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SBK, Most: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Exploding tires, others that couldn’t be found, strategies that fell through, risks and accidents: a crazy weekend in Most

SBK: Most: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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It was the last round before summer break, and we’re convinced that the fans were certainly not bored watching the Most event. Among accidents, wrong strategies, tires exploding, and others that couldn’t be found, the Superbike experienced one of the most heated weekends since the beginning of the season.

And, as if that weren’t enough, the weather further complicated the plans of the teams and riders. There were those who had to lick their wounds and those who found their luck by risking. The SBK will now take a break from the first part of the season until Magny-Cours in a month.  

The GOOD – He hadn’t tasted a victory it  months, but finally managed to rediscover its flavor. In Race 1 at Most, Johnny Rea regained the spark he had lost since last November in Australia. Saturday’s triumph was a demonstration of the Cannibal’s class and experience, bringing him to the top step of the podium. Let’s hope he’s not the only one this season to be ever more tainted in shades of Red.

The UGLY – Last year, he had won both races in the SSP, but only saw the finish line once this time. It was a weekend to be forgotten for Lorenzo Baldassarri, who was forced to lick his wounds at the end of the Czech weekend. To date, the rider from the Marche region still hasn’t been able to find what he needs, and his bike for 2024 is starting to heat up. The summer break could be an opportunity for him to wind down a bit and start again in September.

The BAD – Toprak was doing something truly extraordinary against Alvaro Bautista on Sunday afternoon. Race 2 was a hell of a race for the Turkish rider, who responded to the World Championship leader with braking and overtaking. But a punctured tire ruined his plans.   

The CONFIRMATION – Danilo Petrucci is increasingly tailoring this Ducati V4 to himself, and the Most round was yet another confirmation. On a track never seen before, the Barni rider conquered two podiums. And to think that, until a couple of months ago, he seemed ready to say goodbye to the SBK Circus. Bravo Petrux!

The DISAPPOINTMENT – It was his worst weekend since the beginning of the season.  We’re talking about Garrett Gerloff, out of the race on Saturday and even on Sunday with his BMW. The American had other ambitions in the Czech Republic, but it didn’t go as planned. Luckily, the  summer break is starting.

The ERROR – He’s already thought about sprinkling his head with ashes. Race 2 weighed like a boulder on Axel Bassani's shoulders, as he gave way to a super comeback that almost got him on the podium. Most likely, the Motocorsa rider wouldn’t have won, but he definitely had all the cards he needed to catch up with Bautista.

The SURPRISE – Tarran Mackenzie and Midori Moriwaki will remember SuperSport Sunday at Most for a long time. The English rider dared to remain on the track in Race 2 under the rain, and the decision paid off. A long-awaited and dreamt of triumph for a Honda that, at the beginning of the season, wasn’t even homologated. Midori’s tears spoke for themselves, once he crossed the finish line.    

The OVERTAKE – Bautista might have overtaken eleven riders in the race, but Toprak’s move on him at Turn 1 in Race 2 should be applauded. It’s something to watch over and over again, without ever tiring.                                                                                                                               

The ANECDOTE – Bautista is 40, Ducati 400: there’s no better way to celebrate Alvaro and the Borgo Panigale constructor in the SBK world before the summer break.

The  I TOLD YOU SO – Toprak on Saturday: “I know I can come to terms with both races on Sunday,” He didn’t take the Pirellis into consideration.

 

Translated by Leila Myftija

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