MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2015 Sepang World Supersport Qualifying Results: Tactics Don't Always Pay Off

World Supersport Qualifying brought a few surprises inclusing an interesting tactical play borrowed from Marc Marquez.

PJ Jacobsen set a blistering laptime of 2'08.244 halfway through the session that was good enough for pole position, if not the outright record. Jacobsen's first pole continues his good form on the Honda, putting him in the mix for a possible win. Kenan Sofuoglu put aside his personal tragedy and qualified in second place after pushing hard all session to try to beat Jacobsen's time. 

Jules Cluzel had a plan, however, to push Sofuoglu further down the grid by towing Gino Rea behind him, gifting him a fast lap as a buffer between himself and Sofuoglu, but the tactic didn't work beyond promoting Rea to sixth on the grid behind Robbie Rolfo and Lorenzo Zanetti. Cluzel blamed his third place on a lack of good tyres when they mattered instead of a last minute failed attempt to throw speedbumps Sofuoglu's way.

Kyle Smith was seventh quickest, in spite of a crash. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR600RR 2'08.244   266,0
2 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'08.424 0.180 259,0
3 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675 2'08.462 0.218 257,8
4 44 R. ROLFO Honda CBR600RR 2'09.159 0.915 262,8
5 87 L. ZANETTI MV Agusta F3 675 2'09.246 1.002 257,8
6 4 G. REA Honda CBR600RR 2'09.246 1.002 259,6
7 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 2'09.361 1.117 260,2
8 25 A. BALDOLINI MV Agusta F3 675 2'09.393 1.149 260,2
9 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'09.472 1.228 259,0
10 5 M. FACCANI Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'10.010 1.766 265,4
11 36 M. CARDENAS Honda CBR600RR 2'10.244 2.000 257,8
12 19 K. WAHR Honda CBR600RR 2'10.290 2.046 258,4
13 61 F. MENGHI Yamaha YZF R6 2'10.585 2.341 265,4
14 6 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'10.596 2.352 259,6
15 41 A. WAGNER Honda CBR600RR 2'10.723 2.479 256,5
16 59 R. WILAIROT Honda CBR600RR 2'11.090 2.846 257,8
17 68 G. SCOTT Honda CBR600RR 2'11.425 3.181 259,6
18 24 M. RAMIREZ Honda CBR600RR 2'11.868 3.624 259,6
19 10 N. CALERO Honda CBR600RR 2'11.944 3.700 257,8

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
9
2015

2015 Sepang World Superbike Superpole Results: Longer Laps, Fewer Chances

Superpole at the longest track of the year, with laps of over two minutes round the 5.543KM circuit, would not allow riders and teams as much time to relax. With no time to waste, and a lap too long for two good laps on the qualifying tyre, riders would get two laps on a race tyre and maybe only one on the qualifier. Ayrton Badovini missed the session after he got a concussion when he crashed with Matteo Baiocco in FP3. He will likely declared unfit for the races tomorrow.

Superpole one was opened with Alex Lowes on a race tyre setting a 2'05.296 with Michael van der Mark second quickest after everyone completed their first lap. Lowes on his second lap improved slightly as everyone headed in to get their stickier one-lap tyre. Riders started heading out with four and a half minutes left, enough time for some of them to get two laps out of the qualifying tyre, but with the usual jostling for clear track or hunting for a tow, very few riders were in a position for more than one flying lap.

Leon Camier set the benchmark on the qualifier with a 2'05.051, but Matteo Baiocco was two thirds of a second quicker, with a 2'04.380 in spite of dodging Leandro Mercado's skidding bike as it crossed the track on its side without its rider. Alex Lowes was the other rider to progress to the second session. Michael van der Mark and Leon Camier missed out on promotion, van der Mark qualifying twelfth if Badovini doesn't race, while Camier will head the fifth row.

The second Superpole session had eleven riders, missing Badovini, competing for the front four rows. Jordi Torres on race rubber set a 2'03.890, the quickest lap of the weekend, nearly matched by Tom Sykes only a twentieth of a second slower. Jonathan Rea. Leon Haslam and Sylvain Guintoli headed straight back into the pits, not bothering with a second lap on race rubber after filling out the top five.

As the quicker tyres were fitted, Chaz Davies was the first rider out before Sylvain Guintoli and Leon Haslam. Guintoli was the first rider to beat Torres's time and Jonathan Rea was on track to beat him, but made two errors, saving slides, and was only fifth quickest as he crossed the line.

Tom Sykes however, came out and quietly set a 2'03.240 and stole pole position, his 28th, as his teammate Rea was pushed down to an eventual seventh place, keeping Sykes's slim hopes of the title win alive. 

Jordi Torres got his best start of the year, setting the second quickest lap of the weekend on his only lap with qualifying tyres.

Sylvain Guintoli took third place, his first visit to Parc Fermé this year, with Max Biaggi, Alex Lowes and Chaz Davies making up the second row.

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'03.240  
2 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'03.510 0.270
3 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 2'03.836 0.596
4 3 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'03.948 0.708
5 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'04.018 0.778
6 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 2'04.179 0.939
7 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'04.207 0.967
8 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'04.214 0.974
9 59 N. CANEPA Ducati Panigale R 2'04.654 1.414
10 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 2'05.000 1.760
11 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'05.100 1.860
12 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 2'05.009  
13 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 2'05.004  
14 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta F4 RR 2'05.051  
15 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'06.145  
16 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 2'06.261  
17 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'06.707  
18 45 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'07.525  
19 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'08.289  
20 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 2'09.112  
21 48 A. PHILLIS Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'10.512  
22 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 2'10.585  

Superpole One:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 2'04.380   291,1
2 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'04.474 0.094 297,5
3 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 2'05.004 0.624 291,9
4 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta F4 RR 2'05.051 0.671 289,5
5 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'06.145 1.765 291,9
6 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 2'06.261 1.881 301,7
7 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'06.707 2.327 291,9
8 45 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'07.525 3.145 282,7
9 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'08.289 3.909 285,0
10 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 2'09.112 4.732  

Superpole Two:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'03.240   300,0
2 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'03.510 0.270 306,8
3 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 2'03.836 0.596 295,1
4 3 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'03.948 0.708 305,1
5 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'04.018 0.778 297,5
6 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 2'04.179 0.939 297,5
7 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'04.207 0.967 300,8
8 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'04.214 0.974 302,5
9 59 N. CANEPA Ducati Panigale R 2'04.654 1.414 296,7
10 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 2'05.000 1.760 295,1
11 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'05.100 1.860 295,9
12 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR      

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
10
2015

2015 Sepang World Superbike FP4 Results: Sykes And Rea Lead Van Der Mark

Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea were quickest in the untimed session ahead of Michael van der Mark and Jordi Torres. The Kawasakis set their fastest times of the weekend, showing they aim to challenge the Aprilias in qualifying. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'04.557   300,8
2 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'04.606 0.049 301,7
3 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 2'05.118 0.561 296,7
4 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'05.122 0.565 306,8
5 3 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'05.549 0.992 305,1
6 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'05.679 1.122 298,3
7 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 2'05.703 1.146 300,8
8 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'06.031 1.474 304,2
9 59 N. CANEPA Ducati Panigale R 2'06.324 1.767 295,1
10 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'06.649 2.092 293,5
11 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'06.722 2.165 296,7
12 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 2'06.779 2.222 299,2
13 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta F4 RR 2'06.800 2.243 292,7
14 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 2'07.205 2.648 297,5
15 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'07.427 2.870 291,9
16 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 2'07.509 2.952 293,5
17 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'09.233 4.676 283,5
18 45 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'09.735 5.178 288,8
19 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 2'10.422 5.865 295,9
20 48 A. PHILLIS Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'10.557 6.000 279,1
21 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 2'10.787 6.230 292,7

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
10
2015

2015 Sepang World Supersport FP3 Results: Cluzel Leads Jacobsen

Jules Cluzel, when faced with a complete dry session and a working bike, was quickest ahead of PJ Jacobsen and Kenan Sofuoglu finally beating Lorenzo Zanetti's Friday morning time.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675 2'08.718   262,1
2 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR600RR 2'08.881 0.163 263,4
3 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'08.983 0.265 259,6
4 5 M. FACCANI Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'09.399 0.681 259,6
5 44 R. ROLFO Honda CBR600RR 2'09.838 1.120 264,7
6 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'09.977 1.259 260,2
7 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 2'10.225 1.507 260,9
8 87 L. ZANETTI MV Agusta F3 675 2'10.243 1.525 255,3
9 19 K. WAHR Honda CBR600RR 2'10.250 1.532 255,9
10 4 G. REA Honda CBR600RR 2'10.504 1.786 257,1
11 25 A. BALDOLINI MV Agusta F3 675 2'10.524 1.806 257,8
12 36 M. CARDENAS Honda CBR600RR 2'10.549 1.831 256,5
13 61 F. MENGHI Yamaha YZF R6 2'10.973 2.255 264,7
14 6 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'11.226 2.508 255,9
15 68 G. SCOTT Honda CBR600RR 2'11.371 2.653 259,0
16 10 N. CALERO Honda CBR600RR 2'11.977 3.259 255,9
17 59 R. WILAIROT Honda CBR600RR 2'12.032 3.314 257,1
18 41 A. WAGNER Honda CBR600RR 2'12.215 3.497 255,3
19 24 M. RAMIREZ Honda CBR600RR 2'12.952 4.234 255,9

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
9
2015

2015 Sepang World Superbike FP3 Results: Torres Leads Haslam and De Puniet

Jordi Torres was quickest in the morning's session, ahead of Leon Haslam. Randy de Puniet was half a second off, third quickest in the session and qualifying fourth behind Max Biaggi, in his best provisional position of the year. Aprilia took the provisional front row ahead of De Puniet and Sylvain Guintoli.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'04.356   306,8
2 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'04.522 0.166 302,5
3 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'04.858 0.502 296,7
4 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 2'04.863 0.507 300,0
5 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 2'05.009 0.653 298,3
6 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'05.043 0.687 301,7
7 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'05.096 0.740 304,2
8 3 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'05.320 0.964 306,8
9 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 2'05.346 0.990 299,2
10 59 N. CANEPA Ducati Panigale R 2'05.395 1.039 296,7
11 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'05.635 1.279 293,5
12 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 2'05.748 1.392 297,5
13 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 2'05.757 1.401 295,1
14 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'05.911 1.555 298,3
15 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta F4 RR 2'06.038 1.682 291,9
16 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 2'06.268 1.912 300,0
17 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'06.773 2.417 295,9
18 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'07.650 3.294 287,2
19 45 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'09.060 4.704 287,2
20 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 2'09.742 5.386 294,3
21 48 A. PHILLIS Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'10.512 6.156 277,6
22 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 2'10.585 6.229 293,5

Qualifying:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap
    Qualified For Superpole Two      
1 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'04.356  
2 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'04.522 0.166
3 3 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'04.823 0.467
4 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'04.858 0.502
5 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 2'04.863 0.507
6 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 2'04.972 0.616
7 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 2'05.009 0.653
8 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'05.043 0.687
9 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'05.096 0.740
10 59 N. CANEPA Ducati Panigale R 2'05.395 1.039
    Qualified For Superpole One      
11 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'05.635 1.279
12 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 2'05.748 1.392
13 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 2'05.757 1.401
14 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'05.806 1.450
15 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta F4 RR 2'06.038 1.682
16 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 2'06.268 1.912
17 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'06.518 2.162
18 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'07.650 3.294
19 45 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'09.060 4.704
20 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 2'09.742 5.386
    Did Not Qualify For Superpole      
21 48 A. PHILLIS Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'10.512 6.156
22 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 2'10.585 6.229

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
9
2015

2015 Sepang World Superbike FP2 Results: Davies Quickest On Damp Track

With the rain stopped at the end of the Supersport session, most riders waited for the track to dry, and only went out in the last third of the session. Chaz Davies was quickest on the drying tarmac, beating out Alex Lowes for the quickest lap, but was still seven seconds off the morning's pace. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 2'11.300   297,5
2 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'12.025 0.725 293,5
3 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'12.587 1.287 294,3
4 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 2'15.479 4.179 291,1
5 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 2'15.650 4.350 288,8
6 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 2'16.278 4.978 266,0
7 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 2'19.318 8.018 282,7
8 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 2'24.520 13.220 281,3
9 3 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'25.433 14.133 273,4
10 45 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'25.858 14.558  
11 48 A. PHILLIS Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'25.863 14.563 257,1
12 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'26.938 15.638 269,3
13 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'27.715 16.415 281,3
14 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta F4 RR 2'28.402 17.102 263,4
15 59 N. CANEPA Ducati Panigale R 2'28.552 17.252 266,7
16 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 2'28.722 17.422 259,0
17 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 2'36.976 25.676 252,3

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
10
2015

2015 Sepang World Supersport FP2 Results: Jacobsen Leads Wet Session

Rain at Sepang meant that nobody was able to go as quickly as this morning, leaving Lorenzo Zanetti with the quickest overall time, but PJ Jacobsen was quickest in the wet, over a second and a half ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and Kyle Smith.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR600RR 2'23.544   255,3
2 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'25.120 1.576 254,1
3 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 2'25.197 1.653 248,8
4 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675 2'25.576 2.032 247,7
5 4 G. REA Honda CBR600RR 2'25.933 2.389 247,1
6 36 M. CARDENAS Honda CBR600RR 2'27.135 3.591 246,6
7 59 R. WILAIROT Honda CBR600RR 2'27.328 3.784 245,5
8 41 A. WAGNER Honda CBR600RR 2'27.711 4.167 244,3
9 87 L. ZANETTI MV Agusta F3 675 2'29.363 5.819 248,3
10 68 G. SCOTT Honda CBR600RR 2'29.879 6.335 246,6
11 19 K. WAHR Honda CBR600RR 2'29.958 6.414 247,1
12 25 A. BALDOLINI MV Agusta F3 675 2'32.018 8.474 245,5
13 6 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'33.094 9.550 243,8
14 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'34.812 11.268 245,5
15 5 M. FACCANI Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'34.946 11.402 245,5
16 61 F. MENGHI Yamaha YZF R6 2'36.359 12.815 249,4
17 10 N. CALERO Honda CBR600RR 2'38.652 15.108 241,6

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
9
2015

2015 Sepang World Superbike FP1 Results: Biaggi Quickest

Returning former champion Max Biaggi, having tested in Sepang recently, went quickest in the morning session, taking the top spot early and never relinquishing it once he had it. Chaz Davies got within two tenths while the Kawasakis of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes were over half a second off Biaggi's pace.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 3 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'04.823   299,5
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 2'04.972 0.149 297,8
3 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'05.382 0.559 292,2
4 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'05.491 0.668 294,6
5 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'05.533 0.710 293,8
6 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'05.623 0.800 297,8
7 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'05.806 0.983 295,4
8 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'05.920 1.097 292,2
9 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 2'05.961 1.138 292,2
10 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 2'05.986 1.163 293,0
11 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 2'06.147 1.324 288,3
12 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'06.518 1.695 287,5
13 59 N. CANEPA Ducati Panigale R 2'06.709 1.886 290,6
14 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'07.086 2.263 288,3
15 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 2'07.170 2.347 293,8
16 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta F4 RR 2'07.597 2.774 285,2
17 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 2'07.654 2.831 291,4
18 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'09.866 5.043 281,5
19 45 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'10.516 5.693 277,9
20 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 2'11.122 6.299 284,5
21 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 2'12.119 7.296 285,2
22 48 A. PHILLIS Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'12.682 7.859 254,9

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
10
2015

2015 Sepang World Supersport FP1 Results: Zanetti And Cluzel Put MV Agusta On Top

Lorenzo Zanetti leads MV Agusta teammate Jules Cluzel, taking the top spot in the last minute of the session, ahead of PJ Jacobsen and Kyle Smith with championship leader Kenan Sofuoglu over a second back in fifth.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 87 L. ZANETTI MV Agusta F3 675 2'09.235   259,2
2 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675 2'09.338 0.103 263,6
3 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR600RR 2'09.710 0.475 261,1
4 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 2'09.993 0.758 261,1
5 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'10.250 1.015 257,9
6 44 R. ROLFO Honda CBR600RR 2'10.500 1.265 259,2
7 5 M. FACCANI Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'10.598 1.363 257,9
8 4 G. REA Honda CBR600RR 2'10.893 1.658 255,5
9 36 M. CARDENAS Honda CBR600RR 2'10.988 1.753 256,7
10 25 A. BALDOLINI MV Agusta F3 675 2'11.159 1.924 255,5
11 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'11.524 2.289 258,6
12 19 K. WAHR Honda CBR600RR 2'12.156 2.921 255,5
13 68 G. SCOTT Honda CBR600RR 2'12.523 3.288 259,2
14 6 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'12.607 3.372 257,9
15 61 F. MENGHI Yamaha YZF R6 2'12.910 3.675 259,8
16 10 N. CALERO Honda CBR600RR 2'13.490 4.255 250,2
17 41 A. WAGNER Honda CBR600RR 2'13.648 4.413 254,9
18 59 R. WILAIROT Honda CBR600RR 2'13.993 4.758 253,7
19 24 M. RAMIREZ Honda CBR600RR 2'15.103 5.868 251,3

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
9
2015

2015 Laguna Seca World Superbike Race Two Results: The Californian Drought Ends Here

In the first race, Leon Haslam used different tyres to the rest of the field and looked like he would repeat his choice for race two, but instead, at the last minute, he switched to the same tyres as everyone else. 

Just like the first race, Chaz Davies hit the Andretti hairpin first with two Kawasakis charging through from the second row behind him, with Tom Sykes ahead of Jonathan Rea this time. Davide Giugliano fended off the challenge from Jordi Torres this time but was instead stuck behind Leon Haslam.

On the second lap, rain flags showed up in sector three; Davide Giugliano crashed out on turn six, just before sector three. He leaned over on the left-handed turn and both tyres tucked, throwing him from the bike as it hit the gravel. He was slow to get up and was taken straight to the medical centre.

In an unusual move, Alex Lowes took a huge gamble and pitted in to get rain tyres, even though the track was't wet. Unfortunately, as he entered, his move was so unexpected, Sylvain Guintoli didn't consider that Lowes would slow down and ploughed into his rear tyre, crashing his bike in the process. Lowes made it to his spot and got his tyres changed while Guintoli limped in shortly after.

As Davies led the front group of four riders past the pit lane exit for the fourth time, Lowes exited the pits a lap down and on decidedly the wrong tyres. Chaz Davies decided that the rain was psychological rain and pushed as if it were not raining, but waiting to crash nonetheless. He didn't crash and had a second lead as Sykes, Rea and Haslam behind him decided against risking it as much.

On the sixth lap, at turn six, Tom Sykes lost grip just like Davide Giugliano did earlier, only he saved it after the rear tyre bit and recovered alongside an opportunistic Jonathan Rea. A second behind, Leon Haslam was treated to the sight of both Kawasaki riders riding side by side into and out of the corkscrew, neither relinquishing their position even slightly. Somehow, Tom Sykes, after four corners of formation riding with his teammate, came out on top, but their advantage over Haslam was gone.

Once again, Rea was determined yet unable to pass his teammate and the pair returned to their fighting pace, dropping Haslam into a lonely place between Rea and a rampant Jordi Torres. The gap between Torres and Haslam would shrink as Torres was determined to catch and pass his Aprilia teammate.

Chaz Davies managed his lead of over three seconds, watching his lap times and getting plenty of feedback from his pitboard, as Tom Sykes tried to break free from Jonathan Rea. As Jordi Torres caught fourth-placed Leon Haslam, Sykes escaped to over a second from Rea, but that wouldn't last.

As Sykes said to Rea at the start of the egg and spoon relay at Donington Park, determining who would hold the spoon first, "Im a better starter and you're a better finisher," and this looked like it would come true once more as Rea caught Sykes at the start of lap sixteen. Six seconds behind, Torres would also pass Haslam, with Haslam having to make a return pass several corners later.

A mistake by Rea a few laps later would mean he had it all to do again, an effort that took four more laps. Four laps from the end, Torres also passed Haslam again, but this time, Haslam had fourth place back the very next corner.

The next lap, Rea overshot turn two slightly, managing not to end up in the Andretti Hairpin's gravel and gave Sykes nine tenths of a second, but he made up for that mistake, catching Sykes on the penultimate lap. Torres passed Haslam over twelve seconds behind the Kawasakis.

On the last lap, Jonathan Rea once again overcooked turn two and once again managed to come out without incident, but the gap he gave to Tom Sykes was too much to make up to both catch and pass and both riders would have fast but uneventful laps.

Chaz Davies would bestow a double victory upon Ducati for the first time in three years and show form that we were denied last year at Laguna Seca with his concussion injury. Pole position and two wins for the man who spent a couple of seasons in the American Superbike championship were earned with a dominant show where it mattered and did no harm in his title challenge, clawing another five points from second-placed Sykes.

Tom Sykes reduced Jonathan Rea's lead to a mere 125 points with eight races left, meaning Rea could win the title in the next race weekend in Malaysia, but it's more likely that we will have to wait until at least September in Jerez for the championship to be decided.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R   1'23.955 252,2
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.406 1'23.842 256,4
3 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.982 1'23.872 257,6
4 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 16.551 1'24.309 254,0
5 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 17.772 1'24.195 258,9
6 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 31.735 1'24.902 247,5
7 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 34.446 1'25.159 249,8
8 59 N. CANEPA Ducati Panigale R 38.048 1'25.224 252,2
9 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 41.755 1'25.374 252,8
10 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta F4 RR 49.105 1'25.013 248,1
11 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 56.249 1'25.694 246,4
12 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'01.630 1'25.887 241,4
13 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 1'12.647 1'25.818 248,7
14 45 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 1 Lap 1'27.557 239,7
15 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1 Lap 1'27.770 239,7
16 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap 1'28.870 243,0
17 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 2 Laps 1'30.328 237,6
18 51 S. BARRAGÁN Kawasaki ZX-10R 3 Laps 1'28.824 235,0

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
9
2015

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