WSBK: Alvaro Bautista Wins The Superpole Race At Aragon.
Alvaro Bautista Storms To Victory In The 2022 Season’s First Superpole Race.
It was perfect weather conditions in Aragon for the first Superpole race of the 2022 season. Race one yesterday was a three-way battle between Jonathan Rea, Alvaro Bautista and the reigning WSBK champion Toprak Razgatlioglu. For the Superpole race there is a new rear tyre, the SCQ which gives more grip for shorter distances, both of the all-new Honda riders were using the new tyre. Toprak was on pole position, Bautista in second place and yesterday’s race one winner Rea was in third place on the grid.
Pata Yamaha With BRIXX’s rider Toprak Razgatlioglu was first into turn one, followed by Bautista. What an aggressive lap one between Toprak and Bautista, they were exchanging passes at every corner. Lap two saw Bautista taking charge of proceedings in first place, Rea was waiting to make his move up the order in third place. Michael Rubin Rinaldi yet again was just on the back of the leading Trio.
Bautista started to pull a slight gap of seven tenths at the front of the field, Rinaldi made his move on Rea on lap four for third place, Rea wasn’t accepting the place demotion and retook third place. Rea then made a pass on Toprak for second place, mean while Bautista was pulling further away at the front. BMW’s replacement rider Illia Mykhalchyk crashed at turn five on lap five.
Toprak got back into second place, Rea just didn’t seem to have the tyre grip that he had yesterday in race one. Rinaldi was putting the Northern Irish rider under pressure, helping Toprak to pull a gap from the two battling riders. Locatelli was in fifth place followed by Kawasaki’s Alex Lowes in sixth, the Honda duo of Lecuona and Vierge were in eighth and ninth place .
On lap eight Rinaldi took second place from Toprak, it was a Ducati one-two. Toprak got pushed back to fourth place just three laps remaining to the Superpole race. Rea retook second place from the Italian, there was a three-way train for the battle for second place.
Bautista crossed the finish line in first place, Rea held on to second place, Toprak just managed to hang on to third place, Rinaldi had to settle for fourth place, Locatelli was fifth and Lowes finished in sixth place. Scott Redding finished outside the points in 12th place.
Race Two is at 13.00 (GMT+1).
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