STATS ROUND-UP: more than 4300 days later, BMW return to the top of WorldSBK Championship tree

The 2024 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship has one third of its season completed and there’s a different look to the title race to when we entered the round at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” in Italy. With a heroic triple, Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) takes charge in the standings whilst there’s a new top dog in Ducati in Nicolo Bulega ( Racing – Ducati), who is second overall.

4311 – Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) took BMW to the top of the WorldSBK standings after his Race 1 win at Misano for the first time since after Moscow’s Race 2 in 2012 when it was Marco Melandri. That is a wait of 4311 days. He’s the first BMW rider to lead for more than one race.

154 – Razgatlioglu lead the WorldSBK standings with 154 points after the Superpole Race before going on to lead with 179, the most he’s had after 12 races.

45 – Razgatlioglu moved clearly into P5 in the overall win rankings with a 45th win in Race 2.

38 – A 38th podium for Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) with P3 in the Superpole Race.

30 – Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati) came into the weekend with a six point lead over Razgatlioglu but trails him by 24 after it, a swing of 30 points.

10 – Back in the top ten in all three races for Iker Lecuona (Team HRC), with a best of P7 in the Superpole Race. It’s his first top ten results of the season.

6/9/12 – Of the last nine races, Toprak’s won at three tracks and taken six victories. That means he’s won half of the races so far this season. After 12 races, this is the best start to a season he’s had.

6 – A first top six with Kawasaki for Axel Bassani (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) in the Superpole Race.

4 – Four Championship leaders so far this season, the highest value since 2020 (Lowes, Razgatlioglu, Rea, Redding).

4 – Four race wins in succession for BMW in WorldSBK for the first time ever, the first manufacturer to achieve it this year.

4 – Four race wins in succession for Toprak Razgatlioglu in WorldSBK for the first time ever.

3 – For the first time since stepping up to WorldSBK, Nicolo Bulega ( Racing – Ducati) secured three podiums at the same track.

1 – For the first time ever, BMW completed the triple, joining Ducati, Kawasaki and Yamaha.

0.067s – In the first-ever WorldWCR weekend, both of the races finished with a gap less than a tenth of a second. Race 1 was the closest at 0.067s whilst Race 2 was won by 0.085s, both by Maria Herrera (Klint Forward Factory Team).

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