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Cycle News 2022 Issue 31 August 2

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very much over the limit. Razgatlioglu had taken the holeshot from pole man Rea, but Locatelli had taken too many liberties again, passing Rinaldi into the second part of the overly tight first chicane. Block passed and thus immediately down the order, Rinaldi would vent his spleen in the post-race press conferences. Rea had touched his front tire on Razgatlioglu's rear, as he said the Turkish rider had been unexpected slow in corner entry. Locatelli ran off track completely early in the race and came back on to scatter a few riders arriving on the scene. Razgatlioglu then secured a new lap record with a 1:31.936 on lap three, despite he and Rea fighting with each other and seemingly slowing each other up. It was a busy first few laps. Bautista took a chance when the drops of rain hit the visors and passed them both, markedly on power advantage each time. Scott Redding (BMW Motor- rad) piled on the coals, as he said he had nothing to lose, and would pass first Razgatlioglu and then Rea for second place. Rea was having brake issues, which allowed Razgatlioglu's hard-braking style to see him overtake Rea. With Bautista just too far ahead of Redding, and setting a high 1:31, three laps from the end on his SC0 tire, the Ducati rider would win and take Ducati's 1000th WorldSBK podium. Behind, Redding's seemingly sure-fire second was interrupted by a hard pass from Toprak into a fast right with less runoff than other places. Redding had to go wide, Razgatlioglu went into second— and then Rea took his chance, trying to get past Redding and into the podium places. Redding and he rode side by side for a couple of corners, but it was the BMW rider who would come out on top for another full credit podium. Bautista, Razgatlioglu, Red- ding, Rea and privateer Bassani were the final race-one top five. Allowed to run the SCX rears in the Superpole race, most of the riders did, but not quite all. Razgatlioglu and Rea fought it out up front again, this time all the way for the win. Razgatlioglu set a new lap record of 1:31.180 in the Superpole race, on lap two. Rea passed Raz into the first corner on the final lap, even while being squeezed toward the pit wall on entry. Razgatlioglu re-passed inside on the fast turn four. On the fast right of turn 15, Rea tried to go up the inside of Razgatlioglu but his dangling leg was in the way. Razgatlioglu said there was contact, Rea had to run wide after passing, and went off track. He rejoined back in second place, with Razgatlio- glu the victor and Bautista third. Rinaldi was fourth. The final race saw Rea chas- ing the leading duo of Razgatlio- glu and Bautista. Bautista took the lead then ran on immediately into T1, followed by Redding, who held on to fourth. Razgatlioglu was passed by Rea, and we then had a genuine "Big Three" fight. Three abreast braking into T1 was a sight to see, but just when it looked like VOLUME 59 ISSUE 31 AUGUST 2, 2022 P37 Razgatlioglu capped off the weekend of racing with the win in race two.

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