Superbike, the analysis of the Aragon round: up & down

In the first round of Superbike, Bautista and Rea share the victories, while Razgatlioglu limits the damage. Good signs from the Italians. Here is the balance sheet of the weekend in Spain

ARAGON HIGHLIGHTS: RACE 1 – RACE 2

The wait for the Superbike World Championship is over and it has not been in vain: the inaugural round of Aragon offered three races of the highest level, both for show and for individual performances. If 2021 has given us one of the most beautiful seasons ever, 2022 starts under even better auspices with Alvaro Bautista that, back on Ducati officer, intends to join the struggle between Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea. Motorland saw the Spaniard return to victory after two years of fasting, succumbing instead to Rea on Saturday. Let’s analyze in more detail the verdicts of the first race weekend, between those who stood out and those who struggled.

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Toprak Razgatlioglu – He complains of front sliding problems since free practice. Nonetheless, he broke the track record in qualifying and took home three priceless third places on a track that Yamaha struggles to digest. The world champion is there and already from Assen he will have more fertile ground to try to win. Worth noting is the stubbornness with which he overtakes Michael Rinaldi in the Sunday races, another “up” of the weekend with three fourth places and a step forward from Saturday to Sunday.

Axel Bassani – In the winter tests he rode very little, focusing on the feeling with the rear of his Panigale. The work has obviously paid off and while in Race 1 he makes a mistake that relegates him out of the points, on Sunday he redeems himself with two very solid races: he finishes seventh in Superpole Race and sixth in Race 2. The excellent performance of last season’s final called on him high expectations and the first round of the new championship satisfies them amply.


Razgatlioglu and Rinaldi

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Ilya Mikhalchik – Michael Van Der Mark’s replacement does not make the owner regret it and on the contrary, in several sessions he is the best of the BMWs. Fantastic eighth in Race 1, the Ukrainian loses a bit of polish on Sunday by falling in the sprint and finishing fifteenth in Race 2. In any case, a performance above expectations, so much so that it would be nice to see him still busy during the season.

Roberto Tamburini – Announced about a month before the start of the season and with few tests behind him, the expert Tamburini amazes with bets in the top-10 and even a seventh place in free practice. As for the races, he collects two points on Sunday afternoon, but it is an almost meager booty for the good things shown in flashes over the weekend. A respectable debut for him and the Yamaha Motoxracing team.


Roberto Tamburini

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Garrett Gerloff – His third year in Superbike is that of truth, after the difficulties encountered in 2021. Throughout the winter he places himself as the fourth force in the world championship and even in free practice he performs well, but he misses the qualification and in the race he does not come out of the sands mobile. He finishes ninth in both long races, with a tally of fourteen points and tenth position in the standings. A debut not in line with expectations, in the hope that he does not undermine his trust.

Scott Redding – Already from the tests, his difficulties in finding speed with the M1000RR had been perceived, but in the first round of the season the Englishman does not really see the light. In practice he is always in the lower part of the standings and for the whole weekend he is the worst of the BMWs; he scraps up the misery of a point by finishing fifteenth in Race 1, while in Race 2 he is hit by technical problems.


Scott Redding

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