WSBK RD 7 Review

Race 1 :

After Qualifying the grid  lined up as follows:

 

1 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’26.712
2 7 C. DAVIES GBR Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati Panigale R 1’27.572
3 32 L. SAVADORI ITA IodaRacing Team Aprilia RSV4 RF 1’27.591
4 1 J. REA GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’27.601 0.889
5 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati Panigale R 1’27.602
6 81 J. TORRES ESP Althea BMW Racing Team BMW S1000 RR 1’28.046
7 69 N. HAYDEN USA Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR SP 1’28.127
8 2 L. CAMIER GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta 1000 F4 1’28.409
9 6 C. BEAUBIER USA Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Yamaha YZF R1 1’28.617
10 12 X. FORÉS ESP Barni Racing Team Ducati Panigale R 1’28.663

 

As was the plan for Davies he got in front of Sykes to stop him being able to take off at the front his team mate Giugliano did the same sitting Sykes up into turn one almost taking Rea off in the process Sykes re took the position from Giugliano coming out of the corner. Savadori managed to stay out of the trouble and went through 4th in turn one only for Rea to take it from him a few corners later.

It was a Ducati Kawasaki battle at the front with Davies fending off Sykes and Giugliano fending off Rea on lap one. The young American Beaubier had got his way up to 6th and was hassling Savadori for 5th unfortunately going into the last turn he tucked the front and crashed out.Also in the last turn Giugliano made a hard pass on Sykes forcing him wide and ruining his run down the straight allowing Rea to get a the run on him down to turn one.

Hayden was having a solid race fighting with Torres for 7th and looking fast enough to chase down Camier in 6th the former Moto GP world champion seemingly starting to get used to the SBK. Just as Beaubier had done earlier Davies dropped his bike going through the last turn he managed to get restarted but fell down the order to 18th. Rea was trying to find a way past Giugliano now but unfortunately seemed to have an issue with his gears and ran wide going into the last turn allowing Sykes and Savadori through but it didnt take him long to dispatch of Savadori again.

Sykes and Giugliano were now in a straight battle for the win with the italian fending off the English man for a a while before Syke’s eventual pace got him in front. Rea was closing them down at one stage but the gearbox issue that was plaguing him caused him to run wide in the last turn again. Davies had got himself up to 9th place but fell again causing his to fall further behind Rea in the title race. Savadori just like Rea ran wide into the last turn and let Camier and Hayden finish in front of him after what had been an impressive race for the young italian.

This win was number 7 in a row at Donington for Sykes who seems to have a love for this circuit just as Rea has for Assena and Davies has for Aragon the win and none score for Davies allowed Sykes to close in on the 2nd place man. While the race was a difficult one for Rea he still extended his Championship lead and continued with his 100 percent record and while other riders look impressive in spurts he has been the most consistent over the whole season so far which is what is required to win a championship.

 

1 1 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R
2 5 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati Panigale R
3 4 1 J. REA GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R
4 8 2 L. CAMIER GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta 1000 F4
5 7 69 N. HAYDEN USA Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR SP
6 3 32 L. SAVADORI ITA IodaRacing Team Aprilia RSV4 RF
7 6 81 J. TORRES ESP Althea BMW Racing Team BMW S1000 RR
8 12 60 M. VAN DER MARK NED Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR SP
9 11 17 K. ABRAHAM CZE Milwaukee BMW BMW S1000 RR
10 17 13 A. WEST AUS Pedercini Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R

 

Race 2 :

 

Sykes got away from the line well Davies and Rea followed him through turn one as the race started in a much more sedate fashion than yesterdays race. Giugliano was followed by Hayden who made a much brighter start to the second race. Davies made a mistake going into the final turn on lap 1 and Rea moved through to 2nd and set about chasing down his team mate.

The two Kawasakis broke away from the rest of the group who were being lead by Davis and included Giugliano,Hayden,Savadori and Camier. At the front Rea had closed right up on Sykes and was putting him under increased pressure as he hoped to force Sykes into a mistake. Davies had broke away from the group behind but just didnt seem to have the pace of the Kawasakis at this stage of the race.

Beaubier was running 8th and impressing on his debut in the WSBK grid hoping to impress someone for a chance next season running in front of more seasoned competitiors such as Van Der Mark and Fores in the early stages of the race. Savadori was again having another great race fighting with Hayden for 4th place this season has been a really coming of age season for the young Italian.

Giugliano slipped down to 7th place losing a spot to Camier and struggling to keep the laps times of the English man on the MV Agusta. Brookes also was having his best dry race of the year so far running with a group including Beaubier,Van der Mark,Fores and Torres. Rea and Sykes both still at the front nothing much between were circulating faster each and every lap Davies in a lonely 3rd never looked to have the pace to live with them.

Brookes and Van der Mark both moved past Beaubier Torres meanwhile seemed to have an issue with his bike and lost alot of ground on the group he had been racing with. Brookes looked much more like the BSB champion confident on the bike and fast. Savadori had broke away from Hayden and looked secure in 4th place and was looking to close down Davies in 3rd. Sykes seemed to have saved a little for the last 2 laps and broke away from Johnny a little on the last lap  meanwhile behind them Davies continued to have a lonely ride in 3rd with Savadori in 4th,Camier got past Hayden for 5th.

Sykes took the race win from Rea who continued his 100 percent podium record (which eurosport seems to keep forgetting) Davies finished 3rd much bteer for the Welsh man than yesterdays non finish. Savadori finished another impressive 4th the young Italian proving that he will be a real contender in years to come.

I make no bones about the fact that Im a Johnny Rea fan but the fact that eurosport keeps maintaining that either Sykes or Davies are the form men when Johnny hasnt finished off the podium all season and leads the championship by 56 points  baffles me.

 

1 1 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R
2 4 1 J. REA GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R
3 2 7 C. DAVIES GBR Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati Panigale R
4 3 32 L. SAVADORI ITA IodaRacing Team Aprilia RSV4 RF
5 8 2 L. CAMIER GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta 1000 F4
6 7 69 N. HAYDEN USA Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR SP
7 5 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati Panigale R
8 12 60 M. VAN DER MARK NED Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR SP
9 14 25 J. BROOKES AUS Milwaukee BMW BMW S1000 RR
10 9 6 C. BEAUBIER USA Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Yamaha YZF R1

 

1. J. REA KAWASAKI 293
2. T. SYKES KAWASAKI 237
3. C. DAVIES DUCATI 231
4. D. GIUGLIANO DUCATI 147
5. M. VAN DER MARK HONDA 141
6. N. HAYDEN HONDA 136
7. J. TORRES BMW 117
8. L. CAMIER MV AGUSTA 97
9. L. SAVADORI APRILIA 89
10. A. LOWES YAMAHA 70

 

 

 

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