2015 Imola World Superbike Race Two Results: Attrition Strikes

World Superbike race two would start with only twenty riders, Canepa not qualifying and Salom out with an injured wrist and elbow from his crash in race one. It would finish with far fewer.

At the race start, Jonathan Rea took the lead going outside the pack to pass Tom Sykes, the Kawasakis leading the Ducatis of Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies and the Aprilias of Leon Haslam and Jordi Torres. Further back on the first lap , World Champion Sylvain Guintoli crashed out for his second DNF of the year, while Davies and Giugliano swapped places back and forth.

As Rea and Sykes built a gap from Giugliano and Davies, they in turn dropped off Haslam and Torres who had Michael van der Mark to worry about. The three pairings became more distinct over the next couple of laps, with Davies passing Giugliano for third on the fourth lap.

Tom Sykes was keeping up with Rea, but Rea's exit from the chicanes was his strong point and that didn't allow Sykes to use his superior braking skill to do much more than close the gap; This was most visible with Rea's fast exit from Variante Alta meaning Sykes couldn't get close enough to lunge underneath him at Rivazza, and even when Sykes set the fastest lap on lap seven, all he could do was close the gap Rea had built in the preceding laps.

Attrition started to play a part, with Randy de Puniet and Leon Camier both retiring on lap six and both van der Mark and Leon Haslam crashing out two laps later, with Haslam nursing what could be a wrist injury.

As Rea started to escape from Sykes, with Rea over a second ahead of his teammate, Sykes responded with the fastest lap of the race on lap eleven and closed the distance to under a second. Rea responded with a fastest lap, extending his gap at the end of the twelfth lap to a second and a half. With the gap from Sykes to Davies approaching eight seconds, and the gap from Davies to Giugliano at almost six, the podium looked like it was decided, but with five laps left to go, Davies suffered a mechanical issue and was waved off the track by the marshals. Jordi Torres, having made quick work of a slowing Giugliano, was suddenly eighteen seconds off the back of Tom Sykes with a podium in his grasp.

Jonathan Rea kept increasing his lead, once again getting stronger as the race advanced, lapping both the Team Toth BMWs, both of whom would finish in the points. Tom Sykes was just ticking laps off safely behind him, building a twenty second gap from Torres at the flag.

Jonathan Rea took the flag and immediately slowed down to high-five his team at the pit wall, having taken his 23rd race win on his 150th World Superbike race, and the eighth win of ten races this year, putting him eighty seven points clear of non-finisher Leon Haslam in the title chase.

After his showboating victory lap, Rea rolled into Parc Fermé and pointed to his digital dash to reveal a sticker marked #4Joan, honouring Joan Lascorz who ended his career at Imola in 2012.

Tom Sykes moved up to third place in the championship with his second place, now 112 points off Jonathan Rea, and is twenty five points behind Leon Haslam.

Jordi Torres, a little bewildered with the Parc Fermé procedure on his first visit, maintains his fifth place in the championship hunt, behind Chaz Davies.

Two riders not starting, seven not finishing and the loss of Team Hero EBR meant that only thirteen riders finished the race.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R   1'47.198 283,7
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 4.399 1'47.285 282,2
3 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 26.020 1'48.563 283,7
4 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 30.853 1'47.613 281,5
5 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 35.379 1'48.791 279,2
6 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 38.818 1'49.070 277,8
7 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 40.663 1'49.203 272,7
8 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 42.067 1'48.698 280,0
9 84 M. FABRIZIO Ducati Panigale R 55.722 1'49.150 277,0
10 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 56.990 1'49.283 278,5
11 51 S. BARRAGÁN Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.613 1'51.680 263,2
12 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap 1'53.021 269,3
13 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap 1'53.195 270,0


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The move Haslam put on Vandermark looked like a club racer. He punted vdm right of fthe track. A few turns later and karma strikes back with Haslam crashing out.
Was there some damage from the contact?

Davies had 2 mechanical dnf's. Was the second one related to the first?

Well, Van der Mark has been a pretty tough racer so far, so I guess that Haslam may have been a bit less gentle in his overtaking yes, especially after the incident at the last chicane at Assen in race 2. The footage I saw was pretty short by the way, they did not show the build-up to that overtake. Both at Imola and Assen actually. A problem that happens quite often, also at MotoGP: the director shows the moment of the crash, but not the important seconds before.

I noticed Gigi Dall'Igna in the pits during race 1. I hope that by the end of race 2 he was on his way back to Borgo Panigale to have a few words about the results of the day. Two mechanical DNFs in one weekend would be cause for concern, to put it mildly. Totally unacceptable is how I'd put it. I fully expect Jonathan Rea to win the championship this year but there's no need for everyone to hand it to him on a silver platter and Davies looks like one of the few people capable of challenging him. As long as his bike doesn't let him down.