2021 San Juan Villicum World Superbike Race Two Result: Proper Close Racing Again

The last race of the weekend was 21 laps under 22ºC weather and on a 41ºC track.

Toprak Razgatlioglu led Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding in to turn one with Axel Bassani behind them. Toprak Razgatlioglu went wide into turn eight at the end of the straight, allowing Rea to take the lead into turn nine, but Razgatlioglu held the inside line into turn ten and forced Rea to lean on him. Razgatlioglu held the lead into lap two. Scott Redding took second at the end of the start finish straight, but he went wide and Rea got back past to hold second place and allowing Axel Bassani into turd place. Into turn eight of lap two, Razgatlioglu went wide again and Jonathan Rea took the lead, holding it this time. Jonathan Rea set the fastest lap on lap two, a 1'38.256.

Lap three, Razgatlioglu was able to strike back into turn ten, taking the lead from Rea. Rea took the lead back into turn seven of lap four, pushing him wide enough for Scott Redding, who had passed Bassani earlier, to take second place from him. Scott Redding hounded Razgatlioglu on lap five, entering turn seven on his tail to take the lead down the back straight, but Razgatlioglu and Rea, after briefly swapping places back and forth with Axel Bassani, swept underneath to relegate Redding to third.

The battle among the leading four allowed three more riders join in, as Rea and Razgatlioglu swapped places back and forth in the lead, the pair inseparable. Michael van der Mark, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Andrea Locatelli joined the leading four after the fighting lowered the pace enough. Razgatlioglu, Rea and Redding were covered by only a quarter of a second in the lead. 

On lap seven, Toprak Razgatlioglu set a 1'37.968 without breaking free of Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding, but Axel Bassani in fourth place lost touch, unable to match the leading trio. Turn ten of lap eight, Razgatlioglu and Rea were side by side with Redding their tails, and Redding took second place into turn one of lap nine, taking his turn at attacking Razgatlioglu. Scott Redding passed Toprak Razgatlioglu, but he left enough of a gap into turn eight for Razgatlioglu to sneak under for turn nine. Lap nine and Redding snuck under Razgatlioglu in turn seven, leading down the straight and holding the lead into turns eight and nine to take the lead and take advantage of his better pace round the first half of the track without a big Yamaha in front of him. 

At half race distance, Scott Redding led Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea with Axel Bassani a third of a second off the podium. Scott Redding, with clean air in front of him, set the fastest lap with a 1'37.716. Michael Ruben Rinaldi was over a second and a half behind the satellite Ducati of Axel Bassani. Another lap and another fastest lap by Scott Redding, a 1'37.635 increasing his lead over Razgatlioglu to over a second. Lap thirteen and a 1'37.615 put Redding a second and a half clear of Razgatlioglu and Redding, in spite of all three of the leaders setting their best laps. 

Jonathan Rea took second place from Toprak Razgatlioglu into turn seven, but after the long straight, Razgatlioglu took it back on the brakes. Rea looked like he had more tyres left, but he couldn't beat Razgatlioglu on the brakes. With six laps to go, Razgatlioglu and Rea, covered by under a tenth of a second, were almost three seconds behind Redding. Into turn one, Rea passed razgatlioglu, but Razgatlioglu leant on Rea into turn two, and the pair swapped back and fourth until Rea held onto second place out of turn four, Rea's leathers taking a bit of a licking from Razgatlioglu's tyres. 

Jonathan Rea, with three seconds and closing to Scott Redding, built a gap of seven tenths of a second over Toprak Razgatlioglu. Axel Bassani and Michael Ruben Rinaldi were riding around the same pace as Razgatlioglu, and weren't closing up their gaps. As the laps ticked down, Rea started lap twenty of twenty one over three seconds from Scott Redding with Toprak Razgatlioglu just over half a second behind him, but razgatlioglu wasn't closing enough to mount a challenge on the last lap. 

With an uneventful last lap, Scott Redding won by around three seconds, with Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu unsurprisingly rounding out the podium. Axel Bassani finished within two seconds of the podium with Michael Ruben Rinaldi half a second behind him. 

Scott Redding ended the weekend sixty six points off the lead with only sixty two points available, ending his unlikely hopes of a title. Jonathan Rea closed his gap to Toprak Razgatlioglu to thirty points, but with only two and a half races left, it's Toprak Razgatlioglu's championship to lose.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R  
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 2.428
3 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 3.834
4 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 5.390
5 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 5.845
6 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 8.147
7 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 12.040
8 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 12.352
9 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 19.409
10 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 20.183
11 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 23.993
12 53 T. RABAT Kawasaki ZX-10RR 25.138
13 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 27.407
14 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 28.568
15 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 36.415
16 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 39.213
17 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 40.746
18 76 S. CAVALIERI Ducati Panigale V4 R 56.034
19 4 L. RIBODINO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'36.692
20 39 M. SOLORZA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'36.776
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Humdinger! Enjoy folks, pre race


Know who this kid Axel Bassani is? He's on the rise. FIM Euro Supersport winner 2016 (Kawi). Moto2 but on a Speedup Boscobscuro, quite brief. Some Superstock. 2020 Yamaha WSS and just did 17th for the season. But lately on the Panigale, the kid is on a perkup. He was only 21 starting the season. Looks promising. Looks iker Aegerter is someone to watch, eh?




Do I have this right?   If Johnny wins all three at Mandilika, he ends with  563 and 14 race wins.   If Toprak finishes 4th in all three, he ends with 563 points and 13 race wins --> Johnny  wins championship.   But what two riders are going to keep Toprak off the podium three times in a row?   Quite a finale, hmmmm !

may they all keep the sticky side down ;)


This is why I say it's Razgatlioglu's to lose. One more weird exploding mudguard or Gerloffing is all it'd take to open the championship up. 

I have to agree - is Toprak going to bottle it - dont thing so. Rea is now playing catch up just like Redding has been for most of season. The media love to talk about mathematical probabilities but its all hype.

I have been impressed with the new Redding - fantastic last race - pity he didnt race like that from the beginning of the year. He will need to repeat to do this on a BMW which is still not quite there. 

I am still waiting to see whether Toprak will be off to Motogp next year - he would ruffle a few feathers! 

... jumping and cheering silently in my basement while my toddler slept. I certainly didn't expect a race that explosive after a long day at work - what a surprise! You could really feel the culmination of this season's drama come spilling out onto the race track between the top 3. 

for someone who has made the racing worth watching this year (Toprak) ... Johnny be good, but it was getting rather booring ...

Ding! Agreed!!

Appreciative also of the R1 development. They have more outright power than the previous engine. It is really helping (Right MotoGP project?!). 

Ducati is getting some new (and a new-old) faces. Curious how far forward that gets. And then how much hope can one afford on the Redding/BMW performance? It may be greedy, but a third would be even better. The up and coming potentials are always a place of keen interest. Toprak/Blue has been a joy! Have yet to figure the interesting guy out though. But the riding? Damn!! Top rack.

They should do like they do in bicycle racing. Inteview them in English and then ask them to say some words in their mother language. You've got translators who can whip the translation on the screen with just a few seconds delay. They always tell more interesting stuff in their own tongue.

Listened to a long interview of his with a Turkish journo a few months ago and he was very much the same. Bit of an introvert with a mischievous side too, quite a likeable character. The way he talked (no ego, kid-next-door kind) you would think he was an up-and-coming superstock rider, not a WSBK championship contender. 

Never been much of a Kenan fan myself (especially after his career in politics) but definitely rooting for Toprak.