2015 Aragon World Superbike Race One Results: Rising To A Crescendo

Eighteen laps of the five kilometre circuit, with everyone taking the same front tyre apart from Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes going for the softer option.

Tom Sykes led into the first turn, with Leon Haslam, Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea fighting for second position. Rea passed Davies then Haslam, but made a mistake and ended up back in fourth place, but he was able to get third place from Haslam at the end of the first lap. Alex Lowes stuttered at the start and was at the back of the pack for a lap before pitting in to get his bike fixed, his chance at points over.

Sykes, Davies and Rea made the first pack as they dropped off the three bikes of Haslam, Xavi Fores and Jordi Torres. The top six was made up of both Kawasakis, both Ducatis and both Aprilias. After eight laps, when the two packs had over four seconds between them, Chaz Davies adjusted his traction control and turned the power down one click too far, giving Rea the impetus to pass him and chase down his teammate Sykes at the front.

Rea was visibly quicker than Sykes, cornering tighter and smoother, and he probed for a pass on Sykes for a few laps, eventually passing on lap twelve. Davies had pulled his settings back and was able to catch second-placed Sykes and nearly take the pair of them out as he tried a lunge toward the exit to the 958m back straight, just stopping before hitting Sykes on the left hander. On the next lap, as Rea made a break, Davies tried the same pass on Sykes and made it stick, but Sykes passed him down the straight, briefly passing back, but Davies had a fast inside line into the last double apex left, turns sixteen and seventeen, and Davies crossed the line eight tenths of a second behind Rea.

Davies brought a faster pace to the battle at the front and the leading pair dropped Sykes off. Rea at the front started to pay for the softer front tyre as his grip started to drop off. Chas Davies sent out feelers all throughout the penultimate lap, but was unable to get passed, Jonathan Rea having an answer for all his tricks.

On the last lap, Davies couldn't wait any longer, but couldn't get anything to stick until the chicane of turns fourteen and fifteen, leading to the long straight. Davies made the same thrusting pass that he used on Sykes, having much more front tyre left to push deeply into the corner. Rea had the better exit, though and riposted with a pass on the exit. As they charged to the last corner, Rea took the inside line but didn't have the exit speed of Davies and a drag race to the flag was on.

Jonathan Rea crossed the line fifty-one thousandths ahead of a charging Chaz Davies, close to getting the Ducati Panigale its first win, with Tom Sykes five seconds behind, maintaining the all-British dominance of podiums this year.

After the race, Rea, audibly under the weather, thanked Clinica Mobile for sorting out a fever that he had, letting him race.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R   1'51.032 311,2
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 0.051 1'50.967 306,8
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 4.977 1'50.890 303,4
4 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 15.088 1'51.341 308,6
5 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 15.290 1'51.646 311,2
6 112 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 16.655 1'51.620 305,9
7 18 N. TEROL Ducati Panigale R 17.365 1'52.113 305,1
8 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 25.527 1'52.489 306,8
9 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 31.464 1'52.583 309,5
10 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 43.013 1'53.423 295,1
11 51 S. BARRAGÁN Kawasaki ZX-10R 43.627 1'53.575 295,9
12 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 44.893 1'53.183 305,1
13 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 47.663 1'53.209 304,2
14 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'11.843 1'54.441 290,3
15 59 N. CANEPA EBR 1190 RX 1'15.919 1'54.374 287,2
16 90 J. ALVIZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'20.816 1'55.391 290,3
17 72 L. PEGRAM EBR 1190 RX 1'22.279 1'55.803 288,8
18 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap 1'57.417 299,2
19 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap 1'57.433 290,3
NC 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 5 Laps 1'52.774 301,7

 

Round Number: 
3
2015
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