(Motorinformed.com) – Yamaha works driver Toprak Razgatlioglu has secured victory in the second main race at the Superbike World Championship in Magny-Cours (see the race result). The world championship leader won a tough duel with world champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki). The two world championship rivals fought an exciting elbow duel in Sunday’s race. Scott Redding completed the podium with his Ducati. Jonas Folger crossed the finish line in 16th place and was left empty-handed.
Toprak Razgatlioglu showed a strong performance
By winning the sprint race in the morning, Toprak Razgatlioglu was on pole. Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes’ factory Kawasakis completed the front row. Jonas Folger started from position 18 on the penultimate row into the final race of the weekend, which was attended by 14,400 fans.
Toprak Razgatlioglu prevailed at the start, but on the way to the Adelaide hairpin, the Yamaha rider was pinned down by the factory Kawasakis. Razgatlioglu had to fight hard on the brakes to maintain his position at the front. Jonas Folger had another disappointing start and dropped back to last position.
Alex Lowes falls, shocking moment for Michael van der Mark
Rea took the lead on lap two. Kawasaki teammate dropped out due to a fall. As a result, Ducati rider Scott Redding took third position. Compared to the Saturday race, Redding was able to improve significantly. Rea, Razgatlioglu and Redding easily separated from their pursuers.
Razgatlioglu braked past Rea on lap four, but the world champion counterattacked a few corners later and took the lead again. Redding watched the duel from third position.
Photos: Superbike World Championship 2021: Magny-Cours (France)
A dangerous scene broke out on the straight between Yamaha rider Andrea Locatelli and BMW rider Michael van der Mark. In the duel for fourth place, the two clashed and Locatelli hit the front brake of Van der Marks BMW. The front wheel of the BMW locked and Van der Mark was lucky not to fall. The Dutchman slipped back to sixth position.
Elbow duel between Razgatlioglu and Rea
On lap six there was contact between Razgatlioglu and Rea. The world champion defended the lead in the Adelaide hairpin. With the fastest race lap, Rea was able to easily pull away. But Razgatlioglu reacted and took Rea a tenth of a second again in the following lap. Redding could no longer follow the two front runners and was more than a second behind.
On lap ten, Razgatlioglu again slowed past Rea in the Adelaide hairpin and this time held his own in front. In the Imola chicane, Rea pushed past again and relegated Razgatlioglu to second position.
Toprak Razgatlioglu was only able to break away from Zoom in the final phase
A lap later, the spectacle was repeated in the Adelaide hairpin. Razgatlioglu braked past one more time on lap eleven. This time Rea didn’t have an answer. The Kawasaki rider fought hard not to let Razgatlioglu escape. Razgatlioglu could not break away. On lap 15, Rea tried the Adelaide hairpin but was unable to hold the line.
Five laps before the end of the race, Rea had to catch a slide and thus lost the connection. But Razgatlioglu also made a mistake. The Turk got off the line at the Imola chicane. This brought Rea back within striking distance.
Rea gives up defeat, Razgatlioglu extends World Cup lead
With three laps before the end of the race, Rea slowed down. The gap grew to over a second. The world champion had decided to take the 20 points for second place instead of risking a fall.
Razgatlioglu also won the second main race and got the maximum number of points in France. This increased the lead in the World Cup to 13 points. Rea came second again. When he crossed the finish line, Rea was 2.9 seconds behind. Redding put Ducati on the podium. The Brit crossed the finish line 8.4 seconds behind.
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Jonathan Rea went to the absolute limit again and experienced a shocking second zoom
Fourth place went to Yamaha rider Andrea Locatelli. Chaz Davies drove into the top 5 with his GoEleven-Ducati, making it the best non-works rider. Alvaro Bautista gave Honda a top six result. HRC teammate Leon Haslam dropped out due to a fall. Seventh place went to Ducati works driver Michael Ruben Rinaldi.
Mixed result for BMW trio
Michael van der Mark fell back to eighth position in the course of the race. Team-mate Tom Sykes was classified in tenth place. Garrett Gerloff (GRT-Yamaha) was again inconspicuous and finished in ninth place.
Jonas Folger also missed out on the points in the second race. In 16th place he was 49.6 seconds behind the winner when he crossed the finish line. The BMW driver did not make it into the points in any of the three races.
The WSBK season 2021 will continue in two weeks in Barcelona.