Bautista wins as Rea and Razgatlioglu collide

Razgatlioglu led the early stages of the race after getting the holeshot of second on the grid. But he soon came under pressure from poleman Rea, who had managed to recover from a poor start that left him fifth at the end of the first lap.

After getting a great exit from the last corner on lap 5, Rea quickly closed in on Razgatlioglu, who then went wide at turn 1 and opened the door for the Kawasaki rider.

However, the overtaking attempt ended in disaster as they both crashed after making contact on the exit of the turn, in what was the most controversial incident between the two in WSBK history. .

This promoted Iker Lecuona to the surprise lead, but Bautista was able to easily pass the Honda rider in one lap and take a third win of the 2022 season.

The result also leaves Bautista 18 points ahead of Rea at the top of the standings, with defending champion Razgatlioglu – who is yet to claim a win this year – already down 45 points.

Second place in the race went to Razgatlioglu’s factory Yamaha teammate Andrea Locatelli, who downgraded Lecuona with four laps to go to secure his best result of the season.

Lecuona, however, had enough reason to be content with his final position as he claimed the first podium of his rookie WSBK season – as well as the first for Honda since Bautista’s pair of third-place finishes with the Japanese manufacturer in the second. half of the 2021 campaign.

Behind, Alex Lowes rebounded strongly from a double retirement to claim a solid fourth place in the only remaining Kawasaki, finishing less than two seconds from the podium.

Motocross Ducati’s Axel Bassani claimed the top independent rider honor in fifth in a race that saw Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha) and Loris Baz (Bonovo BMW) retire early with unrelated crashes.

Meanwhile, Scott Redding put in his best performance as a BMW driver as he charged from outside the top 10 to finish sixth, just two tenths behind Bassani after reaching fourth in the race.

He was followed by the second factory Ducati of Michael Ruben Rinaldi and teammate Michael van der Mark, the latter still not fully fit following the pre-season injury which forced him to miss the round of Aragon two weeks ago.

The top 10 was completed by Honda rider Xavi Vierge and Lucas Mahias on the Puccetti Kawasaki, while Leon Haslam concluded his comeback weekend with a 13th place aboard the Pedercini Kawasaki.

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