2022 Estoril World Superbike Superpole Result: Crash, Crash, No Crash

World Superbike's Sunday Superpole race was a ten lap sprint race, with a drying track after the morning's rain. The front riders lined up on slicks, adding to the excitement around this short track. Iker Lecuona and Michael Ruben Rinaldi and a couple of fitted an intermediate front tyre.

Toprak Razgatlioglu got the hole shot again, ahead of Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding. Lucas Mahias fell in turn one, Marvin Fritz fell midway round the lap and Xavi Vierge fell at turn seven. Alvaro Bautista passed Redding before the start of the second lap with Iker Lecuona holding off Andrea Locatelli. Iker Lecuona set a 1'38.443 fastest lap on the intermediate front tyre as he took fourth place from Redding while the usual suspects held the top three spots with Rea leading Razgatlioglu and Bautista.

Lap four, Lecuona set another fastest lap, a 1'38.073, as he joined the leading trio to make the leading group four riders long. Scott Redding dropped to a second off the leading group, ahead of Andrea Locatelli with Alex Lowes two seconds behind. Razgatlioglu set a fastest lap on lap four, a 1'37.371, as the Rea and Razgatlioglu broke free of Bautista and Lecuona after a twitch from Bautista's Ducati put him two seconds off Razgatlioglu.

At half race distance, Jonathan Rea led Toprak Razgatlioglu with Alvaro Bautista and Iker Lecuona two seconds further back. Another two seconds to Scott Redding and Andrea Locatelli while Rea at the front set a fastest lap of 1'37.246.

Rea and Razgatlioglu increased the pace, both setting fastest laps, with Razgatliuoglu setting a 1'36.926 before taking the lead into turn one. Razgatlioglu nudged Rea's elbow as Rea leant on the Yamaha, pushing the Kawasaki offline in turn one and giving Razgatlioglu a margin of seven tenths of a second. 

At the start of lap eight, Razgatlioglu had broken free of Rea with Bautista three seconds further back. Lecuona and Locatelli were both a over a second free of the riders in front and behind, with Redding fending off Alex Lowes who closed on him at a pace of almost a second a lap. Jonathan Rea set the fastest lap on lap eight, a 1'36.836, but it was only a tenth of a second quicker than Razgatlioglu who was managing the lead of under a second. Another fastest lap by Rear 1'36.801, still wasn't enough to look like he could mount a challenge on the last lap. 

Into turn nine, Toprak Razgatlioglu lost the front, sliding the bike through the damp chicane on his knee and elbow. He somehow picked the bike up as Jonathan Rea avoided hitting him to take the lead. Razgatlioglu immediately returned to racing, as if nothing had happened. The pair exited the chicane side by side, but Rea's exit speed was higher, what with not having crashed mid-chicane, and he held the lead to the flag, winning the race by under two tenths of a second. Razgatlioglu's save assured him of second place, almost five seconds ahead of Alvaro Bautista. Iker Lecuona's choice of intermediate front tyre was an advantage in early laps but held him from challenging for the podium at the end, finishing two seconds from Bautista and over a second clear of Andrea Locatelli and Alex Lowes. Scott Redding was under two seconds further back in seventh place, and nineteen seconds behind him, Michael Ruben Rinaldi almost lost eighth place to Eurosport Commentator Xavi Fores who rounded out the top nine. 

Alvaro Bautista maintained his championship lead, but it was reduced by five points to twenty two over Jonathan Rea after Rea's win. Toprak Razgatlioglu was a further twenty six points behind in third place, twenty points ahead of fourth placed Andrea Locatelli.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 0.174
3 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R 4.751
4 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 7.050
5 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1.190
6 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 8.684
7 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 10.293
8 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 19.223
9 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale V4R 29.541
10 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 32.114
11 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 32.141
12 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 52.258
13 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 53.209
14 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 55.481
15 29 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V4R 1'06.281
16 35 H. SYAHRIN Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'07.723
17 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'07.758
RET 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 3
RET 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 9 Laps
RET 17 M. FRITZ Yamaha YZF R1  
RET 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
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