WSBK Superbike Misano Course Sprint: Toprak Razgatlioglu finally wins his first victory of the year!

WSBK Superbike Misano Course Sprint: Toprak Razgatlioglu finally wins his first victory of the year!

Toprak Razgatlioglu wanted to win at all costs today to make up for the bitter disappointment of yesterday, when his Yamaha betrayed him in Race 1. After starting in the lead, the Turk was overtaken by Jonathan Rea, but he immediately responded with a competitive fury that made it clear how today the reigning World Champion not only wanted to make up for yesterday’s zero score but also to break the ice and undo another zero: that of the win counter since this start of the season.

Finally Yamaha takes its first victory in 2022, with a Toprak Razgatlioglu determined to seize everything that has eluded him lately, starting with the retirement yesterday due to electrical problems, without forgetting the vanished victory at Estoril, still in the sprint , because of the burrs of the last lap. Toprak Razgatlioglu competed alone: ​​behind the usual Alvaro Bautista again managed to get ahead of Jonathan Rea, relegated to third place.

It meant Torpak Razgatlioglu took his 19th career win and 62nd podium finish, while Alvaro Bautista now has 38 podiums to his name and 11 consecutive podiums since the start of the season. Finally, Jonathan Rea now has 225 podiums to his credit while his third place finish means Kawasaki now has 499 podiums, just one off the 500 mark.

Once back in the lead, Toprak Razgatlioglu kept up a crazy pace, breaking the track record three times and taking it to 1’33.722. In a few laps his advantage over second rose to almost three seconds, an advantage advantage because behind him Alvaro Bautista and Jonathann Rea overtook themselves several times allowing the Turk to move away and Xavi Vierge to recover ground until what he goes up on the duo of pursuers.

From the sixth lap, Toprak Razgatlioglu was firmly in the lead, Bautista second and Rea third had to watch the rise of the Honda of Xavi Vierge. Also, the race was focused on the fight that animated the chasing group formed by Iker Lecuona, Andrea Locatelli, Axel Bassani, Alex Lowes and Garrett Gerloff who finished in that order. Michael Ruben Rinaldi was also part of the group but from the middle of the race he slowed his pace considerably until he finished in tenth position, ahead of the two BMWs of Scott Redding and Eugene Laverty, who like Xavi Vierge opted for the Pirelli SCQ.

Kohta Nozane and Loris Baz did not cross the finish line due to a fall, while Philipp Oettl and Alessandro Delbianco retired.

The program for the fourth round of the Superbike World Championship ends with race 2, postponed today at 3:15 p.m. to avoid the concomitance with F1 in Baku.

WSBK Misano: Classification of the Sprint Race

Ranking & photos credit: WorldSBK

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