WorldSBK Magny-Cours: Razgatlioglu wins as Rea nerfs Bautista

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Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlioglu made it a clean sweep of Sunday WorldSBK wins at Magny-Cours this afternoon with Michael Rinaldi and Axel Bassani completing the podium.

But there was drama early doors when Jonathan Rea nerfed championship leader Alvaro Bautista int the gravel ands received a long-lap penalty.

The collision allowed Razgatlioglu and Bassani to move ahead and on lap three, Bassani made a move for the lead at turn 11 and he remained there until lap 8, when Rinaldi made an incredible double move into turn 11 to move into third, with Bassani dropping down to third place. Rinaldi tried to pull away from Razgatlioglu at the front of the field but, at turn five on lap 14, the reigning Champion made his move for the lead of the race. After that, Razgatlioglu was able to drop Rinaldi to win by more than one second ahead of Rinaldi, with Bassani in third place.

It means Razgatlioglu’s gap in the championship to Bautista is now just 30 points after taking his 71st podium, putting him level with Max Biaggi, as well as his 26th win. Rinaldi moves on to 13 WorldSBK podiums in his career while Bassani takes his third of his career and second of the French Round; the first time he has taken more than one podium in a single round.

Bassani claimed third place but he had to resist a late charge from Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team), with the British rider taking his second fourth place finish of the French Round. Lowes was six seconds clear of teammate Rea, with the six-time Champion only able to make up a couple of places to finish fifth; Rea trails Bautista by 47 points in the Championship. One rider Rea was able to pass was Scott Redding (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK), when Rea took advantage of Redding running wide at the 180 Degree corner to move up to fifth. Rea’s winless streak now spans 12 races, his longest since a run of 33 without a win in 2012 and 2013.

Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha) took seventh place after a late-race battle with Yamaha stablemate Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha), with just 0.255s separating the pair at the end of the race. Loris Baz (Bonovo BMW) finished ninth on home soil, ahead of Iker Lecuona (Team HRC) who rounded out the top ten, 1.5 seconds back from Baz but more than seven seconds clear of Philipp Oettl (Team Goeleven) in 11th.

Oettl had a bit of a lonely race in the closing stages of the race, finishing seven seconds back from Lecuona but eight seconds clear of Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), with Mahias claiming points at his home round. Sammarinese rider Luca Bernardi (BARNI Spark Racing Team) was 13th ahead of Robert Tamburini (Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK Team) in 14th place. Japanese rider Kohta Nozane (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) claimed the final point as he finished in 15th place.

French rider Christophe Ponsson (Gil Motor Sport-Yamaha) was 16th at the end of his home round, finishing eight seconds back from Nozane and three seconds clear of debutant Oscar Gutierrez (TPR Team Pedercini Racing), with the Spanish rider missing out on points in Race 2 by around ten seconds. Oliver Konig (Orelac Racing VerdNatura WorldSSP) was 18th with Malaysian rider Hafizh Syahrin (MIE Racing Honda Team) was 19th, with Syahrin having a crash at Turn 13 on Lap 15 but he was able to rejoin.

WorldSBK Magny-Cours race two result - conditions dry

1 1 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU TUR Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK Yamaha YZF R1 21 1’36.813 294,3 1’36.124 294,3
2 7 21 M. RINALDI ITA Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Ducati Panigale V4R 21 2.024 2.024 1’36.855 290,3 1’36.594 298,3
3 6 47 A. BASSANI ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati Panigale V4R IND 21 4.742 2.718 1’37.000 291,1 1’36.629 293,5
4 4 22 A. LOWES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki ZX-10RR 21 5.084 0.342 1’37.021 289,5 1’36.524 297,5
5 3 65 J. REA GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki ZX-10RR 21 10.679 5.595 1’37.204 290,3 1’36.124 294,3
6 5 45 S. REDDING GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW M1000RR 21 11.955 1.276 1’37.428 294,3 1’36.233 295,9
7 12 55 A. LOCATELLI ITA Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK Yamaha YZF R1 21 15.188 3.233 1’37.721 289,5 1’36.741 290,3
8 8 31 G. GERLOFF USA GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha YZF R1 IND 21 15.443 0.255 1’37.733 286,5 1’36.464 294,3
9 9 76 L. BAZ FRA Bonovo Action BMW BMW M1000RR IND 21 16.870 1.427 1’37.711 290,3 1’36.630 297,5
10 13 7 I. LECUONA ESP Team HRC Honda CBR1000 RR-R 21 18.367 1.497 1’37.705 296,7 1’36.892 297,5
11 10 5 P. OETTL GER Team Goeleven Ducati Panigale V4R IND 21 25.740 7.373 1’37.849 288,0 1’36.675 291,1
12 11 44 L. MAHIAS FRA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki ZX-10RR IND 21 33.872 8.132 1’37.918 282,7 1’36.678 286,5
13 20 29 L. BERNARDI SMR BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati Panigale V4R IND 21 38.188 4.316 1’38.522 286,5 1’38.337 288,0
14 18 2 R. TAMBURINI ITA Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK Team Yamaha YZF R1 IND 21 41.389 3.201 1’38.445 279,8 1’37.930 287,2
15 17 3 K. NOZANE JPN GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha YZF R1 IND 21 42.657 1.268 1’38.627 283,5 1’37.830 291,1
16 19 23 C. PONSSON FRA Gil Motor Sport-Yamaha Yamaha YZF R1 IND 21 50.863 8.206 1’38.854 287,2 1’38.182 288,0
17 23 99 O. GUTIERREZ ESP TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki ZX-10RR IND 21 54.487 3.624 1’39.164 283,5 1’38.934 288,8
18 24 52 O. KONIG CZE Orelac Racing Verdnatura Kawasaki ZX-10RR IND 21 1’04.981 10.494 1’39.811 286,5 1’39.204 288,8
19 21 35 H. SYAHRIN MAS MIE Racing Honda Team Honda CBR1000 RR-R IND 21 1’13.308 8.327 1’38.827 286,5 1’38.635 288,0
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RET 16 50 E. LAVERTY IRL Bonovo Action BMW BMW M1000RR IND 11 10 Laps 1’39.170 291,1 1’37.793 294,3
RET 14 97 X. VIERGE ESP Team HRC Honda CBR1000 RR-R 9 12 Laps 1’37.761 285,0 1’37.280 296,7
RET 15 60 M. VAN DER MARK NED BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW M1000RR 2 19 Laps 1’38.386 274,8 1’37.411 297,5
RET 22 36 L. MERCADO ARG MIE Racing Honda Team Honda CBR1000 RR-R IND 2 19 Laps 1’40.778 268,0 1’38.804 295,9
RET 2 19 A. BAUTISTA ESP Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Ducati Panigale V4R 1 20 Laps 288,0 1’36.416 299,2