Toprak Wins in Navarra and equals on points with Johnathan Rea in the lead of the championship
Scott Redding chose the C compound front and A compound rear so Scott was going to try to make the soft rear work, where as Rea was on the A front and B rear so they are in different positions for the tyre strategy. The start was delayed due to Kohta Nozane stalling on the start and being unable to enter the pitlane.
Scott Redding took the holeshot with Locatelli in second, Toprak in third and Lowes in fourth with Rea down in fifth! Locatelli made a move on Scott but ran wide allowing Toprak into second. Then Toprak made a move on Scott for first with Rea getting into third. Loactelli went wide along with Lowes allowing Tom Sykes into fourth.
Unfortunately Garrett Gerloff and Chaz Davies fell at turn nine on the opening lap, a disappointing end to the season for both riders. Johnathan Rea made his move on Scott at turn 11 for second place on lap two. The front three started to break away from Tom Sykes in fourth who was beginning to receive some pressure from Andrea Locatelli.
Locatelli made his through on Sykes on lap four at turn nine with Sykes now having his team-mate Michael Van Der Mark behind with Lowes in seventh. Toprak was holding off Rea using his braking technique to his advantage no allowing Rea to out-brake him. Toprak was using the C compound front for that front stability that he likes.
By lap 14 Toprak had extended the gap to Rea to 1 second and over the laps the gap was growing, it seemed like the A compound front was starting to give up and Rea was on the limit. Leon Haslam’s disaster of a season just gets worse as he crashed out of the race at turn two on lap 14.
On lap 17 it was another save for Rea as he went a little wide into the final corner and his 0.5 second gap over Redding was gone by the end of the straight. On lap 19 Redding made his move for second at turn one, but Rea fought back straight away into turn two as Scott went a little bit wide.
Rea made another mistake at turn 13 and Redding went through into second and Rea’s front tyre was giving up and it looked like Rea would have to concede the top two spots and settle for third.
Toprak Razgatlioglu won Race Two ahead of Scott Redding with Johnathan Rea in third, this now means that Toprak and Rea are equal on points as they head to Magny-Cours in two weeks time. Andrea Locatelli finished in a third fourth place of the weekend and Tom Sykes brought his BMW home in an impressive fifth place.
Alex Lowes finished in sixth, Michael Van Der Mark finished in seventh with Michael Rinaldi in eighth, HRC’s Alvaro Bautista in ninth and Axel Bassani in tenth.
Tito Rabat ended the race in 11th with Folger in 12th, Ponsson in in 13th with Mahias and Mercado taking final two points paying positions.
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