WSBK Superbike Assen Race 2: Toprak-Rea on the ground and Bautista takes advantage of the disaster - Paddock GP

WSBK Superbike Assen Race 2: Toprak-Rea on the ground and Bautista takes advantage of the disaster – Paddock GP

By Paolo Gozzi /

It had to happen: Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea self-eliminated, Alvaro Bautista won hands down. Locatelli and Lecuona also on the podium.

Come to think of it, it was inevitable: Toprak Razgtalioglu and Jonathan Rea collided in Race 2 at Assen, and both ended up on the floor. A limping patatrac who also threatened to implicate Alvaro Bautista and completely upset a decapitated race on lap three. Jonathan Rea came back and pressed hard, but Toprak Razgtalioglu was resisting entering the first corner, but he came out wide. The Cannibal spotted the spot, dived in and when the Yamaha picked up the trajectory, the crash was inevitable. The pilots got up safe and sound, without looking at each other. Stewards reviewed the incident and found no irregularities.

Alvaro Bautista on velvet
At that moment, the way was clear for Ducati, and Alvaro Bautista enjoyed his walk in the meadows of Drenthe. For his third victory in 2022 (the nineteenth of his career), the Spaniard took advantage of the mistakes of his rivals. There is still a long way to go, but the Madrid native has made a good start. He is very quick and takes the necessary risks: that’s the way to do it. Yes Jonathan Rea remained standing, how would that have happened? Well, given how aggressively he came from fifth place at the start, we can assume that the Dutchman’s trio would have been served. But ifs and buts don’t win races. The Cannibal is now 18 points behind Alvaro Bautista.
Toprak Razgtaliogluwho in six races did no better than third and sank 45 points off the lead.

Jonathan Rea also touched by Garrett Gerloff
This year’s Superbike is a big show, but the boys will have to calm down: in the frenetic Superpole-style start, Jonathan Rea found himself in fifth position, and while he was planning to come back up, he was hit by Garrett Gerloff. The Texan almost knocked the winner of the two previous races off his bike and forced him to widen his trajectory, before re-entering the race. For Garrett Gerloffit was over, to the great despair of Yamaha GRT who had already lost Kohta Nozane at the first corner, who fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot in the fall.

Locatelli tames Lecuona
The abandonment of the big names in the world championship has given even more space to new recruits. Andrea Locatelli put a second place in his bag, his best result in the championship, after taming a Iker Lecuona aggressive, who in the excitement of the accident between Toprak and Rea also found himself briefly in command of the race. Axel Bassani also performed well, after losing a direct confrontation with Scott Redding after a three-second penalty for exceeding the limits of the track. The Briton, taking advantage of the circumstances, brought the BMW to an acceptable position for the first time: fifth, although 15 seconds behind Bautista.

Next stop: Estoril
The Superbike World Championship now stops for a month, before returning to the track from May 20 to 22 in Estoril, Portugal. In the meantime, there will be weeks to think back to the Assen incident. Between Toprak and Jonathan, the friendship of the past is likely to be only a distant memory.

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