After conceding the benefit, Toprak Razgatlioglu got here again to his essential opponent Jonathan Rea on the Adelaide pin within the fourth spherical of 21, earlier than escaping for his seventh victory of the 12 months. After getting into the Magny-Cours race on equal factors with the Kawasaki rider Rea, Razgatlioglu is now 5 factors forward within the title race.
Razgatlioglu took the lead at the beginning to guide into Flip 1, however a greater passage in Estoril and on the again straight for Rea allowed the six-time World Champion to cross in Adelaide once more. A slight contact between Alex Lowes and Razgatlioglu briefly promoted Michael Ruben Rinaldi’s Ducati to second, however on the finish of the primary lap Razgatlioglu was once more in entrance.
Rea’s time on the entrance of the peloton additionally proved short-lived, as Razgatlioglu regularly caught up, then handed Rea again on lap 4 and instantly pulled away. Ultimately, Razgatlioglu took the checkered flag four.four seconds forward of Rea for his third victory at Magny-Cours; the circuit the place he gained his first WSBK victories two years in the past on a Kawasaki Puccetti.
Lowes seemed properly on his method to his first podium for the reason that Donington Park spherical in July, after overtaking Rinaldi for second within the second lap, earlier than falling 5 laps from the end in Flip 180. Andrea Locatelli, Razgatlioglu’s Yamaha teammate then took third place, the rookie rising to his third podium of the season.
Rinaldi was by far the very best Ducati rider ending fourth in a fully horrible race for his teammate Scott Redding, who began eighth and completed 12th after a crash late within the race. Redding struggled to progress early within the race, however got here down the standings popping out huge in Adelaide within the fifth spherical. Whereas preventing exterior the highest 10, he crashed three laps from the end at Château d’Eau earlier than coming again up. Scoring 4 factors for 12th place, Redding is now 59 factors behind Razgatlioglu within the championship.