2022 Aragon World Superbike Superpole Race Result: Hotlapping

The first World Superbike Superpole race of the year was ten laps of a 13ºC Aragon and would determine the grid for the feature race this afternoon. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu led Alvaro Bautista and Jonathan Rea into turn one and Bautista led briefly in turn five only for Razgatlioglu to take the lead back, with Rea nearly riding into the back of Razgatlioglu in the aftermath of the pass. A turn later, Bautista made a pass stick and the leading trio broke free of Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Andrea Locatelli and Alex Lowes. 

After lap two, where Toprak Razgatlioglu set a new lap record of 1'49.375, Bautista held a lead around half a second as Michael Ruben Rinaldi closed up in fourth place behind Jonathan Rea, stretching out a second from Andrea Locatelli. Rinaldi took third off Rea only for Rea to use his turn seven pass to retake third. Rea and Rinaldi kept up with Razgatlioglu in spite of their fight, and Rea passed Razgatlioglu down the long back straight.

At the start of lap five, Alvaro Bautista led Jonathan Rea by almost two seconds which increased a lap later with Razgatlioglu taking second place back.

At half race distance, Alvaro Bautista led Toprak Razgatlioglu, Jonathan Rea and Michael Ruben Rinaldi by over two seconds. Rinaldi kept trying passes on Rea, but Rea defended, taking third back into turn seven and lean on Rinaldi through the next turns. On lap seven, Bautista's lead was over three seconds. Rea tried to pass Razgatlioglu through turn seven, but Razgatlioglu held his line and held his advantage. 

With three laps left, Jonathan Rea missed the apex into turn one, pushing himself and Toprak Razgatlioglu wide, letting Michael Ruben Rinaldi slip into second place. Rinaldi had a determined Rea behind him and had to spend tyre rubber to keep in front, sliding the rear a couple of times. Rea made his move in the same place he's always made his move, turn seven, finding a tight sliding line under Rinaldi's Ducati. Rinaldi then had Razgatlioglu on his tail.

The start of the last lap had Alvaro Bautista leading by over four seconds, Rea led Rinaldi and Razgatlioglu and tried to pull out a lead in the early sequence of corners and letting Razgatlioglu keep Rinaldi off his tail. At the start of the straight, Razgatlioglu pulled alongside Rinaldi but was behind by the end of the corner. Razgatlioglu, however, is a master of the front wheel and he was able to close up on such a tight line into the last pair of corners that he slipped alongside Rinaldi, making gentle contact as they raced round the conjoined apexes. The pair charged to the flag behind the winner Alvaro Bautista and second-placed Jonathan Rea to drag race for the last spot of the podium. 

Alvaro Bautista won the sprint race by over five seconds over Jonathan Rea. Toprak Razgatlioglu tried to keep the front wheel down as he crossed the finishing line just six hundredths ahead of fourth-placed Michael Ruben Rinaldi. Andrea Locatelli and Alex Lowes finished in second row places ahead of Axel Bassani and the Hondas of Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge. 

Alvaro Bautista won the race convincingly by pulling ahead of the battle behind him, able to hotlap by himself as the trio behind him tripped each other up. Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu had a little laugh in Parc Fermé about Michael Ruben Rinaldi's disgruntlement over hard overtakes. 

Jonathan Rea retains the championship lead ahead of Alvaro Bautista and Toprak Razgatlioglu. Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Andrea Locatelli held fourth and fifth places above Iker Lecuona. 


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R  
2 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 5.141
3 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 0.867
4 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 0.059
5 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1.465
6 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 7.623
7 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 8.801
8 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 10.127
9 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 11.414
10 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 11.476
11 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M1000RR 13.795
12 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 15.408
13 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 15.564
14 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 18.529
15 2 R. TAMBURINI Yamaha YZF R1 22.786
16 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R 22.818
17 29 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V4R 24.011
18 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 25.367
19 16 G. RUIU BMW M1000RR 32.598
20 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 32.661
21 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 35.858
22 35 H. SYAHRIN Honda CBR1000 RR-R 36.631
23 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 37.920
24 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 37.980
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Wow - if the entire season is like this its going to be even better than last year! What a race!

I've watched race 1 and SP, can't wait for race 2 tonight. Rinaldi needs to rewatch the 2021 season to remind himself of what he's facing, if he wants to beat these guys. He has the speed.

Thanks for the write-up Jared.