Jonathan Rea claims a sensational first World Superbike win of 2022 after getting the better of Alvaro Bautista in the final corner. 

2022 World Superbike Aragon, Spain - Race (1) Results
1Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK18 Laps
2Alvaro BautistaSPAAruba.It Racing Ducati+0.090s
3Toprak RazgatliogluTURPATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK+5.416s
4Michael RinaldiITAAruba.It Racing Ducati+10.272s
5Andrea LocatelliITAPATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK+15.767s
6Iker LecuonaSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+18.670s
7Xavi ViergeSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+21.521s
8Ilya MykhalchykUKRBMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+21.605s
9Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team+21.946s
10Eugene LavertyIRLBonovo Action BMW+25.346s
11Loris BazFRABonovo Action BMW+25.927s
12Luca BernardiSMBarni Spark Ducati Team+28.460s
13Philipp OettlGERGoEleven Ducati+28.728s
14Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti Kawasaki+29.117s
15Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+29.637s
16Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa Ducati+30.861s
17Roberto TamburiniITAMotoxracing Yamaha WorldSBK Team+31.463s
18Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha+33.158s
19Christophe PonssonFRAGil Motor Sport Yamaha+53.223s
20Leandro MercadoARGMIE Honda Racing+56.013s
21Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE Honda Racing+58.063s
22Oliver KonigCZEOrelac Racing Kawasaki+1 Lap
23Loris CressonBELPedercini Kawasaki+1 Lap
24Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBKDNF
25Gabriele RuiuITABmax RacingDNF

Starting from pole for the first time in Aragon - fifth pole position of his career - Toprak Razgatlioglu held off Alvaro Bautista who momentarily got down the inside of the reigning world champion. 

Bautista, who had clear visions of taking the lead early, was instead relegated to third as Jonathan Rea came through at turn three.

Fastest over the weekend with regards to race pace, Rea quickly turned second into first after getting past Razgatlioglu at turn seven. 

Lap two and Razgatlioglu responded by regaining the lead at turn two, but unwilling to give his big rival any advantage, Rea produced a late-braking move heading into turn 12 to lead once more.

Seventh to begin race one, Iker Lecuona got a great start as he led the next group in fifth. But as the Honda rider struggled to keep pace with the leading quartet, Alex Lowes instead came through on the rookie. 

Lap five, and yes you guessed it, the lead changed again as Razgatlioglu muscled his way through on Rea at turn one. Bautista was keeping a close eye on the top two as team-mate Michael Rinaldi began to drop back.

Three abreast anyone… Bautista and Rea got a lovely run out of the final corner as the leading trio all attempted to lead into turn one. 

After initially getting the lead, Rea was demoted to second by Bautista at turn seven. All this resulted in Rinaldi closing back in. 

As Rea nearly ran off-track, team-mate Lowes was down in the gravel following a first crash of the season for the Brit. 

Keeping the same plan as the beginning of the race, Rea attempted to snap back at Bautista at every possible opportunity, however, the Ducati rider continued to hold strong out front. 

As he looked to clear off, Bautista had a big moment on the exit of turn 16 after nearly suffering a highside.

The mistake allowed Rea to close up before getting through at turn one. Bautista then lost further time after running wide in sector two, but after composing himself, the former MotoGP rider closed back in on Rea.

Rea and Bautista exchanged the lead once again at turn 16, while Razgatlioglu was unable to get involved. 

The top two began to break clear of the world champion with five laps to go as Razgatlioglu was seemingly struggling for front-end grip. 

A World Superbike winner this time last year, Redding claimed one point in a disastrous debut. 

Redding, who started 16th, was dropped to P19 following a poor start, and although he eventually made his way into the points (15th), that’s as far as his progress went. 

The former Ducati rider and series runner-up was last of the four BMW riders, which includes playing second best to stand-in rider Ilya Mychalchyk, who was eighth. 

It looks like the road to achieving success with BMW is going to be a long and hard one for Redding, who has lacked pace all weekend, not to mention all pre-season. 

Final corner overtake wins it for Rea!

Back at the front, Bautista regained the lead along the back straight before Rea produced a favourite move of his at turn seven. 

The final position change looked to have come with three laps to go as Rea pushed on during the final two laps. 

However, Bautista responded on the final lap as he closed a six tenth lead down to four heading onto the back-straight. 

On said straight, and Bautista used his incredible top speed to get alongside the six-time world champion heading into turn 16. But not ofr the first time, Rea delivered a lovely switchback to come across the line first.

Official Aragon WorldSBK Records 

Fastest Lap - Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR Pata Yamaha 1m 48.267s. 

Most Wins - Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki (8) 

2021 Aragon WorldSBK Race Winners 

Race 1 - Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki

Superpole Race - Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki

Race 2 - Scott Redding GBR Ducati 

The opening race day of the 2022 World Superbike campaign got underway in spectacular fashion as Razgatlioglu secured a new all-time Aragon lap record. 

The Turkish rider came across the line with a time of 1:48.267s which was +0.006s quicker than Bautista, who also went underneath the previous record, held by Rea. 

Sunday Schedule - 2022 Aragon WorldSBK

08:00-08:15 - WorldSBK Warm-up (UK)

10:00 - WorldSBK Superpole Race (UK) 

13:00 - WorldSBK Race 2 (UK)