SBK 2022. Portuguese GP, Alvaro Bautista wins race 1 at Estoril

Exciting race experienced first on the duel between Razgatliogklu and Rea and then on the comeback of Bautista who wins in a sprint on the Turkish of Yamaha. Fourth Locatelli and ninth Rinaldi

May 21, 2022

Alvaro Bautista wins a beautiful sprint race, which kept everyone in suspense until the end. In the final sprint the Ducati Spaniard grabbed onto the engine of his Panigale V4 and burned Toprak Razgatlioglu at the finish line. The Turk had been the absolute protagonist together with Rea in the first part of the race, when the two world champions overtook each other continuously, giving a show especially at the end of the very long straight of the pits, with frightening braking and the rear wheel off the ground for tens of meters. At that point the first two had made a void behind them, also because Bautista, who in practice had shown he could keep a very high pace, had taken four laps to get rid of Andrea Locatelli, and was three seconds behind. On lap four, Rea set a new record lap of the track in 1'36 "204 but just then Bautista started his comeback, lapping constantly at the high 1'36. The two in front made it easier for him, fighting at every corner and making mistakes that in the end weighed heavily on the result of the race.

TOOn the fourteenth of the twenty-one laps planned, while the first two continued to take the doors, Alvaro moved within a second of them, but it was clear that he would soon join them. On lap 16, in the braking at the end of the straight, Rea made a mistake and his race practically ended there, because not only was he passed by Bautista, but his rear SC0 tire (Bau and Toprak used an SCX) began to send him worrying signals. which forced him to slow down. With two laps to go, the Aruba Ducati rider was already in the exhausts of the Yamaha number 1, but the world champion held out. On the penultimate lap Alvaro was perfectly studying the attack that he would then launch on the next lap, when with a manual maneuver he exited the last corner very close to Razgatlioglu, only to burn him at the finish line. Rea, who in the meantime had raised the white flag, finished almost five seconds behind the first two.

Qfourth place for Andrea Locatelli in front of the Honda couple, with Xavi Vierge able to precede Iker Lecuona. Alex Lowes was good in the final to overtake a surprising Scott Redding, eighth with the M 1000 RR with an "aesthetically questionable" vintage livery. Rinaldi was only ninth with the other factory Ducati, ahead of Loris Baz and a very good Xavi Fores, who climbed for the first time on Team GoEleven's Panigale V4 only this morning. AxelBassani certainly did not shine and finished twelfth, ahead of the rookie Luca Bernardi. Kohta Nozane and Eugene Laverty closed the points.

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