2021 Jerez World Superbike Race Two Result: Old School Sunday

World Superbike race two would be missing Alex Lowes, his wrist causing issues, as twenty one riders lined up for twenty laps of Jerez. The grid set up based on Saturday's Superpole qualifying, with two full-length races on Sunday like it's 2015.

Jonathan Rea switched to the SCX tyre that Toprak Razgatlioglu used in race one as Alex Lowes headed out to work as a spotter for Rea. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu led Jonathan Rea and Michael Ruben Rinaldi into turn one, with Andrea Locatelli, Scott Redding and Leon Haslam behind them. Rea led into turn four, but Razgatlioglu fought back into turn six, forcing Rea out and letting Rinaldi cut under him to take second, with Scott Redding right behind them as Redding recovered from a poor start. Andrea Locatelli sat in fifth as Toprak Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap, a 1'40.791. 

Two laps down and the leading five and Scott Redding hounded Jonathan Rea and Rea mistimed his entry into turn six, going wide after the apex as he lifted the rear into the turn, to let Scott Redding take a tight line for third place and the fastest lap, a 1'40.776. 

At the start of lap five, Toprak Razgatlioglu, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Scott Redding bunched up at the front, a second clear of Scott Redding and Andrea Locatelli, with Alvaro Bautista and Axel Bassani closing up. Jonathan Rea held off Andrea Locatelli's attempts, letting Alvaro Bautista and Axel Bassani catch up while Scott Redding and Michael Ruben Rinaldi swapped back and fourth to let Toprak Razgatlioglu escape a little, but Redding took second place from Rinaldi into the Lorenzo hairpin, turn thirteen and the last corner on the track. Redding closed the gap to Razgatlioglu as Rea failed to hold off an attack from Locatelli.

Jonathan Rea's pace was holding up the riders behind him, and Alvaro Bautista pushed past into turn six, with Axel Bassani then hitting Rea's rear tyre as he carried corner speed through the turn. Rea looked round at Bassani as he recovered from the tap and he settled into sixth place as Locatelli and Bautista started to duel.

At half race distance, Scott Redding hounded Toprak Razgatlioglu with Michael Ruben Rinaldi a second and a half further back. Andrea Locatelli closed the gap to Rinaldi to under a second, bringing Alvaro Bautista with him. Jonathan Rea was just outside the clean air of Alvaro Bautista, holding off Axel Bassani with Michael van der Mark and Loris Baz fighting over eighth place over two seconds behind. After a mistake from Rea, Bassani tried to pass the world champion, but Rea's defensive lines were enough to hold off the Ducati.

Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding remained within under half a second at the front, with Redding able to keep up but not pass. Behind them, Andrea Locatelli and Alvaro Bautista caught Michael Ruben Rinaldi, competing for the last step of the podium, two and a half seconds behind Redding. Alvaro Bautista closed up to the riders in front, but kept missing apexes as he tried to close right up. Locatelli closed up out of turn five and slipstreamed past Rinaldi into turn six to take third place with Bautista closing up behind them. Jonathan Rea maintained his pace, dropping Bassani a couple of tenths as Bautista on lap fifteen of twenty passed Rinaldi. Rinaldi's pace dropped into the 1'42s as the riders ahead and behind recorded 1'41s, Rea closing up on Rinaldi to pass him midway round the lap. 

Lap seventeen and Toprak Razgatlioglu led Scott Redding by under a tenth of a second over the line, with Andrea Locatelli and Alvaro Bautista almost four seconds behind. Jonathan Rea was over a second behind in fifth as Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Axel Bassani fought over sixth place, giving Rea a little breathing room. Scott Redding finally found a gap as Razgatlioglu missed the entry into turn nine, letting Redding force his way past into turn ten.

Scott Redding left a gap as he hit the last corner wide, and Toprak Razgatlioglu regained the lead. Behind them, Alvaro Bautista shoved his way past into the last corner to take third, almost four seconds behind the leaders. Jonathan Rea had gaps in front and behind, in a safe fifth place.

On the last lap, Scott Redding failed to find anywhere to pass Toprak Razgatlioglu who wasn't ready to make a mistake, and Redding kept looking and trying to force a mistake but as the pair slid round the last few turns on the limit, Toprak Razgatlioglu led Scott Redding over the line by just over a tenth of a second. Alvaro Bautista took the flag four seconds later, with series rookie Andrea Locatelli just missing out on the podium under a second further back. Jonathan Rea took a lonely fifth place ahead of Axel Bassani. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu extended his lead at the top of the championship to twenty points over Jonathan Rea with Scott Redding closing up to fifty four points off second place. Alvaro Bautista climbed up to ninth place, just once point off eighth, with his podium. Andrea Locatelli and Michael Ruben Rinaldi share fourth place, both one hundred and forty eight points off Redding. 


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1  
2 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 0.113
3 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 4.247
4 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 5.172
5 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 6.339
6 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 7.780
7 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 11.035
8 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 11.993
9 11 L. BAZ Ducati Panigale V4 R 12.311
10 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 16.651
11 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 27.224
12 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 27.266
13 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 27.713
14 76 S. CAVALIERI Ducati Panigale V4 R 33.438
15 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 46.941
16 17 M. FRITZ Yamaha YZF R1 47.308
17 9 A. MANTOVANI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 54.670
18 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 3 Laps
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Thanks for these write-ups, Jared.  On race weekends such as this where I will likely elect to not watch them, it's great having a reliable and thorough account of the race events.  Cheers.

That's good to hear. I'll keep doing them if you keep reading them. 

.. in the class (maybe roadracing in general?), and it's great to his rivals stretched to their limit trying to beat him. A satisfied yet almost exasperated Redding in parc ferme was particularly telling after Race 2.