2022 Magny-Cours World Superbike Superpole Race Result: Wing And A Prayer

Sunday's weather was clear skies and warm as the riders lined up for ten laps of Magny-Cours to determine the afternoon's grid.

Jonathan Rea led Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding into turn one as Toprak Razgatlioglu wheelies at the start. Down the back straight, Bautista passed Rea before turn five. Rea hounded Bautista as Razgatlioglu took third place from Redding. Alex Lowes and Michael Ruben Rinaldi rounded out the top six.

Lap two, Toprak Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap, a 1'36.421, as three tenths of second covered the leading three. A lap later, Bautista set a 1'36.411 as the bikes behind him couldn't get past him. Scott Redding dropped off the leading trio and led Alex Lowes, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Axel Bassani.

On lap four, Razgatlioglu slipped under Rea into the 180 as Rea went wide, but Rea took second back a couple of turns later. Razgatlioglu took second place back before the chicane to start lap five in second place. Rea started missing apexes as his rear tyre looked incapable of making turns as Razgatlioglu closed on Bautista in front. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu kept on Alvaro Bautista's rear and slipped under on the brakes into Chateau D'Eau. Jonathan Rea's grip issues didn't seem to slow him much and Rea stuck with the leading duo. Almost two seconds behind the leading trio, Alex Lowes led Scott Redding and Axel Bassani. Into turn five of lap eight, Bautista used his speed advantage to charge past Razgatlioglu into turn five but Razgatlioglu led by the 180 on the brakes. Rea was still in touch with the leaders to start lap nine as a trio.

The piece of carbon fibre that broke off was a section under the right clip-on, and it housed an overflow bottle that regulations require to catch fluids from the radiator. The hosepipe flapped around a bit, hitting Bautista's hand, but after he'd dealt with it, it didn't seem to hamper him.

Bautista clipped Razgatlioglu, carrying too much speed down the back straight, into turn five and broke his right wing on Razgatlioglu's rear tyre and it stared flapping about and as he let go of the throttle to rip it off, Rea passed him to take second place as Razgatlioglu ran off into the distance. Bautista was able to take second place back down the back straight on the last lap. Rea and Bautista swapped places several times on the last lap with Bautista coming up best. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu won the sprint race by almost two seconds ahead of Alvaro Bautista and Jonathan Rea, determining the second row for this afternoon's feature race. The second row would be Alex Lowes, Scott Redding and Axel Bassani, ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Garrettt Gerloff and Loris Baz. Xavi Vierge crashed out on lap five and missed the top nine.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1  
2 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R 1.891
3 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 2.040
4 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 3.983
5 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 5.019
6 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 5.690
7 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 1.023
8 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 11.797
9 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 12.194
10 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 0.898
11 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 13.794
12 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R 14.285
13 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M1000RR 14.413
14 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 16.345
15 29 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V4R 23.491
16 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 25.030
17 35 H. SYAHRIN Honda CBR1000 RR-R 26.046
18 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M1000RR 28.588
19 2 R. TAMBURINI Yamaha YZF R1 28.675
20 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 28.837
21 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 29.338
22 99 O. GUTIERREZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 29.476
23 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 34.839
RET 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 6 Laps
Round Number: 
7
2022
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