Rinaldi beats Toprak and Rea loses championship lead again
While Toprak took the lead right from the start, as in the first two races, Rea was initially only fourth. His team-mate Alex Lowes, on the other hand, was already lying in the gravel before the field crossed the finish line for the first time. The man from Lincoln had a crash at the exit of Turn 1, through which Leandro Mercado (Honda) and Lachlan Epis (Kawasaki) could no longer avoid. The world championship leader soon found himself back on position 3 behind Rinaldi on the best Ducati and Alvaro Bautista pushed from behind on the HRC Honda. But before Rea could try to work his way forward, there was the next violent crash, which led to the termination. Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki) and BMW ace Tom Sykes were involved. The man from Huddersfield remained lying down afterwards and had to be first treated and transported by the ambulance. As in the Superpole Race on Sunday morning, it was the second time that it was broken off with red flags.
After the restart of the second race on Sunday
Once again, Toprak was in front of Rinaldi and Rea, who immediately grabbed the Italian again. The Ducati driver countered again. A short time before Turn 10 even the Kawasaki man was in the lead, but Toprak countered immediately and on the long start-finish straight, Rinaldi overtook both opponents, but was already slowed down by the Turkish on turn one. With 16 laps left, the Aruba.it Ducati rider made it past the Yamaha Hope again and managed to defend his lead. Locatelli was behind the leading trio at this point, and behind them Bautista, Redding and Gerloff were fighting for fifth place. Bassani followed on P8 in front of Nozane, van der Mark, Haslam, Ponsson, Mercado and Mahias. However, the latter pitted a little later and gave up.
Rinaldi’s masterpiece – Toprak just barely saves P2 to the finish
While it was clear early on that Kawasaki had bet too soft, Jonathan Rea lost touch with the two in front of him. But not only that, but behind him Locatelli, Redding and Bautista caught up dangerously, and so he fell behind the three to P6 and had to try to save this position until the chequered flag. At the front, the young Italian soon passed the Turks again, who had meanwhile had a lead of a good second. After that, Razgatlioglu was unable to follow the Ducati works driver, who drove towards a certain victory. Behind them, things got tight again in the last few laps because Scott Redding, who was now on P3, almost caught the Yamaha man, which would promptly have missed the recapture of the championship lead from Rea. But it was wafer-thin enough for Toprak and behind the second-best Ducati, Bautista was a good fourth ahead of Locatelli and a disappointed Johnny Rea.
Another disaster for BMW after the debacle in the sprint race
After Michael van der Mark and his crash teammate took Tom Sykes out of the race on Sunday morning, he was missing again in the second run due to a fall. The Dutchman, on the other hand, saw the chequered flag, but only in position 9, which amounts to a disaster for the blue-whites. While Eugene Laverty has been absent since Assen due to a dubious team, Jonas Folger’s private pilot brand colleague was again without points. The young man from Bavaria currently does not seem to find his way out of his lows. Just like the BMW works team, after some positive results, Folger has a lot to offer. The new splendid hospitality of the German-English team is once again in stark contrast to the results achieved. As with KTM in MotoGP, arrogance is likely to be the wrong way to achieve challenging sporting goals.
WorldSBK’s second race on Sunday in numbers
The interviews with the first three of the last race on Sunday
After 3rd place, Scott Redding said it was anything but an easy race like on Saturday. Of course, he hoped that it would go a lap longer. In that case, he could definitely have finished second, but being on the podium is still satisfying for him. After the disaster in the Superpole Race, he must definitely be satisfied with the afternoon. Toprak was very happy in the interview, also because he was able to save P2 in the last second. If it had gone a lap longer, he might have found himself in 5th place, according to his own statement. Of course, winner Michael Ruben Rinaldi was more than satisfied. It was an up and down and in the end he had to carefully bring his lead to the finish. On the last few laps, he would only have tried to drive as gently as possible with the tires falling and not to lose his lead in the end.
The Circuito de Cataluña
Stand in the WorldSBK World Championship after the Barcelona Round
- TOPRAK RAZGATLIOGLU 399 YAMAHA
- JONATHAN REA 398 KAWASAKI
- SCOTT REDDING 339 DUCATI
- MICHAEL RUBEN RINALDI 218 DUCATI
- ANDREA LOCATELLI 201 YAMAHA
- ALEX LOWES 192 KAWASAKI
- MICHAEL VAN DER MARK 172 BMW
- TOM SYKES 167 BMW
- GARRETT GERLOFF 158 YAMAHA
- ALVARO BAUTISTA 142 HONDA
- AXEL BASSANI 132 DUCATI
- CHAZ DAVIES 120 DUCATI
- LEON HASLAM 95 HONDA
- LUCAS MAHIAS 44 KAWASAKI
- KOHTA NOZANE 43 YAMAHA
- TITO RABAT 38 DUCATI
- ISAAC VINALES 23 KAWASAKI
- CHRISTOPHE PONSSON 22 YAMAHA
- JONAS FOLGER 14 BMW
- EUGENE LAVERTY 14 BMW
- LEANDRO MERCADO 11 HONDA
- MARVIN FRITZ 6 YAMAHA
- SAMUELE CAVALIERI 4 DUCATI
- LORIS CRESSON 3 KAWASAKI
- ANDREA MANTOVANI 2 KAWASAKI
What’s next – in a week in Jerez de la Frontera
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