Catalunya WorldSBK 2021 results (updated)
Gordon ritchie | September 18, 2021
WorldSBK Race One
An astonishing series of events followed the first adverse event, as the rain reappeared shortly before the start of the opening weekend of the WorldSBK Race of the Catalunya.
The wet track race was surprisingly unpredictable from the start, as first leader Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) was quickly joined and then passed by Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), but only after a few protagonist overtakes in the championship.
With the action of the rain as a leveler in some ways, rookie privateer Axel Bassani (MotoCorsa Racing Ducati) got involved in fights with Razgatlioglu as they both passed Rea on the lap before lap 13.
Rea seemed to be losing momentum as the race ended.
Razgatlioglu, in Yamaha’s 60th anniversary red-and-white paint scheme, seemed to have won the race deservedly, but his motorcycle ultimately and dramatically abandoned him, leaving Bassani ahead for three laps.
He came with three laps of victory, but the advancing Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) had to pass and work his way to a remarkable victory, as he had been outside the top ten at one point.
A superb Ducati 1-2-3 saw Redding and Bassani for the first time on the podium joined by fighter Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati), for a hat-trick in Bologna that seemed impossible after a relatively difficult Friday for most Ducati riders.
Rea took back the championship lead from the hapless Razgatlioglu with his fourth place today, and he was followed at home by Michael van der Mark (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team), who seemed the likely winner until his thrust through the lead pilots was interrupted as he lost rear-wheel drive in the wet. He was fifth, the constant and combative Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team) sixth.
Leon Haslam (HRC Honda) finished seventh, ahead of poleman Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) eighth.
Alvaro Bautista (HRC Honda) and Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven Ducati) completed the top ten places, in a race that saw Kohta Nozane (GRT Yamaha) the top R1 finisher in the special red and white paint scheme, as Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) finished 12th and Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha) crashed in the wet on the warm-up lap.
Rea is now six points ahead in the championship, with the ten-lap Superpole race and a second full race coming on Sunday.
Results 2021 Catalunya WorldSBK – First race
|2||Axel Bassani||(Duke)||+ 1.577s|
|3||Mr. Ruben Rinaldi||(Duke)||+ 2.326s|
|4||Jonathan Réa||(Kaw)||+ 4.554s|
|5||Mr. van der Mark||(BMW)||+ 6.518s|
WorldSSP Race 1
As soon as things started in the 18-lap WorldSSP race, the rains came and everyone on the slick pitch was left with a decision to make. Changing tires or struggling after starting in the dry?
The vast majority entered the wet, catching up with the only leading rider still on slicks, Loic Marie Benoit Arbel (Andotrans Team Torrento Yamaha).
The track would dry up again as the rains subsided and Arbel would drop to tenth place but then finish sixth as a reward for his bet.
Without Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) this weekend Steven Odendaal (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha) led the chase pack behind Arbel for a while but Randy Krummenacher (CM Racing Yamaha) was the first to overtake the longtime leader. , in the seventh round, then fled to win by more than 16 seconds. And no Odendaal.
Odendaal and Philipp Öttl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) were both penalized for failing to respect the mandatory pit intervention time of 1’21 seconds, which came out too early after going in the wet. Odendaal’s loss was 25 seconds, which ruined his chance to score strong points in the absence of his big rival.
The Race One podium was thus completed by Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGo Team) and the Friday fast Raffaele De Rosa (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki).
Fourth, the always aggressive Can Öncü (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and fifth Öttl, despite his two penalty seconds.
With Arbel sixth, Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing Yamaha) was seventh.
The penalty imposed on Odendaal places him eighth today, Peter Sebestyen (Racing Team Hungary Yamaha) ninth and the top ten completed by Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Yamaha).
One more WorldSSP race to be contested in Catalunya on Sunday.
Results 2021 Catalunya WorldSSP – First race
|2||Manuel González||(Yam)||+ 16.226s|
|3||R. De Rosa||(Kaw)||+ 16.273s|
|4||Can ncü||(Kaw)||+ 22.273s|
|5||Philipp oettl||(Kaw)||+ 32.844s|
Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) completed a classic waiting lap at Tissot-Superpole to establish the best track on the revised Montmelo circuit, with his 1’40.408 set at the very end of the session.
Sykes’ lap was 0.286 seconds faster than next top rider Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx) and more than half a second faster than previous Superpole perfect man-machine in 2021, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team).
Sykes has now won WorldSBK pole 51 times.
The second row of Race 1 and the Sunday Superpole will be led by Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) of Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and the rookie of the season, Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx) .
A final pressurized lap from Leon Haslam (HRC Honda) saw him make up for it after losing his previous best lap after going over track limits and ultimately qualifying seventh.
A very strong day for factory bikes saw Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) achieve eighth fastest time and Michael van der Mark (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) ninth, completing third row of the grid.
Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha) was the best independent rider in tenth place, with Axel Bassani (MotoCorsa Racing Ducati) just behind. A suddenly improved Kohta Nozane (GRT Yamaha) finished 12th out of 22 Catalunya riders, one position ahead of Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven Ducati).
Results 2021 Catalunya WorldSBK — Superpole
|1||Tom sykes||(BMW)||1: 40.408s|
|2||Toprak Razgatlioglu||(Yam)||+ 0.286s|
|3||Jonathan Réa||(Kaw)||+ 0.513s|
|4||Scott redding||(Duke)||+ 0.570s|
|5||Alex lowes||(Kaw)||+ 0.678s|
Championship leader Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) won early on Friday in Catalunya, with a fastest lap of 1’42.369 on the revised Barcelona – Catalunya circuit.
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) was second in combined times, but only fourth in the afternoon session, even sinking into gravel towards the end.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) improved to third place overall and finished second in the afternoon session, making him the best Ducati rider of the day.
Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) fell at the start of the second free practice session, after losing the lead in turn five. He still finished in fourth place due to his quick morning time, and he left for the last laps of FP2.
Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) finished fifth overall today, but also fell late in FP2; without significant injury. Alex Lowes (KRT) finished sixth on day one. Alvaro Bautista (HRC Honda) crashed at the end of FP2, in the same final turn as Locatelli. Bautista eventually finished 11th but his teammate Leon Haslam (HRC Honda) finished seventh, rounding out all five competing manufacturers in the top seven places.
Michael van der Mark (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team), pulling smoke from his rear tire in the remodeled left turn of Tun 10-11, was expected to finish eighth. Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) climbed to ninth place thanks to his time in FP2, just over half a second behind Razgatlioglu.
Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha) completed the top ten riders in combined times in a hot and sunny Barcelona.
2021 Catalunya WorldSBK Results — Friday
|1||Toprak Razgatlioglu||(Yam)||1: 42.369|
|2||Jonathan Réa||(Kaw)||+ 0.050s|
|3||Mr. Ruben Rinaldi||(Duke)||+ 0.217s|
|4||Tom sykes||(BMW)||+ 0.239s|
|5||Andrea Locatelli||(Yam)||+ 0.246s|
Long-time WorldSSP rider Raffaele De Rosa (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) proved to be the fastest rider of all on WorldSSP day one in Barcelona – Catalunya.
Having changed teams recently, former World Champion Randy Krummenacher (CM Racing Yamaha) finished second, just 0.067 seconds behind De Rosa’s fastest time.
Magny Cours race winner Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGo Team) finished third today.
In the absence of championship leader Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha), who is absent for contractual duties on an electric bike, Steven Odendaal (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha) finished fourth. The first four riders set their best times in the afternoon FP2 session, but in fifth place Philipp Öttl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) had to rely on his morning time for his ranking in the top five of the night.
Niki Tuuli (MV Agusta Corse Clienti) finished sixth, the podium teenager from Magny Cours Can Öncü (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) finished seventh despite a crash and Patrick Hobelsberger (Bonovo MGM Racing Yamaha) eighth.
Andy Verdoia (GMT94 Yamaha), remarkable youngest winner of the WorldSSP rainy race last year in Catalunya, finished ninth today as Federico Caricasulo (Biblion Iberica Yamaha MotoxRacing) completed the top ten places.
Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) was not allowed to ride after his concussion suffered when several riders fell at Magny Cours.
2021 Catalunya WorldSSP Results — Friday
|1||Raffaele De Rosa||(Kaw)||1: 45.620s|
|2||R. Krummenacher||(Yam)||+ 0.067s|
|3||Manuel González||(Yam)||+ 0.109s|
|4||Steven odendaal||(Yam)||+ 0.161s|
|5||Philipp oettl||(Kaw)||+ 0.278s|
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