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WORLDSBK SUPERPOLE: Red hot Razgatlioglu doubles up

Sunday, July 17 2022

Reigning Motul FIM Superbike World Champion Toprak Razgatlioglu made it two from two at Donington Park by winning the Tissot Superpole race this morning, and took pole position for Race Two this afternoon in the process.

The Turkish rider took the lead in a carbon copy move to Race One where he slipped up the inside of polesitter Jonathan Rea at Redgate and didn't look back. He was in control for the whole race and broke the race lap record by four tenths on only his third tour.

Rea was second from pole once again and kept his rival honest in the early stages but could only shadow Razgatlioglu until the end of the race. He will start second for this afternoon's contest.

Scott Redding was able to jump Alex Lowes at the start and kept third until the end of the race despite constant pressure from behind. Lowes nearly got past late on but Redding was able to fight back and earned a front row start.

Lowes looked at points to be favourite for third but wasn't able to make a pass stick and on the last lap also lost out to championship leader Alvaro Bautista, who slipped by at the Fogarty Esses to take fourth from the local man.

Bautista's Ducati teammate, Michael Ruben Rinaldi, was sixth with Honda rider Iker Lecuona in seventh.

Andrea Locatelli was eighth with Loris Baz and Garrett Gerloff rounding out the top ten.

Midway through the race, reigning Bennetts BSB champion and wildcard entry Tarran MacKenzie, who was running 15th, went into the back of Xavi Vierge at Goddards and went down putting him out of the race. The incident won't affect their grid positions for Race Two as only the top nine are decided by the Superpole, unless MacKenzie is penalised for the move. It is being investigated post-race.

Motul FIM Superbike World Championship, Donington Park, Tissot Superpole race result:
1. Toprak Razgatlioglu, Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK, 14m35.464
2. Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK, +1.089
3. Scott Redding, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, +3.889
4. Alvaro Bautista, Aruba.It Racing - Ducati, +4.970
5. Alex Lowes, Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK, +5.244
6. Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Aruba.It Racing - Ducati, +6.282
7. Iker Lecuona, Team HRC, +8.665
8. Andrea Locatelli, Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK, +10.445
9. Loris Baz, Bonovo Action BMW, +10.802
10. Garrett Gerloffm GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team, +12.491