2021 San Juan Villicum World Superbike Race One Result: Exciting, But Not Really Exciting

Twenty one laps around San Juan Villicum for the latest chapter of the Jonathan Rea v Toprak Razgatlioglu battle and Rea is the only rider on the grid to use the harder tyre. With one hundred and twenty four points remaining, Razgatlioglu leads by twenty four points as they line up on the grid. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu overhauled pole-sitter Scott Redding into turn one and Redding crashed out on his own, going wide and sliding. Jonathan Rea got an excellent start and inherited second place on his ZXR-coloured bike when Redding went down. Alex Lowes, in his Top Gun red Kawasaki livery, sat in third place. After a lap, Axel Bassani passed Andrea Locatelli for fourth place.

Toprak Razgatlioglu set a 1'38.052 on lap two, leading Rea by over a second. Rea led Lowes by over a second with Bassani half a second off. Alvaro Bautista also crashed out as well as Isaac Vinales, putting Scott Redding up to eighteenth place. Out of turn seven of lap four, Axel Bassani powered past Alex Lowes down the kilometre long back straight before turn eight, putting himself into third place.

At the start of lap five, Toprak Razgatlioglu led Jonathan Rea by two seconds, with Axel Bassani and Alex Lowes just under two seconds behind. Andrea Locatelli and Michael Ruben Rinaldi were in fifth and sixth place. After seven laps, Toprak Razgatlioglu led Jonathan Rea by over two and a half seconds, with Scott Redding lapping at a similar pace in sixteenth place. Axel Bassani was three and a half seconds behind Rea, with Alex Lowes and Michael Ruben Rinaldi behind him. Andrea Locatelli in sixth place had Michael van der Mark behind him. Garrett Gerloff was almost five seconds behind them. Scott Redding was in fourteenth place.

At half race distance, Toprak Razgatlioglu led Jonathan Rea by over four seconds, with Axel Bassani almost four more seconds behind. Bassani had Alex Lowes and Michael Ruben Rinaldi swapping places behind him, and Rinaldi closed on Bassani very quickly after taking fourth place from Lowes. Michael van der Mark continued his rivalry with Andrea Locatelli by making a hard pass into turn eight to take sixth place off him, three seconds behind Lowes.

On lap twelve, Rinaldi powered past Bassani into turn eight and Lowes closed up. The race for the last podium spot behind the title contenders was covered by under seven tenths of a second covering the three riders. At the start of lap fourteen, Rinaldi extended his gap over Bassani to a second. Scott Redding worked his way through Chaz Davies and Tito Rabat to duel with Eugene Laverty and Samuele Cavalieri to claw his way to tenth place, two seconds behind Leon Haslam and eight seconds off eighth placed Garrett Gerloff. 

Alex Lowes in fifth place was quicker than Axel Bassani ahead around most of the track, but the long straights suited the Ducati. Lowes forced a pass in turn seven, setting himself up down the long straight into turn eight, and Lowes held the inside line on the brakes giving Bassani no room to recover fourth place and Lowes was able to use his better corner speed to maintain his lead over Bassani.

Scott Redding took ninth place off Leo Haslam and sat nine seconds behind Garrett Gerloff with just three laps to go, then Gerloff moved up a place to give Redding Andrea Locatelli to look at instead. 

With two laps to go, Toprak Razgatlioglu led Jonathan Rea by over five seconds with Michael Ruben Rinaldi three and a half seconds behind. Alex Lowes and Axel Bassani were still together four more seconds back from the podium places with Michael Van Der Mark another second and a half off them. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu took the win on his birthday, extending his championship lead over Jonathan Rea to twenty nine points. Michael Ruben Rinaldi came in third place, with Alex Lowes just missing getting his heritage liveried bike into Parc Fermé. Axel Bassani and Michael van der Mark rounded out the top six. Scott Redding finished in an incredulous ninth place, behind Garrett Gerloff and Andrea Locatelli, in spite of crashing out at the first turn of the first lap. A blue bike, a green bike and a red bike on the podium isn't that strange, but it's always good to see three different bikes.

Scott Redding's outside chances of a championship essentially ended when he crashed out, finishing eighteen points off Toprak Razgatlioglu in the race and seventy two points in the title chase. Jonathan Rea is twenty nine points behind with ninety nine points remaining, giving Toprak Razgatlioglu the advantage. Razgatlioglu's fifteenth win on Yamaha puts him past Ben Spies and behind only Noriyuki Haga on the Japanese marque.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1  
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 5.295
3 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 9.417
4 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 12.808
5 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 13.980
6 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 15.007
7 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 16.876
8 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 19.265
9 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 27.176
10 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 31.571
11 53 T. RABAT Kawasaki ZX-10RR 34.474
12 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 36.241
13 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 37.072
14 76 S. CAVALIERI Ducati Panigale V4 R 41.103
15 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 43.220
16 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 48.516
17 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 53.695
18 39 M. SOLORZA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.426
19 4 L. RIBODINO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1 Lap
Round Number: 
12
2021
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Comments

Love that Scott Russell tribute paint job! Aaron Slight was on a Kawasaki then as well. Even Simon Crafar was racing in '93. Very few New Zealanders racing internationally these days.

Noiyuki Haga, thanks for that reminder Jared, I haven't tought about "the Sumo of slides" for a long time.

Not the most exciting race. Lonely rides for Toprak & Jonathan after the first few laps.

Redding's pole position counts for nothing. Like Alvaro Bautista, SR45 got the hopes of the Ducatisti up and then let us down, sigh.