DUCATI HISTORIC FINISHED 1-2-3 IN WET CATALUNYA; RAZGATLIOGLU RETIRES
Scott Redding led Ducati to a 1-2-3 finish in Catalunya Round Race 1 on wet conditions.
A heavy downpour of rain fell down to earth minutes before Race 1 at the Hyundai N Catalunya Round, as Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) claimed an unforgettable day after a late rise glory on the epic wet race, with his teammate, Michael Ruben Rinaldi finishing third. Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) achieved an emotional maiden MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship podium in second place.
At the start of the race, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) was down in tenth but fought his way into the lead group. On Lap 15 Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) was forced to retire due to a mechanical issue. As it stands in the championship standings, Rea has a six points advantage over Razgatlioglu.
As Rea pulled away at the front, Bassani fought his way up to the front and battled with Razgatlioglu in the first half of the race, both managing to find a way to pass the six-time Champion before Bassani took the lead after Razgatlioglu had to pull away. Suddenly, both Ducati riders, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Scott Redding found the pace to pass through.
In the closing stages of the race, Redding overtook his teammate and led the race to the finish line, leading the Ducatis who secured their first 1-2-3 finish since Assen 2012, Race 1, where an Italian rookie stood on the podium in second place for the first time in the form of Davide Giugliano, who also finished second. On the other hand, Bassani became the 15th-youngest podium finisher in WorldSBK history, as well as the 70th rider to reach the podium in their rookie season.
Credited: Aruba.it Racing - Ducati
Despite putting a late pressure on Rea, Michael van der Mark (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) finished fifth. Rea’s teammate, Alex Lowes, finished two seconds clear behind van der Mark. A strong race from Leon Haslam (Team HRC) finished seventh, while the polesitter, Tom Skyes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) who was down in order in the early stages of the race, managed to climb up in eighth place. Haslam’s teammate, Alvaro Bautista, finished ninth, and Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven) rounding out the top ten.
Kohta Nozane (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) was the first Yamaha rider to cross the finish line, finishing 0.008seconds behind Davies. Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK Team) finished 12th, four-tenths clear ahead of French rider Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) who finished 13th. Isaac Vinales (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) in 14th, followed by Leandro Mercado (MIE Racing Honda Team) took the final point.
Samuele Cavalieri (Barni Racing Team) took home 16th place on his first start of 2021 with the team, Christophe Ponsson (Gil Motor Sport-Yamaha) finishing 17th. Loris Cresson (OUTDO TPR Team Pedercini Racing) finished 18th, ahead of Jonas Folger (Bonovo MGM ACTION) and Lachlan Epis (OUTDO TPR Team Pedercini Racing), who finished in 20th on his WorldSBK debut in difficult conditions.
As for Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team), he did not compete in Race 1 due to a crash on the Sighting Lap that damaged his Yamaha YZF R1 as he lost the rear of the bike on the exit of Turn 10 and preventing him from starting.
Can the Ducati replicate their 1-2-3 finish in Catalunya on Sunday?