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WorldSBK Catalunya: Rinaldi runs away with restarted race two

Aruba Ducati’s Michael Ruben Rinaldi claimed victory at Barcelona in race two after another red-flagged WorldSBK contest at the Spanish circuit.

The number 21 crossing the line three-seconds ahead of next best rider, Pata Yamaha's Toprak Razgatlioglu, after a mid-race dance.

A heavy crash between Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) and Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) saw Sykes taken to hospital after suffering a concussion. Medical attention for Sykes bringing out the red flags to halt proceedings.


A 19-lap re-run was started without Kawasaki Racing’s Alex Lowes after he had also been involved in a crash in the first attempted run, suffering an unspecified left wrist injury after being hit by his own bike and then a following rider, thankfully at relatively low speed.

The restart saw a tough early fight between eventual race winner Rinaldi, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) and the seemingly perennially competitive Razgatlioglu.

The Turk was forced to settle for second at the end as Rinaldi had more tyre and more pace - and a piece of random red and white barrier tape wrapped around his forks for many of the final laps, which had blown across his path as he chased Razgatlioglu.

Third place went to the second, rapidly advancing, Ducati of Scott Redding, who was only just ahead of the fast Honda of Alvaro Bautista, who just missed out on a second Catalunya podium.

Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) was fifth, and just four-seconds from the winner Rinaldi.

Rea was struggling from mid-race distance onwards and got swamped in passing riders for a time, but he made stand in sixth place to finish seven-seconds from the race win.

Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha) was top Independent Rider in seventh, Axel Bassani (MotoCorsa Racing Ducati) was eight, Michael van der Mark (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) ninth and Kohta Nozane (GRT Yamaha) tenth.

Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven Ducati) could not ride after his earlier crash but has not suffered any fractures according to his team.

In the championship fight Razgatlioglu retook the lead - by one point - from Rea, 399 to 398. Redding is on 339, Rinaldi 218, Locatelli 201 and Lowes 192.

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