Donington WSBK: Razgatlioglu boosts title hopes with treble

Toprak Razgatlioglu boosted his World Superbike title defence hopes by completing a hat-trick of wins at Donington Park in the final full-distance race of the weekend.

Toprak Razgatlioglu, Pata Yamaha WorldSBK

Having bagged pole by virtue of his Superpole race victory, Yamaha man Razgatlioglu was unstoppable on his way to a fourth win in the span of five races, leading every one of the 23 laps on Sunday afternoon.

He beat points leader Alvaro Bautista by a margin of just over a second, with Jonathan Rea completing the podium in third.

Kawasaki rider Rea provided the biggest challenge to Razgatlioglu in the early stages of the race, sticking closely to the rear wheel of his 2021 title adversary until around half-distance.

On both lap 6 and lap 9, Rea managed to nose ahead of Razgatlioglu going through the Fogarty Esses, but on both occasions he was immediately repassed heading into the Melbourne hairpin.

Once Razgatlioglu had weathered that storm, he was able to build a half-second cushion out front by lap 13, stretching that out to over a second in the following three laps as Rea's pace dropped off.

Having run third in the opening part of the race, Ducati man Bautista steadily closed in on Rea and made the move for second going into the Melbourne hairpin on lap 17.

It means Bautista, whose points lead had been cut to 13 points ahead of the race, heads to this month's sixth round of the season at Most in the Czech Republic with 17 points in hand over his rival.

Razgatlioglu's first career triple win meanwhile puts him within 43 points of the top of the riders' standings.

Behind the leading three, best of the rest was the second Ducati of Michael Ruben Rinaldi, who passed the BMW of Scott Redding to take the place at mid-distance.

Redding was able to complete by far his most convincing weekend aboard a BMW, boosted by the arrival of a new swingarm, in fifth place, comfortably clear of an anonymous Alex Lowes on the second Kawasaki.

Axel Bassani was top privateer in seventh on his Motocorsa Ducati after passing Andrea Locatelli on the second Yamaha, while Loris Baz (Bonovo BMW) beat Iker Lecuona (Honda) in a spirited fight for ninth place.

Garrett Gerloff was a disappointing 11th aboard his GRT Yamaha at a track where he took a podium this time a year ago, albeit passing the Go Eleven Ducati of Philipp Oettl in the closing stages.

McAMS Yamaha wildcard Tarran Mackenzie was handed a five-place grid penalty after his contact with Honda's Xavi Vierge in the Superpole race, but came through to grab a single point in 15th, while the other wildcard in the field, Peter Hickman (FHO BMW), made the finish in 19th.

Race results:

Cla # Rider Bike Laps Gap
1 1 Turkey Toprak Razgatlioglu
Yamaha 23
2 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista
Ducati 23 1.102
3 65 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea
Kawasaki 23 2.615
4 21 Italy Michael Ruben Rinaldi
Ducati 23 5.067
5 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding
BMW 23 8.256
6 22 United Kingdom Alex Lowes
Kawasaki 23 10.114
7 47 Italy Axel Bassani
Ducati 23 13.422
8 55 Italy Andrea Locatelli
Yamaha 23 15.514
9 76 France Loris Baz
BMW 23 23.119
10 7 Spain Iker Lecuona
Honda 23 23.512
11 31 United States Garrett Gerloff
Yamaha 23 23.596
12 5 Germany Philipp Oettli
Ducati 23 24.142
13 97 Spain Xavi Vierge
Honda 23 24.896
14 44 France Lucas Mahias
Kawasaki 23 32.872
15 95 United Kingdom Tarran Mackenzie
Yamaha 23 33.356
16 29 San Marino Luca Bernardi
Ducati 23 44.719
17 36 Argentina Leandro Mercado
Honda 23 51.052
18 3 Japan Kohta Nozane
Yamaha 23 52.320
19 10 United Kingdom Peter Hickman
BMW 23 52.457
20 35 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin
Honda 23 57.785
21 2 Italy Roberto Tamburini
Yamaha 23 58.338
22 52 Czech Republic Oliver Konig
Kawasaki 23
50 Ireland Eugene Laverty
BMW 0
91 United Kingdom Leon Haslam
Kawasaki 0
37 Ukraine Illia Mykhalchyk
BMW 0
Cla # Rider Bike Laps Gap
1 1 Turkey Toprak Razgatlioglu
Yamaha 23
2 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista
Ducati 23 1.102
3 65 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea
Kawasaki 23 2.615
4 21 Italy Michael Ruben Rinaldi
Ducati 23 5.067
5 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding
BMW 23 8.256
6 22 United Kingdom Alex Lowes
Kawasaki 23 10.114
7 47 Italy Axel Bassani
Ducati 23 13.422
8 55 Italy Andrea Locatelli
Yamaha 23 15.514
9 76 France Loris Baz
BMW 23 23.119
10 7 Spain Iker Lecuona
Honda 23 23.512
11 31 United States Garrett Gerloff
Yamaha 23 23.596
12 5 Germany Philipp Oettli
Ducati 23 24.142
13 97 Spain Xavi Vierge
Honda 23 24.896
14 44 France Lucas Mahias
Kawasaki 23 32.872
15 95 United Kingdom Tarran Mackenzie
Yamaha 23 33.356
16 29 San Marino Luca Bernardi
Ducati 23 44.719
17 36 Argentina Leandro Mercado
Honda 23 51.052
18 3 Japan Kohta Nozane
Yamaha 23 52.320
19 10 United Kingdom Peter Hickman
BMW 23 52.457
20 35 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin
Honda 23 57.785
21 2 Italy Roberto Tamburini
Yamaha 23 58.338
22 52 Czech Republic Oliver Konig
Kawasaki 23
50 Ireland Eugene Laverty
BMW 0
91 United Kingdom Leon Haslam
Kawasaki 0
37 Ukraine Illia Mykhalchyk
BMW 0
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