Michael Rinaldi makes it back-to-back WorldSBK wins at Misano as he battled past Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea for Superpole race honours.

WorldSBK Misano, Italy - Superpole Race Results
1Michael RinaldiITAAruba.It Ducati10 Laps
2Toprak RazgatliogluTURPATA Yamaha+0.485s
3Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing Team+1.865s
4Scott ReddingGBRAruba.It Ducati+2.419s
5Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team+5.671s
6Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa Ducati+7.448s
7Tom SykesGBRMotorrad BMW WorldSBK Team+10.560s
8Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha+13.102s
9Andrea LocatelliITAPATA Yamaha+13.110s
10Alvaro BautistaSPATeam HRC+16.348s
11Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRC+18.585s
12Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha+20.167s
13Eugene LavertyIRLRC Squadra Corse BMW+20.796s
14Tito RabatSPABarni Ducati+21.207s
15Isaac VinalesSPAOrelac Racing Kawasaki+27.728s
16Christophe PonssonFRAGil Yamaha+30.205s
17Samuele CavalieriITAPedercini Kawasaki+35.374s
18Loris CressonBELPedercini Kawasaki+35.643s
19Jonas FolgerGERBenovo BMW+37.066s
20Lucas MahiasFRAKawasaki PuccettiDNF
21Michael Van Der MarkNEDMotorrad BMW WorldSBK TeamDNF
22Chaz DaviesGBRGoEleven DucatiDNF

Razgatlioglu got the perfect start from second as he pipped Rea into turn one. On lap two, Rinaldi started his charge for victory as he also made his way past Rea at turn six. 

With four laps remaining, Rinaldi made the race winning overtake on Razgatlioglu with a brave move heading into the fast curvone section. 

Razgatlioglu took second and gained more valuable points on Rea who was once again third. 

Chaz Davies suffered his second race crash of the weekend after falling at turn one on the opening lap. The GoEleven Ducati rider wasn’t the only faller as Michael Van Der Mark and Lucas Mahias also suffered crashes.

Kohta Nozane was given a six place grid drop for the Superpole race after ignoring red flags during Saturday’s free practice. 

Race One

Rinaldi took his first WorldSBK win for the factory Aruba.it Ducati team during Saturday’ race one at Misano - second career win after Aragon 2020. 

Rinaldi made an aggressive start which saw him come close to contact with Rea at turn two, and then Razgatlioglu at turn five. 

By the end of the first lap Rinaldi was leading after starting fourth on the grid, which is the same position he starts this morning’s Superpole race from. 

The race looked to be heading towards a duel for the win between Rinaldi and Rea, until the six-time world champion produced a Marc Marquez type save after losing the front with 12 laps to go. 

Rea managed to lose just one spot to Razgatlioglu but was unable to close back in on the Yamaha rider. 

Redding was less than impressed with his Ducati machine(looked like front tyre problems) and was seen shaking his head on multiple occasions. Redding came home fourth but was well away from the podium battle even with Rea’s huge moment. 

Misano Lap Record:

Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing Team 1m 33.416s 

Misano Race One Winner: 

Michael Rinaldi ITA Aruba.it Ducati 

Misano Superpole Race Winner:

Michael Rinaldi ITA Aruba.it Ducati

2021 Wins Leader: 

Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing Team (4)