2014 Imola World Superbike Race One Result
Nineteen laps in the morning's race at 22ºC.
Jonathan Rea got so perfect a start that it looked like a jump-start, but it was confirmed that it was clean, and very quick. Rea was followed into turn one by Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli. Guintoli tried a tricky pass on Melandri, making an early challenge as is his style, but it didn't work and he dropped behind Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes after an off-track excursion. Davies did what Guintoli couldn't and passed Melandri for second place.
Marco Melandri, on the second lap, made a mistake, letting Tom Sykes and Sylvain Guintoli pass him, while Loris Baz forced his way through on Davide Giugliano to complete the pack that would be the seven riders that were in with a chance.
Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies ticked off a few laps cleanly at the front, with Rea setting the pace and Davies trying to match it. Sykes in third place set the fastest lap on lap five, closing in on the leading two. Rea set the fastest lap on the following lap, but it didn't stop Sykes catching Davies.
On the eighth lap, Melandri and Giugliano traded places back and forth at the back of the pack as Sykes took second from Davies but couldn't hold it and was then passed back and Sylvain Guintoli followed Davies through, pushing Sykes to 4th. Guintoli then used the Aprilia's strengths on the straight to take second place.
Jonathan Rea, at the halfway mark, had almost a four second lead, and the pack scrapping behind him would give him the room to count the laps down with a comfortable gap.
The six men chasing Rea would drop to five men as Davide Giugliano lost the front trying to catch Loris Baz on a hard left-hander, With five laps to go, Davies passed Guintoli as his bike came back to him and he left the pack behind.
On lap sixteen of nineteen, the fight started. Rea and Davies were settling into the top two places, but the last step was hard fought. Guintoli led Sykes and Baz while Melandri looked for scraps falling from the table in sixth. Sykes showed Guintoli a wheel, passed him and messed up the corner, letting Melandri take the place behind Guintoli, but the formation flying duo of Sykes and Baz both squeezed past Melandri in a chicane and set upon Guintoli. Sykes past Guintoli and threw him to his teammate to keep him occupied.
Jonathan Rea won the race, having had an empty track in front of him the entire race, and getting the gentleman's set with the pole position, the fastest lap and the win. Chaz Davies got his first podium on the Ducati with Sykes extending his title lead in third.
Leon Camier took the Evo win, with Niccolò Canepa crashing out.
|1||65||J. REA||Honda CBR1000RR||1'47.532||278,5|
|2||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||4.511||1'47.595||280,7|
|3||1||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||6.492||1'47.570||287,6|
|4||76||L. BAZ||Kawasaki ZX-10R||8.434||1'47.601||286,8|
|5||50||S. GUINTOLI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||9.134||1'47.602||283,7|
|6||33||M. MELANDRI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||14.925||1'47.782||285,3|
|7||58||E. LAVERTY||Suzuki GSX-R1000||19.973||1'48.726||278,5|
|8||22||A. LOWES||Suzuki GSX-R1000||21.582||1'48.495||276,3|
|9||24||T. ELIAS||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||28.781||1'48.471||282,2|
|10||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR||31.245||1'48.845||282,2|
|11||19||L. CAMIER||BMW S1000 RR EVO||40.996||1'49.417||265,9|
|12||44||D. SALOM||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||55.372||1'50.341||268,6|
|13||23||L. SCASSA||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||55.899||1'50.520||266,5|
|14||11||J. GUARNONI||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'04.402||1'50.735||261,3|
|15||21||A. ANDREOZZI||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'23.074||1'51.351||264,5|
|16||9||F. FORET||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'23.324||1'50.804||263,2|
|17||32||S. MORAIS||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'36.763||1'50.483||268,6|
|18||71||C. CORTI||MV Agusta F4 RR||1'36.942||1'50.407||266,5|
|19||56||P. SEBESTYEN||BMW S1000 RR EVO||1'43.545||1'52.676||263,9|
|20||10||I. TOTH||BMW S1000 RR||1'43.819||1'52.072||273,5|
|RET||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||8 Laps||1'47.823||278,5|
|RET||84||M. FABRIZIO||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||11 Laps||1'51.000||264,5|
|RET||20||A. YATES||EBR 1190 RX||12 Laps||1'52.954||253,7|
|RET||59||N. CANEPA||Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO||14 Laps||1'49.647||272,0|
|STH||2||C. IDDON||Bimota BB3 EVO||55.174||1'50.453||267,2|
|STH||86||A. BADOVINI||Bimota BB3 EVO||12 Laps||1'49.999||267,2|