Due to rain flooding the track, race one has been delayed until Sunday. The Superpole race has been cancelled and will be replaced with today's race. With only two races tomorrow, Jonathan Rea has fewer races in which to make up the thirty points he is behind Toprak Razgatlioglu in the 2021 championship.
World Superbike's first Superpole at the new Indonesian track would be missing Leon Haslam and Alex Lowes, Lowes ruled unfit after his qualifying crash and Haslam not having recovered enough from his recent surgery. The weather threatened to take part, 30ºC air temperatures with clouds keeping the track down to 44ºC, but the clouds might bring rain at some point during the day.
Scott Redding and Toprak Razgatlioglu dipped into the 1'33s to go to Superpole as favourites, with Garrett Gerloff and Jonathan Rea over half a second off the pace. Rea and Gerloff traded the top spot for a few laps before Redding and Razgatlioglu posted their hot laps at the end. Axel Bassani hoverred around the top spots, like in the previous sessions, and ended in fifth place overall.
After an unusual morning, normal service has been resumed with Toprak Razgatlioglu leading Jonathan Rea by under two tenths of a second as everyone got to grips with the new track. Garrett Gerloff returned to the top three ahead of Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding, putting four bikes in the top five.
Toprak razgatlioglu opened his championshipattack with a lead of over a second and a half while Jonathan Rea spent most of the session in his garage as his team worked on the bike, ending the session in eleventh place.
Now that we are nearly at the end of the 2021 WorldSBK season, but still with what feels like ages to go until the deciding round in Indonesia, we have a chance to look back and forward at the same time.
We’re not looking at the enthralling final championship battle, however. No matter how much it has captured the imagination of the public. That will be decided in a while under the gaze of an increasingly appreciative bike-racing world.
Behind the headline happenings there have been another two important subplots brewing, simmering and both are worthy of a closer look before we get to see if the World Champion spends the winter on an island in the far west of Europe or as close as you can get to Europe but still technically be in Asia.
So, for a moment, pin that forthcoming campaign map up on the back wall of your mind’s personal Operations Room and think on this. We are - whisper it - watching the true start of the changing of the old guard in WorldSBK.
World Superbike standings after Race 2 in Argentina:
World Superbike standings after the sprint race in Argentina:
The last race of the weekend was 21 laps under 22ºC weather and on a 41ºC track.
The World Superbike Superpole race would determine the grid for race two, the last race of the weekend. Ten laps of San Juan Villicum would determine the winner.