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THE WORLDSBK TITLE FIGHT RESUMES IN JEREZ

Razgatlioglu and Rea are on the edge of the title fight, with only one point separating them.

The 2021 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship moves from Catalunya to Andalusia in Southern Spain for Round 10 of the season at Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto in Andalusia, Spain. It will be the 100th race of the WorldSBK Spanish Round in Race 2 this weekend, since the country welcomed the Championship for the first time in 1990 on the 18th of March, and waiting to see who will take the honours this weekend.

As it stands, Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) leads by one point over the six-time champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK). A thrilling battle awaits in Jerez as both rivals never fail to put on an incredible and unpredictable professional fight on the track, corner-by-corner, always focusing on not making a single mistake that gives rivals an advantage.

Toprak Razgatlioglu currently has eight wins of the season but has yet to grab any victory in Catalunya, after being forced to retire due to a mechanical issue in Catalunya’s Race 1. The Turkish is hoping for a good weekend in Jerez to complete his perfect ten sensations in getting another double victory, making him the first Yamaha WorldSBK rider to reach this record in a season.

Jonathan Rea, the title rival, had a great achievement in Jerez when he won there in 2020. In addition, the next victory will be 110th in his career, and with two more podiums, he will reach 210th. With the track high temperature, which is pressure for Kawasaki, it is hard to predict how the weekend will go for the team. Alex Lowes, Rea’s teammate, was unable to reach for the top six in 2020 and had hoped to achieve a full-race podium since Donington Park.

With the track high heat temperature in Jerez, the Ducati riders would have an advantage because they are better at maintaining a strong stable race pace. The right choice of tyres for both, Scott Redding and Michael Ruben Rinaldi, the option to use the SC0 rear tyre instead of the SCX used by the other opponents at Jerez in 2020, resulted in a double podium. Will Ducati rise again in Jerez this year after a strong weekend in Catalunya?

Credited: BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team

Credited: BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team

Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) will miss the Spanish Round after suffering a severe concussion in a serious incident in Barcelona. Eugene Laverty will take his seat in this weekend’s races and the Irishman will return to the factory team alongside Michael van der Mark. Sykes, on the other hand, will concentrate on recovering for the next round in Portugal after being discharged on Tuesday.

The WorldSBK machine will be kicking off the action of Free Practice 1 at 10:30 a.m. local time on Friday, followed by Free Practice 2 in the afternoon. On Saturday, WorldSBK will begin Free Practice 3 at 09:00 before going to the Tissot Superpole session at 11:10 and the racing action of Race 1 at 14:00. On Sunday morning WorldSBK Tissot Superpole Race begins at 11:00 a.m. and continues to Race 2 at 14:00.

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