2021 Navarra World Superbike Race One Result: Exciting Early Laps

World Superbike's first race at Navarro was twenty three long laps around the heating up Spanish circuit. Everyone lined up on the SCX tyre to make it easier to keep track of tyre choice. Scott Redding announcing his moving to BMW next year adds an interesting angle to this weekend.

Scott Redding got a good start and took the lead from Jonathan Rea into turn one as everyone bunched back up at the tight third turn. Jonathan Rea took a tricky line into turn five and spent the next three turns making his pass stick. Andrea Locatelli was in third place, but Toprak Razgatlioglu wormed his way through the crowd to close up to the leading three, but into lap two, Locatelli fluffed the last corner and let the leading two escape. Razgatlioglu started looking for a way past Locatelli as Alex Lowes and Tom Sykes held on in fifth and sixth. 

Jonathan Rea set the fastest lap on lap two, fending off Scott Redding behind him, with Andrea Locatelli almost a second further back but clear of Toprak Razgatlioglu. On the third lap, Redding closed a few tenths on Rea leaving Locatelli almost a second and a half off the fight for the lead. Razgatlioglu couldn't close up to Locatelli while Redding was sniffing Rea's rear tyre as he looked like he was faster around most of the lap, but unable to exit turn eight with enough drive down the back straight into turn nine. 

At the start of lap six, Redding tucked in behind Rea to take the lead into turn one, but he couldn't drop Rea off his tail. Andrea Locatelli was almost two seconds off Rea with Toprak Razgatlioglu over seven tenths further behind, unable to close in. Alex Lowes, Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies were over two seconds further back. Chaz Davies and Alvaro Bautista crashed out in separate incidents. 

Lap eight and Toprak Razgatlioglu had finally caught and passed Andrea Locatelli as Scott Redding finally escaped from the clutches of Jonathan Rea, almost three seconds ahead of Razgatlioglu who celebrated by running on to the green paint and giving Locatelli a half second back.

On lap ten, as the gap at the front approached a second, Razgatlioglu was still three seconds off Rea who looked like he'd found his rhythm and settled into second position. Locatelli couldn't close on Razgatlioglu, but he was over four seconds clear of Lowes and Sykes. Two and a half seconds off his teammate, Michael van der Mark was in a comfortable seventh place. 

At half race distance, Scott Redding was over a second clear of Jonathan Rea and over four seconds clear of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Andrea Locatelli. Jonathan Rea saved a front end crash into turn nine and looked as if he decided to leave Redding's lead alone. Garret Gerloff, having passed Michael Ruben Rinaldi, finally passed Kohta Nozane to take ninth place into turn one of lap thirteen. He was almost four seconds off Axel Bassani's eighth place. 

Jonathan Rea made a couple more errors, running off the track at turn nine, and dropped to over two seconds off Scott Redding, still holding two and a half seconds over Toprak Razgatlioglu. 

Seventeen laps in, every rider in the top fourteen had well over a second of a gap in front and behind as the field stretched out to a less entertaining formation than we have been used to this year, with Garrett Gerloff the only rider in the points that looked capable of catching the rider in front of him, catching him by the end of lap nineteen of twenty three.

Twenty one laps in, with the top seven having gaps of over two seconds either side, Axel Bassani held eighth place from Garrett Gerloff, blocking all Gerloff's attempts by making his Ducati very wide and putting himself in the wrong place for Gerloff and starting the last lap with half a second over the troublesome Yamaha man, a lead he was able to hold throughout the lap.

Scott Redding won the race comfortably with Jonathan Rea two and a half seconds behind. Toprak Razgatlioglu took the last step of the podium over three seconds further back. Andrea Locatelli, Alex Lowes, Tom Sykes and Michael van der Mark rounded out the top seven. 

Ducati took the manufacturers championship off Kawasaki and Yamaha who ended the race two and three points behind respectively, as Scott Redding closed up to forty five points from Jonathan Rea's lead in the championship, and thirty eight off of Toprak Razgatlioglu. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R  
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 2.519
3 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 3.375
4 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 3.511
5 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 16.219
6 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 20.600
7 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 24.158
8 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 26.497
9 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 26.718
10 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 2.884
11 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 39.387
12 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 41.316
13 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 44.338
14 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 48.470
15 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'21.773
16 6 N. URAMOTO Suzuki GSX-R1000R 1'21.956
17 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'30.006
18 14 J. URIBE Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1 Lap
RET 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 6
RET 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 17 Laps
RET 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 3
RET 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 3
Round Number: 
7
2021
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Comments

Seven exciting opening laps followed by a procession. Not what I hoped for. New circuit with fast learners at the front.

Congratulations to Scott Redding, solid ride, good win!

JR1 extends his lead further, despite finishing second.

Tom Sykes still the best rider on the BMW!

Rabat, Folger & Bautista? The grand prix rejects having a tough time.

Welcome back Suzuki! Less than two tenths from a w/c point, keep at it. 3.5 seconds a lap average slower than SR45. 21 km/h down on top speed. Qualifying laps slower than most riders race laps. Fastest race lap was the last. that is a good sign, still learning. Good luck to Uramoto & all the team!

I'm optimistic the racing will be closer on Sunday. Better set-ups and more experience on this track. How many riders did a full race simulation in practice? They should now be able to make better decisions regarding tires, we'll see.

I was surprised that Sykes would be punted in place of Redding, since he's consistently been faster than the other BMW riders. Perhaps he'll end up on the satellite team, where the riders have been less than impressive. I've been surprised by both Folger and Laverty not doing better.

Odd track, seems to have a lot of very slow low-gear corners. Still, always fun to see someplace new. As you say, the fast learners at the front.

Be nice to see Suzuki back seriously. Also Aprilia ... I wish they'd give up on the Moto GP dream and come back to WSBK. I believe their last year they won the title with Guintoli, no?

That sounds sensible. The BMW all stars!

Plus Folger and maybe more private teams could be good for the series & BMW motoradd.

Old Tom has been faster than the rest of the bimmers.

Tom Sykes is so cool, aproachable, such a great character in the paddock. With plenty of supporters and not for nowt!

The track has an unusual mix of corners. Some quite slow 1st gear, turns 3, 11 & 15. Two turns are very fast, the kink at 1 and 14.

It will be interesting to see how Sunday's racing goes.

Edit; Super Sylvain Guintoli & Aprilia. Yes SG was world SBK champion back in 2014. Another great person, watch his Utube vids. Showing my age here, I thought Max Biaggi was champ not that long ago. Would you believe Biaggi's 2 SBK world title were in 2010 & 2012. Ancient history.