WorldSBK: Race Two Results From Portugal

WorldSBK: Race Two Results From Portugal

© 2023, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By David Swarts.

Defending World Champion Alvaro Bautista won FIM Superbike World Championship Race Two Sunday at Algarve International Circuit, in Portimao, Portugal. Riding his Aruba.it Racing Ducati Panigale V4 R, Bautista won the 20-lap race by just 0.126 second.

Toprak Razgatlioglu was the runner-up on his Pata Yamaha Prometeon YZF-R1, and Bautista’s teammate Michael Rinaldi was a very close third.

American Garrett Gerloff finished a close fourth, just 2.854 seconds behind Bautista, on his Bonovo Action BMW M 1000 RR.

 

SBK R2

SBK Points after R2

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Dorna:

Bautista pips Razgatlioglu to victory, inches closer to the title

 

Alvaro Baustia (1) edged out Toprak Razgatlioglu (54) to win Race Two. Photo courtesy Dorna.
Alvaro Baustia (1) edged out Toprak Razgatlioglu (54) to win Race Two. Photo courtesy Dorna.

In a gripping WorldSBK Race 2 at Portimao, Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) etched his name in the record books once again. The reigning champion clinched his 56th victory on a Ducati, surpassing the legendary Carl Fogarty’s win tally with the Italian manufacturer.

However, this historic achievement didn’t come easy, as Bautista engaged in a breathtaking duel with Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK), where the first position changed hands throughout the race. Bautista briefly took the lead on several occasions, only for Razgatlioglu to respond with remarkable moves of his own. In the end, it was Bautista who managed to secure the victory in a dramatic drag race to the finish line, edging out Razgatlioglu by a mere 0.126 seconds. Bautista’s triumph marked another milestone for Ducati, but it fell just short of securing him a second riders’ title.

Meanwhile, Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) mounted a spirited charge from the second row to claim the final spot on the podium. Garrett Gerloff (Bonovo Action BMW) continued his impressive form with a solid fourth-place finish, followed closely by Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) and Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) in fifth and sixth.

 

Alvaro Bautista. Photo courtesy Dorna.
Alvaro Bautista. Photo courtesy Dorna.

Bautista secured his 56th Ducati win, pushing ahead of Carl Fogarty’s record.

P1 | Alvaro Bautista | Aruba.it Racing – Ducati

“It was amazing! It was a great battle between Toprak and me and I’m so proud to fight with him. He did his best and he had nothing to lose, so he tried every time, everywhere. It didn’t matter which corner or how he tried the pass. I’m proud to fight with him. I also tried my best. I tried to overtake him and close the corners, but he always tried. We were very close to touching many, many times! For me, it was a very enjoyable race. In the end, at the last corner because I was strong there, I tried to pass him but he learnt about the pass after the morning overtake and he closed the last part of the corner. At the moment, I thought if I couldn’t go inside, go outside because it’s the only chance you have. I opened the gas, the bike started to accelerate, and I went to the kerb. I could pass him. I think it was a great move! It was like instinct.”

 

Toprak Razgatlioglu (54). Photo courtesy Dorna.
Toprak Razgatlioglu (54). Photo courtesy Dorna.

Razgatlioglu fought valiantly in the epic duel with Bautista, finishing a close second in the race.

P2 | Toprak Razgatlioglu | Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK

“We kept fighting in the race because I’m just focused on winning because I was very angry after the Superpole Race. I saw Alvaro wasn’t very strong and I was better in the last corner than in the Superpole Race but in the race, I fought with him. I said ‘this race is mine’ because he wasn’t very strong and whilst I was on the limit, it was easier to attack. I said, ‘I need to win’ and, especially on the last lap, the feeling was good, and every corner was better than before. At the last corner, I tried something different, but it didn’t work; when I picked up the bike, there’s no acceleration and this was the biggest problem. Alvaro went outside but I don’t understand how his rear tyre grips better than me, but his bike’s acceleration is unbelievable, and it was possible to come back. I’m really angry and I did everything to win. Anyway, we finished second, but I don’t care for this; we lost, and I’m just focused on winning.”

 

Michael Rinaldi (21) leads Andrea Locatelli (55), Iker Lecuona (7), and Garrett Gerloff (31). Photo courtesy Dorna.
Michael Rinaldi (21) leads Andrea Locatelli (55), Iker Lecuona (7), Remy Gardner (behind Lecuona), and Garrett Gerloff (31). Photo courtesy Dorna.

Rinaldi delivered a strong performance, claiming the final spot on the podium in Race 2.

 

Garrett Gerloff (31). Photo courtesy Dorna.
Garrett Gerloff (31). Photo courtesy Dorna.

Gerloff continued his impressive form with a solid 4th place, missing the podium for 1.100s.

 

Andrea Locatelli (55) leads Garrett Gerloff (31), Iker Lecuona (7), and Remy Gardner (87). Photo courtesy Dorna.
Andrea Locatelli (55) leads Garrett Gerloff (31), Iker Lecuona (7), and Remy Gardner (87). Photo courtesy Dorna.

Locatelli finished 5th in Race 2 and currently holds 4th place in the championship.

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