2022 World Superbike Aragon, Spain – Race 2 Results

Alvaro Bautista takes the lead in the 2022 Superbike World Championship after a double on Sunday in Aragon.

2022 World Superbike Aragon, Spain – Race Results (2)
Pos Rider Nat Team Weather
1 Alvaro Bautista SPA Aruba.It Racing Ducati 18 rounds
2 Jonathan Rea UK Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK +4.393s
3 Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR PATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK +6.223s
4 Michael Rinaldi ITA Aruba.It Racing Ducati +8.817s
5 Alex Lowe UK Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK +12.247s
6 Axel Bassani ITA Ducati Motocross +15.775s
7 Loris Baz ENG Bonovo Stock BMW +23.295s
8 Xavier Virgo SPA HRC WorldSBK Team +24.790s
9 Garrett Gerloff UNITED STATES GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team +25.406s
ten Iker Lecuona SPA HRC WorldSBK Team +25.570s
11 Lucas Mahias ENG Puccetti-Kawasaki +27.641s
12 Eugene Laverty IRL Bonovo Stock BMW +28.867s
13 Philipp Oettl ALL Go Eleven Ducati +29.325s
14 Roberto Tamburini ITA Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSBK Team +29.555s
15 Ilya Mykhalchyk UK BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team +31.843s
16 Luca Bernardi SM Barni Spark Ducati Team +43.246s
17 Gabriele Ruiu ITA Stroke Bmax +45.734s
18 Christophe Ponsson ENG Gil Motor Sport Yamaha +46.349s
19 Andrea Locatelli ITA PATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK +55.354s
20 Hafizh Syahrin EVIL MIE Honda Racing +59.298s
21 Leandro Mercado AR MIE Honda Racing +1 turn
22 Olivier Konig CZE Orelac Racing Kawasaki +1 turn
23 Loris Cresson BEAUTIFUL Kawasaki Pedercini +1 turn
24 Kohta Nozane JPN GRT Yamaha DNF
25 Scott Redding UK BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team DNF

Following his success in the Superpole race, Bautista started from pole for the first time since 2019.

However, it was early season championship leader Jonathan Rea who led the first corner.

Continuing their epic Superpole race duel, Michael Rinaldi passed Razgatlioglu at the fourth corner, before the reigning world champion responded a lap later.

Rinaldi regained third place at the start of the second lap, while Rea fought back to take the advantage over Bautista.

Trying to stay in the top four, Andrea Locatelli suffered an early crash at turn nine.

Just what the doctor ordered; Bautista took the lead as Rinaldi also passed Rea for second place.

To Bautista’s advantage, Rinaldi ran wide at turn one which also knocked Rea off the track, allowing Razgatlioglu to move to P3.

Behind the front six of Bautista, Rinaldi, Razgatlioglu, Rea, Alex Lowes and Axel Bassani, the two factory Honda riders fought hard as Xavi Vierge passed over Iker Lecuona. Loris Baz then separated the two Team HRC riders with a late move at Turn 10.

As Bautista picked up the pace, Rinaldi lived up to it as he started to close in on the former MotoGP rider. Behind the first two was Rea who finally managed to get past Razgatlioglu.

In 23rd place, Scott Redding’s weekend went from bad to very, very, worse after missing turn nine (lap eight) and turn one on the next lap.

On both occasions, Redding slowed down and started yelling at the bike, which was a visible sign of frustration.

Not to put all the lack of performance on his shoulders, Redding seemed to have a problem with the front end of his M 1000 RR.

After starting to lose momentum, Rinaldi continued to turn one which allowed Rea a comeback and a chance to shut down Bautista.

Doing everything in his power to close in on Bautista, Rea spun off at turn one, which was enough to let Bautista’s lead drop to two seconds.

Redding then ended his day as technical issues continued to hamper the 2020 finalist.

Kohta Nozane suffered a late crash in what was another disastrous weekend for the former Japanese Superbike champion.

In a repeat of the final lap of the sprint race, Razgatlioglu and Rinaldi made small contact as the Yamaha man moved into third place at the first corner.

Razgatlioglu then got rid of Rinaldi, just as Bautista continued to do the same up front.

Aragon WorldSBK Official Records

Fastest lap – Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR Pata Yamaha 1m 48.267s.

Most wins – Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki (9)

2021 Aragon WorldSBK Race Winners

Race 1 – Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki

Superpole Race – Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki

Race 2 – Scott Redding GBR Ducati

Bautista wins the first World Superbike Superpole race of 2022 in style!

After a lap on the first lap with Razgatlioglu, Bautista took the lead as he built a five-second gap at the end of the ten-lap race.

The battle for second place was incredibly close as Rea, Razgatlioglu and Rinaldi fought hard throughout.

Rinaldi led the group with two laps to go, but after a small contact with Rea and Razgatlioglu, the Italian had to settle for fourth place, ahead of Andrea Locatelli who took the upper hand over Alex Lowes.

BMW continued to struggle as Scott Redding was only 12th – one place behind Eugene Laverty – who said before the race that the latest version of the M 1000 RR had a lot of potential, but “we have to go faster” in the development process.

Update: Michael Van Der Mark looks set to return for his home round in Assen on April 22-24.