2022 Catalunya World Superbike Race One Result: The Rain In Spain Falls Mainly Nowhere Near The Track

As the rain over Barcelona avoids the track for the start of the race, the 21ºC sun shines over a twenty lap race with an unexpected grid lining up for a race famous for being punishing on tyres.

Alvaro Bautista got the lead in to turn one ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Michael Ruben Rinaldi who pushed Jonathan Rea aside for third place from the fourth row of the grid. Alex Lowes took third place from Rinaldi with Iker Lecuona in fifth place. 

Down the straight, behind Alvaro Bautista and Toprak Razgatlioglu, Rinaldi clocked 330kmh down the straight as he battled with Lowes as Lecuona overshot the apex but held fifth place. Alvaro Bautista in the lead set a 1'42.167 on lap two under a third of a second ahead of Razgatlioglu. Scott Redding crashed out of the race as Rinaldi and Axel Bassani had to run through the long lap penalty route to avoid crashing. Axel Bassani managed to catch Lecuona and passed him as Bautista set a 1'41.926. Bassani missed the apex and once again had to use the tail end of the penalty road but held on to fifth place ahead of Jonathan Rea. A lap later, Alvaro Bautista set a 1'41.823 as he led Razgatlioglu by over half a second. 

Five laps of twenty complete, Alvaro Bautista led Toprak Razgatlioglu by under half a second with Iker Lecuona almost two seconds off the leading two, Lecuona powering past Alex Lowes down the kilometre-long straight into turn one. Axel Bassani and Jonathan Rea were within reach of Lecuona and Lowes with Garrett Gerloff and Andrea Locatelli a further half second behind. 

An incident between Luca Bernardi and Michael van der Mark that ended Bernadi's race in the early laps was put under investigation. Alvaro Bautista extended his lead over Toprak Razgatlioglu in the first half of lap eight, but Razgatlioglu was quicker in the later sectors. Rea and Bassani fought over fifth place, swapping places back and forth with Rea finally making one of his many passes stick in to turn one of lap nine. 

As the leading two escaped at the front, Alex Lowes put pressure on third-placed Iker Lecuona as Lowes's teammate Jonathan Rea closed up on their fight for the last step on the podium. Rea had Axel Bassani, Andrea Locatelli and Garrett Gerloff on his tail with Locatelli passing Bassani only to go so wide that Bassani and Gerloff pushed Locatelli back to eighth place. Locatelli's luck fell further as he missed an apex to fall I to the clutches of Michael Ruben Rinaldi. 

At half race distance, Alvaro Bautista led Toprak Razgatlioglu by over two seconds with Iker Lecuona, Alex Lowes and Jonathan Rea three seconds behind. Rea escaped from Bassani and Gerloff putting a second and a half between himself and the pair. Alvaro Bautista was lapping around half a second quicker than everyone apart from his teammate Rinaldi in eighth place. As Razgatlioglu dropped to four seconds off Bautista in the lead, Lecuona was lapping a couple of tenths of a second quicker than Razgatlioglu's Yamaha, closing to within two seconds of the world champion by lap fourteen. 

Jonathan Rea replaced Alex Lowes in challenging Iker Lecuona for third place, with Lowes giving Rea plenty of room to overtake into turn one. A lap later, Rea made the same move on Lecuona to take third, albeit not as easily as passing his teammate. 

When Jonathan Rea was in the last podium place in lap sixteen, he was just over a second behind Toprak Razgatlioglu and closing. Alvaro Bautista led by over seven seconds. By lap seventeen of twenty, Jonathan Rea had caught Toprak Razgatlioglu. Behind them, Garett Gerloff passed both Iker Lecuona and Alex Lowes as the three went into turn one three abreast.

Razgatlioglu went wide early in the lap and Rea wasted no time in taking advantage. As Razgatlioglu's tyre went off Garrett Gerloff was the next rider to take advantage to get into third place behind Rea. Razgatlioglu was lapping half a second off the pace with his rear tyre spinning up into corners, and right behind him, Michael Ruben Rinaldi passed Lecuona and Lowes and then passed Razgatlioglu  to start the last lap two seconds behind the fight between Gerloff and Rea. 

Alvaro Bautista and Michael Ruben Rinaldi were the only two riders not suffering from tyres going off, with Bautista leading Rea by over ten seconds on the last lap. Jonathan Rea held off Garrett Gerloff's attack to hold onto second place. Michael Ruben Rinaldi was forth, ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu who skated around the last few corners to hold off Iker Lecuona and Alex Lowes for fifth place. 

Jonathan Rea tipped his hat to Bautista in parc fermé before shaking his hand as Garrett Gerloff had an emotional couple of moments in his return to the podium. 

Bautista's win from a second row start, his eighth feature race win of the year, extended his lead over Toprak Razgatlioglu to forty four points while Jonathan Rea closed up to eight points in third place. A hundred and fifty five points further back, Michael Ruben Rinaldi consolidated his forth pace ahead of Andrea Locatelli, Axel Bassani, Alex Lowes and Scott Redding whose DNF today dropped him back to ninth place.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R  
2 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 8.665
3 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 9.289
4 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 1.494
5 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 2.785
6 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 13.655
7 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 14.013
8 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 14.839
9 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 14.936
10 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M1000RR 30.094
11 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 30.390
12 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 31.755
13 2 R. TAMBURINI Yamaha YZF R1 33.055
14 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 35.962
15 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 37.498
16 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 45.108
17 99 O. GUTIERREZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 46.958
18 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 55.315
19 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 57.534
RET 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M1000RR 12 Laps
RET 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 18 Laps
RET 29 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V4R 1
RET 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R  
Round Number: 
8
2022
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Comments

I enjoyed JR's run through the field. I wonder why TR's tires went off so badly, did he feel he could stick with Alvaro at the beginning? Two comments:

1. Early in the race as Bassani and Rea were battling, Bassani completely blew a right hand corner. And did not lose a position. And then went waaay over onto the green. No gravel no penalty I guess.

2. Gerloff, congratulations, great ride, free of team constraints, and an impressive balance between aggression and not taking an opponent out. I have looked for an American to root for since Spies, Nicky, and all the stars of the 80's and 90's. But please tell your savior JC that, as happy as we are that he is a WSBK fan, his attention is needed elsewhere on earth. I just can't root for you.