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Before looking at how the fourth round of the WorldSBK Superbike world championship in Misano could interest the small world of MotoGP, let us recall the main highlights.


Highlights of the Tissot Superpole:
– Second pole position of the season for Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team). Yellow flags erased the times in the final moments of the session, but a lap of 1'32.320 was enough for Razgatlioglu to take the honors.
– The rookie Nicholas Bulega (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) set the second fastest time despite still not qualifying on the first row of the WorldSBK starting grid.
– Second start on the front line of the career of Remy Gardner (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) in WorldSBK.
– Four manufacturers qualified in the first four positions.

Highlights of race 1:
– The race took place in difficult conditions with track temperatures of over 45C.
– From outside the first line, Remy Gardner took the lead of the race with Razgatlioglu and Bautista chasing.
- Toprak Razgatlioglu led from 4th to the final lap and controlled the race from that point on to win by 1.782s from Bulega.
– In the first rounds, Nicholas Bulega fell to sixth position, but he fought back to second position in the 8th round, but he could not challenge Razgatlioglu.
– Suffering from a lack of feeling when braking, Álvaro Bautista remained in the top three throughout the race and eventually finished in third position.
– In his home race, Andrea Locatelli (Pata Prometeon Yamaha) emerged victorious from a long battle with Gardner and alex lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK).
- Andrea Iannone (Team GoEleven) finished the race as an independent rider in seventh position, but close to the battle for fourth position.

Championship standings:
– After his fourth victory of the season, Toprak Razgatlioglu leads the championship for the first time this season.
– This is also the first time that BMW has led the championship since Moscow 2012 with Marco Melandri.
– The fifth podium of Nicholas Bulega leaves only 13 points difference between the first three in the standings after ten races. Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) is just three points behind Razgatlioglu after finishing third and taking his eighth podium of the season.
– This is the fourth change of leader in the championship this season. Last year, Bautista was the only leader in the championship.

P1 | Toprak Razgatlioglu | ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team
“The race was very difficult for everyone with the hot conditions. There was less grip on the track. I used the hard front tire and for the first part of the race it was fine, but then I started to lose the front tire. I want to thank my team for their hard work, but it's not over, we still have two races tomorrow. I will give my best tomorrow, because my goal is to win all three races this weekend! »

P2 | Nicholas Bulega | Aruba.it Racing – Ducati
“Honestly, I lost time at the start because I took a lot of laps to overtake other drivers and have a clear track. At the end of the race I was fast but it was very late because Toprak was very fast. For my first Superbike race in Italy, second place is not bad! »

P3 | Alvaro Bautista | Aruba.it Racing – Ducati
“It's always nice to get on the podium when the sensations aren't the best. I had a lot of trouble braking and I lost a lot of time entering the corner. When I tried to push harder, the front end slipped and I went off course several times. It was important to finish the race, take points and build up confidence for tomorrow. »


Highlights of the Tissot Superpole race:
- Nicholas Bulega (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) had an action-packed first lap. He lost positions early in the race, but was able to recover to lead the first lap of the 10-lap Superpole Race.
– In the third round, Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) managed to overtake Bulega to take the lead and the Turkish star took a lead of 1.651s to the checkered flag.
- alex lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) took their third Superpole Race podium of the season. Starting from fourth position, he managed to convert it to second position on the first lap before fighting with Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) for third place.
- Alvaro Bautista crashed at turn 10 on lap 5 and finished the race outside the points.
-In seventh position, Iker Lecuona (Team HRC) achieved its best result of the season.

Highlights of race 2: 
- Toprak Razgatlioglu started from pole position but dropped to fifth place on the first lap of the race with Nicholas Bulega who made the holeshot and took the lead into turn 1.
– From the fourth row of the starting grid, Álvaro Bautista found himself in the top 5 after the first round before getting into a battle with Alex Lowes which lasted the entire race. On the 11th lap, the battle was resolved in favor of the Spaniard, who took third place.
- Toprak Razgatlioglu approached the race by increasing his speed and maintaining his consistency. After three laps he was 1,5 seconds behind Nicholas Bulega, but he took the lead a third of the distance away. His pace allowed him to take a considerable lead before celebrating on the final lap.
- While alex lowes kept the pressure on Alvaro Bautista for the podium, his teammate, Axel Bassani, had his best weekend since joining the Kawasaki racing team. The Italian finished seventh after a long duel with the ghost Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) who was ultimately separated by a tenth of a second.

Championship standings:
- Toprak Razgatlioglu leaves the Misano world circuit Marco Simoncelli leading the championship with a 21-point lead.
- Nicholas Bulega et Álvaro Bautista swap places in the championship standings, with Bulega having overtaken his teammate by 17 points in Misano.

P1 | Toprak Razgatlioglu | ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team
“Before the race I said my goal was to win all three races this weekend. We succeeded and I would like to thank my team who did a remarkable job! We improved the bike today and I enjoyed the last race. It wasn't easy with the hot conditions and everyone was slipping more today, but I did a good job. It's a dream weekend and everyone worked really hard to get these three wins! »

P2 | Nicholas Bulega | Aruba.it Racing – Ducati
" I am very happy. I finished second, but I was on the podium in all three races that weekend. Toprak was very fast, but we will try again next time. My goal is to stay on the podium in every race. I am very happy and I want to say thank you to all the fans here in Misano! »

P3 | Alvaro Bautista | Aruba.it Racing – Ducati
“I got off to a good start and was able to take a good line in the first corners and recover some positions. After that I tried to reach my best pace, but the feeling on the bike was not the best. We need to continue to gain confidence and improve the settings. Obviously I would have liked to win here in front of the Ducati fans, but it was difficult. Toprak had an incredible level throughout the weekend and he was untouchable. We did our best and we will try to continue improving for the next races. »


Finally, Toprak Razgatlioglu scored 62 points, the maximum, Nicholas Bulega 49, Alvaro Bautista 32,  Alex Lowes 31 and Andrea Locatelli 30, which corresponds exactly to the current hierarchy of the championship.
The MotoGP world is watching this with interest, at least for the first two, who could claim the category change.
Nicholas Bulega, a Superbike rookie and only 24 years old, dominates his very experienced double world champion teammate and, as a result, would have every reason to eye the premier category of Grands Prix, and to be observed by the men of a Gigi Dall'Igna also present in Misano…
The problem for the Emilia-Romagna rider is that everything seems to indicate that Ducati will find itself with too many riders next year, the Pramac team very clearly moving towards Yamahas for 2025, hence its probable situation without top driver…
In these conditions, Gigi Dall'Igna would already have to play a difficult game of Rubik's Cube, without adding one more piece.

The other focus, of course, is Toprak Razgatlioglu, who no longer really hides that in the event of a world title, his motivation would turn to MotoGP.
According to all our information, which is numerous, this will undoubtedly materialize (probably because the truth of one day is not necessarily that of the next) in 2027 for BMW, with the arrival of the new regulations reducing the displacement of engines to 850cc.
But at 27 years old, can the Turkish pilot still wait two more years?
In Misano, in the euphoria of a perfect weekend, other solutions were heard from those around the talented driver, some of which were surprising to say the least...
But let's let the excitement die down (or not), let's continue to keep our ears open, and we'll see if an earlier trend really takes shape, in which case you'll be the first to know!
While remembering that the strange solution had been mentioned as early as Misano…