Rea, Sykes, Guigliano, Haslam and Davies all figure on the podium in a great day of racing at Italy’s Misano, with veteran Max Biaggi along for the ride and taking two 6ths.
“Obviously we have to start to think about the championship now but I wanted to win today. In race two Davide Giugliano was a good marker to understand my pace and then with a few laps left I made a move to pass. We made a great race and I think at the end we are using our rear tyres better than some others. We changed our rear tyre choice from race one and that was always the plan, as the morning was a bit cooler. Kawasaki has given us a bike to win and they proved that today with Tom winning race one and me winning race two. I am so grateful to be in this position.”
Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki Racing Team
Race 1 2nd – Race 2 1st
“A lot of people would dream about a weekend with a pole position, a win and a fifth place but we were just not able to do it in race two. I do not think I started very well in race two but from the beginning I was lacking some grip and it was very difficult to recover. When I started fighting with other riders I was not able to be strong where I needed to be but we tried everything we could. I knew both races would be difficult today but we had a great race one. We were just not able to repeat it in race two. We have had positives and negatives this weekend and we will move on to America now.”
Tom Sykes – Kawasaki Racing Team
Race 1 2nd – Race 2 5th
“We were so close to the podium in race 1 and then got there in race 2 but I’m a little disappointed because I wanted to win here. Unfortunately Friday’s session and the fact I couldn’t work effectively due to my physical condition didn’t help us. Today I was missing a little grip in both races, the rear tyre was sliding around and that made it difficult to ride as I wanted in the final laps. But all in all, I’m pleased because I was able to hold the lead for many laps in race 2 and, seeing that I only came back at Imola, this shows that the bike has developed and that we are working really well.”
Davide Guigliano – Ducati
Race 1 4th – Race 2 2nd
“I’m happy with this weekend. Everything went well and we didn’t make any mistakes. Once again I’d like to thank the Piaggio Group, Aprilia and the guys from Noale for all this Race 2 went better than the first. I finished about 5 seconds behind the winner, which is really not much at all. It’s a shame about the first laps when you find yourself following from behind it’s a struggle. I am still unable to take full advantage of the tyres straight away, whereas from mid-race I felt fast but struggling to overtake I lost a few tenths every lap. This type of return is definitely not easy, but it was a great weekend, tackled with a different spirit than the full-timers. Now I’m hoping for the cherry on the top: Sepang. This round was sort of a test, next time we’ll do well.”
Max Biaggi – Aprilia
Race 1 6th – Race 2 6th
WSBK Race One Report: Championship Leader Rea Maintains 100% Podium Record In 2015
The opening race of the day at the Misano World circuit Marco Simoncelli was won by Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) who converted his 27th Pole Position into his 25th career win in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
Leading from the start, Sykes led all 21 laps, coming home ahead of team mate and championship leader Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) who delighted the Italian fans around the circuit with an incredible final lap duel for 2nd position. Davies lunged past Rea into the final corner only to run wide, being passed again on the run to the flag by Rea.
Davide Giugliano put the second official factory Ducati into 4th, the Italian running 2nd for the majority of the 21 lap encounter before being overhauled by the British pairing of Rea and Davies in the final two laps. He did however claim a new lap record, which he set on lap 3.
Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) was unable to show the pace he had in qualifying coming home 5th, 0.1s ahead of the returning Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) who had a steady ride to finish 6th. The six time World Champion survived a heart stopping moment on the opening lap when he collided with Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team).
Guintoli would eventually finish 9th after fighting for the full 21 laps with Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia), Michele Pirro (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) who finished 7th and 8th, and his own Pata Honda team-mate Michael van der Mark who finished just behind the Frenchman in 10th.
The final point scorers were Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing), Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven) and Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing).
Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) was running in the leading group before crashing at turn 3 on the 3rd lap. The WorldSBK rookie was physically annoyed with himself as he walked back to the pits.
Race One Results: 1. Tom Sykes – Kawasaki 2. Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki 3. Chaz Davies – Ducati
WSBK Race Two Report : Giugliano Just Loses Out After Race Long Fight With Rea
The second race of the PATA Riviera di Rimini round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship was won by championship leader, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), after a race long fight with Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team).
Giugliano took the lead on lap 7 where he stayed until being passed by Rea with 5 laps to go. The current points leader was kept under constant pressure by the Italian, but held on to record his 11th win of the year by 1.290s. Rea’s double podium finish equals the record set by Troy Corser in 2005 of 16 consecutive podium finishes in a season.
Behind the first two, Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) got the better of Chaz Davies on the second factory Ducati after their own personal race long duel to claim the final podium place.
Race one winner Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) was strong for the first half of the second encounter before dropping back to 5th at the flag. The former champion finished just ahead of Max Biaggi and Jordi Torres, the Aprilia Racing pairing swapping places throughout the 21 laps.
Michele Pirro rode a lonely race to finish 8th on the 3rd Aruba.it Racing Ducati with Pata Honda team mates Sylvain Guintoli and Michael van der Mark completing the top ten.
The final 5 point scoring riders were Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia), Niccolo Canepa (Althea Racing), Markus Reiterberger (VanZon Rehema BMW), Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven) and David Salom (Team Pedercini).
Leandro Mercado’s run of point scoring finishes in every race came to an end, the Argentine rider retiring his Barni Racing Ducati at the end of lap 3.
Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) was another of the riders to retire, on lap 9
Race Two Results: 1. Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki 2. Davide Guigliano – Ducati 3. Leon Haslam – Aprilia
Championship Leader Board
1. Jonathan Rea – 375 points (Kawasaki) 2. Tom Sykes – 242 points (Kawasaki) 3. Leon Haslam – 226 points (Aprilia) 3. Chaz Davies – 213 points (Ducati) 5. Jordi Torres – 140 points (Aprilia)
World Supersport: 10th Career Win For Cluzel As He Halves The Points Gap To Sofuoglu
The World Supersport race in Misano was won in style by Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) who converted Pole Position into his 3rd win of 2015, the 10th of his WSS career. The Frenchman smashed the lap record for the MIsano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli by over half a second on his way to victory by 1.525s at the flag.
At the end of 19 laps, Cluzel was joined on the podium by PJ Jacobsen (CORE Motorsport Thailand) and Lorenzo Zanetti (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) who were 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Gino Rea (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda) finished 4th ahead of an elated Alex Baldolini (Race Department ATK#25) who snatched 5th from Fabio Menghi (VFT Racing) on the final lap.
Christian Gamarino was 7th on the Team Go Eleven Kawasaki, just edging Riccardo Russo (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda), Marco Faccani (San Carlo Puccetti Racing) and Martin Cardenas (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda).
Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) finished 11th after crashing out of 3rd on the final lap. The championship leader was lucky to be able to remount to salvage what could be an important 5 points.
Kyle Smith was unable to start the race after a technical problem on the sighting lap sidelined the Pata Honda rider.
Race Results: 1. Jules Cluzel – MV Agusta 2. PJ Jacobsen – Honda 3. Lorenzo Zanetti – MV Agusta
Bryan Staring (Australia) – Kawasaki 9th Aiden Wagner (Australia) – Kawasaki – retired