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WorldSBK Argentina SP Race Results | Razgatlioglu wins but title down to wire

Toprak Razgatlioglu shuffles ever closer to the 2021 WorldSBK Championship title with a 14th win of the year in the San Juan Villicum Superpole Race

Toprak Razgatlioglu - Pata Yamaha R1 WorldSBK 2021


Toprak Razgatlioglu put another finger on the 2021 WorldSBK Championship title trophy with a second victory of the weekend at San Juan Villicum in Argentina, but third for Jonathan Rea means the title will go down to the wire in Indonesia next month.

The Turkish rider maintained his flawless form around the Andes Mountain backed circuit with a lights-to-flag victory that strengthens his advantage at the summit of the standings and on the cusp of peaking as World Champion.

Having enjoyed a sizeable advantage over Rea in Race 1, Razgatlioglu had to contend with Scott Redding for company this time around, the Ducati rider unable to make pole position count entirely but at least avoiding the pitfalls of the opening encounter when he fell at the first corner.

Keeping Razgatlioglu honest over the 10 lap sprint, Redding attempted to save his for the last lap but would ultimately settle for second position. Victory means Razgatlioglu has the honour of achieving Yamaha’s 350th WorldSBK podium. 

Rea, meanwhile, was again gulfed in third place, some three seconds off the front. Though it was enough to keep the title fight alive to the finale at the new Mandalika Circuit in Indonesia next month, the six-time World Champion is increasingly staring down the barrel of his first overall defeat since 2014 with a margin of 34 points splitting himself and Razgatlioglu.

Axel Bassani recovered from a poor start to work his way back to fourth position on the Motocorsa Racing Ducati, ahead of Michael van der Mark, the Dutchman - a race winner in the last Superpole Race at Portimao - prevailing in a swinging chasing pack to get the better of Andrea Locatelli and Garrett Gerloff.

Issues for Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Alex Lowes saw them slip back during the second-half of the race, even if they secured their spots on the front three rows for Race 2 in eighth and ninth.

2021 WorldSBK Argentina | San Juan Villicum | Superpole Race RESULTS

2021 WorldSBK Argentina | San Juan Villicum | Superpole Race RESULTS | Round 12 / 13
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R110 Laps
2Scott ReddingGBRAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+0.046
3Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR+3.419
4Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R+5.407
5Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR+8.556
6Andrea LocatelliITAPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R1+9.608
7Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R1+9.821
8Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR+10.415
9Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+12.063
10Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R+15.170
11Alvaro BautistaESPTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R+15.685
12Tito RabatESPKawasaki Puccetti RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR+18.017
13Chaz DaviesGBRTeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R+18.470
14Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R1+20.327
15Eugene LavertyGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR+20.341
16Leandro MercadoESPMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+21.262
17Isaac VinalesESPOrelac VerdNatura RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR+21.534
18Samuele CavalieriESPBarni Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R+26.152
19Christophe PonssonFRAGil MotorsportYamaha YZF-R1+27.693
20Luciano RibodinoARGTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR+47.417
21Marco SolorzaARGTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR+51.079