Magny-Cours WSBK: Razgatlioglu wins again with last-lap pass

Toprak Razgatlioglu beat World Superbike title rival Jonathan Rea in a thrilling Superpole race at Magny-Cours, as the pair swapped positions twice on the final lap.

The 10-lap Sunday morning sprint produced the same result as Saturday's opening race, but was a much closer affair as Yamaha man Razgatlioglu edged out Rea's Kawasaki by just three tenths of a second.

That followed a lunge up the inside at Lycee corner on the final lap by the Turkish rider, who took his eighth win of the season to eke out his championship lead to eight points.

Poleman Rea led into Turn 1, and a bid by Razgatlioglu to wrest the advantage at the Adelaide hairpin on the opening lap failed.

But the next time around, Razgatlioglu was able to dive up the inside and grab a lead he would maintain until the final lap.

Rea was able to stick with Razgatlioglu this time, and although he lost a chunk of time as he got his braking wrong at Adelaide on lap 7 and nearly wiped out his opponent, he was soon back on the tail of the Yamaha rider.

On the final lap, Rea launched a surprise raid at the Imola chicane to grab the lead with just a handful of corners to go, but coming down the hill to Lycee - the last corner bar the final chicane - Razgatlioglu was back on the attack, braking late to repass Rea and grab the victory.

Kawasaki's Alex Lowes made up for his Saturday crash by taking third, scoring his first podium finish in two months, helped by a first-lap pass on Andrea Locatelli - who nonetheless made it a 10th top-four finish in a row on the second factory Yamaha.

Scott Redding enjoyed an upturn in form on the Ducati after a dreadful race on Saturday, progressing from eighth on the grid to fifth.

Michael van der Mark enjoyed another strong showing aboard the BMW in sixth place, leading home Alvaro Bautista (Honda), Chaz Davies (Go Eleven Ducati) and Leon Haslam (Honda).

Michael Ruben Rinaldi trailed home in 10th on the second factory Ducati, while front-row starter Tom Sykes could manage no better than 12th after another bruising opening couple of laps.

Lucas Mahias was back in action on the Puccetti Kawasaki after sitting out Saturday's race, finishing 14th behind GRT Yamaha's Garrett Gerloff.

Race results:

Cla # Rider Bike Laps Gap
1 54 Turkey Toprak Razgatlioglu
Yamaha 10
2 1 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea
Kawasaki 10 0.352
3 22 United Kingdom Alex Lowes
Kawasaki 10 5.634
4 55 Italy Andrea Locatelli
Yamaha 10 6.995
5 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding
Ducati 10 7.736
6 60 Netherlands Michael van der Mark
BMW 10 8.471
7 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista
Honda 10 9.867
8 7 United Kingdom Chaz Davies
Ducati 10 10.240
9 91 United Kingdom Leon Haslam
Honda 10 11.677
10 21 Italy Michael Ruben Rinaldi
Ducati 10 12.035
11 47 Italy Axel Bassani
Ducati 10 12.331
12 66 United Kingdom Tom Sykes
BMW 10 12.583
13 31 United States Garrett Gerloff
Yamaha 10 12.854
14 44 France Lucas Mahias
Kawasaki 10 21.949
15 53 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 10 22.670
16 3 Japan Kohta Nozane
Yamaha 10 25.982
17 23 France Christophe Ponsson
Yamaha 10 26.442
18 94 Germany Jonas Folger
BMW 10 27.556
19 36 Argentina Leandro Mercado
Honda 10 30.374
20 84 Belgium Loris Cresson
Kawasaki 10 33.876
32 Spain Isaac Viñales
Kawasaki 0
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