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Donington Park WorldSBK SPRace Results | Razgatlioglu halts Bautista streak

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Toprak Razgatlioglu, Pata Yamaha, Yamaha R1, 2023 WorldSBK, Donington Park, action [credit - Gold & Goose]

Toprak Razgatlioglu has taken an authoritative second win of the 2023 WorldSBK Championship season after wearing down Jonathan Rea late on to secure success in the Donington Park Superpole Race.

Maintaining his strong record around the British venue, Razgatlioglu's win marks his sixth in the last eight races held at Donington Park, which in turn brought Alvaro Bautista's crushing run of 11 straight wins to an end.

Indeed, with victory in race one ticking off the last remaining circuit on the WorldSBK calendar he hadn't previously won on, Bautista once again looked ominously good in the 10-lap sprint, getting the jump on pole sitter Rea into Redgate.


However, a better exit would allow Rea through on the run down to Craner Curves, while Razgatlioglu sensed his opportunity to strike straight away by slipping up the inside of the Ducati coming into the Old Hairpin.

While Bautista lost touch initially as he worked to get heat into the tyres on a cool, blustery day in the Midlands, he was soon back onto the tail of the tandem up ahead as Rea focused on keeping his lines neat to fend off Razgatlioglu.

Unusually for Bautista, it was a tussle he couldn't nose into, with Rea and Razgatlioglu rediscovering some of their best form as they found the limit in their own personal battle.

Coming into the closing stages though it was Razgatlioglu that appeared to be biding his time behind an increasingly ragged Rea, so it perhaps wasn't surprising to see the Turk opt for a trademark hard-braking punt down the inside at the Melbourne hairpin to take the lead on the penultimate lap.

While Rea's valiant attempts to respond weren't enough to unsettle Razgatlioglu, they did do the Yamaha rider a favour by holding a looming Bautista at bay. Alas for Rea, he couldn't hold him to the flag, the Spaniard slithering up the inside at the Esses on the final lap.

He didn't have time to chase down Razgatlioglu, the Turk coming across the line to score a precious second win of the year, leaving Bautista to settle for an increasingly unfamiliar lower rung on the podium, with Rea third.

Adrift of the podium battle, Andrea Locatelli prevailed in an all-Italian fight with Danilo Petrucci for fourth place, with Alex Lowes completing the top six.

After his lap one fracas in race one, Garrett Gerloff recovered to seventh as the highest-placed BMW rider, while Axel Bassani and Scott Redding completed the top nine positions to assure their spots on the front three rows in race two.

2023 British WorldSBK | Donington Park | Superpole Race Results | Round 6 of 12
1Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Crescent RacingYamaha R110 Laps
2Alvaro BautistaESPAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+0.315
3Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR+0.537
4Andrea LocatelliITAPata Crescent RacingYamaha R1+4.247
5Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R+5.018
6Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR+5.350
7Garrett GerloffUSABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR+5.629
8Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R+6.884
9Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR+9.047
10Philipp OettlGERGo ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R+11.167
11Dominique AegerterCHEGYTR GRTYamaha R1+12.125
12Bradley RayGBRMotoxracingYamaha R1+13.346
13Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R+13,712
14Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R+14.295
15Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRTYamaha R1+17.793
16Lorenzo BaldassarriITAGMT 94Yamaha R1+20.959
17Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+22.256
18Tom SykesGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR+25.381
19Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+28.550
20Tito RabatESPPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+28.954
21Isaac VinalesESPTPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+29.146
22Oliver KonigCZEOrelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+35.084
23Loris BazFRABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR+35.269
24Eric GranadoBRAMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+36.476

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