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Jamie Klein

Indonesia WSBK: Razgatlioglu beats Rea in Superpole race

Yamaha rider Razgatlioglu had to work hard to overcome Kawasaki man Rea to pick up his second win of the weekend in Indonesia and his 13th of the season, the pair split by only half a second at the end of the 10-lap sprint.

Bautista meanwhile saw his points cushion reduced to 71 as he finished behind the second Yamaha of Andrea Locatelli, marking his first finish off the podium since July's Donington Park round.

It means that Bautista must finish at least third in Sunday's main race to wrap up the title this weekend if Razgatlioglu wins the race.

Razgatlioglu led his teammate Locatelli at the start in a repeat of Saturday's opening race of the weekend, with Rea settling into third, but it wasn't long before the six-time champion - officially out of the title chase as of Race 1 - had passed Locatelli and was challenging for the lead.

Rea made his move on the third lap through Turns 11 and 12 and was looking in a good position to end a winless streak stretching back to May's Estoril round.

But Razgatlioglu was able to stay close to the Kawasaki and on lap six he made his move under braking for the Turn 10 right-hander, reclaiming a lead he would hold to the chequered flag.

Behind, Locatelli did his teammate a big favour by keeping Bautista's Ducati at bay in the fight for third for the entire race, the Italian rider also clinching his first podium finish since the second round of the season at Assen.

Axel Bassani briefly ran ahead of a slightly hesitant Bautista in the early stages on his way to fifth place, sealing the Independents' title aboard his Motocorsa Ducati as his nearest rival Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha) failed to score.

Scott Redding (BMW) booked a spot on the second row for Sunday afternoon's final race with sixth place after a late move on the second Kawasaki of Alex Lowes.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Ducati) recovered to eighth place after running wide on the opening lap, while the solo factory Honda of Xavi Vierge picked up the final point on offer in ninth place.

Lucas Mahias was a non-starter for Puccetti Kawasaki following his crash in Saturday morning practice and will also sit out the final race of the weekend.

World Superbike Mandalika - Superpole race results:

Cla # Rider Bike Laps Gap
1 1 Turkey Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha 10  
2 65 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 10 0.586
3 55 Italy Andrea Locatelli Yamaha 10 1.821
4 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista Ducati 10 1.906
5 47 Italy Axel Bassani Ducati 10 4.346
6 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding BMW 10 5.025
7 22 United Kingdom Alex Lowes Kawasaki 10 5.686
8 21 Italy Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati 10 6.142
9 97 Spain Xavi Vierge Honda 10 7.183
10 60 Netherlands Michael van der Mark BMW 10 9.831
11 12 Spain Xavi Fores Ducati 10 14.596
12 76 France Loris Baz BMW 10 16.528
13 31 United States Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 10 17.355
14 5 Germany Philipp Oettli Ducati 10 17.902
15 35 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin Honda 10 21.035
16 36 Argentina Leandro Mercado Honda 10 22.530
17 50 Ireland Eugene Laverty BMW 10 22.925
18 52 Czech Republic Oliver Konig Kawasaki 10 23.371
19 11 Kyle Smith Kawasaki 10 25.329
20 3 Japan Kohta Nozane Yamaha 10 27.729
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