Estoril WSBK: Rea seals record sixth title as Redding retires

Rachit Thukral
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Both title protagonists Rea and Scott Redding crashed in the Superpole session on Saturday morning, qualifying down in 15th and 23rd respectively, as Razgatlioglu claimed a maiden pole position on the factory Yamaha.

The two riders were on the move early on, gaining eight positions each on the opening lap to run in seventh and 15th respectively.

But while Redding’s recovery slowed down, Rea continued to move up the order, executing a brilliant double pass on Kawasaki teammate Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark at Turn 1 on lap 2 before clearing Leon Haslam and Michael Ruben Rinaldi on the following tour.

The title was effectively settled in Rea's favour when Redding’s hastily-rebuilt Ducati began to slow down on lap 6 with an apparent technical problem, forcing the British rider to retire.

Despite Redding’s DNF, Rea continued to push for the next few laps, overtaking the GRT Yamaha of Garrett Gerloff and then chasing long-time leader Razgatlioglu with the aim of clinching the 2020 crown with his 100th career win.

However, his pace began to drop off in the middle of the race, allowing first Ducati’s Chaz Davies and then Gerloff to push him outside the podium positions. Haslam also managed to overtake Rea the final lap, but with Redding out, fifth was enough for Rea to clinch his sixth consecutive title and cement his position as the most successful rider in the series.

Out front, Razgatlioglu claimed his first victory since the Phillip Island opener by a dominant margin of three four seconds, with Ducati’s Davies and Gerloff rounding out the top three ahead of Honda man Haslam and Rea.

Lowes finished sixth on the second factory Kawasaki bike, ahead of the top independent bike of Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Go Eleven Ducati), Xavi Fores (Puccetti Kawasaki), Loris Baz (Ten Kate Yamaha) and Tom Sykes (BMW).

Former MotoGP rider Alvaro Bautista was running inside the top 10 when he lost the front end of his Honda with three laps to go at the turn 6 double left-hander. 

Yamaha's Michael van der Mark likewise suffered a crash while holding fourth position behind Rea.

Race results:

1

54

Turkey
Turkey

Toprak Razgatlioglu

Yamaha

21

2

7

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Chaz Davies

Ducati

21

3.039

3

31

United States
United States

Garrett Gerloff

Yamaha

21

4.220

4

1

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jonathan Rea

Kawasaki

21

9.645

5

91

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Leon Haslam

Honda

21

15.732

6

22

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Alex Lowes

Kawasaki

21

15.926

7

21

Italy
Italy

Michael Ruben Rinaldi

Ducati

21

16.205

8

12

Spain
Spain

Xavi Fores

Kawasaki

21

17.842

9

76

France
France

Loris Baz

Yamaha

21

18.035

10

66

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Tom Sykes

BMW

21

18.404

11

94

Germany
Germany

Jonas Folger

Yamaha

21

20.834

12

50

Ireland
Ireland

Eugene Laverty

BMW

21

30.026

13

36

Argentina
Argentina

Leandro Mercado

Ducati

21

31.886

14

13

Japan
Japan

Takumi Takahashi

Honda

21

47.164

15

51

Brazil
Brazil

Eric Granado

Honda

21

48.801

16

32

South Africa
South Africa

Sheridan Morais

Kawasaki

21

56.970

17

19

Spain
Spain

Alvaro Bautista

Honda

21

1'32.677

18

84

Belgium
Belgium

Loris Cresson

Kawasaki

20

64

Italy
Italy

Federico Caricasulo

Yamaha

12

60

Netherlands
Netherlands

Michael van der Mark

Yamaha

7

45

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Scott Redding

Ducati

5

71

Italy
Italy

Matteo Ferrari

Ducati

2

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