The opening WorldSBK race in Indonesia has been postponed to Sunday due to extreme rains ahead of the scheduled start.
Update: Mandalika WorldSBK’s first race has been postponed to Sunday due to extreme rains, meaning races one and two will take place tomorrow, while the Superpole race has been canceled.
RACE DIRECTION INFO:
today #WorldSBK race 1 has been postponed.
It will replace tomorrow’s Tissot Superpole race at 11:00 LT, race 2 will remain at 3:00 PM LT.
– WorldSBK (@WorldSBK) 20 November 2021
The first race is expected to be Toprak Razgatlioglu’s first chance to win the 2021 WorldSBK title as he edges Jonathan Rea by 30 points.
While the six-time world champion needs a miracle to win a seventh consecutive championship, the Kawasaki rider is also not sure about his current second place as Scott Redding is 36 points behind Rea.
The championship top three once again looked like the top three favorites to secure podiums after locking the front row in qualifying.
Razgatlioglu’s time of 1: 32.877s gave him three tenths ahead of Rea and Redding as he was the only rider to complete a lap below 1.33m – the only rider to do so this weekend.
Further on, Garrett Gerloff was fourth, almost seven-tenths behind, once again underlining the dominance Razgatlioglu showed during what could be a historic weekend for the Turkish rider.
Turkey have so far never had a first-class champion, but with Razgatlioglu looking unfazed and without pressure so far, the odds are very favorable to do so.
Razgatlioglu’s chances were further improved as the appalling conditions in Mandalika resulted in the cancellation of the Superpole race, meaning that 12 extra points are no longer available.
The grid for race two will be based on the result of today’s qualifying, keeping up with what happens in race one.
Prior to qualifying, Alex Lowes was declared unfit after sustaining an AC joint injury following an accident during FP3.
WorldSBK FP3 went without Team HRC rider Leon Haslam after it was confirmed that the British rider would no longer compete in his last weekend as a world championship rider due to an injury to his the shoulder.