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2018 San Juan Villicum World Superbike Race Two Result: Still With The Reverse Grid?

Twenty one laps to go, then it's a two week wait until the last race of the season. Argentina's Circuito San Juan Villicum gave World SUperbike two races on a fresh track, surrounded by a region rebuilt after the 1944 earthquake. 

The reverse grid put Xavi Fores in pole position, alongside Eugene Laverty and Tom Sykes, but Sykes couldn't stay with the other two when the lights went out. Fores got away cleanly and started to escape at the front. Laverty was joined by Toprak Razgatlioglu and Michael van der Mark. Jonathan Rea pushed through to fifth place, but this track isn't an easy one to make loads of passes and after one lap Rea was still in fifth place, with Alex Lowes in front of him and Chaz Davies, Michael van der Mark and Marco Melandri behind. 

On turn one of lap two, with Xavi Fores almost a second clear, Chaz Davies pushed past Jonathan Rea in turn one after Rea missed the apex and the pair were side-by side for the first few turns. Marco Melandri followed his teammate a few turns later, taking sixth place off Rea briefly, until Rea took it back as Xavi Fores set the fastest lap to extend his lead to over a second over Eugene Laverty and Toprak Razgatlioglu.

On lap three, Jonathan Rea took fifth place from Chaz Davies while Eugene Laverty crashed out of second place on his own at turn six, gifting the spot to Toprak Razgatlioglu. Rea got past Alex Lowes and closed up the gap to Razgatlioglu. Lowes fell victim to Chaz Davies, but as Davies went wide, pushing Lowes out with him, Marco Melandri stuffed it under both of them and passed Davies. Lowes, on the outside line, carried his corner speed and held fourth place ahead of Melandri and Davies. At the end of the straight, Rea closed up to Razgatlioglu. Razgatlioglu couldn't hold his line through the fast left-handers after the straight and Rea carried on his normal line and took second place, facing a two and three quarter second gap to Xavi Fores in the lead. 

Lap five, and things started to go wrong for Alex Lowes. First he was passed by Marco Melandri into turn one and then, down the long straight, he was passed by Chaz Davies. As Jonathan Rea closed the gap to under two seconds on lap six, it was Melandri's turn for the bad luck, and at turn six, he went wide and was passed by Chaz Davies, Alex Lowes, Michael van der Mark and Lorenzo Savadori. He snuck back into the group just ahead of Tom Sykes and had his passing work once again cut out for him. 

On lap seven, Rea set a personal best lap and closed down Xavi Fores and on lap eight, the pair swapped places back and forth, and a lap later, Rea got under Fores into turn one and never looked back. 

Further back, Marco Melandri was on the move again. After a mistake by Michael van der Mark and a clean pass on Alex Lowes into turn one, he had a couple of seconds to go to catch Chaz Davies who in turn had a couple of seconds to catch Toprak Razgatlioglu. It took Melandri five laps to catch Davies, mostly because Davies was not hanging about, taking the same five laps to catch Razgatlioglu in front of him. Jonathan Rea and Xavi Fores kept up their pace at the front, with Rea stretching his lead to almost three seconds while Fores was over three seconds clear of Razgatlioglu, but on lap fifteen, both Ducatis sat behind Razgatlioglu's big green bike and made headway in his wake. Davies passed Razgatlioglu down the straight, but Melandri couldn't get him on the brakes and had to wait until two turns later to pass him. 

On lap sixteen, Jonathan Rea looked at the amount of laps remaining and sensed how much tyre he had left and turned his 1'40 laps into 1'39s in an embarrassing show of force. As Marco Melandri passed Chaz Davies at the end of the straight, Rea turned a gap of under three seconds into one of over four and increased it every lap until the chequered flag. Razgatlioglu started dropping back, having spent what rubber he had left fighting the Ducatis and he fell into the clutches of rider after rider while Marco Melandri cleared off from his teammate and consolidated his third place, closing down the gap to Xavi Fores in second place, but not at a pace that would get him to the fight before he ran out of laps. 

As it was, Jonathan Rea had built up over five seconds of lead over Xavi Fores and used the gap to showboat for the crowd before the last couple of corners, popping a standup wheelie between turns thirteen and fourteen and doing the same up the hill to the finish line to win his tenth race on the bounce, setting a new World Superbike record in the process. Xavi Fores took a safe second place, finally making the reverse grid pay off, while Marco Melandri once again beat his teammate. Chaz Davies, Tom Sykes and Alex Lowes rounded out the top six, all having passed seventh-placed Toprak Razgatlioglu in the last few laps.

All three podium men were the only riders to post 1'39 laps throughout the race, with Tom Sykes just missing out on a 1'39 and Chaz Davies a quarter of a second off the feat. 

As the grid moves to Qatar for the last round, Chaz Davies is twenty four points clear of Michael van der Mark in second place. The Dutchman did not get on with the track but was able to garner fifteen points from the weekend to Davies's thirteen. Marco Melandri and Tom Sykes are only separated by eight points, but if Melandri has another weekend like this one, he will take fourth place from Sykes next race weekend. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 3.273
3 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 4.660
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 6.838
5 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 9.377
6 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 10.945
7 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 12.638
8 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 13.958
9 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 15.715
10 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 20.861
11 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 25.595
12 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 33.171
13 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 47.254
14 16 G. RUIU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 55.140
RET 16 77 M. SCHEIB MV Agusta 1000 F4 9 Laps
RET 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 14 Laps
RET 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 19 Laps
RET 51 F. MARINO Honda CBR1000RR 1
RET 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 1
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12
2018
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2018 San Juan Villicum World Supersport Race Result: Rain Cleaned Track Overnight

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The first World Supersport race at the Circuito San Juan Villicum was nineteen laps of the four thousand two hundred and seventy six metre track and could help define who would be crowned champion. Rain overnight cleaned the track and left before it became a problem.

The race started with the French pair of pole-sitter Lucas Mahias and second-row Jules Cluzel swapping places in turns one and two while Corentin Perolari and Federico Caricasulo had a coming together with Caricasulo coming worse off as they tried to share a bit of track, ending Caricasulo's race and any hopes he had of a championship challenge. Jules Cluzel, Lucas Mahias and Corentin Perolari were in a breakaway group almost a second clear of Sandro Cortese, Kyle Smith and Thomas Gradinger, and while Perolari tried unsuccessfully to find a way past Mahias at the front, Gradinger succeeded in making a pass on Smith stick for fifth place. On lap two, the lap record was set by Cluzel, Cortese and Gradinger, and the leading group of three was caught by the second group and a lap later, after Randy Krummenacher took his turn at setting the lap record, they became eight riders. On lap four, Perolari set the lap record, trying again to look past Mahias at the end of the kilometre-long straight, and the leading three had another gap for a lap only for Cortese to catch them back up, the German finally escaping the fight for fifth place.

On lap six, the leading four riders were together again after Sandro Cortese set the lap record catching the three Frenchmen in front of him as Thomas Gradinger couldn't keep up, in spite of his escaping the battle between Kyle Smith and a resurgent Randy Krummenacher. Sandro Cortese had the fastest bike down the long straight and he neatly passed Corentin Perolari and tucked back in line before the corner. 

Lucas Mahias set the lap record on lap eight and Sandro Cortese broke it on lap nine but Corentin Perolari couldn't keep up, dropping off the podium battle and being caught by Thomas Gradinger very quickly. A few laps later, as Jules Cluzel, Lucas Mahias and Sandro Cortese kept up their pace at the front, Gradinger made use of the slipstream down the back straight to take fourth place. A lap later, Cortese set the lap record again. Two more laps and Cluzel took it back. 

On lap fifteen of nineteen, on his way to setting the lap record again, Sandro Cortese tidily passed Lucas Mahias for second place and into the wake of his closest title contender. As Cluzel tried to escape, Cortese set two more lap records  and the pair finally broke free of third-placed Lucas Mahias. 

On the last lap, Sandro Cortese, after trying to pass Jules Cluzel time and time again, tried to make his habitual pass on the back straight, but Cluzel was just a tad quicker through the corners before the straight and Cortese couldn't get into his clean air enough to have the speed to close the gap and pass him, and the next few sections were too narrow for any passing attempts. Cluzel played his tyres perfectly and didn't give Cortese any chances to get past.

Jules Cluzel beat Sandro Cortese with Lucas Mahias a couple of seconds behind rounding out the podium. Thomas Gradinger had a lonely fourth place but fifth place was hard-fought, with Corentin Perolari and Randy Krummenacher crossing the line next to each other, but Krummenacher's late charge wasn't enough to take fifth place off Perolari.

Sandro Cortese heads to the last round in Qatar with a six point lead over Jules Cluzel, the pair the only riders capable of winning the title. Lucas Mahias's third place moved him back up to fourth place, fifteen points behind Randy Krummenacher and three points ahead of the non-finisher Federico Caricasulo. Raffaele De Rosa suffered a mechanical DNF on lap six and dropped to sixth place in the championship.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6  
2 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 0.240
3 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 3.702
4 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 8.310
5 6 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 9.522
6 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 9.561
7 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 16.720
8 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 29.187
9 98 H. BARBERA Kawasaki ZX-6R 29.328
10 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.559 271,4
11 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 32.552
12 81 L. STAPLEFORD Yamaha YZF R6 34.299
13 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 37.210
14 88 C. STANGE Kawasaki ZX-6R 39.242
15 56 P. SEBESTYEN Honda CBR600RR 42.604
16 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 52.395
17 49 S. HORNSEY Triumph Daytona 675 1'02.229
18 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1'06.312
19 12 A. MURLEY Honda CBR600RR 1'45.814
20 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'49.526
RET 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 14 Laps
RET 51 G. VAN STRAALEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 16 Laps
RET 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 18 Laps
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2018 San Juan Villicum World Superbike Race One Result: Records, Records, Records

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An anti-clockwise track, starting with a hill with a crest after the finish line, a couple of swooping corners, a kilometre run to a passing corner, some tight one-line-only corners, flip-flop, flip-flop and a couple of tight lefts to get back to the hill. Race one of World Superbike at Circuito San Juan Villicum would be twenty one laps with clouds looking on from the shadows of the Andes.

Jake Smrz didn't make the start as his Yamaha was acting up. Marco Melandri started from pole position ahead of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes, the Kawasakis chasing down the manufacturer's championship as the Ducati man chased down a seat for next year.

Melandri got away into the lead, outbraking Rea's brilliant start, but Rea took the lead at turn two as the riders behind them got into some scrapes as they jostled for position, the fight going all the way to turn seven where Chaz Davies, Eugene Laverty and Tati Mercado nearly came a cropper. 

The second lap was Rea leading Melandri, Sykes, Alex Lowes, Eugene Laverty, Chaz Davies and Toprak Razgatlioglu before any gaps appeared. Jonathan Rea set the lap record and held it until Eugene Laverty crossed the line and broke it. On lap three, having forced a gap at the lead, Rea took the lap record back. A lap later, Rea and Melandri were the only riders at the front not in a fight for position, Sykes, Laverty, Lowes, Davies, Razgatlioglu and Mercado in with a shout for third until Mercado crashed out. On lap five, Rea was over a second clear of Melandri, doing what Rea does, and Melandri was keeping out of trouble over a second clear of the battle for third between Sykes and Laverty, the pair having broken free from the four-way battle for fifth place. While Laverty hounded Sykes passing him before the lap was done, Razgatlioglu passed Davies and, a lap later, Lowes. Davies followed Razgatlioglu and the four kept fighting for a few more laps.

On lap eight, four places behind Jonathan Rea, Toprak Razgatlioglu broke free of the four-bike battle for fifth and left them to fight for sixth amongst themselves for a while, with Alex Lowes and Xavi Fores swapping places back and forth behind Chaz Davies. With Rea two seconds ahead of Melandri and Melandri two seconds ahead of LAverty and Sykes, it looked like the race was fairly settled, but Razgatlioglu was three tenths of a second quicker than the men ahead of him and lap by lap, he eventually closed up to them and turned the fight for third place into a three-way by lap twelve, right after Jonathan Rea broke the lap record for the last time today.

Chaz Davies caught the three bike fight for third, and on unlucky lap thirteen, Toprak Razgatlioglu charged into turn one, his favourite passing place, and took fourth place from Tom Sykes and started snapping at Eugene Laverty's heels, but as the four riders barrelled down the long back straight, white flags came out as the clouds turned to light rain. Chaz Davies, carrying a little too much speed as drops of rain hit his visor, went into the left hander carrying a little too much speed and hit the dirty part of the track, with only one line through the left handers after the straight putting clean rubber only on the racing line, and lost grip, sliding his Ducati off the track and ending his day. 

The rain flags would show up occasionally after this, but wouldn't affect the race. Lap times didn't drop noticeably when they appeared and disappeared. 

At the start of lap fourteen, Toprak Razgatlioglu did his turn one move on Eugene Laverty and took third place for him. Laverty returned the favour with same move down the back straight he'd used to get past Sykes a few times, but Razgatlioglu took third place back on the brakes into the left handers. It took a few laps for Razgatlioglu to get a gap from Laverty, and once he had, the fight for fourth place was between Laverty and Tom Sykes who were joined by Xavi Fores. Fores wasted no time in passing Sykes, but passing Laverty took a few more laps, and the three of them started the last lap with Fores leading Laverty and Sykes as the podium contenders ran away in front, Jonathan Rea having an eight second gap over Marco Melandri who was only four seconds and closing ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu. Four seconds is four seconds, though, and Melandri would have no trouble in coming second behind Rea. Fores finished behind Razgatlioglu but ahead of Laverty and Sykes.

Jonathan Rea took his ninth victory in a row and handed Kawasaki their fourth manufacturer's title in a row. On the cool down lap, as Marco Melandri celebrated with his team in parc fermé, the Kawasakis of Toprak Razgatlioglu, Tom Sykes and a jubilant high-fiving Jonathan Rea all met up in front of some Kawasaki staff who gave them some t-shirts, a Japanese flag, a Kawasaki flag and lots of photography opportunities. The Kawasakis eventually made it back to parc fermé where Rea, talking about his victory, pointed at his team and said that he just finished the job they did. 

Jonathan Rea keeps filling the record books, but his rival Chaz Davies is still fighting Michael van der Mark for second place in the championship and his DNF today didn't help him. Fortunately for Davies, van der Mark could only score eight points, not having a good race at this new track. Tom Sykes conceded another ten points to Marco Melandri who is now only thirteen points behind Sykes's fourth place, with three races to go.

Xavi Fores will sit on pole position for race two, ahead of Eugene Laverty and Tom Sykes. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 9.163
3 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 11.410
4 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 11.796
5 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 12.441
6 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 12.690
7 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 15.597
8 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 16.846
9 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 28.117
10 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 28.164
11 51 F. MARINO Honda CBR1000RR 41.449
12 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 41.783
14 16 G. RUIU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 55.986
RET 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 6 Laps
RET 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 9 Laps
RET 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 15 Laps
RET 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 4
RET 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1  
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2018 San Juan Villicum World Supersport Superpole Result: Constant Changes At The Top

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World Supersport's Superpole started with the first session where thirteen riders would fight for two promotional spots, with Hannes Soomer and Hector Barberas the quickest of the slower riders in timed qualifying.

Hector Barbera opened the session quickest, but was knocked off the top spot by Hannes Soomer, but Loris Cresson and Christian Stange were on quick lapses the quicker riders pitted in. Stange sat behind Cresson down the fast kilometre-long back straight and used the extra speed to take the top spot before the mid-session break. 

Christian Stange stayed out on track while the other riders changed tyres, but Loris Cresson didn't, and on his fresh tyre, he set a 1'45.097. Hector Barbera went quicker, as did Hannes Soomer a few seconds later, with a 1'44.615. 

As the flag came out, it looked like nobody was on the sort of time to challenge the top two guys, but as the lap went on, Ayrton Badovini and Loris Cresson found a bit extra and Badovini pushed Barbera from the second spot only to be knocked out himself by Loris Cresson. 

Hannes Soomer and Loris Cresson advanced to Superpole two, joining the ten quickest riders, and eleven of them set out fairly quickly as Lucas Mahias waited patiently before joining the rest of the field. 

Corentin Perolari was quickest after one lap, with a 1'44.141. A lap later, though, Jules Cluzel set a 1'43.995 only to be deposed by Lucas Mahias's late 1'43.657, his first lap as most of the remaining riders were pitting in. Sandro Cortese slipped a second-quickest lap in instead of pitting in, and just kept going. A couple of laps later, he took the top spot with a 1'43.585, the tactic of staying out instead of changing tyres finally working for someone. 

Lucas Mahias, with fresh tyres, snatched top spot back only to have Sandro Cortese take it back again. Federico Caricasulo then knocked Cortese off the top only to be deposed a few seconds later by Lucas Mahias. Thomas Gradinger was on pace for a surprising pole position, only to meet traffic and not pass the rider in front quickly enough to maintain his blistering pace.

As the flag came out, Caricasulo and Mahias were both on pace to increase their best times, and as Caricasulo moved the goalposts once more, Lucas Mahias took three tenths of a second off his teammate and set the pole position lap record of an astounding 1'43.026. 

Mahias and Caricasulo were joined by Sandro Cortese on the front row, with Jules CLuzel, Thomas Gradinger and Randy Krummenacher making up the second row. 

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.026   264,1
2 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.328 0.302 262,8
3 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.399 0.373 266,7
4 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.485 0.459 263,4
5 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.583 0.557 264,7
6 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.976 0.950 264,7
7 6 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.076 1.050 260,2
8 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'44.356 1.330 256,5
9 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1'44.505 1.479 261,5
10 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.523 1.497 267,3
11 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1'44.699 1.673 255,3
12 81 L. STAPLEFORD Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.846 1.820 260,9
13 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 1'44.802 0.187 257,1
14 98 H. BARBERA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'44.816 0.201 266,7
15 88 C. STANGE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'45.239 0.624 257,1
16 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'45.328 0.713 261,5
17 56 P. SEBESTYEN Honda CBR600RR 1'45.900 1.285 259,6
18 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1'46.274 1.659 253,5
19 49 S. HORNSEY Triumph Daytona 675 1'46.482 1.867 248,3
20 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.710 2.095 247,7
21 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'47.878 3.263 255,3
22 12 A. MURLEY Honda CBR600RR 1'48.460 3.845 249,4

Superpole One Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1'44.615   259,6
2 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.771 0.156 268,7
3 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 1'44.802 0.187 257,1
4 98 H. BARBERA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'44.816 0.201 266,7
5 88 C. STANGE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'45.239 0.624 257,1
6 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'45.328 0.713 261,5
7 56 P. SEBESTYEN Honda CBR600RR 1'45.900 1.285 259,6
8 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1'46.274 1.659 253,5
9 49 S. HORNSEY Triumph Daytona 675 1'46.482 1.867 248,3
10 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.710 2.095 247,7
11 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'47.878 3.263 255,3
12 12 A. MURLEY Honda CBR600RR 1'48.460 3.845 249,4

Superpole Two Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.026   264,1
2 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.328 0.302 262,8
3 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.399 0.373 266,7
4 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.485 0.459 263,4
5 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.583 0.557 264,7
6 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.976 0.950 264,7
7 6 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.076 1.050 260,2
8 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'44.356 1.330 256,5
9 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1'44.505 1.479 261,5
10 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.523 1.497 267,3
11 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1'44.699 1.673 255,3
12 81 L. STAPLEFORD Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.846 1.820 260,9
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2018 San Juan Villicum World Superbike Superpole Result: Lap Record Set

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Superpole for World Superbike at a new track means whoever is on pole position sets the lap record. The altitude saps a little power from each bike, limiting their ability to set speed records on the kilometre-long back straight. Michael van der Mark and Jake Gagne start Superpole one as favourites to progress to the join the ten fastest men for Superpole two.

After completing one lap, Jake Gagne led Michael van der Mark with a 1'40.718, but a lap later, Tom Sykes, a surprising entry to Superpole one, set a 1'40.532 before pitting in for a tea break. Jake Gagne stayed out for an extra lap while everyone else pitted in, but at the six minute mark, everyone was in their pits. Loris Baz was, again, the first one to leave. 

After the break, Sykes slapped down a 1'39.861, eight tenths quicker than second-quickest Loris Baz, and suddenly the fight was for second place. Michael van der Mark snuck in between Sykes and Baz as the flag came out and, while a few riders looked like they could get up to the top in the first few sectors, nobody could beat Sykes or van der Mark in the flippy-floppy section at the end of the lap. Sykes and van der Mark would join the ten fastest riders with an extra fifteen minutes of track time under their belts. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu was the first rider out of pit lane, with Jonathan Rea behind him on his gold-accented Kawasaki, but it was Marco Melandri who set the first quick time, with a 1'39.888, followed by a 1'39.729 a lap later. Melandri was the only rider to get a 1'39 lap with Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty in second and third places as everyone pitted in for stickier qualifying tyres. 

Tom Sykes was first out on the Q tyre, and he set a 1'39.558 that held pole position for less than a minute as Jonathan Rea put a 1'39.452 in. Marco Melandri responded with a 1'39.376, pushing the Kawasakis down, and Eugene Laverty knocked Sykes off the front row just before the flag came out. As riders started hitting the flag, Melandri set the outright record of 1'39.012 on the Ducati to consolidate his pole position. 

Marco Melandri would start this afternoon's race in pole position, alongside Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty. Tom Sykes headed the second row, ahead of Xavi Fores and Alex Lowes.

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'39.012   303,4
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.452 0.440 301,7
3 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'39.530 0.518 305,1
4 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.558 0.546 300,8
5 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'39.590 0.578 302,5
6 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'39.730 0.718 299,2
7 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.070 1.058 295,9
8 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'40.083 1.071 303,4
9 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'40.094 1.082 300,0
10 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.189 1.177 300,0
11 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'40.343 1.331 299,2
12 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.349 1.337 300,8
13 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'40.352 0.491 301,7
14 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.718 0.857 298,3
15 51 F. MARINO Honda CBR1000RR 1'41.484 1.623 303,4
16 77 M. SCHEIB MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'41.714 1.853 298,3
17 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.893 2.032 297,5
18 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.041 2.180 292,7
19 16 G. RUIU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'42.093 2.232 294,3

Superpole One Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.861   301,7
2 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'40.280 0.419 300,0
3 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'40.352 0.491 301,7
4 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.718 0.857 298,3
5 51 F. MARINO Honda CBR1000RR 1'41.484 1.623 303,4
6 77 M. SCHEIB MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'41.714 1.853 298,3
7 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.893 2.032 297,5
8 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.041 2.180 292,7
9 16 G. RUIU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'42.093 2.232 294,3

Superpole Two Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'39.012   303,4
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.452 0.440 301,7
3 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'39.530 0.518 305,1
4 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.558 0.546 300,8
5 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'39.590 0.578 302,5
6 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'39.730 0.718 299,2
7 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.070 1.058 295,9
8 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'40.083 1.071 303,4
9 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'40.094 1.082 300,0
10 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.189 1.177 300,0
11 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'40.343 1.331 299,2
12 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.349 1.337 300,8
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12
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2018 San Juan Villicum World Superbike FP3 Result: Rea Ends Day Quickest

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Jonathan Rea is the first and only rider in under 1'40 at the San Juan Villicum circuit, heading to Saturday on top, ahead of Marco Melandri and the surprising and consistent Toprak Razgatloiglu. With everyone improving upon their results from the previous sessions, the last session determined the places for superpole, and Leandro Mercado qualified directly into Superpole two in front of his home crowd at the first ever World Superbike race at this track. Michael van der Mark was pushed down to Superpole one, where he is the favourite, alongside Jake Gagne, to get promoted to the second session and compete for pole position.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.914   302,5
2 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'40.142 0.228 305,1
3 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.230 0.316 297,5
4 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'40.255 0.341 301,7
5 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'40.341 0.427 298,3
6 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.706 0.792 301,7
7 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'40.741 0.827 300,0
8 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.781 0.867 296,7
9 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'40.820 0.906 305,1
10 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'40.916 1.002 300,0
11 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'40.959 1.045 302,5
12 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.993 1.079 299,2
13 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'41.094 1.180 302,5
14 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.184 1.270 300,8
15 77 M. SCHEIB MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'42.016 2.102 299,2
16 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.327 2.413 291,9
17 51 F. MARINO Honda CBR1000RR 1'42.513 2.599 298,3
18 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'43.048 3.134 291,9
19 16 G. RUIU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'43.785 3.871 295,1

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time
    Superpole Two:    
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.914
2 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'40.142
3 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.230
4 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'40.255
5 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'40.341
6 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.706
7 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'40.741
8 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.781
9 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'40.820
10 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'40.916
    Superpole One:    
11 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'40.959
12 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.993
13 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'41.094
14 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.184
15 77 M. SCHEIB MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'42.016
16 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.327
17 51 F. MARINO Honda CBR1000RR 1'42.513
18 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'43.048
19 16 G. RUIU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'43.785
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12
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2018 San Juan Villicum World Supersport FP2 Result: Mahias And Cluzel On Top

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Lucas Mahias heads to Saturday in provisional pole position, with Jules Cluzel and Federico Caricasulo well within two tenths. The rest of the field are over half a second off Mahias's quickest time with only two non-Yamaha machines in the top ten. Hannes Soomer and Hector Barbera in the two favourite spots to progress to Superpole two tomorrow. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.680   264,1
2 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.763 0.083 266,7
3 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.835 0.155 263,4
4 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.239 0.559 266,7
5 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.549 0.869 264,7
6 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'45.654 0.974 263,4
7 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1'45.668 0.988 257,1
8 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.810 1.130 264,7
9 81 L. STAPLEFORD Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.094 1.414 262,8
10 6 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.388 1.708 260,2
11 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1'46.463 1.783 261,5
12 98 H. BARBERA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.669 1.989 269,3
13 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 1'46.801 2.121 257,1
14 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'47.078 2.398 252,9
15 88 C. STANGE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'47.143 2.463 256,5
16 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.168 2.488 271,4
17 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'47.442 2.762 265,4
18 56 P. SEBESTYEN Honda CBR600RR 1'47.484 2.804 262,8
19 51 G. VAN STRAALEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'47.653 2.973 264,7
20 49 S. HORNSEY Triumph Daytona 675 1'48.072 3.392 250,6
21 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1'48.510 3.830 253,5
22 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'50.186 5.506 257,8
23 12 A. MURLEY Honda CBR600RR 1'50.187 5.507 250,6
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12
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2018 San Juan Villicum World Superbike FP2 Result: Rea Heads Razgatlioglu And Lowes

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Newly crowned World Champion Jonathan Rea was quickest as the pace increased, with Toprak Razgatlioglu and Alex Lowes remaining in the top three. Lorenzo Savadori was two thirds of a second off Rea's quickest time with Chaz Davies hot on his heels. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.794   305,1
2 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'42.132 0.338 302,5
3 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.159 0.365 301,7
4 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'42.454 0.660 302,5
5 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'42.488 0.694 304,2
6 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'42.581 0.787 297,5
7 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'42.611 0.817 305,1
8 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'42.651 0.857 305,1
9 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'42.976 1.182 300,8
10 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'43.015 1.221 298,3
11 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.100 1.306 303,4
12 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.144 1.350 302,5
13 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'43.316 1.522 296,7
14 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'43.479 1.685 304,2
15 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'44.420 2.626 291,9
16 51 F. MARINO Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.510 2.716 300,0
17 77 M. SCHEIB MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'44.545 2.751 295,1
18 16 G. RUIU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'46.152 4.358 292,7
19 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.875 9.081 293,5
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12
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2018 San Juan Villicum World Supersport FP1 Result: Cluzel Quickest In Red Flagged Session

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After a delayed start and a red flag brought on by Sandro Cortese's Yamaha going pop, the chequered flag eventually came out with Jules Cluzel briefly leading Randy Krummenacher and Lucas Mahias. The top three were three quarters of a second quicker than the rest of the field.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.531   268,7
2 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.619 0.088 264,1
3 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.673 0.142 263,4
4 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.419 0.888 262,1
5 98 H. BARBERA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'47.507 0.976 265,4
6 6 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.681 1.150 257,1
7 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'47.690 1.159 258,4
8 88 C. STANGE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'47.934 1.403 255,9
9 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.961 1.430 266,7
10 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1'48.430 1.899 256,5
11 81 L. STAPLEFORD Yamaha YZF R6 1'48.814 2.283 262,1
12 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1'48.944 2.413 261,5
13 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'48.967 2.436 250,6
14 56 P. SEBESTYEN Honda CBR600RR 1'49.007 2.476 260,2
15 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'49.152 2.621 270,0
16 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 1'49.197 2.666 254,1
17 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1'49.289 2.758 254,7
18 51 G. VAN STRAALEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'49.491 2.960 259,0
19 49 S. HORNSEY Triumph Daytona 675 1'49.521 2.990 251,2
20 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'50.292 3.761 260,9
21 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 1'50.714 4.183 262,8
22 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'51.242 4.711 251,2
23 12 A. MURLEY Honda CBR600RR 1'51.448 4.917 247,7
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12
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2018 San Juan Villicum World Superbike FP1 Result: Lowes Leads Rea And Razgatlioglu

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In the inaugural session at Argentina's San Juan Villicum circuit, Alex Lowes ended up on top, joined by the Kawasakis of Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu. Marco Melandri, quickest for most of the session, had to settle for fourth place on the timing sheet above Tom Sykes.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'44.096   300,0
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'44.230 0.134 301,7
3 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'44.350 0.254 298,3
4 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'44.458 0.362 306,8
5 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'45.244 1.148 300,0
6 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'45.565 1.469 301,7
7 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'45.654 1.558 302,5
8 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'46.035 1.939 300,0
9 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'46.191 2.095 297,5
10 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'46.216 2.120 295,1
11 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'46.479 2.383 300,8
12 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'46.533 2.437 295,1
13 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'46.974 2.878 300,0
14 51 F. MARINO Honda CBR1000RR 1'47.047 2.951 300,0
15 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'47.263 3.167 299,2
16 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'47.921 3.825 294,3
17 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.195 4.099 293,5
18 16 G. RUIU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'49.955 5.859 286,5
19 77 M. SCHEIB MV Agusta 1000 F4 2'01.600 17.504 280,5
Round Number: 
12
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