Toprak Razgatlioglu led the way on the first day of WorldSBK in San Juan

The tournament leader was the fastest in the two runs. Jonatan Rea, his rival in the fight for the title, suffered a fall in the second practice.

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ELF logoActivity began on the penultimate date of the World Superbike that has as a stage the San Juan Villicum International Circuit, in what is the first outing of the contest outside Europe after the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The day had as great dominator Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha), who came to this appointment at the head of the tournament.

Razgatlioglu dominated in the first session, with the track still dirty from Thursday's gale, with 1m38s524; while in the second, with the circuit already in better condition, he nailed 1m37s872. In both he was escorted by the British Scott Redding (Ducati), who in the fastest session was 246/1000 behind the leader.

Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki ZX-10RR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Superbike WSBK Barcelona 2021 (Circuit Barcelona) 17-19.09.2021 photo: Lukasz Swiderek www.photoPSP.com @photopsp_lukasz_swiderek

The english champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki), who reached this commitment in second place in the competition, had a difficult day. While in the first round he finished third at 544/1000 of Razgatlioglu in the second he suffered a fall and was fifth at 629/100.

THE ARGENTINES

Leandro Mercado (Honda) was the best-placed Argentine in WorldSBK. In the first batch he finished 15th and in the second, 18th. “I suffered a lot with the chattering. We will try to solve it for tomorrow "explained the Cordovan saddened because the excessive vibration of his motorcycle MIE Racing it prevented him from staying in the top fifteen.

Tati MercadoWhile Marco Solorza y Luciano Ribodino, which run on Kawasaki trails from the Team Pedercini Racing, they closed the two classifications in the 20th and 21st positions more than four seconds from the lead, something logical considering that they do not race with this type of motorcycle in Argentina.

En WorldSSP, where the fastest of the day was the French Jules cluzel (Yamaha) with 1m41s926 / 1000, Andres Gonzalez (Yamaha) finished 16th in just over two seconds and Matias Petratti (Yamaha), 20th and last, more than six seconds behind the Frenchman.

The activity will continue on Saturday, with more training sessions, classifications and the first of the two competitions in each category.

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Diego durruty

Journalist with 30 years of experience. Worked in magazines STROKE, The graphic, Coequipier y Only TC, on the Internet sites SportsYa!, e-driver.com y kmcero.com and on the radios Rock pop y Vorterix.com. He covered the Dakar rally for the German agency dpa. He currently drives Two Daring Guys, columnist on the show WorldSport (AM Splendid) and in Surf & Rock FM.  He is also a teacher in SPORTS.

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