SBK 2022. GP of Portugal, Jonathan Rea wins race 2 at Estoril
Show of strength by Jonathan Rea who folds Bautista only on the last lap. Razgatlioglu yields in the final and is third. Fifth Locatelli and seventh Bassani ahead of Rinaldi
May 22, 2022
TO Unlike yesterday when Rea and Razgatlioglu had fought at every corner, favoring Bautista's recovery, today's was a more tactical race, which was only livened up in the final stages when the six-time world champion and the Spaniard from Ducati joined I fought for the victory until the last corner, while Toprak was forced to slow down probably due to tire wear resulting from a not perfect set-up. In the final lap Jonny's masterpiece that passes Bautista and holds the rope of all the remaining corners, even when the rear cover of his Ninja smokes and seems to lose grip. Contrary to what happened yesterday with Toprak, today Bautista was unable to take advantage of the extension of his Panigale V4 out of the last corner and on the final straight the number 54 Kawasaki crossed the line first with almost two tenths on the Ducati. number 19.
Once again the Cannibal showed all his determination and his inexhaustible hunger for victories, and now the championship standings see Bautista in the lead with 17 points ahead of Rea and 52 over Razgatlioglu, still fasting to win.
B.driver completed an almost perfect race, never risking too much and pushing hard only in the final stages, taking the lead with the aim of gaining the advantage that would have allowed him to collect his fifth win of the season. But he had done the math without Rea's competitive anger.
D.Behind the three rulers, Alex Lowes stood out who in the initial stages moved up the rankings to reach third position in front of Bautista, with the clear intention of stealing precious points from his team-mate's opponents. He succeeded almost in the middle of the race, when Bautista passed him and Alex began to lose counted with the leading trio, however finishing in fourth place, ahead of Andrea Locatelli, who never entered the leading group. . Sixth place for IkerLecuona who put on a show on the eighth lap and asked his runaway Fireblade with a rodeo. Good race for Axel Bassani who preceded Michael Ruben Rinaldi who ends an anonymous weekend with an eighth place. The two Xavi, Vierge and Fores complete the top ten. Fifteenth Luca Bernardi who brings home a punticino.