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Gordon Ritchie WorldSBK Blog: WorldSBK’s Wider View

It has been such a great start to the WorldSBK championship in 2022 that even last year’s two-pronged fight to the last round flag has been obliterated by the early season action. In a championship with five competing manufacturers there is also a distinct top three machine fight in 2022; Yamaha, Kawasaki and Ducati.

The Honda is nearly there. And nearly is where it may stay, but, an early Iker Lecuona rookie podium is still a great achievement already. The BMW is behind the 8-ball every week it seems, as much for bad luck as anything else. A fit Michael van der Mark alongside an inline four rookie in Scott Redding would probably accelerate things, in all possible ways.

But, providing the entertainment as well as leading performance now we are three rounds and nine races in, are top three top factory riders. In fact, it is an unmistakeable ‘Big Three’ title race.

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2022 Misano World Superbike FP2 Result: Bautista Returns

With everyone apart from Andrea Locatelli improving on their morning's times, Alvaro Bautista held off Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea in a predictable top three ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi. Philip Oettl and Garrett Gerloff marked their return with fifth and sixth quickest laps. Kohta Nozane was barred from entering qualifying for the first ten minutes of the session for "failing to comply with the marshals’ instructions" after his morning's crash. 

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