Marquez is also amazed: Fantastic rescue of the Toprak / Superbike World Championship

With a little more luck, Superbike world champion Toprak Razgatlioglu could have won two races on his Yamaha R1 in Estoril. What he had to say after rows 2, 2 and 3.

In a race on Saturday, Alvaro Bautista (Ducati) caught Toprak Razgatlioglu out of the last corner to win 0.126 seconds ahead of the Yamaha star.

In Sunday morning’s sprint race, Razgatlioglu looked like a sure winner, but in the end it required phenomenal motorcycle control to avoid a crash.

In the second main race, Toprak had nothing to oppose Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) and Bautista and finished in third place, 4.35 seconds behind.

Despite finishing 2nd, 2nd and 3rd in Estoril, the Turk’s 45 points lost another 7 to championship leaders Bautista and 8 to the championship’s second-best Rea. Razgatlioglu is already 52 points after nine races.

“In the sprint race, I was very lucky that I did not fall,” said the world champion in a small group of journalists. “We practice on such rescues at Kenan’s racetrack in Turkey. The front wheel often slips away from us – we usually do not fall. But sometimes it is. In slow turns you can straighten the bike again, it was such a slow turn. It was not “Easy because the bike is so heavy. I did not crash and was able to finish second, which makes me happy. I almost won. Maybe I will succeed in Misano, where I won my first race of the season last year.”

“My plan for the second race was to follow Johnny and save my rear tires,” Razgatlioglu added. “But after just ten laps, the rear tire spun too much and I lost a lot, especially in the last turn. I could catch up the rest of the lap, but then I lost everything again in one corner. I’m not happy about that, because I was not able to fight for the victory, but only for third place. The last lap I was just a spectator. I felt much more comfortable on the brakes than at the beginning of the season, showed two very good races and was able to fight Johnny and Alvaro. I just did not expect it to go like this in the second main race – maybe it was the back tire. “

Although Toprak is still without a win after nine races, he came very close in Portugal in the first two races. “Sometimes you need luck,” says the 25-year-old. “Over the weekend we were very fast, although the pace was much higher than last year.”

Result Superbike World Championship: Estoril, race 1
position driver motorcycle time
1. Alvaro Bautista Ducati
2. Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha + 0.126 sec
3. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki + 4,835
4. Andrea Locatelli Yamaha + 17,079
5. Xavi Vierge Honda + 19,107
6. Iker Lecuona Honda + 19,215
7. Alex Lowes Kawasaki + 21,956
8. Scott Redding bmw + 23,090
9. Michael Rinaldi Ducati + 24,104
10 Loris Baz bmw + 25,212
11. Xavi Fores Ducati + 27,516
12. Axel Bassani Ducati + 30,686
13. Luca Bernardi Ducati + 39,599
14 Kohta Nozane Yamaha + 39,643
15 Eugene Laverty bmw + 41,735
Result Superbike World Championship: Estoril, Superpole-Race
position driver motorcycle time
1. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2. Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha + 0.174 sec
3. Alvaro Bautista Ducati + 4,925
4. Iker Lecuona Honda + 7,050
5. Andrea Locatelli Yamaha + 8,240
6. Alex Lowes Kawasaki + 8,684
7. Scott Redding bmw + 10,293
8. Michael Rinaldi Ducati + 29,516
9. Xavi Fores Ducati + 29,541
Result Superbike World Championship: Estoril, race 2
position driver motorcycle time
1. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2. Alvaro Bautista Ducati + 0.194 sec
3. Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha + 4,350
4. Alex Lowes Kawasaki + 7,125
5. Andrea Locatelli Yamaha + 8,232
6. Iker Lecuona Honda + 8,309
7. Axel Bassani Ducati + 10,865
8. Michael Rinaldi Ducati + 16,082
9. Xavi Vierge Honda + 18,292
10 Xavi Fores Ducati + 18,412
11. Scott Redding bmw + 19,758
12. Loris Baz bmw + 25,193
13. Kohta Nozane Yamaha + 27,753
14 Eugene Laverty bmw + 38,391
15 Luca Bernardi Ducati + 38,424
Status Superbike World Championship 2022 after 9 of 36 races
position driver motorcycle Points
1. Alvaro Bautista Ducati 161
2. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 144
3. Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha 109
4. Andrea Locatelli Yamaha 84
5. Iker Lecuona Honda 76
6. Michael Rinaldi Ducati 60
7. Alex Lowes Kawasaki 54
8. Xavi Vierge Honda 48
9. Axel Bassani Ducati 43
10 Loris Baz bmw 38
11. Scott Redding bmw 35
12. Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 25
13. Philipp Oettl Ducati 15
14 Lucas Mahias Kawasaki 14
15 Eugene Laverty bmw 13
16 Xavi Fores Ducati 12
17 Michael van der Mark bmw 11
18 Luca Bernardi Ducati 10
19 Ilya Mikhalchik bmw 9
20 Roberto Tamburini Yamaha 9
21 Christopher Ponsson Yamaha 8
22 Kohta Nozane Yamaha 5
23 Leon Haslam Kawasaki 3
24 Leandro Mercado Honda 1

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