WSBK: Toprak Razgatlioglu Wins Race Two at Donington Park as Johnathan Rea Crashes
It was a great weekend for Toprak who takes the championship lead from Johnathan Rea
Johnathan Rea took the holeshot into turn one with Toprak Razgatlioglu behind him. Tom Sykes was third but made an aggressive move on Toprak at turn five but Toprak took second place back at Coppice. Leon Haslam and Garrett Gerloff were fighting for fourth place and exchanged positions at the Foggy Esses with Haslam coming out on top. Alex Lowes gained two positions up to eighth place and Scott Redding gained one place to tenth.
On lap three it was a three rider battle for the lead with Rea, Toprak and Sykes, with each rider stronger at different parts of the track. On lap four at Coppice Toprak made a carbon copy move on Rea as he did in race one yesterday and took the lead of the race.
Garrett Gerloff was able to out-drag Haslam out of Goddards and took fourth position from the local rider into Redgate onto lap four and set his sights on his first podium on British soil.
Scott Redding made up two positions in the space of three corners on lap five and six overtaking Lowes and Van Der Mark, then made his move on Haslam at the Melbourne Loop.
Rea’s race nearly ended as he came really close to hitting the back of Toprak’s Pata Yamaha at the Foggy Esses on lap six and the World Champion lost over half a second to his championship rider.
Leon Haslam had a good start inside the top five, but then started to dramatically drop down the order and within a couple of laps dropped down to ninth position, not what he would have expecting after such a good weekend.
Johnathan Rea closed down the gap to Toprak and then made his move on lap ten at Coppice after Toprak made a small mistake. Rea looked to have been stronger during the more flowing sections of the circuit.
Garrett Gerloff managed to pass the master of Donington Park Tom Sykes for third place. Then the unthinkable happened on lap 11 when Johnathan Rea lost the front over the bumps of Coppice giving Toprak the lead of the race and the lead of the championship, he was able to remount and tried to pick up any points he could get.
Not much action took place on track for the rest of the race apart from an overtake with Michael Van Der Mark on Alex Lowes for fifth place; but with three laps to go Redding started to close in on Sykes trying to get a podium at his home circuit.
Toprak Razgatlioglu crossed the line to take his second victory at Donington Park and third win of the season as well as taking the championship lead from Johnathan Rea, Garrett Gerloff took his best result of the season and joint best result in his World Superbike career in second place and Tom Sykes took his first podium in a long distance race since Magny Cours in 2019.
Scott Redding was close but not close enough to take the final podium spot and took fourth place, a positive end to what has been a rotten weekend for Aruba.IT Ducati rider, Michael Van Der Mark finished inside the top five with Kawasaki’s Alex Lowes finished in sixth.
Despite injury Chaz Davies was able to get the better of Michael Ruben Rinaldi for seventh place with both Honda HRC bikes finishing in ninth and tenth with Leon getting the better of Alvaro.
Andrea Locatelli finished 11th, Lucas Mahias 12th, Axel Bassani 13th, Tito Rabat 14th and Eugene Laverty in 15th; with Six Time World Champion Johnathan Rea in 20th.
Toprak Razgatlioglu leaves Round Four at Donington Park leading the championship by two points over Johnathan Rea with points tally’s of 183 and 181. Scott Redding is 66 points behind, with Alex Lowes a further three points back with Michale Ruben Rinaldi in fifth place just one point ahead of Garrett Gerloff who have 94 and 93 points to their names.
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