Jonathan Rea has claimed an unlikely Estoril World Superbike win after Toprak Razgatlioglu made a costly mistake whilst leading the Superpole race. 

2022 World Superbike Estoril, Portugal - Superpole Race Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime
1Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK10 Laps
2Toprak RazgatliogluTURPATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK+0.174s
3Alvaro BautistaSPAAruba.It Racing Ducati+4.925s
4Iker LecuonaSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+7.050s
5Andrea LocatelliITAPATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK+8.240s
6Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK+8.684s
7Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+10.293s
8Michael RinaldiITAAruba.It Racing Ducati+29.516s
9Xavi ForesSPAGoEleven Ducati+29.541s
10Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa Ducati+32.114s
11Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha+32.141s
12Christophe PonssonFRAGil Motor Sport Yamaha+52.258s
13Isaac VinalesSPAPedercini Kawasaki+53.209s
14Leandro MercadoARGMIE Honda Racing+55.481s
15Luca BernardiSMBarni Spark Ducati Team+1'06.281s
16Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE Honda Racing+1'07.723s
17Oliver KonigCZEOrelac Racing Kawasaki+1'07.738s
18Eugene LavertyIRLBonovo Action BMWDNF
19Loris BazFRABonovo Action BMWDNF
20Marvin FritzGERMotoxracing Yamaha WorldSBK TeamDNF
21Xavi ViergeSPATeam HRC WorldSBKDNF
22Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti KawasakiDNF

Although no rain was scheduled, the third Superpole race of 2022 got underway on a damp track for the first time this season. Despite the tricky conditions, the front row of Rea, Razgatlioglu and Bautista elected for slick tyres as opposed to intermediates, as did most of the field. 

Iker Lecuona, Michael Rinaldi, Axel Bassani and Leandro Mercado were the only riders to choose intermediate tyres.

Looking to make a much improved start from pole compared to that of race one, Rea once again lost out to Razgatlioglu. 

It was a slow start for Bautista as the Aruba.it Ducati rider lost third to Scott Redding. 

There were numerous fallers on lap one as Lucas Mahias, Xavi Vierge and Marvin Fritz all suffered crashes. 

Eager to get back through on the BMW rider, Bautista used the power of his Panigale V4 R to blast past Redding into turn one [lap two]. 

After getting a brilliant slingshot off turn 13, Rea took the lead well before turn one while Vierge returned to pit lane following his early crash. 

As Bautista began to close in on the top two, the fastest rider on track was Lecuona as the Spaniard began to smell a possible podium. 

Loris Baz, who finished third in warm-up, suffered a fast crash on lap four which allowed team-mate Eugene Laverty into P8. 

Bonovo BMW’s Estoril Superpole race  then went from bad to disaster as Laverty crashed on lap five. 

With Bautista now struggling for pace, Rea and Razgatlioglu gapped the championship leader to the tune of two seconds, as was the case for Lecuona who was now seven tenths behind Bautista. 

With just four laps to go, Razgatlioglu retook the lead after out-braking Rea at turn one. The Kawasaki rider attempted to hold strong around the outside, however, it was a mistake from Rea as he ran wide.

With Laverty on his way to the medical centre for a check-up, Razgatlioglu’s lead was now eight tenths as he began to show his pace.

Rea still had time to set a new fastest lap, but with Razgatlioglu matching the six-time world champion for performance, Rea was unable to close the gap. 

Estoril WorldSBK Records

Fastest Lap - Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing Team 1:35.346s (2022)

Race Lap Record - Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki 1:36.206s (2022) 

2021 Winners 

Race One - Scott Redding GBR Aruba.it Ducati 

Superpole Race - Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing Team 

Race Two - Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing Team 

Razgatlioglu throws away Superpole race win after mistake on the final lap

With victory seemingly in his pocket, Razgatlioglu made a huge error in sector three as he nearly crashed at turn 10. 

The Yamaha rider remained aboard his R1 but not before Rea pounced at the chicane. Razgatlioglu attempted to fight back but Rea held on for a surprising victory, a victory that will frustrate the reigning world champion even more given his failure to win race one.

Estoril WorldSBK Remaining Schedule

Sunday 

14:00 WorldSBK Race 2