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Scott Redding has prevented Toprak Razgatlioglu from getting the treble in Argentina. This time, the Ducati rider did not fail to claim victory in a fast-paced race in which he had to beat the only two contenders for the title. Because yes, Redding has won, but he already runs out of options in the general classification.
In the battle for the title we have had an impressive fight between Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea that he has finished with the champion ahead of the world leader, so he minimally cuts the differences to 30 points. Still, the Turk has everything to face to be champion in Indonesia.
Razgatlioglu maintains 30 points of advantage over Rea
In the Superpole Race the victory went to Toprak Razgatlioglu after a small mistake by Scott Redding, who seemed to have more rhythm but did not recover in time to win. Jonathan Rea's third position mathematically prevented Razgatlioglu from having title options in the second long race.
At the start of the long test Razgatlioglu kept the first position, but Rea made a good start, passed Redding and wanted to attack the Turk. He succeeded in dizzying braking, but Razgatlioglu returned it just as aggressively. They were marking the terrain, and the threat of Redding's speed on the straight hung over Rea.
Error of Razgatlioglu, who went long in a curve and Rea overtook him. The tension between the two was evident, and the Turk was regaining his position. To all these, Axel Bassani joined the quartet and even got to overtake Redding to position himself as the best Ducati. The exchange of overtaking was constant.
On a straight it was clear the mechanical inferiority of Rea's Kawasaki ZX-10RR, which was losing position to Razgatlioglu and Redding. The champion wanted to defend his crown with bravery, but the straights crushed him. In fact, Redding beat him again for pure top speed, and he did the same with Razgatlioglu, although the Turk resisted, but finally the Ducati passed sentence.
It seemed that Redding could get away, to the point that he was opening a hole solid with Razgatlioglu as the Turk still managed to contain Rea. Álvaro Bautista was in eleventh position, stuck behind his teammate, Leon Haslam, on a bad weekend.
Rea would harass Razgatlioglu again, and put the motorcycle in him eight laps from the end. But again in braking the world leader recovered the position. The fight was being passionate, close to contact, and it was also causing Bassani to rejoin the duo that was battling for the podium.
Razgatlioglu was throwing in the towel. The Yamaha rider did not have the feeling in this second long race and seemed to settle for third position, as Rea slipped away and Bassani took it down without too much difficulty. Bautista was finally able to surpass Haslam, but it stays in a nondescript tenth place.
Victory for Scott Redding, who still mathematically loses all his title options. Second gold position for Jonathan Rea, who will arrive a little better positioned in Indonesia, while Razgatlioglu takes a third place on the podium that can also serve him a lot in the general classification.