Rhea wants to regain the throne

Razgatlioglu showed last season that There are no impossible, only improbable. And as unlikely as it seemed that someone would be able to remove Rea from the top in SBK, the Turk managed it with stripes to establish a battle in which the one from Kawasaki has set out to regain his dominance From the first moment. The six-time champion was in charge of leading the tests in Jerez and now, in Portimao, he has started doing the same on a day where the two contenders for the 2021 title have had a special guest.

Baptist He was the first to put Rea in trouble with his entry into the World Championship of derived motorcycles and now, on his return to Ducati, the Spaniard has shown that he can also fight for a title that faces this 2022 more open than ever. Because the leadership of the Northern Irishman, on a day where he has had time to contemplate the work that has been carried out in the Yamaha box, It was produced by the minimum in front of Razgatlioglu and the Ducati rider. A tenth has been the difference that has defined the top-3 on the opening day and the 1:40.621 that the Kawasaki rider has scored in the morning session, is not a guarantee of anything in such a tight battle.

Beyond the differences in the time, there are other reasons that show an equality that is expected throughout the course. Which are? what is this the first day of pre-season for Razgatlioglu (the Turk has reappeared with 69 laps) since he became champion and also, that Bautista continues to adapt to a Ducati with which he feels competitive again: “I enjoy piloting it, in the last two years I have had to adapt to get the most out of it, but Now I have fun when I’m on the track. I heard from Dall’Igna that he wants to win the title and he is pushing for it.”

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The rider from Talavera reiterates that his two years with Honda, where Lecuona and Vierge now play, were not easy for him on the bike and now, is reunited with a Panigale V4 R that continues to be in tune with the fastest with Álvaro at his handlebars. During the session, Bautista has tried a new swingarm and a new element for the tank, during the 82 laps he has completed on a day where no one has lapped more than him and in which he has stopped the clock in a 1:40.753 that still has room for improvement.

Classification day 1

one. J. Rea (GBr/Kawasaki) 1:40.621

two. T. Razgatlioglu (Tur/Yamaha) 1:40.722

3. TO. Baptist (Ducati) 1:40.753

Four. MR Rinaldi (Ita/Ducati) 1:41.261

5. A.Locatelli (Ita/Yamaha) 1:41.440

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