RINALDI CLAIMED A STUNNING VICTORY; RAZGATLIOGLU TOP IN THE STANDINGS
Michael Ruben Rinaldi step on the podium once more after claimed the win in Race 2.
After a difficult wet condition in Race 1, all of the riders in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship undergone a normal condition in Race 2. After historic 1-2-3 finishes yesterday, both Ducati riders step on the podium once more. This time, Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) successfully fought off Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) to claim his first victory since the Tissot Superpole Race in Misano.
While Rinaldi’s teammate, Scott Redding, finishing on the last podium spot with his late rise race overtaking after took a victory in Race 1. Rinaldi, Razgatlioglu, and Redding are sharing the podium for the first time.
In the early stages of the race, the Red Flag was raised on Lap 2 following a serious incident involving Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and Tom Skyes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK). Skyes was conscious and was taken to the medical centre for a further check-up. He was transferred to Catalunya Hospital after being diagnosed with a head injury and concussion.
The restart continued with the 19 laps remaining, and all riders started based on the Tissot Superpole position. Both Razgatlioglu and Rinaldi were able to break away from the rest of the pack early in the race. While both front riders battled for the win, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) and Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) was fought for the final podium spot. On Lap 10, the Italian rookie, Redding and Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) were pass-through on Rea, dropping him to sixth.
On Lap 18, Redding passed Locatelli for third, and Bautista narrowly missed out in fourth after making a move a lap later that put the Italian rookie in fifth. Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team), the American claimed his best result since the Superpole Race at the Autodrom Most. Gerloff is currently the top Independent rider, after finishing ahead of eighth-place finisher Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing).
Credited: GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team
Michael van der Mark (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) finished ninth, while the Japanese rookie Kohta Nozane (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) taking his first top-ten finish in tenth. Honda secured points finish for both riders, as Leon Haslam (Team HRC) finished in 11th, five seconds clear ahead of Samuele Cavalieri (Barni Racing Team) who finished 12th. Cristophe Ponsson (Gil Motor Sport-Yamaha), the French rider, finished 13th after a strong weekend.
Leandro Mercado (MIE Racing Honda Team) battled Isaac Vinales (Orelac Racing) for the 14th spot, eventually the Argentian finishing 0.081seconds ahead of Vinales. Jonas Folgar (Bonovo MGM Team) was the last classifier rider in Race 2 to cross the finish line in 16th.
On the other hand, Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) was forced to retire on Lap 1 after he came off from his Kawasaki ZX-10RR at Turn 2. Folgar and Lachlan Epis (OUTDO TPR Team Pedercini Racing) attempted to avoid at the back of the grid, but Epis was forced to retire from the race as well. Lowes was taken to the medical centre for further check-up and was diagnosed with a left wrist contusion.
For Mahias, he was able to rejoin the restart, but he brought his bike back to the pits and retired from the race, while Loris Gresson (OUTDO TPR Team Pedercini Racing) also did not finish the race.
Stay tuned for the next round, which will take place in Jerez for the Motul Spanish Round (Sept.24 - 26), with Toprak Razgatlioglu leading the championship standings by one point over Jonathan Rea.