World Superbike: three contenders for the 2022 title – Jonathan Rea, Toprak Razgatlioglu, and Alvaro Bautista. Sunday’s World Superbike Stage 5 race, like Saturday’s, is a sight to behold.
The new king of Donington! World Superbike has really become the main show, where the action from start to finish is riveting.
Saturday’s race brought quite a sensation: while Toprak Razgatlioglu rolled away at the point from his rivals, Bau and Rea battled hard for 14 laps before Alvaro made a mistake and stretched out on the tarmac in Turn 12. Bautista’s fall immediately corrected the position in the world championship, with Rea and Razgatlioglu narrowing the giant gap to the Ducati rider in a flash.
But there were two more races to go, the Superpole Race and Race 2, in which another 37 points could have been earned. How did they work out?
Razgatlioglu won the Superpole Race, Rea finished 2nd and Scott Redding finally jumped into 3rd place on the updated BMW M1000RR. Bautista had a steep points deficit that needed to be made up urgently in Sunday’s race, and that set the pace for the race…