Jonathan Rea started Saturday afternoon in a Place in an excellent mood: he won the Superpole qualification with a new Autodrom Brno lap record. But in the race, the rivals decided to “offend” the 6-time World Superbike champion. Results of the 1st stage of CzechWorldSBK.
Rea has significantly improved last year’s lap record, which he himself set at qualifying in 2021 (1:31.684). Today he drove in at 1:30.947. Toprak Razgatlioglu showed the 2nd time in qualifying, Mikel Rinaldi started from the 3rd, moving Alvaro Bautista to the 4th.
But in the race, Rinaldi did not have a significant impact on the course of events. Razgatlioglu won the fight on the 1st lap. Ray tried to regain the lead, and he succeeded on lap 5. The duel continued for a long time. Bautista pursued them and did not interfere, but by the 10th lap he was able to find a loophole – he became the leader of the race, and after that, he began to break away.
The fight for the 2nd place was hot! Scott Redding, the winner of the 2nd race in 2021, joined her. The Briton really pushed Rea and broke through his defense. Toprak also made a mistake. In general, 5 laps before the finish, Redding came in 2nd place.
On the last lap, Rea tried to enter the top three, but Razgatlioglu returned and moved the Irishman. Toprak managed to move Redding at the last moment, and Redding restrained Ray’s attack, not letting Kawasaki on the podium, which really helped Toprak! Victory in Saturday’s race at the Bridge allowed Alvaro Bautista to return the gap with Jonathan Ray to the 29-point mark.
Results of the 1st CzechWorldSBK race, Autodrom Most (30/07/2022):