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2021 Jerez World Superbike FP2 Result: Rea Quickest Overall

With two minutes left in the day's qualifying, Jonathan Rea did the first 1'39 lap of the weekend with a 1'39.671. Michael Ruben Rinaldi was second quickest, ahead of Leon Haslam and Scott Redding. Toprak Razgatlioglu was unable to improve on his morning's best time, which was good enough for third quickest overall.

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2021 Jerez World Superbike FP1 Result: Razgatlioglu Leads Rinaldi

Toprak Razgatlioglu set the quickest time of the morning ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi, with the Kawasakis of Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes over a third of a second behind. Lowes set the fourth-qucikest time in spite of recording just six timed laps. Lowes was one of the riders injured in last weekend's Catalunya race, with Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes both missing this weekend through injury. Davies is replaced by Loris Baz while Sykes is replaced by Eugene Laverty. 

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Gordon Ritchie WorldSBK Blog: Rules, Damn Rules And Sparktistics

I guess it is a credit to modern motorcycle engineering that so few bikes that get looked after properly in racing break down in actual races any more. With major parts of most WorldSBK machines coming from a production line somewhere, along with the rest of the bikes destined for the street, that’s remarkable in itself. Given that they all have upper rev limits and just a little bit of something in reserve on the computer design screen simply because you have a very limited engine allowance through the racing year, overstraining even your purpose-built racing components is a risky business nowadays.

Especially as in all but a few straights, the electronics spend a lot of the time attenuating the power you already have. Most of these bikes make too much power now, so the way it makes it matters more.

The reason I mention this potential race bike breakdown thing is that as I am clattering the keyboard in a hotel in Murcia, halfway between Barcelona and Jerez, the championship lead is a mere point, with Toprak Razgatlioglu just one ahead of Jonathan Rea. But, without an unfortunate front-running breakdown, due to an electrical charging system and voltage drop problem in Race One in Catalunya, Razgatlioglu would be leading by quite a few more points. He’s running away with this championship, if only he didn’t keep losing points.

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2021 Catalunya World Superbike Race Two Result: Red Flags Again

World Superbike race two took place with temperatures of 26ºC air and a 44ºC track, missing last year's winner Chaz Davies due to his crash in the Superpole race. Two bad crashes at turn one brought out the red flags to reset the race to a nineteen lap race with he same starting grid.

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2021 Catalunya World Superbike Race One Result: Be Careful What You Wish For?

The rain decided to make an appearance for Saturday's World Superbike race, with no riders having any lap time in the wet this weekend. Riders and teams made their tyre choices on the grid before the rain stopped. The pit intervention time is a minimum of sixty six seconds for the Superbike race. The air was 23ºC and the track was 27ºC, providing the cool weather the Ducatis wished for, but not in the way they wanted.

Garrett Gerloff missed the start, hitting white paint on an apex on his way to the grid, trashing the front of his bike. He held his arms to the sky and shouted, distraught as the marshals moved his bike to safety, its special white livery ruined. 

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2021 Catalunya World Superbike Superpole Result: Long Straight, One Lap On A Q

World Superbike qualifying was fifteen minutes of cool weather, and some riders tried the two-stop strategy to use both their qualifying tyres. The Barcelona track is a one lap track on the qualifying tyres, with the long straight eating rubber.

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