SENSATIONAL PASSES: defining overtakes from WorldSBK’s latest visit to Misano!

The Pirelli Emilia-Romagna Round provided plenty of drama at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”, with some overtakes at some unusual places as the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship field took to the majestic Italian venue. Here, we have a look at some of the unexpected passing places or the best moves that took place across the weekend.

PETRUCCI UTILISES TURN 2: ‘Petrux’ continues heroic comeback with stunning overtake

Most moves that come in the first sector take place under braking for Turn 1, but Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) had other ideas when battling with Axel Bassani (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) for P6 in Race 2. He moved to the inside of the left-hand Turn 2 to jab his Panigale V4 R up the inside of Bassani’s ZX-10RR to move into P6, capping off an incredible comeback for the #9 who, on Thursday, admitted he didn’t know whether he’d be able to race before going on to take three top-ten finishes.

FROM FIRST TO THIRD: Gardner demoted as Ducatis force their way through

Remy Gardner (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) grabbed the holeshot as lights went out for Race 1, but soon found himself demoted to third. First, reigning Champion Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati) came through at Turn 10, putting the #87 off the optimum line, which allowed Bautista’s teammate, Nicolo Bulega, to get a better exit and pass the Australian through the iconic Curvone corner.

DIFFERENT LINES CREATING PASSES: Lecuona beats Bassani in Race 1

Iker Lecuona (Team HRC) enjoyed his best weekend of the 2024 season so far at Misano, and that included fighting hard with Bassani in Race 1. The #7 and #47 were fighting hard into Turns 9 and 10, with the pair taking slightly different lines through the trail braking zone and Turn 10, with Lecuona able to come out on top against ‘El Bocia’.

OUTBRAKING RAZGATLIOGLU: Bulega gets ahead of the Turkish superstar

Passing Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) under braking is arguably one of the most difficult things to do, but Bulega was able to do just that in the Tissot Superpole Race. The #11 was on the charge at the start of the 10-lap race, closing in through sector three before getting alongside ‘El Turco’ heading into Turn 14. ‘Bulegas’ was on the side and used this to his advantage, briefly moving ahead of the 2021 Champion, although Razgatlioglu went on to win the race.

FIGHTING BACK: Razgatlioglu bounces back from poor start

Another move at Turn 14, although this time the roles were reversed with Razgatlioglu coming out on top against Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK). The pair were close running into the slowest corner on the circuit and the #54 was able to outbrake the Brit heading into the right-hander as he battled back from losing ground at the start.

TEAMMATES FIGHT IN RACE 1: Bulega passes between Turns 4 and 5

The two Racing – Ducati riders came home with lots of trophies from Misano, with Bulega leading their charge despite Bautista being ahead in the early stages of Race 1. The #1 was struggling and ran wide at Turn 4, giving his rookie teammate the chance to move ahead and ‘Bulegas’ did so without hesitation. He used the short run between the two right-handers to move ahead of the #1, before going on to finish second.

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