2022 Aragon World Superbike Race Two Result: Regrets, He's Had A Few

The last World Superbike race of the weekend would be eighteen warm laps as the temperature climbed up to 18ºC, heating up the track to 36ºC, fifteen degrees above what it was yesterday, making tyre choice a simpler decision.

Jonathan Rea pipped Alvaro Bautista into turn one, with Toprak Razgatlioglu, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Andrea Locatelli. Rinaldi tried to pass Razgatlioglu but the world champion held third place. At the end of the opening lap, Alvaro Bautista thumped down the long back straight to power past Rea and take the lead. Rinaldi finally made a pass on Razgatlioglu stick and, a few turns later, Rea took the lead back at turn seven. 

Andrea Locatelli fell at turn nine and recovered in last place. Michael Ruben Rinaldi set the fastest lap, a 1'50.670, on lap two. Rea and Bautista swapped back and forth in the first two turns as Rinaldi closed up on Bautista to try to take second place from him. 

Bautista tried to overtake out of turn eleven, but Rea held the lead on the brakes into turn twelve. Down the back straight, Bautista took the lead on the outside of Rea and set a fastest lap of 1'50.428     as he took the lead. Rinaldi fluffed turn one and pushed Rea out, letting Razgatlioglu through to second, but Rinaldi took second place back as Rea as forced to fourth place. 

Alex Lowes set the fastest lap on lap three, a 1'50.334, in fifth place. Four laps in, Alvaro Bautista led by under a second, as Rea and Razgatlioglu swapped back and forth in turn five, giving Rinaldi freedom to keep up with his Ducati teammate.

Five laps in, Rea took third place back from Razgatlioglu into turn one, just over a second behind Rinaldi who had caught up to Bautista. A third of the race in, six of eighteen laps, Bautista led Rinaldi as Rea closed up to the leaders dragging Razgatlioglu with him. Fifth-placed Alex Lowes was just over a second behind the world champion, over a second clear of Axel Bassani in sixth place.

Loris Baz was three seconds off Bassani but beat both Hondas, Xavi Vierge and Iker Lecuona to seventh place. Garrett Gerloff was half a second behind this battle, dealing with Lucas Mahias.

Scott Redding was in last place, two places behind Andrea Locatelli, as he struggled on his BMW, running off track.

At half race distance, Alvaro Bautista led Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu with Alex Lowes two seconds further behind as the leaders started to stretch out their gaps. Axel Bassani was four seconds clear of the Loris Baz, Iker Lecuona, Xavi Vierge and Garrett Gerloff fight for seventh.

Jonathan Rea closed on Michael Ruben Rinaldi whose tyres looked like they were starting to complain. Rea took second place at the start of the lap as Rinaldi missed a couple of apexes and Rea started chipping away at Bautista's lead as Razgatlioglu took chunks off Rinaldi's third place. Bautista was still the fastest rider on track, the only rider in 1'50s, making Rea's redemption much, much harder. Two thirds of the way through the race, Alvaro Bautista forced a couple more tenths into his lead, extending it to over two seconds as Rinaldi found his pace and closed to within half a second of Rea. 

Unsurprisingly, Scott Redding pulled into the pits, looking like he regretted his choice of bike for 2022.

Further back, Loris Bas in seventh place held off Iker Lecuona as Xavi Vierge had to deal with Garrett Gerloff behind them. Alex Lowes and Axel Bassani held lonely fifth and sixth places. Alvaro Bautista was almost three seconds clear of Jonathan Rea, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Toprak Razgatlioglu as the battle for second place closed up to a three-way covered by three quarters of a second.

Alvaro Bautista, given a clear, hot track, led by over three and a half seconds with only three laps left, as Toprak Razgatlioglu scrapped with Michael Ruben Rinaldi, strong-arming past him for third place into turn one and holding off Rinaldi's attempts to take the place back. 

Two laps to go and Alvaro Bautista kept increasing his lead over Jonathan Rea by another three tenths of a second, lap after lap, extending the gap to over four seconds at the start of the last lap. Jonathan Rea was over a second clear of Toprak Razgatlioglu who led Michael Ruben Rinaldi by almost two seconds. Alex Lowes was almost four seconds behind, but led Axel Bassani by four seconds. Loris Baz held the advantage over Xavi Vierge, Iker Lecuona and Garrett Gerloff. 

With an uneventful last lap, Alvaro Bautista won the race, over four seconds free from Jonathan Rea with under two seconds before Toprak Razgatlioglu took the last step of the podium. Michael Ruben Rinaldi once again had to settle for fourth place. Further behind, Iker Lecuona lost ninth place to Garrett Gerloff by under two tenths of a second.

With his second win of the day, Alvaro Bautista took the lead of the championship ahead of Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R  
2 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 4.393
3 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1.830
4 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 2.594
5 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 12.247
6 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 15.775
7 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 23.925
8 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 24.790
9 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 25.406
10 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 25.570
11 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 27.641
12 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M1000RR 28.867
13 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R 29.325
14 2 R. TAMBURINI Yamaha YZF R1 29.555
15 37 I. MYKHALCHYK BMW M1000RR 31.843
16 29 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V4R 43.246
17 16 G. RUIU BMW M1000RR 45.734
18 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 46.349
19 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 9.005
20 35 H. SYAHRIN Honda CBR1000 RR-R 59.398
21 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'01.009
22 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'07.061
23 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'18.230
RET 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 13
RET 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 7 Laps
Round Number: 
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2022
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Comments

Appreciate your detailed recap! All three races at Aragon were extremely entertaining--lots of fairing banging, undercutting, cutbacks, and then more fairing banging, and a few shakes of the fist. But no one went down.

I wonder if Bautista is already remembering his previous stint at Ducati, going from utter domination early to an afterthought by the end of the season.

Redding, wow, last BMW, but he is always entertaining, whether from the racing or just the drama. Are we absolutely sure he's not Italian?

And finally Rea and the Kaw seem so much more agile, able to change lines two or three times in the same corner. He is not ready to ride off into the sunset, can't believe I saw him podium in 2009!