Toprak Razgatlioglu wins, tied with Rea

Aided by a front row start, Razgatlioglu took the lead in the first round of the 23-lap competition on Sunday afternoon and didn’t look back, securing a sixth victory in the 2021 campaign.

With the Kawasaki Rea rider only occupying third place behind Ducati’s Scott Redding, that means Razgatlioglu and Rea are now tied for the top of the rider standings with six rounds to go in the season.

After a delayed start, caused by Kohta Nozane (GRT Yamaha) then Lucas Mahias (Puccetti Kawasaki) stalling on the grid, it was Redding who obtained the first jump from pole position ahead of the Yamaha of Andrea Locatelli and Razgatlioglu, while that Rea fell to fifth from second.

Locatelli made a brief appearance at the front as he made his way past Redding, only to run wide, but several corners later there was a Yamaha ahead as Razgatlioglu passed Redding.

Rea was soon on the move, climbing back to third place at the end of the first lap, then also overtaking Redding to move up to second place.

The six-time champion then started pressuring title rival Razgatlioglu, but couldn’t make a pass, and as the race neared halfway, Rea started pulling back towards Redding.

After a few scary saves while chasing Razgatlioglu, Rea had to focus on Redding’s defense, but another mistake with four laps to go gave Redding the chance he needed to take second place.

At this point, Razgatlioglu was home and dry for the win, crossing the finish line 1.1 seconds behind Redding, who closed 38 points behind Rea and remains very much in contention for the title.

After his early error, Locatelli recovered to finish fourth for a fifth consecutive race, while Tom Sykes finished fifth for his best long-distance race result on BMW since Donington Park.

Alex Lowes concluded another quiet weekend on the second Kawasaki in sixth position, ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Ducati), Michael van der Mark (BMW), Alvaro Bautista (Honda) and Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Ducati).

Chaz Davies lost the front end of his Go Eleven Ducati on the first lap of Turn 9, wiping out Garrett Gerloff’s Yamaha GRT in the process, while Leon Haslam was another crash on the other factory Honda.

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