2022 World Superbike Misano, Italy - Warm-up Results

Results from Warm-up, round four of the 2022 World Superbike Championship at Misano, Italy.
Toprak Razgatlioglu, Yamaha World Superbike Misano
Toprak Razgatlioglu, Yamaha World Superbike Misano

Looking to bounce back following his race one disappointment, Toprak Razgatlioglu finished World Superbike Warm-up at Misano quickest from Jonathan Rea. 

2022 World Superbike Misano, Italy - Warm-up Results
1Toprak RazgatliogluTURPATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK1:33.770s
2Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK+0.199s
3Alvaro BautistaSPAAruba.It Racing Ducati+0.247s
4Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK+0.397s
5Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team+0.481s
6Iker LecuonaSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+0.651s
7Andrea LocatelliITAPATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK+0.759s
8Michael RinaldiITAAruba.It Racing Ducati+0.778s
9Xavi ViergeSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+0.821s
10Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+0.850s
11Philipp OettlGERGoEleven Ducati+1.000s
12Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa Ducati+1.552s
13Ilya MychalchykUKRBMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+1.621s
14Tito RabatSPAPuccetti Kawasaki+1.632s
15Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha+1.946s
16Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE Honda Racing+1.965s
17Leandro MercadoARGMIE Honda Racing+2.028s
18Eugene LavertyIRLBonovo Action BMW+2.055s
19Luca BernardiSMBarni Spark Ducati Team+2.235s
20Gabriele RuiuITABmax Racing+2.462s
21Oliver KonigCZEOrelac Racing Kawasaki+3.058s
22Loris BazFRABonovo Action BMWNo Time Set
23Roberto TamburiniITAMotoxracing Yamaha WorldSBK TeamNo Time Set
24Christophe PonssonFRAGil Motor Sport YamahaNo Time Set
25Alesandro DelbiancoITAPedercini KawasakiNo Time Set

As the opening flurry of laps came in, it was GRT Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff who went fastest from Rea. 

The Kawasaki rider looked set to blast to the top of the leaderboard on his next lap around, however, Gerloff’s strong last sector was enough to keep him top, momentarily. 

As the pace improved Gerloff was then demoted to second by championship leader Alvaro Bautista, with the Spaniard clocking a time of 1:34.154s. 

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In typical 2022 World Superbike fashion, Bautista was then challenged by both Razgatlioglu and Rea, with the former going +0.018s slower than the Ducati rider. 

Just as he began to drop down the order, Gerloff responded by going within a tenth of Bautista’s best effort. 

After setting the first sub 1m 34s lap of the session, Rea was quickly beaten by Razgatlioglu who will be desperate to claim a first win of the season later today. The reigning world champion went quickest with a time of 1:33.770s.

With the top three failing to improve late on, Alex Lowes had a chance to go fastest after setting the best second sector of anyone, however, the Kawasaki rider then crashed at turn 10.

Misano World Superbike Records

Fastest ever lap - Alvaro Bautista SPA Aruba.it Ducati 1:33.328s (2022)

Fastest race lap - Alvaro Bautista SPA Aruba.it Ducati 1:34.221s (2022) 

2021 Race Winners 

Race 1 - Michael Ruben Rinaldi ITA Aruba.it Ducati

Superpole Race - Michael Ruben Rinaldi ITA Aruba.it Ducati

Race 2 - Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR Pata Yamaha 

2022 Race Winners 

Race 1 - Alvaro Bautista SPA Aruba.it Ducati 

Race 1 recap as Bautista regains the advantage over Rea, Razgatlioglu

After securing his first World Superbike pole since 2019, with a new lap record no less, Bautista was bettered on the run to turn one by Toprak Razgatlioglu. 

As Bautista attempted to fight back heading into turn 8, Rea saw the Spaniard moving to the outside as an opportunity to take not just second, but the lead. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu, Alvaro Bautista and Jonathan Rea, Misano WorldSBK race1, 11 June
Toprak Razgatlioglu, Alvaro Bautista and Jonathan Rea, Misano WorldSBK…

However, poor drive on corner exit for the Kawasaki rider allowed Razgatlioglu and Bautista to remain ahead. 

On lap three, Rea produced a brilliant double overtake as he first got through on Bautista at turn four, before making that P1 six corners later. 

With Rea starting to break clear of Razgatlioglu on lap four, Bautista knew he had to pounce, which he did at turn 10. 

Now in clean air, Bautista started to reel in Rea as he set his fastest lap of the race. With Ducati looking ominous in the hands of Bautista, and to a lesser extent Axel Bassani and Michael Rinaldi - both riders were comfortably inside the top five - Philipp Oettl was unable to find similar speed as he instead crashed out on lap six.   

Looking ragged behind the top two, Razgatlioglu was given a track limit warning after running off track at turn 12. 

With Razgatlioglu doing everything to remain in the fight, it was becoming apparent that straight-line speed was an issue, forcing the reigning world champion to recover lost ground on the brakes. 

Lap 10 and Bautista attempted to take the lead from Rea [turn 8], but the Aruba.it Ducati rider ran wide, thus allowing the six-time Superbike champion to remain ahead. 

Joining Oettl and Christophe Ponsson as riders to suffer crashes, Gabriele Ruiu was next to go down. 

After failing to overtake Rea at the same turn eight with nine to go, Bautista eventually made a very brave move stick at Curvone [turn 11].

Razgatlioglu’s World Superbike title defence suffers devastating blow

As Bautista began to drop Rea, drama soon followed for Razgatlioglu as he began to slow coming out of turn 16. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu, Misano WorldSBK, 11 June
Toprak Razgatlioglu, Misano WorldSBK, 11 June

Yet to win a race so far in 2022, the Pata Yamaha rider seemed to suffer a technical issue as he was forced to stop opposite of pit lane. 

Back at the front, Bautista was still on lap record pace as he gapped Rea to the tune of three seconds. 

Sunday World Superbike Misano schedule 

10:00 Superpole Race 

14:15 Race 2

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