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Toprak Razgatlioglu is very serious about the 2021 Superbike World Championship. The Turkish Yamaha rider is far superior at Magny-Cours, with an infernal pace in free practice that he was able to carry into the race as well. He has dominated Jonathan Rea at will, with an overtaking of those that mark territory included.
Razgatlioglu has won alone, while his partner, Andrea Locatelli, has also taken the podium to close the Yamaha party. Terrible performance of Scott Redding, in one of his worst races in the world to finish twelfth. Álvaro Bautista has finally crossed the finish line in sixth place.
Redding has had one of his worst Superbike races
Jonathan Rea's dominance in the Superpoles is starting to be scandalous, because at Magny-Cours he won the eighth in a row, ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu, while Scott Redding came out eighth. In the start, the Turk risked to become the leader in the first corner, but Rea returned it to him with the help of Alex Lowes.
Rea was trying to shoot to escape the devastating pace that Razgatlioglu had shown in training. Lowes passed Michael Ruben Rinaldi to take third, while Redding only rolled in eighth position. Razgatlioglu was already in cannibal mode, quickly hunting down Rea.
Razgatlioglu's overtaking was very risky at the chicane, strangling Rea without contemplations. It was time to change the rhythm for Yamaha's if Rea didn't react quickly. Redding was still in tremendous difficulties, already tenth, even behind Álvaro Bautista. The world cup was disappearing.
Rea was pulling the courage to hold out just half a second from Razgatlioglu, to whom he was already beginning to teach the wheel in a curve. The two world championships, tied on points, were fighting hand-to-hand for a victory at Magny-Cours. The tension could be cut.
In the other stage of the race, Redding errors were constant. They were doing one of their worst races in the world, running twelfth and practically unable to close a lap without any mistakes. His teammate, Michael Ruben Rinaldi, was fifth, and battling Andrea Locatelli.
Razgatlioglu began to open space again, this time with more forcefulness, leaving Rea more than a second and a half. The mistakes he made in the past when he wanted to push himself too hard to chase the Yamaha probably appeared in the champion's mind. The one who went up was Bautista, already seventh.
Crash for Alex Lowes when he was in third position and was beginning to feel pressure from Andrea Locatelli. Another lost podium for the Briton who is very important in the face of the world of brands. Scott Redding's disaster culminated two laps from the end, when he went to the ground in a slow zone, although he was able to continue.
Victory for Toprak Razgatlioglu, who remains as the leader of the solo World Cup ahead of a Jonathan Rea who has settled for being second, and far from winning. Finally, Locatelli took the podium in third position, while Álvaro Bautista was sixth and Scott Redding, twelfth.