2022 Misano World Superbike Race One Result: Good Day For It

A warm track and new tyres would give us a dramatic race with Garrett Gerloff and Philipp Oettl returning to race after injuries.

Alvaro Bautista lost the lead into turn one as Toprak Razgatlioglu passed him into turn one. Jonathan Rea held on to the leaders, with all three riders side by side halfway round the lap. Rea took second place round the outside but Bautista took second place back a corner later. Michael Ruben Rinaldi led Axel Bassani and Andrea Locatelli in the fight for fourth place after one lap. Scott Redding dropped back to thirteenth.

Seven riders broke free from the pack, with Xavi Vierge at the tail of the leading gang as Axel Bassani set a 1'34.886 fastest lap. Bassani then took fourth place from Rinaldi as Rea took second place in turn four and the lead into turn ten. Lap three, Bautista closed up to Razgatlioglu but couldn't pass into turn one as Rea set a 1'34.723 fastest lap. Turn four, Bautista pushed Razgatlioglu off the apex to sneak through. Axel Bassani missed turn one trying to match Razgatlioglu on the brakes and took to the escape road, rejoining in fourth place, making sure he didn't benefit from his excursion and looking carefully to rejoin behind Razgatlioglu.

Alvaro Bautista set a fastest lap of 1'34.371 on lap five as he followed Jonathan Rea as the pair escaped from Toprak Razgatlioglu who got a track limits warning. Turn one of lap seven, Bautista couldn't close enough to pass Rea for the lead. A lap later and the same happened, but Bautista was on Rea's tail throughout the lap and he latched onto Rea's rear, bringing Razgatlioglu with him. 

The leading trio of Rea, Bautista and Razgatlioglu started lap ten as a group, but Razgatlioglu struggled to keep on the pace of the two bikes in front of him. At turn eight, Bautista tried to pass at turn eight, but Rea fought back to hold onto the lead. By lap eleven, Razgatlioglu was half a second off Rea and Bautista, a few seconds ahead of Axel Bassani, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Andrea Locatelli. 

Lap thirteen, and Bautista fired alongside Rea down the straight but couldn't take the lead into turn one. Into turn eight, Bautista tried to take the lead again, but couldn't pass. At turn twelve, the fastest corner of the track, Bautista charged past Rea to take the lead.

Alvaro Bautista led Jonathan Rea by two tenths of a second with Toprak Razgatlioglu less than a second further back only for Razgatlioglu's Yamaha to suffer from a mechanical issue at the end of lap fourteen of twenty one, ending his race.

Five seconds off the fight for the win, Michael Ruben Rinaldi led Axel Bassani with Alex Lowes and Andrea Locatelli just over a second and a half further back. 

With five laps to go, Alvaro Bautista eked out a lead of almost a second over Jonathan Rea as he set a fastest lap of 1'34.364, approaching the lap record. A lap later, Rea settled for second place, leading third-placed Michael Ruben Rinaldi by just under five seconds. 

Lap eighteen and Alvaro Bautista set another fastest lap and a lap record of 1'34.221, leading Jonathan Rea by almost three seconds. With two laps to go, Bautista was safely heading to another victory, four seconds ahead of Rea, after consistently quick laps throughout the race. 

At the flag, Alvaro Bautista took a clear victory, five seconds ahead of Jonathan Rea, with his pole position and lap record rounding out his dominance. Jonathan Rea was over five seconds off the win with Michael Ruben Rinaldi over three seconds further back. Axel Bassani finished highest independent rider in fourth place, ahead of Alex Lowes and Andrea Locatelli. 

Alvaro Bautista's victory increased his championship lead over Jonathan Rea to twenty two points with Razgatlioglu's DNF dropping him to fifty five points off Rea's second place. 


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R  
2 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 5.128
3 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 3.161
4 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 10.415
5 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 11.888
6 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1.432
7 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 14.396
8 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 14.775
9 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 19.968
10 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 26.408
11 2 R. TAMBURINI Yamaha YZF R1 37.655
12 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 40.510
13 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M1000RR 41.695
14 29 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V4R 44.271
15 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 45.068
16 53 T. RABAT Kawasaki ZX-10RR 45.969
17 35 H. SYAHRIN Honda CBR1000 RR-R 47.420
18 37 I. MYKHALCHYK BMW M1000RR 1'00.329
19 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'09.745
20 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'09.897
RET 16 G. RUIU BMW M1000RR 11
RET 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R 4
RET 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 2
RET 25 A. DELBIANCO Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
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Two years on a Honda after the big let-down after that great start in 2019, Alvaro is looking good. Took 5.1 seconds from Johnathan at Misano!

Rea certainly let him go toward the end, more power to both of them for smart riding. Tough on Toprak. Never underestimate Rea and his team, however! I was interested that nobody in the post-race interviews talked about the new/different tires.

From my sofa it looks like the three riders are virtually equal, though I’d rank Rea and Toprak just over Bautista, but the Ducati is faster/better than the Kawasaki and both are faster/better than the Yamaha. I don’t mean to diminish Bautista’s talent in getting the best out of the machine but it looks like all he has to do is not fall off and pick up the trophy at the end of the year. Both Rea and Toprak are riding out of their skins to, vainly, try to hang on to the Ducati.

The big question for me is whether there has been a massive improvement to the Ducati this year or is Bautista, well, just faster than Scott and Chas?

I saw Chaz Davies in the paddock at Barcelona during MotoGp 2019. He is tall for a motorcycle racer. He is 1.83 m about 6 foot.

Scott Redding? Who knows what floats his boat? S.R.45 is a bit taller than Chaz! 2 podiums over 5 seasons in MotoGp. 3 wins in Moto2 in 2013, One British superbike championship. 2nd in WSBK 2020, 3rd last year. With 7 wins & 23 podiums. 2022 not much.

Last year Redding on the Ducati looked a lot better than van der Mark and Tom Sykes on the BMWs. Scott doesn't look so good now that he is on the beamer.

I think the Duc has improved a bit, more than the BMW, similar to the Kawasaki & Yamaha. Big improvement from Honda imo.

Yes Lilyvani I would have to rate Jonathan Rea & Toprak more highly than Alvaro. JR & TR are champions. AB not yet.

You are quite correct, my memory failed me.

2006 at Philip Island Alvaro wrapped up a dominant 125cc world championship, a few rounds early.

Think I was there, but I don't remember today. Nicky Hayden and VR46 at Valencia 2006 I do remember.

Casey Stoner's big crash at Arrabiata Mugello 2006, on the LCR Honda, I remember.

Must be getting old. One "closed head injury" too many perhaps. '06 was before I started my business, maybe the stress & all that new stuff has pushed a few memories out.