WSBK: TOPRAK DOES IT AGAIN AS REA CLOSES GAP TO BAUTISTA – WSBK 2022: Donington Superpole Race.
The 2021 reigning world champion Toprak Razgatlioglu took his second Superpole Race win of the season, second win in succession too after winning the Superpole Race last time out in Misano, as well as his third victory overall.
The Turkish rider continued to dominate at Donington Park in what looks like now that Toprak is aiming for a perfect weekend of victories to bounce right back into the title hunt to close the gap on Jonathan Rea and Alvaro Bautista.
Once again, just like in Race one, Toprak took the lead from the start and was never headed. Another masterclass from the Turkish rider. Jonathan Rea came home in second place and reduced the gap to Bautista to the top of the table by 13 points, however, the Northern Irishman had no answer or say on Toprak during the 12 lap race. The six-time world champion though, must surely be content with second place as Alvaro Bautista, finished off the podium in fourth, in what was a pretty disappointing Superpole Race for the Spaniard.
The championship leader got swallowed up at the start of the race by Toprak, Rea, Scott Redding, and Alex Lowes, and looked to stay in fifth for the remainder of the race. But, Alvaro scooped up his Ducati past the Kawasaki of Lowes, to snatch fourth place on the last lap at Foggy Esses. So at least the good news, is that the move gained the championship leader another position, but not the comeback Alvaro would’ve hoped for, especially with both Toprak and Jonny Rea, having much better races than the Ducati rider.
The last podium spot went to Scott Redding, onboard the BMW. Just like with Race one, Scott battled with Alex Lowes for most of the race in another all English battle, but this time, Redding got his revenge on Lowes and took the final podium spot, while Lowes lost another position to Bautista on the last lap, to make the Superpole Race nowhere near as good as the first race for the Lincolnshire born Kawasaki rider. Bautista’s lead in the championship was now by 13 points over Jonathan Rea, with Toprak a further 48 points back but we know that the Toprak will aim to complete a hat-trick at Donington to blow the title race even more, as well as aiming to complete such a fantastic weekend for the defending champion, and bring his form back too, to take the title fight for Yamaha to Ducati and Kawasaki.
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