WSBK: Jonathan Rea Wins Sixth Consecutive World Superbike Championship as Razgatlioglu Wins
Jonathan Rea managed to finish in fourth place from 15th on the grid and that was enough to claim his sixth World Superbike Championship in race one.
From the back of the grid, Scott Redding was moving his way through the field, elevating himself to 15th position at the end of lap one and by lap five managed to move himself up to eleventh. But disaster struck the Brit as on lap six coming out of turn five, he had a mechanical problem which meant that Scott had to retire from the race, destroying any hopes of a first World Superbike Championship in his maiden season.
Toprak Razgatlioglu put in a perfect race from pole position, taking the holeshot and putting fastest laps of the race to win by three seconds in front of Chaz Davies. This is Topraks first win since the first race of the season in Phillip Island and first podium since the Superpole race in Portimao. Toprak will be looking to take two more wins tomorrow to try to overtake his team-mate, Michael Van Der Mark, in the championship for fourth place.
Chaz Davies had a bad start from fourth on the grid, dropping to ninth place on lap one. But he didn’t give up and started making his way back through the field to eventually cross the line in second place. Due to not winning the race, Chaz Davies can’t catch his team-mate Scott Redding in the championship for second place but has now secured third place in the championship, meaning that in the Welshman’s seven years with the Aruba.it Ducati team he has finished inside the top three in the championship five times.
Garrett Gerloff once again shows terrific pace in race one battling with Davies and Rea for second place for most of the race. He and Rea had a great battle at turn one for three laps, and Gerloff was able to beat the now six-time World Champion for his second-ever podium. Can the American make it three tomorrow?
Honda’s Leon Haslam was able to take his third top-five of the season, fighting with good mate Alex Lowes and team-mate Alvaro Bautista for much of the race. Alvaro had got the best of Leon and Alex until a crash at turn six with three laps to go meant that the Spaniard had crashed out for his sixth DNF of the season. Leon has able to come out on top in the battle with Alex, and with Leon being second on the grid for tomorrows Superpole race he’ll be looking to try and take his first podium of the season.
With the championship wrapped up, who will win the last two races of the World Superbike season? Can Toprak win all three or will the now six-time World Champion get his 100th race victory?
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