2020 Jerez World Superbike Race One Result: It's On

Twenty hot laps of Jerez with the first World Superbike race in five months. At least four riders are capable of taking the title in the shortened calendar.

Jonathan Rea led from getting a good start from second place on the grid, with Toprak Razgatlioglu, Scott Redding, Tom Sykes and Loris Baz behind him. Baz dispatched Sykes on the first lap, and rounded out the leading pack. 

The front four riders started to break away from fifth-placed Tom Sykes with Rea setting the fastest lap with a 1'40.801 on lap two. Loris Baz struggled to keep up with the leading trio, but he was able to make up lost ground every time it looked like he lost touch with them. 

On lap four, Tom Sykes pulled out of the race with a mechanical issue, giving the lead group a gap of over two seconds from Chaz Davies who had escaped from the fight behind him, leaving Michael van der Mark, Alvaro Bautista, Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Leon Haslam and Alex Lowes to fight over sixth place. 

At the halfway point, Michael van der Mark pulled out of the race, with his Yamaha's engine smoking and bringing out oil warning flags, but nobody was affected by any potential oil. 

At the start of lap twelve, Scott Redding had had enough of the heat of two bikes in front of him and he powered past Toprak Razgatlioglu and passed him into turn one, taking second place in the leading group of four. Chaz Davies was almost three seconds off the leading group, but he started to close the gap at a pace of three tenths of a second a lap. 

Razgatlioglu kept looking for a way past Redding, as their lines into and out of corners were visibly different, but Redding was able to hold off the challenger behind him. 

On lap fifteen, Scott Redding made a bold pass into turn six, pushing Jonathan Rea to the edge of the corner in a block pass that compressed the leading four and let Chaz Davies, with his quick late pace, close up on Loris Baz to make the leading group a five-bike train. Redding went a little wide at turn six, but Rea couldn't capitalise on it, his front tyre starting to go off a little. 

On lap seventeen, Chaz Davies tried to pass Loris Baz, but Baz just parked his Yamaha across Davies's front, forcing Davies to let Baz escape. A lap later, Davies tried the pass from further back and managed to make his turn one pass work. The leading five bikes were around two seconds clear of Michael Ruben Rinaldi in a safe sixth place with Alvaro Bautista in a lonely seventh a couple of seconds further back.

As Chaz Davies fruitlessly tried to pass Toprak Razgatlioglu, trying turn one and six then going wide a few turns later, Scott Redding had built up a lead of almost a second and kept the pace throughout the last lap. Jonathan Rea couldn't close up the gap but was safe in second place.

Scott Redding won his first World Superbike race and took command of the championship, six points ahead of Alex Lowes and twelve points clear of Jonathan Rea whose second place pushed him past Toprak Razgatlioglu in the championship. Razgatlioglu's third place cements him as a prospect this year while Chaz Davies demonstrates that his late race form is still better than his qualifying would make you believe.

With two more races in this heat, everyone heads to tomorrow with more data and scores to settle.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R  
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1.147
3 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 2.252
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 0.447
5 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 3.301
6 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 6.367
7 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 10.228
8 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale V4 R 18.713
9 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 20.421
10 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 24.361
11 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 26.610
12 23 C. PONSSON Aprilia RSV4 1000 34.651
13 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 34.709
14 11 S. CORTESE Kawasaki ZX-10RR 38.138
15 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 38.365
16 20 S. BARRIER Ducati Panigale V4 R 49.601
17 63 L. GABELLINI Honda CBR1000RR-R 52.357
18 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 53.802
NC 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 6 Laps
RET 77 M. SCHEIB Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
RET 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale V4 R  
RET 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1  
RET 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1  
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2020
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Comments

How long until Scott Redding wins his first world superbike race? He has won it already. Good to see the grand prix reject taste victory and bubbly vino. Four different winners in the first four races.

Jonathan Rea didn't win but did take second in the race. JR1 is third in the championship. Still behind his team mate Alex Lowes & now championship leader Redding. Unusual situation for Jonathan, trailing the rider on the other side of the Kawasaki garage. Rea did the fastest lap 1m 40.801 much slower than Alvaro Bautista's superpole race time last year of 1m 39.004.

Toprak doing the business as well. Only two points behind Rea & top Yamaha.

Tom Sykes had a dnf, unlucky again, another mechanical failure in the heat of the Spanish summer.

Michael van der Mark also scored no points, judging by the smoke that was a Yamaha engine failure. Magic Michael 5th in the chip with less than half the points of Scott Redding. Not a happy day for MvdM 60.

Ducatis take four of the top eight places. Chaz has picked up the pace & was only half a second off the podium. Don't think Davies could have taken third off Razgatlioglu but good to see better results for the Welsh rider on a red dragon.

Welcome back Marco Melandri & Barni racing.

It's good to be back.

Redding's performance looked just like his BSB season....this will not be easy either, but I am hoping that it is as enthralling and gives him the result. Either way it is good to be back and as a mainly armchair spectator it was as good as it ever was. Well done Dorna, for all sorts of things.