News 31 Jul 2023

Leading three all win a race at Most WorldSBK round

Mackenzie breaks through in WorldSSP while Lehmann and Mahendra win in WorldSSP300

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Three winners emerged in the three outings at the Most round of the Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK), with Alvaro Bautista, Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea all taking the chequered flag first across the weekend in the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, Nicolo Bulega and Tarran Mackenzie spilt wins in WorldSSP, while Lennox Lehmann and Aldi Satya Mahendra stood tall in WorldSSP300.

Race one was contested in challenging mixed conditions, with winner Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) opting for intermediate tyres and leading the way by 4.007s ahead of Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon) – also on inters.

Third was Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team), ahead of Scott Redding (ROKiT BMW Motorrad) and Iker Lecuona (Team HRC). Championship leader Alvaro Bautista had his superpole lap time cancelled and had to start from 14th, ultimately finishing the bout 12th after pitting to change tyres in the mixed conditions.

Razgatlioglu edged Rea in the superpole race, with Bautista charging his way forward to finish third and 2.968s from the lead. After leading in the early stages, Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) completed the outing in P4, ahead of Michael Rinaldi ( Racing Ducati) who rounded out the top five.

Bautista returned to the top in race two, leading second-placed Petrucci by 4.652s come race-end. Rea crossed the line just inches behind the Italian in third, while Bassani and Rinaldi featured in fourth and fifth respectively once more. Notably, Razgatlioglu suffered a fall while leading with a rear tyre issue, forcing him out of the race.

Australia’s Remy Gardner (GYTR GRT Yamaha) delivered some solid results in the Czech Republic, salvaging P11 in race one after pitting to change tyres, and then finishing sixth in the superpole race and race two on Sunday.

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The Supersport World Championship delivered its share of surprises at Most, but it was championship leader Bulega ( Racing Ducati) who won the opening encounter.

Title rival Stefano Manzi finished second, 1.856s from victory, as MV Agusta Reparto Corse’s Bahattin Sofuoglu completed the podium positions.

Race two threw a spanner in the works, with rain sweeping the circuit throughout the bout which saw some riders brave the conditions and stay out on slicks, while others pitted.

Petronas MIE Racing Honda Team’s Mackenzie mastered the conditions and his strategy to take a popular race victory, with MV Agusta Reparto Corse pairing Marcel Schroetter and Sofuoglu featuring in positions two and three.

Notably, Manzi crashed out of the race but Bulega was unable to capitalise as he finished 16th and outside of the points-scoring positions.

Australia’s Tom Edwards (YART Yamaha) endured a challenging weekend with two DNFs, while Luke Power also had a character-building Czech outing with a DNF in race one and a DNS in the final encounter.

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The opening WorldSSP300 bout was won by Lehmann – his decision to stay out on slicks paying off –  with Marco Gaggi taking the chequered flag in second and 3.470s from the lead, while Daniel Mogeda finished a distant third.

In the wet race two, Mahendra secured the victory with Jose Manuel Osuna Saez and Jose Perez Gonzalez in positions two and three respectively.

Following the summer break, the Superbike World Championship returns to action at Magny-Cours on 8-10 September for round nine of the 2023 season.

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