Razgatlioglu and Redding share victories at Most

By August 9, 2021 WorldSBK

WorldSBK Race 1: Razgatlioglu beats Redding in final lap thriller in iconic Most race one, Rea crashes twice

A phenomenal last lap gave us the race of the season as the championship leader cracked…

The 2021 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship’s first ever race at the Autodrom Most in the Czech Republic fired up on Saturday and was a thrilling spectacle across 22 laps. After Rea crashed twice, it was a head-to-head grandstand finish between Razgatlioglu and Redding, with the Turk coming out on top in a final lap thriller.

TYRE TALK: Once again key

Tyres were once again an influencing factor, with Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) opting for the SC1 development front and SC0 rear, whilst second on the grid and second in the championship Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK) opted for the standard SC1 front and the SCX rear. Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) played it safe, with a standard SC1 front and SC0 rear.

LIGHTS OUT: Most’s first ever race ignites

As the lights went out, Rea and Razgatlioglu got their customary flying starts and into turn one, the Turk got the holeshot ahead of Rea, whilst Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) out-braked himself and had to use the escape road. Scott Redding was third whilst Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) blasted up the order into fourth, from eighth on the grid. Sykes rejoined the action in fifth, whilst it was a bright start for Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC), up from 11th and into seventh.
Rea put a stunning pass on Razgatlioglu at turn 18 on lap two but ran wide, giving Toprak the lead back and allowing Redding to come steaming on through and into second. Redding wasn’t done there though, as he then blasted through on Razgatlioglu on lap three at turn one. Razgatlioglu then went wide at turn ten, with Rea hitting second as the gloves came off.

RACE OF ATTRITION: Big names are claimed

There was drama down field as Alessandro Delbianco (MIE Racing Honda Team) crashed out at turn 15 on lap three, before Karel Hanika (IXS-YART Yamaha) crashed on lap four. The crashes kept coming as American debutant Jayson Uribe (OUTDO TPR Team Pedercini Racing) also went down at turn 15. Big names were also part of the drama as lap five claimed Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) at turn one, before Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven) joined him in a separate incident, both able to rejoin before Davies eventually retired.

On lap seven, Rea had been closed back in by Razgatlioglu as both were dropped by Redding by 1.8 seconds. Turn 13 saw the Ulsterman make a mistake, allowing Razgatlioglu to pounce at turn 14 before Rea got him back at turn 20. Toprak then repaid the favour at turn one on the following lap before he began to edge closer to Redding. Further down the field, it was drama for Jonas Folger (Bonovo MGM Racing) on lap eight, as he suffered a big engine blow up at turn 20 but thankfully didn’t leave any fluid on the track. Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK) quietly went about his business and was into fourth ahead of Rinaldi.

On lap 10, it was close again between Razgatlioglu and Rea with the title battle now being played out between the two, whilst Tito Rabat’s (Barni Racing Team) race was over as he crashed at turn one, before Alvaro Bautista tumbled down the order from sixth to 11th after a mistake, promoting Italian rookie sensation into sixth place, placing him as top Independent rider. Further down and having been in the points, Belgian rider Loris Cresson (OUTDO TPR Team Pedercini Racing) added to the Italian team’s tricky race one, crashing out at turn 15.

A TWIST AND A TURN: Mistakes and a costly crash

The gap between Redding and Razgatlioglu was now down to under a second as lap 13 started, but lap 14 would see a major moment for the race and an even bigger moment for the Championship. Jonathan Rea, chasing Toprak, tucked the front from third at turn one, just as he and Razgatlioglu were edging closer to Redding. Rea remounted in the blink of an eye, circulating in 11th but with eight to go, he had a chance of the top ten.

The tyres were now coming into play in the final six laps, as Razgatlioglu with the SCX tyre was now right with race leader Redding, who in-turn was setting a strong pace. Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team), who was having a quiet race in sixth, also began setting his personal best lap and sector times, also on the SCX tyre. There was also a big battle for fourth, as Axel Bassani was giving Rinaldi something to think about.

CLOSER AT THE FRONT AND ANOTHER CRASH: A tale of two halves…

With five to go, Rea crashed again, this time heavily at turn 20 but the championship leader was up on his feet. Meanwhile, in a titanic fight at the front, Razgatlioglu went around the outside of Redding at turn 14 with four to go, before Redding blasted back ahead at turn one a lap later. The gloves were off as the passionate Most fans were on their feet, with WorldSBK putting on a stunning spectacle in the first WorldSBK race at the track.

FINAL LAP THRILLER: One of the best in WorldSBK

The last lap was upon the leading two and Redding rode a fantastic first half a lap, but Razgatlioglu was relentless in the final two sectors, as he made a bold move at turn 15 but ran wide. Everyone sat back, thinking Redding had the race done but a stunning run through turn 16, 17, 18 and 19 brought Razgatlioglu back into contention and he lay it all on the line, putting on a thrilling move at turn 20, running Redding wide. Redding powered the Ducati to the line out of the last corner and closed right in, but it was too late. Razgatlioglu took one of his finest wins, with Redding in second and Andrea Locatelli taking third, some 13.8 seconds behind.

WorldSBK Race 1 Podium
  1. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK)
  2. Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) +0.040s
  3.  Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK) +13.838s

 

Tissot Superpole Race: Razgatlioglu dazzles for Superpole Race victory, Rea clinches 200th podium

Toprak led from start to finish and resisted the pressure of Rea behind, who made another error on his way to podium number 200.

The 2021 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship thundered into Sunday action at the Autodrom Most for the Tissot Czech Round, and the action was just as fierce as the day before. With the top nine in the race scoring points and setting the top nine on the grid for Race 2, added importance was in the spotlight. All of the leading riders were on the same tyre combination, so it was a straight fight at the front. Taking victory and starting on pole for this afternoon’s Race 2, Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK) took a tenth WorldSBK win, ahead of Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK), who took a 200th podium.

RACE START: The heavyweights at the front

With lights out, it was Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu who both got off to their usual good starts, with Razgatlioglu getting the holeshot ahead of his title rival, whilst Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK) up into third ahead of Scott Redding, who dropped from the top three. Tom Sykes held his top five starting slot in fifth whilst Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) was up to sixth. By the start of Lap 2, Redding was into third, passing Locatelli at Turn 1 under braking.

Toprak and Rea had begun to break clear of Redding and Locatelli behind them with a gap of around a second, with Razgatlioglu putting the hammer down and setting the fastest lap on Lap 2. However, Rea was right on his tail and starting to pressure the Turk, who was resisting wonderfully. Further down the field, it was a disaster for Alessandro Delbianco (MIE Racing Honda Team) who was given a double Long Lap Penalty for a jump start, and was running in 15th at the time, ahead of the likes of Tito Rabat (Barni Racing Team) and Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven).

PRESSURE BUILDING: Could Toprak resist Rea?

At the halfway point, Razgatlioglu continued to relentlessly push on and there was a quarter of a second between the two. In the battle for sixth, Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) was once again impressing, as he had pushed his way through into sixth ahead of Alex Lowes and Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team). Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) was holding ninth whilst Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) was battling with the Ducati rider for the final point and the all-important top nine placing.

With three to go, Jonathan Rea made another mistake at Turn 1, although this was without the consequence of Race 1 on Saturday. He made a mistake under braking and had to take to the Turn 1 run-off, ending his chances of victory but bringing him right into Redding’s vicinity. Redding was now right with the Championship leader and eager to get through as both danced around the Most layout.

THE FINISH LINE: Toprak doubles up

Onto the last lap and with Razgatlioglu out in front by over a second and a half, the battle was for second and Redding pounced at Turn 1, getting the job done over Rea and holding station until the very end. Razgatlioglu took his tenth career victory in his 100th start, whilst Redding and Rea join him on the front row for Race 2 – the gap in the Championship now just seven between Rea in first and Razgatlioglu second. Redding was determined on the final lap, breaking clear of Rea and nearly catching Toprak.

Row two consists of Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK) who delivered another fine performance, with Tom Sykes taking a solid fifth in behind, only dropping one place from his original starting position. Alex Lowes recovered to sixth in the battle with Axel Bassani, with the Italian coming home a strong seventh, heading up row three for Race 2. Garrett Gerloff took eighth place whilst Michael Ruben Rinaldi clinched ninth, less than three tenths ahead of Alvaro Bautista. Despite his best efforts, Michael van der Mark’s (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) surge through the order from 17th halted at 12th in the race, meaning he has it all to do again Sunday afternoon.

Tissot Superpole Race Podium
  1. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK)
  2. Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) +0.496s
  3. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +1.384s

WorldSBK Race 2: Redding reignites title challenge with Most Race 2 victory

A classy win for the Ducati rider saw him clear off at the front, whilst Toprak Razgatlioglu is now just three points off the Championship lead…

The final race for the 2021 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship at the Autodrom Most and the Tissot Czech Round was yet another intriguing spectacle. With Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) first and second on the grid and going for the same tyre combination (standard SC1 front and SCX rear), Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) had opted for the SC1 front and SC0 rear. After hitting the front, Redding never looked back and beat Razgatlioglu, whilst Rea was a distant third.

OFF AND RUNNING: Lights out for Race 2

As the race fired up, it was a blinding start from Toprak Razgatlioglu, who grabbed the holeshot from teammate Andrea Locatelli. Scott Redding initially got a poor first phase of his start but recovered to third, whilst Jonathan Rea was down in fourth with teammate Alex Lowes knocking right at his door, with Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) in sixth. There was a Turn 1 pile-up with Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) crashing, taking down Alessandro Delbianco (MIE Racing Honda Team); the incident forced Karel Hanika (IXS-YART Yamaha), Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven) and Isaac Viñales (ORELAC Racing VerdNatura) to go across the gravel. All riders were on their feet and relatively OK.

Prodding and probing all the time, particularly at Turn 1, Scott Redding finally got ahead of Andrea Locatelli on Lap 3 at Turn 20, placing his Ducati in the middle of the two Pata Yamahas. Jonathan Rea’s SC0 tyre had now come into its own and he was right with the three ahead of him, as teammate Lowes started to drop off. Further down the field, it was a bright start from Leon Haslam (Team HRC), who came up through the order into seventh from tenth on the grid.

PASS FOR THE LEAD: Redding pounces

Lap 5 saw Redding hit the front at Turn 1, passing Razgatlioglu after drawing alongside his rival down the front straight and getting the job finalized in the braking area. Meanwhile, Jonathan Rea wasn’t making the inroads predicted, as he was eight tenths behind Andrea Locatelli and slowly slipping back towards Alex Lowes, just half a second splitting them after seven laps. However, on Lap 8, Locatelli and Lowes made errors, meaning Rea was now back in the fight for third and got ahead of Locatelli on Lap 9 at Turn 20.

THE FIGHT BEHIND: Everywhere you look…

It was a tight fight for sixth place as Sykes held position ahead of an inspired Leon Haslam, whilst Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) was only eighth. After a strong Superpole Race, Michael van der Mark (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) was up in ninth from 17th on the grid, whilst Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) having a quiet race in tenth place, but his pace began to pick up as the race evolved. Three laps later and it was all change in a first chicane shuffle, with Rinaldi now sixth ahead of Sykes, van der Mark, Gerloff and Haslam, with the ‘Pocket Rocket’ suddenly dropping back into the clutches of teammate Alvaro Bautista, who eventually got ahead of him with six to go.

Meanwhile, back at the front, Scott Redding was riding the race of his life as he eased clear of Razgatlioglu and broke the Turkish rider’s spirit. With the gap now over three seconds and with Razgatlioglu settling for second, Redding was able to run his own pace. Behind the top two, Rea was a further seven seconds behind whilst Locatelli was keeping him honest in fourth. Alex Lowes, also using the SCX tyre, was being caught by Rinaldi, van der Mark and Gerloff and with two laps to go, Lowes had less than a second back to Rinaldi.

LAST LAP TIME: Redding on fire

Scott Redding rode the perfect race for a first win since Estoril’s Tissot Superpole Race, taking the plaudits of the passionate Czech fans at Most. Razgatlioglu finished second and was now just three points behind Jonathan Rea in the Championship – Rea himself finishing third. Locatelli took fourth in another stunning performance, whilst Michael Ruben Rinaldi got fifth on the final lap with a pass on Alex Lowes at Turn 1. Yamaha’s strength’s this weekend mean that they are now three points clear of Kawasaki in the manufacturer standings, with Ducati another three further back.

Lowes held on for sixth as he ran out of tyre life at the end of the race, whilst former teammate Michael van der Mark was top BMW in seventh. Garrett Gerloff took a solid eighth as his trademark late-race pace saw him come on strong. Ninth went to Tom Sykes, whilst Alvaro Bautista completed the top ten. Leon Haslam was eleventh ahead of Chaz Davies who fought back after Turn 1-Lap 1 drama.

THE REST: How did it finish down field?

Tito Rabat (Barni Racing Team), Kohta Nozane (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) and Christophe Ponsson (Gil Motor Sport Yamaha) completed the points in Race 2. Behind them, Jonas Folger (Bonovo MGM Racing), Isaac Viñales, Karel Hanika, Marvin Fritz (IXS-YART Yamaha), Loris Cresson (OUTDO TPR Team Pedercini Racing) and teammate Jayson Uribe – after coming into the pits – completed the final results.

WorldSBK Race 2 Podium
  1. Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
  2. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK) +3.587s
  3. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +12.460s

Scott Redding: “I’m not thinking about the Championship. I let that ship sail after I crashed out at Estoril and then a terrible weekend at Donington. Misano wasn’t great. I just don’t even think about it. I was getting a little bit uptight about it, and stressing, but I was like ‘you know what, he isn’t gaining anything’. Now I just take every weekend as it comes. If I can’t win and I have to go for third, let it be third. That’s all I could do. As long as I go away from the weekend knowing I did everything possible from my side, I go away happy and not stressed because that kind of leads onto the next race and you start making more mistakes. I came in here like I did in Assen. Relaxed, chilled, don’t even play music a few minutes before and go ride. Do what I do best and come away with the win. It was a strong weekend and I was really hungry for it, like I always am, and had the bike under me to do it and that’s what makes the difference.”

WorldSBK Championship Standings After Round 6

  1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) 266 points
  2. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK) 263 points
  3. Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) 216 points

WorldSSP Race 1: Odendaal triumphs in Red-Flagged WorldSSP Race 1 at Most

Back on top for a fourth win of 2021, Odendaal was in the right place at the right time.

The 2021 FIM Supersport World Championship took to Autodrom Most in Race 1 on Saturday afternoon, and it was building to be a thrilling finish before a Red Flag was waved. A hair-raising opening few laps eventually settled down and it was Steven Odendaal (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) who took victory as the Red Flag came out, denying Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) and Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing).

UNDERWAY: Frantic opening laps

It was a lightening start from Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) from fourth on the grid, as he grabbed the holeshot, whilst Philipp Oettl was second and ahead of fast-starting teammate Can Öncü Kawasaki Puccetti Racing). Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) was right in the mix, with pole-sitter Manuel Gonzalez going backwards and Steven Odendaal. Danny Webb (WRP Wepol Racing) was an early crasher at Turn 8, whilst Valentin Debise (GMT94 Yamaha) also failed to complete the first lap.

Before long, both Oettl and Öncü worked their way to the front and got ahead of Cluzel, before Öncü hit the front at the start of Lap 3 but it would be swapping and changing in what was an epic opening to WorldSSP Race 1. At the start of Lap 4, it was Steven Odendaal who went from fourth to first in the braking area at Turn 1, before Philipp Oettl got through on teammate Öncü into Turn 15. The Turk fought back at Turn 16 but clipped his teammate, being relegated to sixth whilst Odendaal now had a small gap beginning to appear. A lap later and pole-sitter Gonzalez had a huge moment at Turn 17, somehow staying upright.

DRAMA ON THE HORIZON: Resurgences and incidents

There was a big crash on Lap 8 as Marc Alcoba (Yamaha MS Racing) crashed heavily at Turn 13. He was holding his wrist as he got onto his feet. At the front, Odendaal’s lead was hovering around the half a second mark, with Oettl and Gonzalez chasing him down. However, Dominique Aegerter was now starting to pick his way through the field and was in fourth. At the half-race distance, Federico Caricasulo (Biblion Iberica Yamaha Motoxracing) was up into fifth after passing Luca Bernardi (CM Racing).

On Lap 11, Gonzalez set the fastest lap of the race and then got ahead of Oettl at Turn 1 on Lap 12. Having crashed earlier in the race, Leonardo Taccini (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) was now being lapped by the leading three, costing Odendaal time and bringing Gonzalez and Oettl back into contention. Odendaal, having managed his lead previously, was now defending it, whilst title rival Aegerter was zeroing in all the time from fourth.

RED FLAG: Results confirmed

Just as the race was reaching its climax, the Red Flag was displayed as the race had just tipped into two-thirds race distance, meaning the race would not be restarted and full points were on offer. Odendaal took his fourth win of the year, ahead of Manuel Gonzalez who took his first WorldSSP podium. Philipp Oettl took third behind the Yamahas, with Odendaal giving Yamaha a 104th win in WorldSSP, meaning they equal Honda’s record at the top in terms of manufacturers’ wins in WorldSSP.

THE REST OF THE ORDER: How it finished

Dominique Aegerter took fourth place ahead of Federico Caricasulo and Luca Bernardi, whilst early race leader Jules Cluzel dropped to seventh. Another early leader, Can Öncü, was eighth as he dropped back through the race, ahead of Niki Tuuli (MV Agusta Corse Clienti) and Peter Sebestyen (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team). Randy Krummenacher (EAB Racing Team) was 11th, ahead of Raffaele De Rosa (Orelac Racing VerdNatura), Kevin Manfredi (Altogo Racing Team), Galang Hendra Pratama (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) and Federico Fuligni (VFT Racing) completing the points.

WorldSSP Race 1 Podium
  1. Steven Odendaal (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team)
  2. Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGo Team) +0.430s
  3. Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) +0.521s

WorldSSP Race 2: Aegerter puts in tactical masterclass for Most Race 2 win in WorldSSP

The Swiss rider may have missed the podium on Saturday but he was back with a bang on Sunday.

Race 2 at the Autodrom Most for the FIM Supersport World Championship was another thrilling fight at the front for a 19-lap encounter. After taking a victory in Race 1, Steven Odendaal (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) was aiming for a double win, but it wouldn’t be easy. Odendaal and pole-sitter Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) had opted for the harder SC0 compound, whilst second on the grid and Championship leader Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) went for the SCX rear tyre, and it would be these three who went until the final laps in contention for victory. In the end, Aegerter came out on top, with Odendaal and Gonzalez close behind.

LIGHTS OUT: Frantic start

It was a messy run into the first chicane, as Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) went sideways into the opening turn and went right off track, narrowly avoiding the gravel and re-joining way down field in tenth. He wasn’t the only one to make a mistake though as pole-sitter and Race 1 podium finisher Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) went through the run-off and re-joined at Turn 3. Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) found himself at the front ahead of Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha), with Can Öncü (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) once again in third, ahead of Federico Caricasulo (Biblion Iberica Yamaha Motoxracing) who was fourth from 11th.

TRICKY TURN 1: big names in trouble

Soon, it would be a disaster for Jules Cluzel as he was wiped out at Turn 1 by Kevin Manfredi on Lap 2. A lap later and it would be Steven Odendaal’s turn to take to the Turn 1 run-off, whilst Dominique Aegerter was now the race leader after getting ahead into the first turn, but it was behind where the moves were also being made, as Manuel Gonzalez picked his way through on Luca Bernardi (CM Racing) and Philipp Oettl. Federico Caricasulo was fifth, but not in the lead group of four.

Gonzalez momentarily got into the lead on Lap 6 at the fast, sweeping Turn 4, but Aegerter held on through Turns 5 and 6, with just millimetres between the leading group. All of the battling allowed the leading six riders to concertina together, with Steven Odendaal now beginning to recover from his Turn 1 misdemeanour. He was up to fifth ahead of Caricasulo. Aegerter continued to lead ahead of Gonzalez and now Bernardi, who made a bold move at Turn 2 on Oettl for third.

BUNCHING UP AT THE FRONT: Not over yet…

On Lap 10 and going into Turn 1, Steven Odendaal got into fourth ahead of Oettl whilst Bernardi went wide at Turn 1 and took to the run-off, dropping to fifth place. This then meant that Odendaal was now third, whilst Aegerter and Gonzalez were up ahead of him and slightly spaced out. Odendaal set the fastest lap whilst Caricasulo was now back into the top five a lap later, passing Bernardi at Turn 1 on Lap 11, whilst a technical problem took Randy Krummenacher (EAB Racing Team) out of the race further behind.

As the race entered its final third, Aegerter’s pace at the front began to fluctuate between mid-to-high 1’35s and low 1’36s, bringing Manuel Gonzalez right back into play, whilst closing in like a shark behind them both was Steven Odendaal, with just half a second covering the battle for victory and the leading three riders. Philipp Oettl was now a distant fourth, whilst Luca Bernardi was back in fifth ahead of Valentin Debise (GMT94 Yamaha). With four to go, Odendaal went into second place at Turn 21, keeping the power on and the bike turned between the final two corners – now, it was down to Odendaal to see if he could get ahead of Aegerter.

AT THE LINE: Rolling the dice and landing on six

It was time to drop the pace at the front in the closing stages, as Dominique Aegerter had enough of a gap, with the Swiss taking a sixth win of the 2021 season and proving that his tyre gamble was the way to go, ahead of Steven Odendaal and Manuel Gonzalez. The Spaniard backing up his first podium of 2021 from Saturday, despite being desperately close to second again in Race 2. With Aegerter back on top and Odendaal in second, the gap in the Championship is now 37.

Fourth place went to Oettl whilst Bernardi completed the top five ahead of fellow countryman Federico Caricasulo, who returned to the top six. Valentin Debise was a solid seventh ahead of Niki Tuuli (MV Agusta Corse Clienti), whilst it was Can Öncü who once again faded as the race wore on to finish in ninth ahead of fellow Kawasaki rider Raffaele De Rosa. 11th went to Max Enderlein (Kallio Racing) ahead of Marcel Brenner (VFT Racing), Luca Grunwald (HRP Suzuki), Ondrej Vostatek and Sheridan Morais (Wojcik Racing Team) who completed the points. There was a big crash in the closing stages for Croatian Martin Vugrinec (Ferquest – Unior Racing Team) at Turn 17, but he was up on his feet.

WorldSSP Race 2 Podium
  1. Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha)
  2. Steven Odendaal (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) +1.064s
  3. Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGo Team) +1.166s

WorldSSP Championship Standings After Round 6

  1. Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) 207 points
  2. Steven Odendaal (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) 170 points
  3. Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) 137 points
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