The Jerez round of MotoGP turned out very differently to the pundits' predictions, with victory for Dani Pedrosa and the Repsol Hondas while the Yamahas struggled badly. In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison and David Emmett discuss what turned into a very eventful weekend.
Press releases from the series organizers and the teams after Sunday's races at Imola:
WorldSBK standings after the second race of the weekend at Imola:
WorldSSP standings after the fifth race of the season:
The World Supersport restarted race would be eleven laps and Federico Caricasulo would start from fourth place on the grid, albeit with a ride through penalty still hanging around his neck.
As is customary this weekend, the start of this race was delayed, this time by a red flag caused by Ayrton Badovini's engine exploding into a sheep's worth of cloud on the second lap. The restart took longer than usual as the track was made safe, but eventually an eighteen lap race was started.
World Supersport’s race was delayed initially for a bike that returned to the pits smoking. Safety dictated that the track was checked for oil. After it was cleared, the race was started with sixteen laps intended, down one from the original seventeen, but that was red flagged after two laps due to a Robbie Rolfo crash. The restart lasted four laps before Robbie Rolfo crashed again, joined by Kazuki Watanabe and Marco Malone this time, bringing out red flags again. World Supersport will resume after World Superbike has completed and everyone’s had enough time to figure out the rules. The restart will be 14:20 local time.
Press releases from the organizers and teams after qualifying and race 1 for the WorldSBK series:
World Superbike standings after the first race at Imola: