WorldSBK Donington Park Race 2 Results | Rea fall gifts Razgatlioglu win & lead

Toprak Razgatlioglu moves to the head of the 2021 WorldSBK Championship standings with his second win of weekend after Jonathan Rea crashes out

Toprak Razgatlioglu - Pata Yamaha WorldSBK 2021

Toprak Razgatlioglu has moved into the 2021 WorldSBK Championship lead for the first time this season after Jonathan Rea threw away a potential win in the final race of the weekend at Donington Park with a costly crash.

In a rare error from the six-time WorldSBK Champion, Rea was engaged in a fierce duel with Razgatlioglu for victory but having just retaken the lead from his key title rival, the Kawasaki man fell at Coppice on lap 11.

Despite the speed of the accident, Rea was able to remount albeit well at the back, his exit freeing up Razgatlioglu to take his third win in four races and with it the championship lead by two points.

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Rea’s exit robbed fans of both a British winner and an entertaining fight out front, the Ulsterman having held the lead initially only to be usurped by Razgatlioglu when the Yamaha man muscled his way through at Coppice on lap four.

Nonetheless, Rea was able to keep up with his rival and despite a near-miss with the back of the Yamaha when he overshot his braking at the Esses on lap six, collected himself enough to retake the lead, again at Coppice, on lap ten.

However, a lap later it was all over for Rea when the front of his Kawasaki ZX-10RR washed out, sending him skating across the gravel trap.

It was all the invitation Razgatlioglu needed to take the reins of the race, managing an advantage he’d hold comfortably to the end of the race to win by three seconds over Garrett Gerloff.

Equalling his best ever finish in WorldSBK, Gerloff made it a Yamaha 1-2 to ensure a positive end to a career-defining week that began with him making his MotoGP debut in Assen.

Fresh from his return to the podium in the Superpole Race, Tom Sykes gave BMW another strong finish in third position, heading off a recovering Scott Redding, the former MotoGP rider forced to fight back from 11th on the grid after his Superpole Race disaster brought about by a wet tyre choice in dry conditions.

Michael van der Mark completed a strong weekend for BMW as a team with fifth place, ahead of Alex Lowes, who like Redding was forced to recover from a lower than expected starting position after falling in the Superpole Race.

Chaz Davies enjoyed his best race of the weekend with a run to seventh place, ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Leon Haslam - who faded from starting fourth but survived a tag with Lucas Mahias - with Alvaro Bautista rounding out the top ten.

Andrea Locatelli ended his weekend in 11th place, with Mahias, Axel Bassani, Tito Rabat and Eugene Laverty rounding out the points’ paying positions. 

Rea crossed the line 20th and last.

2021 WorldSBK Donington Park | Race 2 RESULTS

2021 WorldSBK Donington Park | Race 2 RESULTS | Round 4 / 13
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R123 Laps
2Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R1+2.243
3Tom SykesGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR+4.522
4Scott ReddingGBRAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+5.151
5Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR+13.315
6Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR+14.444
7Chaz DaviesGBRTeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R+16.684
8Michael Ruben RinaldiESPAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+18.757
9Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R+20.783
10Alvaro BautistaESPTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R+22.938
11Andrea LocatelliITAPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R1+23.194
12Lucas MahiasFRAKawasaki Puccetti RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR+25.442
13Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R+32.898
14Tito RabatESPBarni Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R+38.370
15Eugene LavertyIRLRC Squadra CorseBMW M1000RR+39.776
16Luke MosseyGBRTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR+43.182
17Isaac VinalesESPOrelac Racing VerdNatura KawasakI ZX-10RR+56.811
18Christophe PonssonFRAAlstare YamahaYamaha YZF-R1+57.073
19Loris CressonBELTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR+1m >
20Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR+1m >
DNFJonas FolgerGERBonovo MGM ActionBMW M1000RR 
DNSKohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R1