2022 Most World Superbike Race One Result: White Flags

World Superbike race one at Most, only the second visit to this track for the World Superbike field, would be a planned twenty two laps under a threat of rain as the temperature dropped to 19ºC with a track temperature of only 23ºC as the wind picked up. Wins last year were split between Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding and only forty three points separates the leading trio into the championship. Most riders started with the Pirelli SC0 rear tyre.

Toprak Razgatlioglu took the lead into turn one as Jonathan Rea lifted his rear ahead of Alvaro Bautista. Andrea Locatelli took an aggressive start into turn one, pushing Michael Ruben Rinaldi wide and running on into turn three, nearly crashing into Axel Bassani as he returned to the track after taking to the gravel trap.

On lap two, after Rea touched Razgatlioglu's rear, Axel Bassani set the fastest lap, a 1'32.303, in fourth place ahead of Scott Redding but Scott Redding passed him at the end of the straight. Razgatlioglu took the fastest lap on lap three, a 1'31.936 race lap record, with Jonathan Rea on his tail with Alvaro Bautista almost a second further back. Bassani, Redding, two seconds further back, traded places in the fight for fourth place ahead of Andrea Locatelli. 

At the start of lap six, Razgatlioglu and Rea were separated by nothing as Rea took the lead over the line only for Razgatlioglu to take it back into turn one on the brakes. Rea lunged into turn fifteen, missing the apex, but he had the inside line for turn sixteen and held the lead until turn twenty when Razgatlioglu took the lead back until the line where the leading three crossed the line three bikes wide. Razgatlioglu won the battle on the brakes, holding the lead until turn fifteen again. Lap eight, once again Razgatlioglu took the lead into turn one, but Rea was positioned to sneak back into turn two as Bautista kept in touch.

Lap nine, Rea held enough of a lead to hold position into turns one, two and three, ahead of Razgatlioglu and Bautista as Scott Redding tried to break free of Axel Bassani and Andrea Locatelli. As rain appeared, Razgatlioglu and Rea swapped places in lap ten as the white flags came out. Alvaro Bautista passed Toprak Razgatlioglu into the last turn and powered past Jonathan Rea down the straight, getting into the lead as the conditions changed. Bautista's confidence in the rain warnings was much higher than the riders previously in front of him.

At half race distance, the pace dropped at the front by two seconds a lap, giving Scott Redding the opportunity to close the distance to catch the leading trio, bringing Axel Bassani with him as rain in sector three continued. Bassani couldn't keep up with Redding who hounded the leaders, trying to pass Razgatlioglu at the start of lap thirteen. Redding was the fastest man on the track as Razgatlioglu took second place from Rea into turn one and he slid both wheels as he tried to close on Bautista in front. Rea took second place back into turn fifteen and Redding took third place from Razgatlioglu into turn twenty as they charged down the straight to start lap fifteen of twenty two.

Lap sixteen, Redding charged past Rea into turn one and took a confident second place, closing to just over half a second off the lead to start lap seventeen a tenth of a second quicker a lap. Bautista matched Redding's pace to keep his lead safe for lap seventeen as Rea and Razgatlioglu matched Redding behind him. Michal Prasek was lapped by the leading group to start lap nineteen as the leading group all lapped at the same pace. Axel Bassani in fifth place was three seconds off the leaders, two seconds clear of Andrea Locatelli. 

Bautista led Redding by a second as Razgatlioglu started lap twenty by passing Rea into turn one and closing the gap to Redding. A lap later, Alvaro Bautista had over a second of a lead over the three riders behind him as he set a personal best lap. 

Alvaro Bautista started the last lap with a second and a half lead over Scott Redding, Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea. Razgatlioglu ran Redding off the track into turn thirteen and Rea followed him through on turn fifteen. Redding pressed hard on Rea to take third place back over the last few turns. 

Alvaro Bautista won the race by over two seconds ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu, Scott Redding and Jonathan Rea, with Redding having a little chat with Razgatlioglu on the cool down lap that continued in Parc Fermé with the pair settling their differences. 

With his victory, Alvaro Bautista extended his championship lead to xx points over fourth-placed Jonathan Rea. Toprak Razgatlioglu's second place lost him points to Bautista, but he closed up to nineteen points behind Rea. Scott Redding remained in ninth place in the championship, but with his current confidence, it is unlikely he will remain that far down this weekend, needing only four points to take eighth place from Axel Bassani.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R  
2 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 2.109
3 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 2.603
4 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 2.718
5 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 7.951
6 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1.154
7 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 3.076
8 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 12.435
9 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 13.028
10 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 13.119
11 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 17.379
12 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 26.631
13 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R 27.364
14 29 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V4R 31.278
15 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 37.260
16 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 50.854
17 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 51.431
18 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 53.058
19 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M1000RR 58.942
20 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'03.366
21 2 R. TAMBURINI Yamaha YZF R1 1'03.407
22 10 P. HICKMAN BMW M1000RR 2.043
23 77 R. VICKERS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'06.797
RET 35 H. SYAHRIN Honda CBR1000 RR-R 20
RET 6 M. PRASEK BMW M1000RR 16
Round Number: 
6
2022
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Comments

during the post race park ferme time.  Yeah, he was annoyed about the 2nd place, but those comments about the bike lacking acceleration seemed to really bother him.  Understandable I suppose given his need to rack up points to for the championship.

Would have lost a bet on Alvaro and 1st place.  A most excellent ride. 

Well, yes, Toprak is probably upset that his bike is so underpowered it might as well be a Kawasaki.

Is the Kaw's lack of power still due to the rev limits imposed due to WSBK determining that it is not a new model, merely a revision of the old bike? The Duc, and now the BMW, just blow by JR on the straight.

Except for that stupid move by Top Cat on Redding. Redding often sounds like a bit of a goof, but he's a clean, fast rider who has a concept of safety, which Top Cat doesn't. Can't blame Redding for being upset. Wouldn't be surprised if Top Cat gets a nasty surprise from somebody one day.

I was surprised Redding didn’t mention that move in the park ferme interview. Redding did battle pretty hard for that last spot—good on him! I’ll admit to thinking he’d be nowhere on the BMW.

Race 1 was excellent, and lived up to SBK’s reputation. Redding has done a solid job with the BMW. It was fun to watch the BMW meltdown in the early season, but it’s also entertaining to see someone fight their way back to the top. Hopefully, Scott can keep it going. Four manufacturers at the front can only be good.

Speaking of performance, Ducati’s blazing straight line speed in a BoP class is curious. Unclear if the algorithm is junk or Ducati have a superior strategy for tuning the bike with the BoP framework. If it’s just Bautista, bike-rider minimum weight might be on the way.

…and very entertaining viewing. Who doesn’t love watching Toprak on the brakes? I thought his move on SR45 was hard but fair. Looking forward to Race 2.

I realise mine is the armchair view and if a top racer who was part of it is saying it was sketchy, it almost certainly was. Though Scott had better realise himself that this is the shape of the sharp end these days - gone are the days of clean, roomy passes, if you want a podium or a win you’re almost certainly going to be rubbing and swapping paint.