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10/16/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/16/2021 13:57

SUNDAY STATS PACK: a first-time birthday winner in WorldSBK and more to come

The 2021 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship saw Race 1 ignite during the Motul Argentinean Round at the Circuito San Juan Villicum, as Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) dominated to take a lights-to-flag victory. The Turkish rider headlines the stats from Saturday but there's plenty more to come on Sunday. Find out about all of the history that was made today and get prepared for Sunday action in San Juan.

  1. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) took his 12th win of the season and his and Yamaha's first in San Juan. This is the tenth podium at which Toprak has won at. This means that with him beating Rea - depending on the Superpole Race result - Razgatlioglu faces his first opportunity at becoming WorldSBK Champion. If he out-scores Rea by eight points in the Superpole Race, Toprak could mathematically be Champion in Race 2.
  2. Razgatlioglu's win is his 15th for Yamaha, moving one ahead of 2009 WorldSBK Champion Ben Spies. The only rider who was won more races is Noriyuki Haga, with 27. With his win, Razgatlioglu also becomes the first rider in WorldSBK history to win on their birthday.
  3. It's the 17th win for Razgatlioglu in his WorldSBK career, the same as Italian star Pierfrancesco Chili. Both achieved them across two manufacturers: so far, Toprak with Kawasaki and Yamaha, whereas Chili's came with Ducati and Suzuki.
  4. Race 1 was Razgatlioglu's 50th podium in WorldSBK from 116 starts; in 40 of those podiums, he has been joined by Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK). The 25-year-old Turkish rider becomes the 15th rider to get 50 podiums in WorldSBK.
  5. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) took his 211th podium with second place in San Juan, maintaining a 100% record of finishing every race in Argentina inside the top two.
  6. In Tissot Superpole, Rea was only fifth, his worst Superpole of the year and the first time off of the front row since he was 15th last year at Estoril.
  7. Michael Ruben Rinaldi ( Racing - Ducati) came through from row three to take a podium, the tenth of his career in WorldSBK - all of which have come for Ducati.
  8. Ducati also took a 980th podium place with Rinaldi in third, as they are the first manufacturer closing in on an iconic 1000 podium places.
  9. On the other side of the Ducati garage, Scott Redding ( Racing - Ducati) took his first pole position of the year and the second of his career, as he became the 47th rider to achieve more than one pole and gave Great Britain a 150th pole position.
  10. Speaking of 47, the #47 of Axel Bassani became the 152nd rider to take a front row in WorldSBK after Superpole qualifying, the 25th from Italy. Bassani also took fifth in the race and top Independent honours.

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