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Jonathan Rea wins dramatic superpole race

In the second consecutive race, pole-sitter Tom Sykes went off the factory BMW line and three championship protagonists appeared.

Of the trio, Yamaha’s Razga Triogle led the field to Turn 1, followed by Scott Redding and Rhea in second and third place, respectively.

Rhea immediately dispatched Reading’s Ducati to 2nd place, chasing Razga Trioguru and jumping inside the Yamaha rider into Turn 1 at the start of Lap 2.

However, the six-time champion widened slightly into the corner and was able to run side by side on Turn 2 before Razga Triogle regained the lead to the next right-handed.

The battle between the two was abandoned when the race was flagged red in a major crash involving Mahias and Davis on Turn 11. Go-Eleven riders had to be taken to a medical center on a stretcher for a compulsory examination.

This was followed by a five-lap sprint race, with a start grid based on the order in which they ran at the end of the last completed lap.

Rhea was moving at the time of the restart. His Kawasaki brushed the Razuga Triogle Yamaha, and they both made a rapid escape. With more contact at the exit of Turn 1, Rhea hit Michael Ruben Rinaldi’s second Ducati and took him off the track.

After that, Razga Trioguru ran a lot on Turn 3 and Rhea was able to pass and take the lead. Razga Trioguru counterattacked and the two riders ran side by side on turns 6 and 7, but for some reason Kawasaki’s ace slipped temporarily behind the charging Alvaro Bautista Honda, a Yamaha rival. I grabbed the lead.

Andrea Locatelli clipped Alex Lowes’ other Kawasaki to a long turn 10 left-handed behind the top trio, dropped off the bike and removed Yamaha’s stable companion Kohta Nozane from the race. bottom.

It was a pity that Ducati’s Reading was also running just behind the trio, and he had to fall behind the field and take evasive action.

Going back, Rhea took advantage of the turmoil that followed him to build a comfortable 0.5-second buffer for him.

Razga Trioguru managed to overtake Bautista in 2nd place, closing the gap with the race leader on the fastest lap on the penultimate tour, but not enough to make Ulsterman’s final lap move successful.

Rhea eventually maintained a 0.2 second victory and took pole position in the final race of the weekend. Meanwhile, Bautista finished third behind Razga Triogle, taking Honda’s first podium of the season.

Loews ranked fifth in Motocorsa Ducati ahead of Rinaldi and Saturday’s Star Axel Bassani, with Leon Haslam (Honda), the only surviving GRT Yamaha Garrett Gerlov, Christoph Ponson (Gill Yamaha) and Leandro Mercado (Gil Yamaha). MIE Honda) won the top 10. ..

After being involved in the clash between Locatelli and Kohta Nozane, Reading finished in 15th place, again hitting his hopes for a distant title.

Neither BMW finished the race after Michael van der Mark took out his teammate Sykes on the opening lap.

Race result:

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