The recklessness of forgetting Toprak Razgatlioglu

Number 1 made his first 3 out of 3 on the 5th attempt and is back in the fight for the title.


July 18, 2022 (8:00 p.m. CET)

Toprak Razgatlioglu claimed his first treble of Superbike victories at Donington

Toprak Razgatlioglu claimed his first treble of Superbike victories at Donington

The WorldSBK 2022 played the British round, fifth of the season, at Donington Park, where Toprak Razgatlioglu (3) won the Superbike World Cup there Dominique Aegerter (2) in the super sports world cup.

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Knocking the defending champion out of the fight when barely a quarter of the season has passed isn’t a very good idea. If, in addition, the season is very long, it is very likely that it will end up being a mistake. If the pilot is a superlative talent barely 25 years old with an almost unpronounceable last name, forgetting your candidacy acquires the category of recklessness.

Without feeling with his R1, the first three rounds were complicated for Toprak Razgatlioglu, who could not reproduce his good training in the race, collecting the third and second places. Particularly painful was that of Portimao, when he went out first on the straight to succumb to the power of Álvaro Bautista and his Ducati.

His victory in the Misano Superpole race was seen more as a balm than a change of trend. He took advantage of the fight between his two rivals to amass a definitive income in such a short race. A long race remained to be won, and he had between the eyebrows the tour of Donington, his favorite course.

Toprak Razgatlioglu followed by Jonathan Rea, Álvaro Bautista and Scott Redding
Toprak Razgatlioglu followed by Jonathan Rea, Álvaro Bautista and Scott Redding

Not even seeing how Jonathan Rea dominated on Friday to become Saturday with a convincing pole undermined their morale. He had his plan and he was going to carry it out to perfection: a brief fight with Rea at the start of the first race ended with the loss of several places for the Northern Irishman, which the Turk took the opportunity to go to victory.

Stroll through the Superpole race after warning that he was going for the treble, something that had never been achieved despite having had up to four options after winning the first two races (Magny-Cours 2019, Portimao 2020, Most 2021 and Argentina 2021).

On the 5th, came the 3 of 3 from number 1.

With a defensive motorcycle clinic ended up eroding Rea’s resistance and in the second half of the race he had no rivals, finally consummating his long-awaited hat-trick and reduce the deficit with the leader to almost half: He turns 79 and leaves at 43. With seven laps to go and having regained the feeling with his M1, surely let no one think to forget Toprak Razgatlioglu when talking about the fight for the 2022 world title.

Álvaro Bautista looks for the gap to overtake Jonathan Rea
Álvaro Bautista looks for the gap to pass Jonathan Rea

He also took a good bite Jonathan Rea to Alvaro Baptistreducing his deficit to more than half: from 36 to 17. Despite being winless against his team, Rea had a solid weekend with two second places and a third in the final race, in which Álvaro Bautista ( R/4/2) was able to make up for the crash in race one and recoup some of the revenue he had lost so far by beating the Kawasaki rider in the fight for second place.

Donington also saw the first podiums of two local drivers: Alex Lowewho in the first race took advantage of the fall of Bauti to sneak into the box after beating Scott Reddingwho in the Superpole race has kept the Spaniard at bay to make his podium debut since joining BMW.

It was not an easy weekend for the Spaniards of Honda, with an unknown terrain a priori not conducive to the virtues of their machine. Saved him more than decently Iker Lecuona (07/08/10), while xavi virgin (15/13/13) had to settle for a few points after returning from injury and being involved in an accident caused by the rookie Tarran MacKenziewhich beyond that left a good feeling.

Dominique Aegerter followed by Lorenzo Baldassarri
Dominique Aegerter followed by Lorenzo Baldassarri


It was Yamaha and odd numbers. In Supersport, the two victories were again for the Yamaha with the number 77: the Swiss Dominique Aegerter he came back to do what he wanted and when he wanted in both races for dominate on saturday in Italian Lorenzo Baldasarri there repeat sunday to chain up to 9 consecutive victories, equaling the record established two years ago by Andrea Locatelli. Two other Italians with Ducati routes complete the podiums: first Raffaele De Rosa and after Nicolo Bulega.

Less and more it was the weekend for the Spaniards, who after leaving empty on Saturday scored on Sunday: Adrian Huertas (7/18) recovered from crash in race one to match best in class in race two; Unai Orradre (R/12) improved his own after a Saturday to forget and Isaac Vinales (20/14) scratched two points when he returned to the category for a substitution.

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