Live blog WorldSBK Sunday in Misano
Day one brought some expected results with the first races, especially in WorldSBK, but also various surprises. We were definitely not astonished that Redding didn’t even make a podium on Saturday. On the contrary, we even warned in our live blog yesterday that it would be anything but easy for the third place in the World Cup against his own team-mate and the two ahead of him in the intermediate ranking. This of course also applies to Saturday, whether in the sprint race in the morning or in the afternoon over the full distance. He should also be warned of the statements made by Sam Lowes and Toprak, between which he saw the checkered flag in the first race. Both were not satisfied with run 1 and already have ideas on how to improve. In addition, Gerloff is expected to be stronger after the Texan started out of the pit lane on Saturday and advanced to 12th place from there.
Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha): „Das Rennen am Samstag war definitiv besser als das Qualifying. Meine Superpole-Session war in der Tat ziemlich schlecht, da ich gestürzt bin und nicht weiterfahren konnte, bevor ich überhaupt eine Rundenzeit gefahren bin. Auf jeden Fall war es gut, in den Rennmodus zu wechseln und obwohl ich aus der Boxengasse starten musste, war es gut, alle Runden zu fahren und viele Informationen für morgen zu sammeln. Wir werden diese Daten verwenden, um zu versuchen, das Fahrrad etwas besser einzustellen. Insgesamt bin ich froh, dass ich es auf zwei Rädern halten konnte, einige Pässe machen und einige Punkte sammeln konnte, aber ich suche definitiv nach mehr. Ich bin absolut bereit für morgen.“
The WorldSBK Superpole Race
The riders are on the grid when the weather is once again superb and this time there shouldn’t be any tire advantages for any driver because everyone can use the SCX tire for only 10 laps. The warm-up lap is underway and the start follows immediately. Yesterday Rea was hindered in the second lap, this time he’s on P2 behind Toprak from the start, followed by Redding and Rinaldi. Davies already fell on Turn 2. After the first lap, Rinaldi is in P3 behind Rea, ahead of Redding, Lowes, Sykes, Bassani, Bautista, Mahias, Locatelli and Haslam. A little later, the Italian passed Rea on position 2, but of course the Northern Irishman stayed close to him. The first five drivers have slightly separated with Toprak in front of Rinaldi, Rea, Redding and Lowes. Sykes and Bassani are already quite behind, followed by Locatelli, Bautista, Mahias and Haslam.
After half of the race and 5 out of 10 laps
Toprak gives the impression that he wants to win at any price, but Rinaldi is close to him, while Rea is slightly behind Redding, who apparently cannot push him at the moment. Van der Mark is now also out of the race, he rolled out earlier with his BMW, apparently another technical problem with the M-1000RR. Now Rinaldi is past Toprak and behind that Rea is still quite close to the Turk when there are still 4 laps to go. In the third from last lap, Rinaldi continues as the front-runner, but closely behind Toprak and Rea, while Redding is slightly behind and behind him is Alex Lowes alone in P5. Now Mahias has fallen, the sprint race for the French is already over, shortly after Gerloff overtook him. Right now, with one lap to go, it looks like there’s a copy of the first race, with Rinaldi ahead of Toprak, Rea, Redding and Lowes. It’s done for Rinaldi and the local hero wins his second race ahead of the Turk, followed by Rea, Redding, Lowes, Bassani, Sykes, Gerloff and Locatelli in the points. Below is the ranking list with the drivers without World Championship points in italics. A follow-up to Michael van der Mark, who did not fail for technical reasons, but fell in turn 1 and then gave up.
P, No, Rider, Bike, Time(,Gap), km/h
1, 21, RINALDI Michael Ruben, Ducati Panigale V4 R, , , 277
2, 54, RAZGATLIOGLU Toprak, Yamaha YZF R1, 0.485, 0.485, 269
3, 1, REA Jonathan, Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 1.865, 1.380, 271
4, 45, REDDING Scott, Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2.419, 0.554, 276
5, 22, LOWES Alex, Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 5.671, 3.252, 273
6, 47, BASSANI Axel, Ducati Panigale V4 R, 7.448, 1.777, 276
7, 66, SYKES Tom, BMW M 1000 RR, 10.560, 3.112, 273
8, 31, GERLOFF Garrett, Yamaha YZF R1, 13.102, 2.542, 271
9, 55, LOCATELLI Andrea, Yamaha YZF R1, 13.110, 0.008, 270
10, 19, BAUTISTA Alvaro, Honda CBR1000 RR-R, 16.348, 3.238, 275
11, 91, HASLAM Leon, Honda CBR1000 RR-R, 18.585, 2.237, 271
12, 3, NOZANE Kohta, Yamaha YZF R1, 20.167, 1.582, 269
13, 50, LAVERTY Eugene, BMW M 1000 RR, 20.796, 0.629, 278
14, 53, RABAT Tito, Ducati Panigale V4 R, 21.207, 0.411, 273
15, 32, VINALES Isaac, Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 27.728, 6.521, 268
16, 23, PONSSON Christophe, Yamaha YZF R1, 30.205, 2.477, 269
17, 76, CAVALIERI Samuele, Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 35.374, 5.169, 262
18, 84, CRESSON Loris, Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 35.643, 0.269, 263
19, 94, FOLGER Jonas, BMW M 1000 RR, 37.066, 1.423, 272
RT, 44, MAHIAS Lucas, Kawasaki ZX-10RR, , , 273
RT, 60, VAN DER MARK Michael, BMW M 1000 RR, , , 274
RT, 7, DAVIES Chaz, Ducati Panigale V4 R
The first interviews
Jonathan Rea pretended to be a little frustrated in hoping they’d taken a step. But of course he is very satisfied with the starting position from the front row, and he wants to discuss with his crew afterwards what they can optimize to be even more competitive in the second race. Toprak didn’t look too happy during the interview. He felt better than yesterday with a new setup. Nevertheless, he was happy and second place was not bad, but he wanted to fight for victory in the afternoon. Winner Rinaldi beamed as expected. In the race he would have waited until Toprak had the first problems with his tire at the front and then attacked. He was very happy with the second victory, but the second race followed in the afternoon, where full points were the priority and which was therefore even more important than the SP race.
The Supersport 600 race
At 12:30 p.m. local time, the middle class continues before an hour and a half later, the climax of the day is announced with the second WorldSBK race. As an exception, we will then close the live blog and not report live about the SSP 300 race for once. As the drivers go on the warm-up lap, the spectators wonder whether a local hero will win this time or whether Aegerter will again be the winner of the first race on Saturday. Cluzel turns into the first corner in front of Aegerter, followed by Bernardi, Gonzalez and Odendaal. There has just been a crash with 2 or 3 riders that may result in red flags. Tuuli, Mercendelli and Fuligni are involved, and currently only yellow flags are waved at Turn 10, which means that nobody is allowed to overtake. Odendaal has just passed Domi and is now on P2 behind Leader Cluzel when there are still 16 laps to go.
No red flags – the race continues
The marshals at Turn 10 reacted quickly and cleaned the track before the drivers arrived at the scene of the accident. In the front, Odendaal, Cluzel and Aegerter are fighting for the lead, closely followed by Bernardi, Gonzalez and Öncü.
The South African is currently leading ahead of the French and the Swiss, but just behind with Gonzalez, the fastest Spaniard, followed by Bernardi, who drives with a San Marino license. A small state in the immediate vicinity of the International Circuit Marco Simoncelli in Misano. Maria Herrera fell and obviously hurt herself badly, it was a highsider who luckily wasn’t hit by the bike.
Now a termination due to Herrera
Because the Spaniard is right next to the track, the red flags came and shortly afterwards Can Öncü also landed in the gravel. There are still 12 laps to go, and the drivers are currently waiting in the pits before they can continue. On Öncü’s Kawasaki, they are working in the Puccetti Box to repair the bike, but the Turk will probably no longer be allowed to participate in the restart. There will be a “quick-restart”, as announced earlier, and the pit lane should open in about 5 minutes. After the restart, Cluzel leads ahead of Odendaal, Aegerter, Gonzalez, Alcoba and De Rosa. A little later, the South African is again in front of the French and Gonzalez passed Aegerter on the start-finish, who then managed to counter and is back in P3.
10 laps left and Domi only on P5
Gonzalez and Alcoba are past the Swiss, while Vertti Takala after Niki Tuuli, the second Finn, fell in the gravel bed. Aegerter tries again and again to attack Alcoba, but he can defend himself while lying on P4. Behind them, behind Bernardi, Philipp Öttl is on the advance as sixth, and Montella is also out of the running with a crash. Odendaal is still ahead of Cluzel, who is under pressure from Gonzalez. Alcoba is on P4 before Domi, Bernardi, Öttl, De Rosa, Krummenacher and Caricasulo. Aegerter, the world championship leader, has just fought his way past Alcoba to P4 and a little later Bernardi also manages to pass the Spaniard. “Krummi” has just fallen, the Swiss world champion from 2019 took off in turn 13 and his promise before the start of the season to get the title back is even further afield.
The last 5 laps of the second WSSP 600 race from Misano
Odendaal in front of Cluzel, Gonzalez, Aegerter and Bernardi are close together, behind them Alcoba, Öttl, De Rosa and Caricasulo. After several unsuccessful attempts, Gonzalez just made it past Cluzel, who now has Aegerter and Bernardi on his neck. At the front, Odendaal is half a second ahead of the pursuers, as there are still 3 laps to go. Now all five of the top group are together again, while behind Bernardi there is quite a gap to Öttl, who has De Rosa, Alcoba and Caricasulo behind him. In the penultimate lap, Bernardi passes Cluzel and now Odendaal receives a long-lap penalty that will cost him the win. Gonzalez goes far and also loses his chance on the podium. Aegerter now sees the chance of victory behind the South African. Odendaal is the first to cross the finish line ahead of the Swiss, but he will receive a time penalty. Behind them Bernardi, Cluzel, Gonzalez and Öttl.
What nobody wants to see – a long lap penalty decides the victory
Below is the “corrected” result of our possibly last live blog, because we vowed that if this were to happen, our fun is over, and we capitulate to the destroyers of sport. The FIM commissioners have become the red rag for us, from which we will probably turn away in the future, this also applies to MotoGP.
P, No, Rider, Bike, Time(,Gap), km/h
1, 77, AEGERTER Dominique, Yamaha YZF R6, , , 236
2, 29, BERNARDI Luca, Yamaha YZF R6, 0.807, 0.807, 236
3, 16, CLUZEL Jules, Yamaha YZF R6, 0.926, 0.119, 238
4, 81, GONZALEZ Manuel, Yamaha YZF R6, 2.051, 1.125, 234
5, 4, ODENDAAL Steven, Yamaha YZF R6, 2.818, 0.767, 234 (as the winner with a long-lap penalty and time penalty!)
6, 5, OETTL Philipp, Kawasaki ZX-6R, 4.983, 2.165, 237
7, 3, DE ROSA Raffaele, Kawasaki ZX-6R, 5.243, 0.260, 235
8, 70, ALCOBA Marc, Yamaha YZF R6, 5.919, 0.676, 233
9, 94, CARICASULO Federico, Yamaha YZF R6, 7.623, 1.704, 234
10, 38, SOOMER Hannes, Yamaha YZF R6, 11.577, 3.954, 236
11, 27, ROCCOLI Massimo, Yamaha YZF R6, 16.224, 4.647, 236
12, 88, PATACCA Matteo, Yamaha YZF R6, 19.023, 2.799, 235
13, 55, HENDRA PRATAMA Galang, Yamaha YZF R6, 20.568, 1.545, 238
14, 11, OTTAVIANI Luca, Kawasaki ZX-6R, 22.539, 1.971, 233
15, 63, STIRPE Davide, MV Agusta F3 675, 26.312, 3.773, 234
16, 80, PONTONE Armando, Yamaha YZF R6, 27.017, 0.705, 233
17, 23, PIZZOLI Davide, Yamaha YZF R6, 28.206, 1.189, 232
18, 24, TACCINI Leonardo, Kawasaki ZX-6R, 39.645, 11.439, 236
19, 15, MCMANUS Eugene James, Yamaha YZF R6, 39.768, 0.123, 235
20, 22, FULIGNI Federico, Yamaha YZF R6, 40.887, 1.119, 233
21, 45, KAWASAKI Shogo, Kawasaki ZX-6R, > 1′, 21.395, 232
RT, 71, BERGMAN Christoffer, Yamaha YZF R6, , , 236
RT, 84, FABRIZIO Michel, Kawasaki ZX-6R, , , 234
RT, 21, KRUMMENACHER Randy, Yamaha YZF R6, , , 236
RT, 2, MONTELLA Luigi, Yamaha YZF R6, , , 232
RT, 95, TAKALA Vertti, Yamaha YZF R6, , , 235
Refrain from interviews
As a protest against this destruction of sport, we do not include the interview content at this point because the man we saw first crossed the checkered flag came fifth. The track limits are a completely bad joke in terms of sport and safety. For many in the paddock, primarily an instrument used by the FIM stewards to play God. We’re not going to do that. We are currently still discussing internally whether we should cancel for today and stop the live blog before the WSBK.
In protest: Live blog closed for today!
It was in Misano in 2020 that Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) left Pol Espargaro (KTM) behind with a knife between his teeth and finished in third place. We were shocked when the Frenchman lost the podium he believed to be secure due to a long-lap penalty imposed shortly before the end. Now the sport has finally been buried for us at MotoGP and now also WSBK. We are fed up and for the time being forego all reporting on this sporting nonsense. Thanks to the readers for their understanding, but we no longer sacrifice our time for such a bull shit.
The “Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli”
Misano weekend schedule
>WSBK Misano Preview see separate report on this page.
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