglu and Rea overtake each other twice in one lap!

Lap 7: Razgatlioglu in 1: 37.968 min with the fastest race lap. Rinaldi and van der Mark fight for 5th place.

Lap 8: Davies past Haslam in 8th place.

Lap 9: Razgatlioglu further ahead. Redding squeezed past Rea. Bassani falls back 1.1 sec.

Lap 10: Redding takes the lead and slightly separates from Razgatlioglu / Rea. Rinaldi new fifth, van der Mark sixth.

Lap 11: fastest race lap Redding in 1: 37.716 min – the Ducati driver leads by 0.9 seconds. Rea cannot overtake Razgatlioglu from the slipstream.

Round 12: Redding 1.2 seconds before Razgatlioglu and 1.5 seconds before Rea.

Lap 13: Redding is getting faster and faster and drives a 1: 37.615 min!

Lap 14: Redding 2.4 sec in front. Rea past Razgatlioglu, the Turk countered again at the end of the straight.

Lap 15: Bassani fourth, one second behind Razgatlio and Rea.

Lap 16: Rea past Razgatlioglu and this time stays on the straight in front of Razgatlioglu.

Lap 17: Razgatlioglu must be content with 3rd place – 0.8 seconds behind Rea. Van der Mark safely in 6th place.

Lap 18: Redding 3 seconds ahead.

Round 19: Razgatlioglu comes closer to Rea again! Bassani (4th), Rinaldi (5th), van der Mark (6th).

Lap 20: Now Razgatlioglu is probably satisfied with 3rd place. Rinaldi (5th) catches up with Bassani (4th).

Last round: Redding wins ahead of Rea and Razgatlioglu. Bassani saves 4th place ahead of Rinaldi at the finish. Van der Mark sixth, Bautista tenth.

Result of the Superbike World Championship, San Juan, run 2
Pos driver motorcycle Diff
1. Scott Redding Ducati
2. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki + 2,428 sec
3. Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha + 3,834
4. Axel Bassani Ducati + 5,390
5. Michael Rinaldi Ducati + 5,845
6. Michael vd Mark BMW + 8,147
7. Andrea Locatelli Yamaha + 12,040
8. Garrett Gerloff Yamaha + 12,352
9. Chaz Davies Ducati + 19,409
10. Alvaro Bautista Honda + 20,183
11. Leon Haslam Honda + 23,993
12. Tito Rabat Kawasaki + 25,138
13. Isaac Vinales Kawasaki + 27,407
14. About Nozane Yamaha + 28,568
15. Leandro Mercado Honda + 36,415
16. Eugene Laverty BMW + 39,213
17. Christophe Ponsson Yamaha + 40,746
18. Samuel Cavalieri Ducati + 56,034
19. Luciano Ribodino Kawasaki > 1 min
20. Marco Solorz Kawasaki > 1 min
Status of the Superbike World Championship in 2021 after 35 of 38 races
Pos driver motorcycle Points
1. Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha 531
2. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 501
3. Scott Redding Ducati 465
4. Michael Rinaldi Ducati 278
5. Andrea Locatelli Yamaha 270
6. Michael vd Mark BMW 236
7. Alex Lowes Kawasaki 213
8. Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 213
9. Axel Bassani Ducati 199
10. Alvaro Bautista Honda 180
11. Tom Sykes BMW 167
12. Leon Haslam Honda 134
13. Chaz Davies Ducati 131
14. About Nozane Yamaha 54
15. Loris Baz Ducati 53
16. Tito Rabat Ducati 50
17. Lucas Mahias Kawasaki 44
18. Eugene Laverty BMW 40
19. Isaac Vinales Kawasaki 35
20. Christophe Ponsson Yamaha 31
21. Leandro Mercado Honda 26
22. Jonas Folger BMW 21
23. Samuel Cavalieri Ducati 12
24. Marvin Fritz Yamaha 6
25. Loris Cresson Kawasaki 3
26. Andrea Mantovani Kawasaki 2
27. Luke Mossey Kawasaki 2

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