2019 San Juan Villicum World Superbike Race Two Result: Cooler Weather Makes For Safer Racing

With cooler temperatures than yesterday, 22ºC air temperature and 39ºC track temperature, the twenty one lap race would be less punishing than yesterday's. All nineteen riders lined up to start.

Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu took to the front ahead of Alvaro Bautista and Sandro Cortese. Bautista made use of his Ducati's strength down the kilometre long back straight to catch and pass Razgatlioglu's Kawasaki. Rea ended the first lap with a lead of almost a second and set the fastest lap on the second lap. Behind the leading trio, Sandro Cortese led Michael van der Mark and Chaz Davies, but on lap two Davies pushed van der Mark out of the way to take fourth place and a lap later Davies powered past Cortese down the straight. Rea set the fastest lap on lap three.

Lap four, Alvaro Bautista set the fastest lap and on lap five Jonathan Rea stretched his lead back with a fastest lap. A lap later, Rea made a mistake at turn eight and went wide,  leaving the track and making use of the extensive run-off to return to the track behind Bautista and a second clear of third-placed Razgatlioglu. 

Chaz Davies was starting to catch Toprak Razgatlioglu as Alvaro Bautista took a wide line into turn seven, letting Jonathan Rea get into the lead onto the straight. Bautista tried to catch and pass Rea, but Rea held his line around turn eight, keeping the lead. 

At the start of lap nine, Rea had almost a second over Bautista, Razgatlioglu and Davies. Three seconds behind them, Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes were having lonely races with over a second between them. Chaz Davies passed Toprak Razgatlioglu into turn ten but lost a little time. He made that back up over the next lap and started hounding his teammate for second place.

At the end of the straight, over two seconds behind Jonathan Rea, Chaz Davies outbraked Alvaro Bautista into turn eight and held the next few corners. His pace was visibly higher than Bautista's and he started work on building some fresh air between himself and his teammate. Two laps later, Bautista's tyre stopped being as grippy as he needed. He went wide into turn one, letting Razgatlioglu get alongside him enough for the Turkish rider to take third place from him round the outside of turn two. Chaz Davies set the fastest lap, not struggling from Bautista's tyre issues.

The top six riders, Rea, Davies, Razgatlioglu, Bautista, van der Mark and Lowes, stretched out, out of range from each other and racing at their own paces until lap sixteen when Michael van der Mark closed in on Alvaro Bautista and hounded him throughout lap seventeen. On the last turn, Bautista couldn't hold a tight line through the last corner and van der Mark, who spent the entire lap looking for a way past, took the apex and fourth place. 

As the laps ticked off, the gaps got larger. Alex Lowes in sixth place was closing on Alvaro Bautista, but there weren't enough laps left for him to catch him.

Jonathan Rea won another race definitively, ahead of Chaz Davies and recent form-man Toprak Razgatlioglu. Michael van der Mark was over two seconds off the podium, ahead of Alvaro Bautista and Alex Lowes. Eugene Laverty, who showed great speed at the end of the race, carving past several riders at podium-pace, finished seventh place, just beating local man Tati Mercado.

The fight for second place is now much closer, with Alex Lowes one point ahead of Michael van der Mark and only six points clear of Toprak Razgatlioglu as they head to the last three races of the year.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 5.158
3 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 14.511
4 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 17.046
5 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4 R 17.771
6 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 18.976
7 50 E. LAVERTY Ducati Panigale V4 R 33.901
8 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 35.233
9 81 J. TORRES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 36.783
10 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 37.478
11 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 44.053
12 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 45.623
13 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 51.082
14 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 1'06.298
15 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R1 1'10.768
16 28 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 1'10.937
17 23 R. KIYONARI Honda CBR1000RR 1'12.519
RET 52 A. DELBIANCO Honda CBR1000RR 14
RET 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 15 Laps
Round Number: 
12
2019
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Total votes: 19

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Comments

Thanks Jared!

What happened for Sykes? Haven't watched yet. Will tomorrow.

Total votes: 12

I am surprised that that the track problems has not received any coverage/comment.

It is not acceptable for a track to be in such poor condition that racing is neutered and results likley to have been affected. Everyone seemed to feel bad about complaining, but when riders of the calibre of these do so it seems odd that Dorna appear to have effectively ignored them and briefed against them.

We do not want to lose this race any more than we did Silverstone, but what is the point of a race at such a basically great circuit when you can only use a section that is not much more than one bike wide? A massive issue on Saturday was defused by cooler weather on Sunday, but what if?

I would welcome some insight into this (not freestyle whingeing) and what the implications are for next year (which hopefully does happen).

The issue as I heard it was that the re-surfacing (a theme, it seems) was done to normal road repair standards, not for a championship racetrack. By doing it too late there was also insufficient time for 'curing' or 'weathering' and combined with no activity to sweep it clean and get some rubber down it was less than ideal. The hotter weather on Saturday then drew oils out of the asphalt mix and created a literally slippery surface, with two riders (Haslam and Baz) having unexpected high sides/offs due to lack of adhesion on less-than-fast laps. There was also a lot of slipping and sliding on Sunday and all races seemed to be affected by a more processional character than we usually get. It seemed a lot like people trying to not venture onto slippery bits.

Total votes: 18

...to them all on Sunday, it looked like riding on one of those frosty mornings where you just don't know if theres ice or not. Likewise, brave of the 6 to stand their ground on Saturday. I hope there are no serious repercussions for them. I didn't notice any dodgy road standard resurfacing from TV level, the track actually looked super smooth to me, but the I'm not a racer and wasn't there.

Total votes: 15