Key witness Alvaro Bautista: He saw the collision clearly / Superbike World Championship

It’s the horror of every motorcycle racer: falling opponents right in front of you. That was what happened to Alvaro Bautista in the second Superbike main race in Assen when Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu got in each other’s way.

Ducati star Alvaro Bautista’s stunning victory in the second main race at the TT track was lost in light of the serious events. Of course, the collision between Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu was the topic after race number 1. That Bautista won his 19th Superbike race and that he now leads the world championship with 18 points over Rea, atrophied as a side note.

When the crash came out of turn 1 on the sixth lap, Bautista had the best view: He was just behind Rea and Razgatlioglu.

“I was more concerned about my safety during the fall than I could have seen exactly what was happening,” World Cup leader Bautista said in his conversation with a handful of reporters. “It looked to me as if Toprak had gone a little far out. He hit the curbs but was not off the field. Jonathan was inside and behind him. Jonathan was driving on the ideal line, but Toprak was coming on the same line. Both wanted “to be in the same place at the same moment. But there was no room for two riders, and they touched. They have touched each other many times before, and nothing has ever happened. It was different this time.”

“I braked as hard as I could, but there was no room for me anywhere,” Bautista described his moment of shock. «Jonathan and Toprak’s bikes slid in front of me, I braked harder and harder. Then suddenly a hole opened and I came through. Otherwise I would have caught the motorcycles. At the next corner entrance, Lecuona crashed into my side and saw another – completely insane. I was extremely lucky not to fall. It all happened so fast that it took me a few laps to process it all. Then I found my pace again and pressed on, even though I increased my lead for each lap. In between, I tried to drive a little more relaxed. But it changed my lines, and the bike moved differently, so I preferred to ride as if I had someone behind me. “

Bautista won the race in a superior way, 8.77 seconds ahead of Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha) and 11.58 seconds ahead of Iker Lecuona (Honda).

Result Superbike World Championship: Assen, race 2
position driver motorcycle time
1. Alvaro Bautista Ducati
2. Andrea Locatelli Yamaha + 8,770 sec
3. Iker Lecuona Honda + 11,580
4. Alex Lowes Kawasaki + 13,329
5. Scott Redding bmw + 14,672
6. Axel Bassani Ducati + 17,490
7. Michael Rinaldi Ducati + 23,374
8. Michael van der Mark bmw + 28,511
9. Xavi Vierge Honda + 29,067
10 Lucas Mahias Kawasaki + 29,434
11. Roberto Tamburini Yamaha + 36,810
12. Christopher Ponsson Yamaha + 36,814
13. Leon Haslam Kawasaki + 37,000
14 Luca Bernardi Ducati + 38,862
15 Leandro Mercado Honda + 41,674
Result Superbike World Championship: Assen, Superpole-Race
position driver motorcycle time
1. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2. Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha + 0.267 sec
3. Alvaro Bautista Ducati + 0.300
4. Andrea Locatelli Yamaha + 6,959
5. Iker Lecuona Honda + 11,997
6. Loris Baz bmw + 12,953
7. Garrett Gerloff Yamaha + 13,410
8. Michael Rinaldi Ducati + 13,512
9. Axel Bassani Ducati + 13,567
10 Philipp Oettl Ducati + 13,871

Result Superbike World Championship: Assen, race 1
position driver motorcycle time
1. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2. Alvaro Bautista Ducati + 0.103 sec
3. Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha + 1,014
4. Andrea Locatelli Yamaha + 9,712
5. Iker Lecuona Honda + 17,451
6. Loris Baz bmw + 17,983
7. Philipp Oettl Ducati + 22,002
8. Garrett Gerloff Yamaha + 24,545
9. Scott Redding bmw + 25,118
10 Axel Bassani Ducati + 26,938
11. Xavi Vierge Honda + 35,566
12. Christopher Ponsson Yamaha + 41,901
13. Michael van der Mark bmw + 41,967
14 Roberto Tamburini Yamaha + 42,014
15 Lucas Mahias Kawasaki + 45,699

Status Superbike World Championship 2022 after 6 of 36 races
position driver motorcycle Points
1. Alvaro Bautista Ducati 109
2. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 91
3. Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha 64
4. Andrea Locatelli Yamaha 55
5. Iker Lecuona Honda 50
6. Michael Rinaldi Ducati 43
7. Axel Bassani Ducati 30
8. Xavi Vierge Honda 30
9. Alex Lowes Kawasaki 28
10 Loris Baz bmw 28
11. Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 25
12. Scott Redding bmw 19
13. Philipp Oettl Ducati 15
14 Lucas Mahias Kawasaki 14
15 Michael van der Mark bmw 11
16 Eugene Laverty bmw 10
17 Ilya Mikhalchik bmw 9
18 Roberto Tamburini Yamaha 9
19 Christopher Ponsson Yamaha 8
20 Luca Bernardi Ducati 6
21 Leon Haslam Kawasaki 3
22 Leandro Mercado Honda 1

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