2021 Magny-Cours World Superbike Race Two Result: Proper Racing; It's On

The last race of the weekend was twenty one dry laps with a weekend attendance of 14,405. They would be treated to a proper fight.

Toprak Razgatlioglu took the lead into turn one ahead of Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes. Lowes, Razgatlioglu and Rea rode into turn five side-by-side with Razgatlioglu lifting his rear to take the lead ahead of Alex Lowes. Rea took second from Lowes into the chicane. Into turn five, Lowes struggled to maintain grip and he crashed out a few turns later as Jonathan Rea took the lead into the 180 turn. Scott Redding in third set the fastest lap. As he closed up on Razgatlioglu. 

On lap three, the top three riders in the championship crossed the line with under seven tenths of a second covering the trio. Michael van er Mark passed Andrea Locatelli for fourth place a second off the podium places. At the Adelaide hairpin, turn five, Razgatlioglu took the lead but was wide into the 180, allowing Rea to take the lead back. 

The fight for fourth place was headed by Andrea Locatelli and Michael van der Mark with the Ducatis of Chaz Davies and Michael Ruben Rinaldi on his tail, but after tyre-smoking contact on the straight with Locatelli, Van der Mark swerved and had to avoid pit boards and dropped to seventh place, climbing to sixth after a few turns. Razgatlioglu tried to pass Rea, but Rea slammed the door into turn five.

Seven laps down, Jonathan Rea, Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding were three seconds clear of the fight for fourth place between Andrea Locatelli, Chaz Davies and Michael Van der Mark. Jonathan Rea set the fastest lap. 

At the end of lap nine, Scott Redding lost touch from the leading duo, with a second gap to Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea. Once again, Rea and Razgatlioglu charged to turn five with the Yamaha on the inside line taking the lead. Into the Imola chicane, Jonathan Rea forced his way under Toprak Razgatlioglu and held his line through the chicane to hold the lead. Turn five of lap eleven, Razgatlioglu once again took the inside line, braking from a way back, as Rea leant his Kawasaki on the Yamaha as the pair cornered glued together. Razgatlioglu led throughout lap twelve, but the pair were still under only two tenths of a second apart.

Lap thirteen and Jonathan Rea remained in Toprak Razgatlioglu's clean air as Scott Redding watched the fight from over a second and a half behind, ending lap thirteen two seconds behind the quality slap fight for the win.

In fourth place, three seconds from Redding, Andrea Locatelli was over a second clear of Chaz Davies with Alvaro Bautista a further second behind with the best Michael fight on his tale, contested between Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Michael van der Mark. 

Jonathan Rea charged into turn five way too fast, missing the apex but briefly holding the lead until Toprak Razgatlioglu took it back on the better line. 

Five laps remaining, Razgatlioglu still had Rea for company as the pair were over four seconds clear of Scott Redding with Andrea Locatelli three further seconds behind. Turn five once again was the scene of a close call, with Rea unable to pass. Four laps remained and they were still on close quarters. 

At the start of lap nineteen, Toprak Razgatlioglu finally shook off Jonathan Rea, with Razgatlioglu pulling out a one second gap as Rea looked like he settled for second place as Rea's tyres looked to be a little more spent. Lap nineteen, Razgatlioglu hammered home his advantage with a personal best lap, two seconds ahead of Rea. Scott Redding in third place was a comfortable two and a half seconds clear of Andrea Locatelli and Chaz Davies. 

At the opening of the last lap, Toprak Razgatlioglu led by almost three seconds over Jonathan Rea with Scott Redding over five seconds further back and the podium was settled. Chaz Davies was closing on Andrea Locatelli as the only fight that looked unsettled o the last lap.

Toprak Razgatlioglu took his first triple with a race two win ahead of Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding. Andrea Locatelli held off the challenge by Chaz Davies to take fourth place with Alvaro Bautista finishing sixth.

With three wins over the weekend, Toprak Razgatlioglu increased his championship lead over Jonathan Rea to thirteen points and is only the third rider, alongside Alvaro Bautista and Jonathan Rea, to win three races in a weekend. One of Razgatlioglu's crew was dressed in a Top Cat fancy dress outfit to underline Razgatlioglu's position at the top of the championship.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1  
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 2.908
3 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 5.498
4 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 10.329
5 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 10.734
6 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 11.467
7 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 13.901
8 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 15.640
9 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 16.254
10 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 20.911
11 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 39.410
12 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 42.808
13 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 43.057
14 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 44.106
15 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 48.202
16 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 49.557
17 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 51.981
18 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'07.692
RET 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 17 Laps
RET 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 20 Laps
Round Number: 
8
2021
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A protest was deposed, from Rea's team, regarding Toprak going on the green by a few millimeters on the last lap. Demoted one position even if he gained no advantage.

This argument ("the rider gained no advantage") is often given when a penalty is called unjustified, but apart from the fact it's simply the rules, I always think: when that rider gained no advantage, why did he not stay within track limits then? Appararently he needed that bit of surface, otherwise he could have stayed on track. And nowadays riders are already given a LOT of kerbstone area to ride on, it's not like they're not getting any margin outside the tarmac. So yes, going outside the kerbs should be a penalty, and certainly in a close fight on the last lap. I agree with Rea/Kawasaki here.

 

Strong agree.

I don't love the seemingly arbitrary penalties, but I much prefer them to riders crashing on and into astro-turf/gravel/armco or some other bad surface on the outside of the corners.

The riders get safety, but then they need to adjust their riding to account for the penalties. If you get penalized for going 2mm into the green, then you need to make sure you're not in the green! Simple!

Yep, Binder went waaaaay outside the kerbs, that's for sure! But he was not in a direct fight, the next rider was almost 15 seconds behind him at that point. The rules say that in a direct fight, going off track should give you a disadvantage (by losing a place, like you would have had there not been tarmac outside the kerbstones), and if not, you will be penalized. In Binder's case, he could lose a lot of time there and still win that race. Of course, if he had fallen there (which could have happened when he had not been able to keep it upright in the gravel or grass if that had been there), those 15 seconds might not have been enough, so the rules don't cover the worst case scenario. But they seem realistic enough to me.

Personally, I don't like all that tarmac area outside of the kerbstones, because it invites riders to take more risk of going off track, because there's mostly something to gain by riding on the absolute limit and not much to lose. They will take any bit of leeway you give them, obviously. Unfortunately that gives new sorts of risky situations and it also creates discussions about results. So all you can do then is make strict rules about track limits. Actually I think also during the race they should give a penalty for each time a rider touches the green paint, not after five times. Makes things a lot simpler. Only when somebody is obviously pushed off track by another rider or when he already lost a lot of time, no penalty is needed. Of course this needs to be judged by race direction, and there will again be complaints, but it would already clean up things a lot. And I'm sure that in general these riders are able to stay on track if they have to. 

Wasn't Binder docked 3 seconds for exceeding track limits?

As I recall they also decided subsequently that he didn't/couldn't gain any advantage via that specific line out there and removed the 3 sec penalty. Didn't matter either way, barely spoken of (correct me if wrong).