2023 Mandalika World Superbike Race Two Result: More Drama, More Red Flags
World Superbike race two would be missing Loris Baz as his leg and ankle were fractured in the contact made between him and Alex Lowes this morning. Aegerter had to drop one position due to irresponsible racing in an incident with Danilo Petrucci at the end of this morning's race. Remy Gardner weathered his gastroenteritis to make the start. The weather remained at 30ºC after overnight rain.
Toprak Razgatlioglu led Andrea Locatelli and Jonathan Rea into turn one with Axel Bassani leading Alex Lowes and Xavi Vierge. Lowes and Bassani swapped back and forth on the first lap and the top six remained in the same positions to start lap two. Alvaro Bautista made his way up to eighth place. At turn ten, Locatelli took the lead and lost it in turn ten when Axel Bassani punted Razgatlioglu to fifth place. Locatelli going wide let Axel Bassani lead Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes out of turn ten. Axel Bassani set the fastest lap of 1'33.227 but towards the end of lap three, he was joined at the front by Michael Ruben Rinaldi who carved his way past both Kawasakis to start lap four in second place behind Bassani.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi took the lead from Bassani and set a 1'33.125 fastest lap ahead of Axel Bassani who was told to drop a position after his turn ten "irresponsible riding" incident. Alex Lowes held third position ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea as Rinaldi set a fastest lap of 1'33.016.
Bassani looked back and saw Alex Lowes on his tail. He let Lowes overtake and, while he was on the outside line, Toprak Razgatlioglu followed Lowed and stood Bassani up to take third from him. Lowes went wide into turn one and Razgatlioglu took second place from him. As Lowes went wide, Bassani missed his line and Rea pounced on him. Xavi Vierge forced his way past as Rea's pass went a little wide, but behind this action, Michael van der Mark and Philipp Oettl crashed and brought out the red flag. Scott Redding had his own incident further back, sliding into Andrea Locatelli to crash out. He was able to pick up his BMW to make the restart. Tom Sykes missed out on the craziness by putting in two laps before it all happened.
The restart would be fourteen laps after a quick start procedure. Their grid would be Rinaldi, Razgatlioglu and Vierge on the front row and Bautista, Rea and Bassani on the second. Locatelli, Petrucci and Lecuona made up the third row. Sixteen riders started the restarted race with an assortment of tyres remaining in their allocation after the second red flag of the day.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi lost out to Toprak Razgatlioglu off the line but took the lead into turn one. Alvaro Bautista took third place from Xavi Vierge with Jonathan Rea and Axel Bassani behind them. After lap two, the leading trio of Rinaldi, Razgatlioglu and Bautista were covered by two tenths of a second as Bautista set the fastest lap, a 1'32.594. Bautista put his feelers out to find a way past Razgatlioglu, but there were no passes to be made into corners. Lap three and Rinaldi set a fastest lap of 1'32.398 a second clear of Razgatlioglu and Bautista. Vierge, Rea and Bassani were bunched up behind. At the end of lap four, Bautista took Razgatlioglu's line and started lap five a second and a half behind his teammate Rinaldi. Axel Bassani took fifth off Rea and defended it hard. Bautista was lapping a tenth of a second quicker than Rinaldi with a gap of over a second. Razgatlioglu in third place was vocoder a second off the leaders at the end of lap seven with Vierge on his tail.
Alvaro Bautista set a 1'32.247 on lap seven but remained a second and a half behind the leader Rinaldi. Razgatlioglu in third place had Xavi Vierge a quarter of a second behind him with Jonathan Rea over a second further back, fighting with Bassani and Locatelli. Rea crashed out into turn seven, running wide and sliding out of the race. Andrea Locatelli made the most of it to take fifth place from Axel Bassani with Danilo Peterucci and Iker Lecuona behind them.
While all the drama unfolded in the fight for fifth place, Alvaro Bautista snuck up on Michael Ruben Rinaldi and sat under a tenth of a second behind him to start lap twelve. Toprak Razgatlioglu in third place was over two seconds off the fight for the win with Xavi Vierge following close behind. Bautista looked comfortable in second place, waiting for a chance and that chance came into turn ten of lap thirteen of fourteen. Razgatlioglu was less than a second off Rinaldi and six tenths of a second a lap quicker. Rinaldi went wide all on his own as his tyres ran out and watched Razgatlioglu and Vierge charge past him as he tried to rejoin the race.
Alvaro Bautista won the race over a second clear of Toprak Razgatlioglu with Xavi Vierge taking his first podium as Michael Ruben Rinaldi took fourth place. Andrea Locatelli and Danilo Petrucci rounded out the top six. Bautista's win increased his lead in the championship to thirty seven points over Toprak Razgatlioglu who climbed past Andrea Locatelli to take second place.
|1||1||A. BAUTISTA||Ducati Panigale V4R|
|2||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1||1.218|
|3||97||X. VIERGE||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||3.050|
|4||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4R||1.018|
|5||55||A. LOCATELLI||Yamaha YZF R1||0.780|
|6||9||D. PETRUCCI||Ducati Panigale V4R||5.838|
|7||87||R. GARDNER||Yamaha YZF R1||6.339|
|8||47||A. BASSANI||Ducati Panigale V4R||6.796|
|9||7||I. LECUONA||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||9.095|
|10||45||S. REDDING||BMW M1000 RR||9.659|
|11||31||G. GERLOFF||BMW M1000 RR||9.832|
|12||77||D. AEGERTER||Yamaha YZF R1||11.264|
|13||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||15.167|
|14||34||L. BALDASSARRI||Yamaha YZF R1||15.663|
|15||35||H. SYAHRIN||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||37.461|
|RET||65||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||6 Laps|
|RET||60||M. VAN DER MARK||BMW M1000 RR||6 Laps|
|RET||5||P. OETTL||Ducati Panigale V4R||6 Laps|
|RET||52||O. KONIG||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
Excellent ride by Remy…
Excellent ride by Remy Gardner to pull himself up the order. Pity he was laid low for Race 1 by the gastro that affected several riders and crews. Ah, that Indonesian food. At least we have MotoGP returning soon to make up for another ridiculous gap in the WSBK calendar.