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SBK, Misano: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Toprak makes no concessions under the Romagna sun, which indicates the way to Lecuona on the Honda. Petrucci dresses up as a hero in front of his home crowd, while Iannone fails to play the jokere car and Bautista crashes at the Tramonto curve.

SBK: Misano: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

The Misano fiefdom changes its domain by moving from Spain to Turkey, in a Round in which Razgatlioglu leads the way. Amid set-up problems and mistakes, Bautista and Iannone find themselves playing catch-up, while Petrucci is refreshed with applause from the crowd after giving it his all.

THE GOOD - Mom, have you seen how well Razgatlioglu goes ? After savoring the taste of victory again with his early successes in Barcelona and Assen, Toprak decided to monopolize the top step of the podium, scoring his first hat trick of wins as a BMW rider and his fourth consecutive win. He even had the luxury of ending the weekend with a stoppie under the checkered flag.

THE BAD - There was a lot of anticipation for the debut of the Women's World Championship, but the premiere of the FIM Women's Circuit Racing World Championship was not the happiest. Nothing could be said about the spectacle offered by the duels between Maria Herrera and Ana Carrasco, seasoned by the forays of a wild Sara Sanchez, but the incidents in Race 1 were not the best calling card for the championship's debut.

THE UGLY - Risk pays off, but not always. Andrea Iannone and the Go Eleven team know something about this, and in Race 2 they tried to mix things up by playing the joker card of the new rear tyre brought to Romagna by Pirelli. A very unprofitable choice for the Abruzzo rider, who finished at the foot of the Top 10 after a complicated start to the race.

THE DISAPPOINTMENT - The M 1000 RR flies, but it does so only in the hands of Razgatlioglu. With the two Bonovo Action team riders sinking to the fringes of the points zone, Michael van der Mark was the "first of the others" in the BMW ranks, finishing a full 19 seconds behind his teammate in both Race 1 and the Superpole Race. Then having to bring back the bike to the pit box in Race 2, due to a technical problem.

THE CONFIRMATION - Danilo Petrucci breaks but does not bend, and he proved it for the umpteenth time in his career by completing all three races of this fiery Round at Misano, despite the tremendous pain in his shoulder injured two months ago in a motocross accident. The support of the Barni team and his family, coupled with the warmth and drive of the public and friends worked better than painkillers for the Terni rider, exhausted but proud of a feat he doesn't even know how he pulled off.

THE ERROR - The change of script from last year added a little thrill to the weekend for Alvaro Bautista, who saw his Panigale head straight to the inside corner after a slide at the Tramonto curve midway through the Superpole Race. A crash without consequences, if we do not count the "zero" picked up by the Spaniard and the 11th place on the Race 2 grid.

THE SURPRISE - Summer may be just around the corner, but not all the flowers bloom when spring begins. This seems to be the case with Iker Lecuona's season, which began to bloom in Round 4 of the championship after a stormy start, to say the least. The one in Misano was the first hitch-free weekend for Honda's Valencian rider, who began to familiarize himself with the new CBR1000RR-R picking up three Top 10 finishes.

THE OVERTAKE - We are not blaming Bautista and Razgatlioglu, but the symbolic overtaking of the weekend can only be Petrucci's entry on Bassani in Turn 1 in the final part of Race 2.

THE ANECDOTE - Before this year, Bautista had never missed an appointment with victory in Misano since wearing the colours of the Aruba.it Racing Ducati team.

THE TOLD YOU SO - Toprak on Friday, "My goal here is three wins." Mission accomplished.

 

Translated by Julian Thomas

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