Notes on Jonathan Rea wrapping up his third WorldSBK title from our man on the ground at Magny-Cours:
Press releases from the organizers and teams after WorldSBK race 1 and qualifying for WorldSSP:
WorldSBK standings after the first race at Magny-Cours:
As the track dried out, World Supersport Superpole had twenty riders competing for two promotion places.
Magny-Cours was cold and wet as Jonathan Rea set out to try to retain his title and become the first rider to ever win three World Superbike titles in a row. Rea needed to score five points more than Tom Sykes and be within ten points of Chaz Davies to hoist the trophy. A win would guarantee it.
Stefan Bradl is to miss the rest of the 2017 WorldSBK season. The Red Bull Honda rider's wrist injury, sustained in a crash at Portimao, is more serious than initially thought, and the recovery period required means he will not be fit for either the Jerez or Qatar rounds of WorldSBK.
The decision was taken after surgery on Bradl's right wrist. Pins were inserted and a torn scaphulonate ligament reattached, damage sustained in the crash. The surgeons who performed the operation have ordered Bradl to keep his wrist immobilized to allow the damage to heal. This effectively makes it impossible for him to ride for the rest of the season.
Tati Mercado was sixth quickest in the wet session this morning, putting him firmly at the top of the promotional prospects in Superpole one. Ayrton Badovini was unfortunately declared unfit after a crash this morning. With no wet qualifying tyres, who would skip the mid-session tea break?
Kenan Sofuoglu was quickest in the untimed wet session, ahead of Jules Cluzel and Lucas Mahias, taking the top spot after the chequered flag came out. Cluzel was the only rider within half a second of Sofuoglu's time, with Mahias a further two seconds off his pace.
Jonathan Rea led Leon Camier and Tom Sykes by over two seconds in a very wet untimed session with had two red flags that sent Ayrton Badovini and French wildcard Matthieu Lussiana to the medical centre.
Press releases from the teams and series organizer after the first day of practice at the French round of WorldSBK:
Rea the leader of the pack in France
Opening day of free practice at Magny-Cours full of surprises
As the WorldSBK riders undertook their first two practice sessions at the Pirelli French Round on Friday it was Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jonathan Rea who led the way with a 1’37.489 lap, whilst Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) and Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) were also in the top three.