WSBK RD 8 Review

 

Grid after Superpole 2:

1 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R
2 1 J. REA GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R
3 12 X. FORÉS ESP Barni Racing Team Ducati Panigale R
4 22 A. LOWES GBR Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Yamaha YZF R1
5 32 L. SAVADORI ITA IodaRacing Team Aprilia RSV4 RF
6 69 N. HAYDEN USA Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR SP
7 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati Panigale R
8 2 L. CAMIER GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta 1000 F4
9 7 C. DAVIES GBR Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati Panigale R
10 60 M. VAN DER MARK NED Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR SP

 

Race 1:

Rea lead into the first corner leading the way from Sykes and Guigliano Davies who started from 9th collided with Savadori and fell backwards through the group while Savadori unfortunately fell. Hayden made a bright start slotting into 4th ahead of his teammate Van Der Mark who made a great start jumping up to 5th.

Guigliano dropped the bike on lap 2 as did Hayden leaving a big gap between Rea and Sykes to the rest of the group Van Der Mark inherited 3rd from Guigliano and Hayden. Davies was sstarting to get to grips and make in roads moving up to 11th on lap 3.

Lowes was a great race running 4th and looking to pressure Van Der Mark in 3rd Anthony West was also having a brilliant race in 7th with Niccolo Canepa running 8th. The two Kawasakis had really checked out at this stage and the race win was between the two of them setting much faster lap times than the rest of the field.

Davies was carving his way through the field he was over a second faster at this stage of the race than the group in front of him he moved up to 7th with 14 laps to go doing a great job of damage limitations after his unlucky start to the race. Josh Brookes unfortunately was unable to keep the form he showed at Donington running 14th and not really showing competitive lap times.

Lowes ran off the track at turn 4 and rejoined the race in 12th unfortunate as he was showing great pace closing in on Van Der Mark before that incident.  Meanwhile at the front the gap between Rea and Sykes was constantly see sawing never really extending or closing up much but Van Der Mark behind them was slowly closing the gap. Davies was now hunting down Torres in 4th as his mission to recover as many points as possible continued.

Guigliano had rejoined the race and was circulating in 15th place after his crash and was running good lap times. Davies moved in 4th and looked faster than Van Der Mark in 3rd but the gap was over 5 seconds.  The race seemed to settle with 6 laps to go as the riders started to set themselves up for any last lap battles than may happen.

Davies was the fastest man on track with 6 laps to go closing the gap to Van Der Mark at an incredible rate it looked like it may come down to a last lap battle between them for the final podium position. Rea and Sykes again stuck together as both riders seemed to be stronger in different sections of the track with neither having a distinct advantage over the other.

A commanding win from Rea who lead from start to finish from his team mate Sykes who did push Rea in the final laps but couldnt find a way past with Van Der Mark regaining his early season form and finishing 3rd. Davies managed to  salvage a 4th place while Torres continued to be the lead BMW man in 5th.  The win extends Rea’s championship lead to 61 points and also keeps his 100 percent podium record going.

 

1 2 1 J. REA GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R
2 1 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R
3 10 60 M. VAN DER MARK NED Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR SP
4 9 7 C. DAVIES GBR Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati Panigale R
5 12 81 J. TORRES ESP Althea BMW Racing Team BMW S1000 RR
6 11 21 M. REITERBERGER GER Althea BMW Racing Team BMW S1000 RR
7 15 59 N. CANEPA ITA Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Yamaha YZF R1
8 8 2 L. CAMIER GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta 1000 F4
9 14 40 R. RAMOS ESP Team GoEleven Kawasaki ZX-10R
10 13 13 A. WEST AUS Pedercini Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R

Fastest Lap 6° Tom Sykes 1’35.507

 

Race 2 :

Sykes lead the way from the start off the line with Rea close behind him Fores and Lowes followed them through turn 1. Davies got another bad start and was clipped from behind by Reiterberger but stayed on the bike. Guigliano made a good start running 4th behind Lowes and dropping the group of riders behind him.

Davies fell on lap 2 dropping the bike and unfortunately taking Van Der Mark out with him. He later had to retire and all but ending his title challenge unless some major misfortune was to befall the two Kawasakis.  Rea and Sykes just like yesterday had taken off at the front and it looked like the race win was between them.

Rea was continuing to stalk Sykes in the lead as the roles were reversed from yesterdays race. Guigliano was keeping the pace but didnt seem to have answer to catch up tp the front 2. Fores was having a great race in 4th in front of Savadori,Lowes,Torres and Hayden. West was having another brilliant race running inside the top 10. Brookes meanwhile was continuing to struggle in 13th but was ahead of his team mate again.

The MV Augusta of Camier came over all italian with ten laps to go as the bike cut out and left him stranded at the side of the track. Meanwhile at the front Rea really started to harass Sykes at the front showing him his front wheel at every opportunity as Guigliano was starting to reel the two Kawasakis in.

Rea moved past Sykes with 5 laps to go moving up the inside of him at turn 1 as he looked to try and put time between them. Guigliano’s attack seemed to lose steam at this point as he failed to match the two at the front times.  Lowes continued to stay in front of Savadaori as the young english rider bravely battled through a collar bone injury.

With 3 laps to go Rea started to open up the gap to Sykes as he seemed to have judged the race correctly at this stage Guigliano had no answer for the Kawasakis as he circulated in a lonely 3rd place ahead of the impressive Fores. Hayden found a way past Torres and he looked to try and get past Savadori and Lowes to finish 5th place.

Savadori and Hayden moved past the struggling Lowes who just didnt have the fitness to attack back as he hoped to fend off Torres. Rea lead by over a second on the last lap as the front 3 all were spread out and looked pretty settled for the podium positions.

Over the line Rea took the win after a brilliantly worked race from Sykes who just had no answer for the world champion. Guigliano did himself alot of favours with potential employers with a 3rd place as did Fores who finished 4th.  That win for Rea extends his lead to 66 points he also becomes all time 3rd in the list of double winners with 10 now in his career this season he has an impressive 16 podiums from 16 races which is truly championship form.

 

1 2 1 J. REA GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R
2 1 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R
3 7 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati Panigale R
4 3 12 X. FORÉS ESP Barni Racing Team Ducati Panigale R
5 5 32 L. SAVADORI ITA IodaRacing Team Aprilia RSV4 RF
6 6 69 N. HAYDEN USA Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR SP
7 12 81 J. TORRES ESP Althea BMW Racing Team BMW S1000 RR
8 4 22 A. LOWES GBR Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Yamaha YZF R1
9 15 59 N. CANEPA ITA Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Yamaha YZF R1
10 10 60 M. VAN DER MARK NED Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR SP

 

Fastest Lap 2° Alex Lowes 1’35.165

 

Next up will be Knockhill for the BSB guys keep an eye on my Twitter @weephil56 for the preview of that.

 

 

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