After a shakeup in the morning's Superpole race, World Superbike benefits from the 22ºC weather, warming the track to a dry 37ºC. The start was delayed with a mix up with the lights. The mechanics ran out on track with stands and tyre warmers to the applause of the crowds celebrating anything even close to a race. The restarted race would be nineteen laps after another warm-up lap.
Scott Redding led into turn one, ahead of Andrea Locatelli and Michael van der Mark. Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea both charged through in the first few turns, passing Van der Mark for third and fourth places. As Razgatlioglu gets caught up behind Locatelli on turn thirteen, Rea slipped under razgatlioglu to line up behind Locatelli onto the straight to take second place into turn one. Scott Redding defended the lead but Rea charged through into the Craig Jones turn to go from tenth to first in a lap and a half.
At threw start of lap three, the leading trio of Rea, Redding and Razgatlioglu were three abreast i to turn one, with Scott Redding leading Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea as Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap, a 1'41.797. Andrea Locatelli was close by in fourth place with Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Alvaro Bautista over a second behind. Lap four, and razgatlioglu hits turn one too hard, taking the lead but overshooting and dropping to third. Scott Redding held the lead until turn five but his wide line let Rea take the lead with a tight apex. Razgatlioglu played the same move on him a few turns later.
Lap five and the leading four were covered by under a second, with Rea, Razgatlioglu, Redding and Locatelli almost two seconds clear of Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Alvaro Bautista. Bautista took fifth off Rinaldi with Loris Baz and Michael van der Mark closely behind them. Lap seven of nineteen, and Rea led Razgatlioglu but Razgatlioglu, setting the fastest lap with a 1'41.522, cleanly passed Rea before turn one. Razgatlioglu took a sweeping line through turn eleven but Rea had the drive out of turn ten and the hill to hold speed underneath and take the lead. Scott Redding set a 1'41.519 as he kept on the pace. The leading trio were once again in a different race, with Andrea Locatelli over two and a half seconds off the leaders, then three and a half as Loris Baz and Alvaro Bautista caught up.
On lap nine, Redding tried a pass into turn one, tagging Razgatlioglu's slider with his left wing as a gentle hello, but Razgatlioglu switched back to hold second place as Jonathan Rea set a 1'41.309 in the lead.
At half race distance, Jonathan Rea led Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding with Andrea Locatelli four and a half seconds behind. Toprak Razgatlioglu then mimicked Jonathan Rea's crash from yesterday, throwing his Yamaha into the gravel trap at high speed, the front mudguard inexplicably exploding to cause the crash. Jonathan Rea led Scott Redding by over a second.
Andrea Locatelli inherited the last podium place, but Loris Baz was on his tail, closing fast and looking for a way past, with Alvaro Bautista right behind the pair as they started lap thirteen. Alvaro Bautista slipstreamed the pair but overshot the line through turn one and Loris Baz powered under the pair to take third place, five seconds behind Scott Redding who was almost three seconds off Jonathan Rea's lead.
At the start of lap fifteen of nineteen, Jonathan Rea led Scott Redding by three seconds and behind Redding, Loris Baz was dealing with Alvaro Bautista, with Bautista laking third from him into turn one, but missing the exit again to let Baz back through. Andrea Locatelli was over a second behind in fifth place. Lap sixteen, Bautista tried an outside line into turn one, leaning on Baz but Baz held the apex to come out in front yet again. Lap seventeen, Bautista tried an inside line and overshot the exit again, and Baz took third place back for the fourth or fifth lap in a row. Lap eighteen, Baz held enough of a gap onto the straight that Bautista could only catch him and not try a pass into turn one. Loris Baz went wide onto turn five and Bautista took third place, but went wide, as always, but this time as Baz snuck under Bautista, the Honda man was able to close the exit sooner. Baz on the apex hit Bautista as their lines intersected. Baz and Bautista hit hard and Bautista crashed out from the impact, shaking his fist at a rapidly receding Baz.
Jonathan Rea won over five seconds clear of Scott Redding, with Loris Baz three and a half seconds further back. Andrea Locatelli, over a second clear of Garrett Gerloff, took fourth place. The results were immediately declared uncertain as an investigation was opened in to the Baz/Bautista racing incident, but Baz's podium was quickly confirmed.
Jonathan Rea found the spot Razgatlioglu cleaned with the broom yesterday and spewed rubber all over it to dirty it up with a burnout. Rea's win and Razgatlioglu's DNF put red within twenty four points of Razgatlioglu. Scott Redding's second place put himself within fifty four points of Razgatlioglu's lead and thirty points off Rea and one hundred and twenty four points up for grabs. Loris Baz's three podiums this weekend, with plenty of action to focus on, should put him on a lot of teams' lists for 2022.
Two weekends remain in this championship fight, and it's still open to three riders.
|1||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|2||45||S. REDDING||Ducati Panigale V4 R||5.425|
|3||11||L. BAZ||Ducati Panigale V4 R||8.905|
|4||55||A. LOCATELLI||Yamaha YZF R1||12.289|
|5||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||13.956|
|6||60||M. VAN DER MARK||BMW M 1000 RR||15.289|
|7||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||20.639|
|8||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||20.933|
|9||47||A. BASSANI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||26.031|
|10||50||E. LAVERTY||BMW M 1000 RR||26.276|
|11||36||L. MERCADO||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||31.493|
|12||32||I. VINALES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||41.117|
|13||3||K. NOZANE||Yamaha YZF R1||42.583|
|14||23||C. PONSSON||Yamaha YZF R1||48.074|
|15||94||J. FOLGER||BMW M 1000 RR||51.009|
|16||76||S. CAVALIERI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||57.467|