Razgatlioglu wins as Rea, Bautista collide | WorldSBK France Race 2 Results

Race two for the seventh round of the 2022 WorldSBK Championship saw drama throughout, with title contenders colliding, and an unlikely victory battle.

Toprak Razgatlioglu - Pata Yamaha

After crashing in the first race of the weekend on Saturday, both Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea had ground to make up on Sunday in Magny-Cours.

Razgatlioglu made the most of his pace in the Superpole Race to take victory, but Rea was beaten by race one winner, and WorldSBK championship leader, Alvaro Bautista. 

The Ducati rider's speed advantage was once again evident at Magny-Cours, so even though Razgatlioglu made the holeshot in race two, it was not a surprise to see Bautista challenge into the turn five hairpin on the first lap. 

Jonathan Rea had not made the best start, but his race really fell apart when he collided with Bautista in turn 13 on the second lap. The former World Champion was trying to pass his rival, but lost the front as he drew alongside the Spaniard, who was left with nowhere to go. The contact left Bautista out of the race, and Rea with a long lap penalty, which Bautista felt was not a strong enough sanction. 

At the front, Razgatlioglu's challenge now came from Axel Bassani, who went onto lead for a few laps. As the #47's pace began to drop in the middle of the race, he and Razgatlioglu were caught by Michael Rinaldi, who soon hit the front. 

Razgatlioglu and Rinaldi were able to escape Bassani, and for a while it seemed as though Rinaldi would be able to challenge his Turkish rival right to the end. However, a mistake at the Imola Chicane for the Italian let some crucial distance appear between himself and the race leader, which he was then unable to close.

Razgatlioglu went on to win by two seconds, joined by the two young Ducati riders, Rinaldi and Bassani, on the podium in second and third, respectively. 

Alex Lowes was fourth, ahead of his teammate Jonathan Rea in fifth, while Scott Redding completed the top six. 

Andrea Locatelli took seventh place, ahead of Garrett Gerloff, Loris Baz and Iker Lecuona who completed the top 10. 

2022 WorldSBK Championship | Magny-Cours, France | Race 2 RESULTS | Round 7 / 12
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata YamahaYamaha R134:04.476
2Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R2.024
3Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R4.742
4Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR5.084
5Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR10.679
6Scott ReddingGBRBMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR11.955
7Andrea LocatelliITAPata YamahaYamaha R115.188
8Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha TeamYamaha R115.443
9Loris BazFRABonovo Action BMWBMW M 1000 RR16.67
10Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R18.367
11Philipp OettlGERTeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R25.74
12Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR33.872
13Luca BernardiSMRBarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R38.188
14Roberto TamburiniITAMotoxracing TeamYamaha R141.389
15Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha TeamYamaha R142.657
16Christophe PonssonFRAGil Motor SportYamaha R150.863
17Oscar GutierrezESPTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR54.487
18Oliver KonigCZEOrelac VerdNaturaKawasaki ZX-10RR1:04.081
19Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE Racing TeamHonda CBR1000RR-R1:13.308
DNFAlvaro BautistaESPAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 RDNF
DNFXavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-RDNF
DNFLeandro MercadoARGMIE Racing TeamHonda CBR1000RR-RDNF
DNFMichael van der MarkNEDBMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RRDNF
DNFEugene LavertyIRLBonovo Action BMWBMW M 1000 RRDNF