2022 Most World Superbike Superpole Race Result: Dangling Legs And Hard Tyres

Pirelli didn't bring the SCQ tyre as the resurfacing of the track would destroy them and they restricted the SCX tyre to just qualifying and the Superpole race. The Superpole race would be ten laps on this tyre at 25ºC, without the rain that made yesterday unpredictable. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu led Jonathan Rea and Alvaro Bautista into turn one as everyone made it safely through the chicane, albeit a but messily mid-pack, with Scott Redding ending up in fourteenth place. After a lap, the leasing trio didn't change, with Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Axel Bassani rounding out the leading group that was almost a second clear of Garrett Gerloff and Andrea Locatelli. 

Lap two was a 1'31.180 lap record for Razgatlioglu while Bautista was fastest at 301kmh through the speed trap. Bassani dropped off the leading group on lap four as Philipp Oetll was ordered to drop a place. Alex Lowes and Ryan Vickers both crashed out in separate incidents as Razgatlioglu started to break free of the riders behind.Roberto Tambourini was handed a long lap penalty for jumping the start.

At half race distance, Razgatlioglu led Rea by less than a second with Bautista and Rinaldi over a second off Rea's pace. Axel Bassani was over two seconds behind d Rinaldi and almost two seconds clear of Locatelli and Gerloff. At the start of lap seven, Bautista's gap to the riders ahead was over two seconds as he fended off an ambitious teammate behind him. Rea closed on Razgatlioglu, lapping at two tenths a lap quicker than Razgatlioglu and closing up to his rear tyre.

Lap eight, turn fifteen, Rea took the lead and held it throughout the last few turns, but as we have seen so many times, Razgatlioglu used his incredible skill on the brakes to take the lead into turn one. With three seconds behind them to Bautista and Rinaldi, they had a large enough gap to start fighting without letting Bautista catch them.

On the last lap, Rea beat Razgatlioglu on the brakes into turn one but Razgatlioglu made a hard pass a few turns later at turn three. Rea made his customary turn fifteen pass attempt but clipped Razgatlioglu's dangling leg and headed into the gravel trap. The junior motocross champion in Rea kept the power on as he took a long path off-track to return to the track two seconds behind Razgatlioglu and a second ahead of Bautista. Rea and Razgatlioglu had yet another coming together but this time disaster was closely averted.

Toprak Razgatlioglu won by over two seconds ahead of Jonathan Rea, Yamaha's 100th win, with Alvaro Bautista holding off Michael Ruben Rinaldi for the last step of the podium. Axel Bassani and Andrea Locatelli will round out the second row for this afternoon's race two, ahead of Iker Lecuona, Scott Redding and Garrett Gerloff.

Alvaro Bautista, still icing his right hand in parc fermé, eased off at the end of the race, unhappy with the softer tyre that they hadn't used much in qualifying. Rea and Razgatlioglu shared a few laughs, with Rea pointing at Razgatlioglu's leg, and he described how he had to release the brakes before the turn. Razgatlioglu joked that he won't dangle like that again as he's now scared.

Toprak Razgatlioglu closed his championship position by the five points he lost to Alvaro Bautista yesterday and to sixteen points behind second-placed Jonathan Rea.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
2 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 2.327
3 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R 1.079
4 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 1.273
5 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 7.127
6 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1.201
7 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 8.479
8 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 10.308
9 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 10.506
10 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 14.540
11 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 14.634
12 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 14.760
13 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R 15.271
14 29 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V4R 18.008
15 35 H. SYAHRIN Honda CBR1000 RR-R 24.394
16 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 24.574
17 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 24.891
18 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M1000RR 26.956
19 10 P. HICKMAN BMW M1000RR 1.693
20 2 R. TAMBURINI Yamaha YZF R1 35.860
21 6 M. PRASEK BMW M1000RR 57.426
RET 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 8
RET 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 5
RET 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 7 Laps
RET 77 R. VICKERS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 2
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Is pretty interesting right now. Exciting to watch, fast and three riders on different brands batting it out. Top rack is a monster on the brakes. The ground he makes up under hard braking is unbelievable! I just feel he's living on borrowed time. He's going to injure himself really bake at some time with his reckless riding style.

I really wonder though if he could out brake motogp riders? It would be intresting to have FB ride his bike for a couple of days to see who's faster. 

I'm totally convinced that Razgatlioglu could brake harder than MotoGP riders, but he'd need to learn to keep more corner speed.

Andrea Locatelli's first corner, first lap antics seemed a bit extreme to me. Loca55 didn't win it in the first corner! Could have been a real Taka Nakagami 1st corner incident.

MOSTly a good race.

I'm sure that it wasn't deliberate in the moment but Razgatlioglu managed to weaponize the leg dangle. I know riders have been doing this for years as a braking technique but it raises an interesting question. Should the leg dangle even be legal?

What do the rules say, if anything, about staying on the bike? I mean, if you can stick a leg out while being passed then why not an arm?

Leon Haslam has weaponised it and uses it to stop overtakes. I don’t think Razgatlioglu did that, but others most definitely do. 

I think it may be a self-policing issue. I guess you can stick anything you like out depends on the context. Does give an interesting view on, 'honest governor, he ran into my fist'. Could have worked out differently and ended Toprak's season.

Too late to do anything as so many racers use this technique. Rossi was one of the first. Just one of the many issues that have to be dealt with during overtaking.