Alvaro Bautista won the World Superbike race in Estoril by overtaking Toprak Razgatlioglu in a drag race to the finish line.

In the early stages of the race, Bautista fell to fourth place behind Andrea Locatelli’s Yamaha, and by the time he overtook the Italian, he was already three seconds behind the leading pair of Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea.

However, as the race went, Bautista was able to close in on the rear of the duo, turning the race into a three-way battle for victory.

On lap 16, Rea was driven out wide when Razgatlioglu covered the inside line while braking for Turn 1, allowing Bautista to race through and take second place.

Bautista sustained the pressure on Razgatlioglu for the rest of the race, while Rea fell behind the pair, with the two separated by just a few tenths in the final laps.

When Razgatlioglu successfully defended from the Ducati rider into Turn 1 on the penultimate lap, it appeared that he was on his way to his maiden win of 2022. However, the Turkish rider made a poor exit going out of the final curve, allowing Bautista to swoop through and win the race for Ducati.

With his fourth win of the 2022 season in seven outings, Bautista extended his championship lead by 0.126 seconds. Meanwhile Rea, who had been unable to keep up with the speed of Bautista and Razgatlioglu with his harder-compound rear tyre, finished nearly five seconds behind the leaders.

After clipping the back of Razgatlioglu’s Yamaha at Turn 6 in the early stages of the race, the Ulsterman was fortunate to finish the race. Finishing fourth, Locatelli was clearly the best of the rest, beating out the Hondas of Xaxi Vierge and Iker Lecuona.

In the latter stages of the race, the two Honda riders were able to pass Scott Redding’s faltering BMW, with the British rider sliding to ninth after being passed by fellow countryman Alex Lowes on the second factory Kawasaki.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi fell out of the top ten early on, but was able to make up some ground later on to finish ninth, slightly ahead of leading independent rider Loris Baz on the Bonovo MGM BMW.

Xaxi Fores accomplished a great performance as a last-minute replacement for injured Philipp Oettl on the Go Eleven Ducati, finishing 11th ahead of Motorcossa’s Axel Bassani.

2022 WORLD SUPERBIKE ESTORIL, PORTUGAL – RACE 1 RESULTS

POSRIDERNATTEAMTIME
1Alvaro BautistaSPAAruba.It Racing Ducati21 Laps
2Toprak RazgatliogluTURPATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK+0.126s
3Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK+4.835s
4Andrea LocatelliITAPATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK+17.079s
5Xavi ViergeSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+19.107s
6Iker LecuonaSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+19.215s
7Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK+21.956s
8Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+23.090s
9Michael RinaldiITAAruba.It Racing Ducati+24.104s
10Loris BazFRABonovo Action BMW+25.212s
11Xavi ForesSPAGoEleven Ducati+27.516s
12Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa Ducati+30.686s
13Luca BernardiSMBarni Spark Ducati Team+39.599s
14Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha+39.643s
15Eugene LavertyIRLBonovo Action BMW+41.735s
16Marvin FritzGERMotoxracing Yamaha WorldSBK Team+41.854s
17Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti Kawasaki+42.790s
18Christophe PonssonFRAGil Motor Sport Yamaha+50.082s
19Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE Honda Racing+1 Lap
20Oliver KonigCZEOrelac Racing Kawasaki+1 Lap
21Isaac VinalesSPAPedercini Kawasaki+2 Laps
22Leandro MercadoARGMIE Honda RacingDNF

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