STATS ROUND-UP: Razgatlioglu joins Corser, Davies and more after win with third manufacturer

The 2024 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship has been absolutely mind-blowing in the opening two rounds, with the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain proving to be some of the greatest racing we’ve ever seen. History was everywhere you looked as BMW returned to winning ways, the reigning World Champion was back on the top step and more. Check out all the big stats below whilst reliving an epic Superpole Race here.

3857/902 – BMW had to wait 902 days for their next win after Michael van der Mark won at Portimao in 2021. However, their last ‘main’ race win was at the Nurburgring in 2013 with Chaz Davies winning in Race 2, some 3857 days before Toprak Razgatlioglu’s (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) Race 1 win in Barcelona. Divide the 3857 by 902 and you get 4 (nearest whole number): Toprak won in his fourth race for BMW. 

202 – After hitting the 200 mark in Race 1, Yamaha’s streak of consecutive points-scoring rides is now at 202 after Race 2.

93 – Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati) is on 93 podiums after his first win of 2024 in Race 2, just one behind triple WorldSBK Champion Troy Bayliss.

87 – During the current points scoring system – since 1995 – 87 points for Championship leader Nicolo Bulega ( Racing – Ducati) is the lowest amount after six races. However, six races from 1995 until 2018 were all the main races, without the Tissot Superpole Race; it’s still the lowest in the Superpole Race era. 

86 – Sam Lowes (ELF Marc VDS Racing Team) became the 86th rider to lead a WorldSBK race. 

60 – Bautista took a 60th win of his WorldSBK career, all taken with Ducati and he moves into clear second now behind Jonathan Rea (119) and ahead of Carl Fogarty (59) in the all-time WorldSBK win charts.

41 – Razgatlioglu is on 41 wins, ironically just two behind the #41 of Noriyuki Haga, who has 43.

32 – With 32 Superpole front rows, Razgatlioglu matched double World Champion Max Biaggi.

10 – Axel Bassani (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) took his first top ten with Kawasaki in Race 1 with P10.

8 – Eighth for Jonathan Rea (Pata Prometeon Yamaha) in Race 2 gave him his first points with Yamaha.

6 – Six straight seasons of wins for Toprak Razgatlioglu, his first coming during Race 1 at Magny-Cours in 2019.

6 – Six top six finishes for Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) at the start of the season since 2019 leaves him third overall going to one of his favourite circuits, Assen.

4 – Four race winners from six races, the same number of winners across the full 2023 season. It’s the first time that there’s been four race winners in six races since 2020, when the first four races were all won by different riders. 

4 – Fourth for Michael van der Mark (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) in Race 2, his best race result since third in Race 2 at Mandalika in 2021, denying newly crowned Champion Razgatlioglu. 

3 – Razgatlioglu won for BMW in Race 1 in Barcelona, the third manufacturer he’s won with after Kawasaki and Yamaha. He’s the seventh rider to achieve this in the 36-year history of WorldSBK, behind: Stephane Mertens, Anthony Gobert, Troy Corser, Eugene Laverty and Chaz Davies. Marco Melandri is the other rider but he’s the only rider to have won with four manufacturers. 

3 – Toprak is third in the Championship standings, the best place for a BMW rider since Marco Melandri was also third in 2013 in the #54’s home country, Turkey.

3 – Three top ten finishes in Barcelona for Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) at the only track where he didn’t score a top ten in his rookie 2023 season.

2 – A second podium for Andrea Iannone (Team GoEleven) in his rookie season with a career-best P2 in the Superpole Race. 

0.075s – The closest finish for a WorldSBK race in Barcelona happened in the Superpole Race with Razgatlioglu beating Iannone by 0.075s after he overtook Bautista at the final corner on the last lap. 

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