July 25, 2021

SBK Donington, Rea crashes in Race-2, Razgatlioglu leads the World Championship

A Donington Park the twist that changes the inertia of the World Superbike takes place: a rare mistake by Jonathan Rea it costs him the race and the top of the standings; to take advantage of it is Toprak Razgatlioglu, that on Sunday afternoon repeats the success of Race 1. One Sunday that also started in the sign of Rea, winner of the Superpole Race ahead of the BMWs of Tom Sykes e Michael Van Der Mark, while the Turkish of Yamaha had recovered from thirteenth to sixth position.

In the sprint the riders had all started with intermediate tires except for Scott Redding, who finished 18th due to the choice to mount the rain on a track that is now almost dry. On the contrary, despite a few threatening drops in the pre-race, in Race 2 he raced with gomme slick and everyone was able to push hard right away. Rea and Razgatlioglu led the race by exchanging positions a couple of times, followed at increasing distance by Sykes. On the eleventh lap Rea lost the front on the disconnections of the Coppice curve, leaving the victory in the hands of the Turkish. The world champion then left, finishing twentieth.

Razgatlioglu preceded a quick Garrett Gerloff, who clawed that vanished podium in Race 1 by replicating his best career result. Sykes was also on the podium, able to keep a faster Redding behind him in the final laps. Van Der Mark placed second BMW in the top-5 by beating Alex Lowes (who crashed in Superpole Race while he was second). Seventh position for Chaz Davies ahead of the other Ducati rider Michael Ruben Rinaldi, while the two official Hondas of Leon Haslam and Alvaro Bautista finished in ninth and tenth place; the Spaniard mocked Andrea Locatelli at the very last moment. In the points also Lucas Mahias, Axel Bassani, Tito Rabat and Eugene Laverty.