2022 Magny-Cours World Superbike Race Two Result: Dramatic Incidents Are The Norm

The weather climbed to 23ºC with a track temperature of 36ºC, slightly less than last year. Twenty one laps of Magny-Cours in front of a weekend crowd of over 48,000 French fans. They would get a show.

Toprak Razgatlioglu got a good start and led Alvaro Bautista and Jonathan Rea into turn one as Alex Lowes tried to join in round the outside. Bautista took the lead down the long straight into turn five and Rea took second in the chicane at turns eleven and twelve, but Razgatlioglu took second place back in the last chicane. 

Jonathan Rea knocked Alvaro Bautista off into turn thirteen in an unpredictable crash as Axel Bassani took second place setting a fastest lap of 1'37.185 and 1'37.00 a lap later after taking the lead from Razgatlioglu. Rea and Rinaldi took lumps out of each other, with Rea struggling with braking, a possible contributor to his crash with Bautista, the incident being under investigation. Rea got a long lap penalty from the incident for irresponsible riding.

Alvaro Bautista was out of the race as Axel Bassani and Michael Ruben Rinaldi surrounded Toprak Razgatlioglu ahead of Alex Lowes, Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding. Six laps in, Axel Bassani held the lead by a quarter of a second over Toprak Razgatlioglu with Michael Ruben Rinaldi behind him, with Alex Lowes a short distance behind them. Over a second further back, Jonathan Rea held off Scott Redding but had a long lap to do. As Rea returned to the track, he snuck in between Garrett Gerloff and Loris Baz, much to the annoyance of a gesticulating Baz. Baz made an unkind overtake while waving to Rea, but Rea kept his pace on and stuck in seventh place. 

As Razgatlioglu slipped behind Bassani down the back straight, Rinaldi took a double slipstream to pass both of them on the brakes. Bassani tried to pass them both on the outside and the trio rode side by side for a few corners.

At half race distance Michael Ruben Rinaldi led Toprak Razgatlioglu and Axel Bassani with Alex Lowes closing up and Scott Redding over a second and a half further back. Jonathan Rea, with visible braking issues, made short work of Andrea Locatelli to take sixth place.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi briefly held the fastest lap until Toprak Razgatlioglu set a 1'36.813 a quarter of a second behind him. Axel Bassani was over a second off the leading two. As the track warmed up, the pace remained much slower than yesterday's pace. Razgatlioglu remained on Rinaldi's tail with nine laps to go, but while Razgatlioglu was capable of closing up, Rinaldi kept enough of a distance out of corners to hold off Razgatlioglu into corners. 

On lap fourteen, Razgatlioglu made a turn five pass stick, holding a defensive line to hold the lead throughout the hairpins. With clear air in front of him, Razgatlioglu found it hard to escape Rinaldi who kept within four tenths of a second of the lead. Axel Bassani in third place was almost two seconds behind and a second ahead of Alex Lowes with Scott Redding in fourth place over three seconds behind. Jonathan Rea was a second and a half off Redding in sixth place. Rinaldi made a mistake, cutting the chicane before turn thirteen off and losing four tenths of a second to Razgatlioglu ahead of him. Razgatlioglu took advantage of his lead to increase to almost a second ahead of Rinaldi while Jonathan Rea caught and passed Scott Redding, starting lap eighteen of twenty one under five seconds from his teammate Alex Lowes, closing throughout the lap by a quarter of a second.

With two laps to go, Razgatlioglu couldn't shake Rinaldi, but the pair were three seconds clear of Axel Bassani with Alex Lowes a second further back. Jonathan Rea was five seconds behind his teammate with Scott Redding on his tail. At the start of the last lap, Razgatlioglu finally broke free of Rinaldi, with a lead of over a second and growing. Alex Lowes took seven tenths out of Axel Bassani on the penultimate lap, but couldn't't pass him on the last lap, in spite of getting within four tenths of a second of the podium.

Toprak Razgatlioglu won his second race of the weekend, two seconds clear of Michael Ruben Rinaldi with Axel Bassani under three seconds behind. Alex Lowes and Jonathan Rea held fourth and fifth places, over five seconds apart with Scott Redding rounding out the top six.

Razgatlioglu's win and Bautista's DNF puts the world champion within thirty points of the title lead and ahead of Jonathan Rea whose fifth place put him forty seven points off the title chase. Michael Ruben Rinaldi snuck past Andrea Locatelli whose pair of seventh place finishes cost him fourth place. Axel Bassani's third place lifted him to sixth place lead of Scott Redding and Alex Lowes, with Iker Lecuona's poor performance dropping him to ninth place.

Ducati were not happy with Jonathan Rea's incident that put Alvaro Bautista out of the race and Bautista thought a long lap penalty was insufficient.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1  
2 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 2.024
3 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 4.742
4 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 5.084
5 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 10.679
6 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 11.955
7 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 3.233
8 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 15.443
9 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 16.870
10 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 18.367
11 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R 25.740
12 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 33.872
13 29 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V4R 38.188
14 2 R. TAMBURINI Yamaha YZF R1 41.389
15 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 42.657
16 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 50.863
17 99 O. GUTIERREZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 54.487
18 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'04.981
19 35 H. SYAHRIN Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'13.308
RET 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M1000RR 11
RET 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 12 Laps
RET 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M1000RR 19 Laps
RET 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 2
RET 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R 20 Laps
Round Number: 
7
2022
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Looks like Ducati filed an official protest. I wonder what will happen…

Gotta say that I understand Bautista’s anger. Rea would have known what would happen if he kept that line, you can even see a little nudge of the arm. Mmm, he could be in a spot of bother…

 

 

 

Very, very disappointed with Rea's move, thought better of him. And I can't say I'm impressed with the "penalty", either. At the least a drive-through or stop-and-go seemed more appropriate to me.

Much more than a nudge. More than a "racing incident" to me. A-hole dumb arse blasting right into the side of Beautista, Rea deserves all the criticism he is getting. Tightens the title chase up nicely though eh? I am cheering for the Blue Turk. And 2024 MotoGP on Morbidelli's bike!

2 min 20 secs in...ouch! Race 2 highlights. 3:45 replay includes a different camera shot from the outside. Rea is just a wheel ahead. Hockey style body check. Glad Alvaro looks OK (haircut excepted). 

There is NO pass there. Even w the brake lever protector, zero chance of saving it for Alvaro. Rea is aggressive, yes. Once in a while not entirely clean. His bike is no longer the best out there, Ducati has been bringing the goods! Not cool Mr Rea. We aren't going to hear any defense of him here. I may be unusual in my cheering for Toprak (is some lack of support due to Nationality/race? Hope not. Turkish folks seem to get some prejudice in W Europe. In the USA, something similar class based goes on w Mexican immigrants. I love our brown neighbors from the south and the valuable hard work they do. Pardon my side track, please ignore if not Right for you.  Anyhoo, this crash is clearly way over the line. Beautista has a right to be angry! Wouldn't you? Adrenaline pumps to make things worse. I NEVER did anything like this racing, on the receiving end twice, and I am STILL awash in fear and fiery anger about it! Protest in order. Bet his next race start is back 3 grid spots.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zVYUkQNQJTk

P.S. I like that Duc kid Axel. He impressed last yr. Led this race a bit, that's a feat. Anyone else enjoying him? Podium! Good for Bassani, he's only 23 yrs old. Think he could be taking a next step?

I'm a big fan. Hope he gets Rinaldi's ride . R can be fast but it seems only toward the end of the season when his ride is in jeopardy.

I agree that Alvaro has every right to protest this incident and that it was worth way more than a long lap penalty. WSBK racing has really had a lot of bump and grind over the last few years and generally it has been enjoyable and still respected some limits - but having reviewed the footage (thanks Shrink for posting) I am not sure that Jonathan's best friend would find it easy to defend that move. Also agree that Toprak does not get enough respect. WSBK was pretty dire until he arrived. Still hard not to hope for Alvaro too as its always good when a journeyman gets a championship.

Definitely more than a racing incident to me too. Two mistakes in two races, that's not his usual form.

JR is facing the prospect of losing the title two years in a row and, worse still, maybe even only coming home third. That’s quite a come down after 6 years of undisputed domination and it’s making him push way, way harder than perhaps he should. It doesn’t help that the Ducati, with a featherweight on board, is able to pull away on every straight and undo many last gasp overtakes. Nor that Toprak, on clearly the slowest of the three bikes, has been more able to find a way around that. I think we’re seeing a changing of the guard.

Can only agree with the other posters.  Bad, bad move.  There is a definite movement to the left going into a right hander!  What did surprise me was when he was interviewed he didn't think he had done anything wrong!  Strangely enough Charlie Hiscott who was interviewing him (and has been on the PP podcast as well as commenting on GP commentary for BT sport) said he didn't see anything wrong!  Anyone who's been watching bike racing for more than ten minutes could see how dirty a move that was.  Toseland in commentary expected him to get a double long lap penalty.  

What makes it even worse is is in my opinion the WSB grid isn't very strong, didn't have many problems getting to fifth.  The cynic in me thinks he could just start taking out Toprak and Bautista and get himself back into the championship.  Bit of context, Smith the day before took out another rider in a WSS session ( yes it was more blatant) and got a double long lap penalty.

Was it a dirty move? I don't think so. Was it a move made from desperation? Absolutely! Stupid move? Absolutely! Rea realizes his bike is no longer the best out there and he's 'desperate'....which causes folks to do stupid and questionable things. He deserved the long lap, or worse, but its over now, so lets move on. And no, I'm not a Rea fan. I am a Toprak fan and don't quite understand why more folks aren't. Ducati, which I am a fan of (got 2 in the garage) have certainly built a bullet and it shows every race. This weekend definitely makes the rest of the season very interesting.   

To the back of the class.

I have a lot of admiration for JR he's been a great champion and has got plenty of fight left in him yet - but that really was the wrong sort. I can't see into a man's heart and know if that was deliberate, I think pretty much JR is always brave and invariably clean - but that was a terrible move - no wonder AB was miffed.

As a fellow Brit to Rea, I would want to say that Rea isn’t that the sort of rider that goes out taking out fellow riders in that fashion. I would want to think Rea was getting desperate in his moves and this was Ill thought out. I have been reading comments from fellow Brits about Rea and there is a lot of anti Chas Davies feeling out there because he was wearing the red shirt. I wonder what would have happened if Bautista or Toprak had collided with Rea - all the racists would be having a field day. The issue of rider weights needs to be addressed too. Redding is not happy with a lightweight Bautista on a Ducati.

I don’t buy into the lightweight thing entirely. Maybe it gives a small net advantage but there have been many small riders being regularly beaten by their team mates over the years - think Pedrosa for one. I think Alvaro is where he is because he’s riding the bike extremely well, he’s also very consistent and perhaps it’s a slightly better bike this year. Returning to the shunt, I don’t think JR is a dirty rider, him and Toprak were doing this stuff all last year and neither of them complained. Scott did (of course), but for me it’s in the ‘rubbing is racing’ category, sometimes it does go a bit pear-shaped, but JR is just a bit desperate rather than dirty.

ps. When did we last have so much muttering about wsbk? This is great!

Toprak would not have crashed. Rea would not have crashed. But Alvaro did. How do I know? Seen that move 10 times this season, from Rea and TR against each other. Penalty was fair to me.

Obviously I am in the minority here, but please go back and look at those two battle before you torch me. And I certainly do not claim that JR is the better rider in 2022--he, and his bike, are clearly on the downward slope. But welcome to the party Bautista!

Rea's move looked ugly on the telly, but I find his comment of not intending to punt Bautista believable. He probably intended a hard move and sent it, then instinctually jutted his arm out while bracing for contact. An oh sh!t moment. Riders lean on each other when the machines get too close. Gotta protect the bar ends. And his front wheel looked like it was already crowding Bautista's leg. 

But claiming the move wasn't over the top 'cause he made the apex is kinda weak. Who's to say that hitting Bautista didn't alter the Kawasaki's trajectory? 

Agree. He knew the contact was coming because he knew he had misjudged it almost as soon as he started it. He messed up and took a penalty, end of. No matter what penalty he received it wouldn't be enough for some because it's never enough.

I don't believe riders are trying to make contact with each other. But disturbing another rider is part of the game, and doing that without creating a dangerous situation is a fine art.