2015 Misano World Superbike Race Two Results: No Tyre Gambles

The track temperature climbed to 42ºC, something the Aprilias were looking forward to, but Jonathan Rea changed to the same tyre as everyone else and for some reason, Misano seems to produce double winners.

Tom Sykes led into the first turn from pole position, followed by Davide Giugliano, Leon Haslam, Jonathan Rea, Max Biaggi and Jordi Torres. Biaggi made a play on Rea, Rea passed him back, Davies also took Biaggi, Rea overtook Haslam and Davies followed him through in a very hard to track first lap.

The fighting gave Sykes and Giugliano a nine-tenths gap at the end of the first lap, but Jonathan Rea set a new lap record of 1'34.720 closing that and putting a second of clear air behind him. He has a ringside seat to the battle in front of him as Giugliano constantly hounded Sykes, not giving him the chance to break away and set his own dangerous rhythm. The front three were locked together, with Giugliano occasionally showing Sykes a wheel to Sykes's non-plussed, unflustered lack of reaction, while Rea looked on, giving the front two a few metres with which to hang themselves, occasionally slingshotting out of a corner, using the resurfaced and recontoured track as a berm where possible, but nothing would give until lap seven.

Approaching, one third race distance, Davide Giugliano cleanly squeezed through the inside of turn three, pulsing power from the new Ducati exhausts to give him the drive to close the gap and stop even the king of late braking Tom Sykes from retaining his lead, and four corners later, Jonathan Rea would also pass, before Sykes had a chance to adjust his lines back to less passable ones.

Over a second clear of Chaz Davies in fourth, the front three weren't done yet. On lap eight, Jonathan Rea tried to pass Davide Giugliano, only to overheat the exit, letting Tom Sykes push past and dropping Rea into the grip of Davies who brought Leon Haslam to the fight. Second place was now a four-way standoff.

Giugliano had over a second of lead over Sykes, Rea, Davies and Haslam with Jordi Torres and Max Biaggi swapping places only a second and a half further back. Ten Laps in, Rea scythed past Sykes for second and made progress to Giugliano, towing the three bikes behind him to the leader. A couple of laps later, Rea was escaping from the second pack to set upon Giugliano while Haslam makes it clear he wanted to pass Davies and Sykes. Davies had a go at Sykes and, in passing him, slowed the pair down, letting Haslam rocket through to third place. Sykes went from a podium to fifth place in a matter of a few corners and had to start worrying about a charging Torres/Biaggi pairing behind him, at one point having a mere seven tenths of a second from the bustling Aprilias.

Lap sixteen brought a change of lead. After nine laps in the lead, Davide Giugliano suddenly had Jonathan Rea trying everything in the book, short of actual violence, to pass him and, just as Rea's tyres were coming to him while Giugliano's were on their way out, the pair swapped positions and their safe two and a half second gap started falling to Leon Haslam's bike enjoying the warmer weather.

The top six riders, on the last two laps, started to string out, having no one to pass or worry about, with only Torres having company in the form of Biaggi, and the positions didn't change as everyone had to maintain a fast pace to hold their positions. Max Biaggi saw his opportunity and put paid to whispers that he didn't dare pass the Red Devils Aprilias out of courtesy. With one lap left, the Dick Dastardly of motorcycle racing pressed the afterburner on the old Double-Zero and stole sixth place from Jordi Torres.

Jonathan Rea won his eleventh race of the year and leaves the weekend with a larger gap over Tom Sykes than he arrived with. Davide Giugliano in second place clawed his way to seventh place in the championship and Leon Haslam took back some of the points lost to Chaz Davies in the first race.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R   1'34.720 273,4
2 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 1.290 1'35.015 266,0
3 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 2.436 1'35.312 270,7
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 2.514 1'35.289 268,7
5 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 5.694 1'35.195 269,3
6 3 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 RF 5.911 1'35.346 273,4
7 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 7.075 1'35.303 272,7
8 55 M. PIRRO Ducati Panigale R 10.159 1'35.490 270,0
9 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 17.476 1'35.868 267,3
10 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 17.589 1'35.891 267,3
11 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 21.744 1'35.845 270,0
12 59 N. CANEPA Ducati Panigale R 26.599 1'36.352 264,1
13 11 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 30.402 1'36.432 266,0
14 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 36.000 1'36.373 262,8
15 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 36.186 1'36.493 267,3
16 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta F4 RR 37.572 1'36.534 259,0
17 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 55.983 1'36.806 266,0
18 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'10.593 1'37.600 259,0
19 45 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'16.119 1'38.057 254,1
20 51 S. BARRAGÁN Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'16.177 1'38.659 255,9
21 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 1'31.041 1'38.990 264,1
22 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 2 Laps 1'42.401 259,0

 

Round Number: 
8
2015
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Total votes: 67

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It was striking to see the ultra-smooth riding style of Biaggi compared to the guys around him! Unfortunately we did not get to see him too much, especially in race one. In race two a bit more, thanks to the fight with Torres, and to me it looked as if he was just politely staying behind him - so easy he seemed to ride. Which it probably wasn't, but to me it looked like he could go quite a bit faster. And he did pull away quite rapidly from Torres after he made the pass, so who knows...

And finishing in Sykes' rear wheel, just 5,9 seconds from the winner, that is really, really impressive!!

He really is like Lorenzo - or to be more correct, Lorenzo really is like Biaggi...

Anyway, it was a pleasure to see him ride again. Looking forward to Sepang, where he is supposed to do another wildcard appearance, as I understand it. Where he will be 44. Brilliant.

Total votes: 96

Not sure if it's just his uber smooth riding style, but Biaggi looked like he could have been updating his twitter feed, texting his missus when he'll be home, negotiating a deal on his next Ferrari and perhaps even mowing the lawn while sitting behind Torres in Race 2. It looked as if he finally got bored and then just hosed him.
I do wonder whether he was riding under instruction from Aprilia.
Either way, it was a pleasure to see him out there again. Class.

Total votes: 122

From what I remember, Biaggi was never good at pushing the boundaries and riding semi-controlled. I remember seeing him overcook many corners as soon as he got past the edge of where he was comfortable.

Total votes: 110

Max has been doing smooth for ever. Once described as being as smooth as ice on glass - (Troy Bayliss I think but happy to be told otherwise).

Agree that it was a pleasure to watch him doing it his slow hand way when all around him were making it look fast and furious.

I don't think the Eric Clapton reference is out of context do you?

Total votes: 98

Jared, I was non-plussed ("unsure how to respond or act") at your description of Sykes as non-plussed and unflustered, as to me these words are more or less antonyms. However Wiktionary gives a second meaning as "unfazed, unaffected or unimpressed". Perhaps this is what you meant. Oh well, that's another word that has been rendered useless by acquiring two contradictory meanings.

Total votes: 86

Context is king. The usage can be derived from its context, which in this case was indeed a poetic sort of implied nonchalance. 

Total votes: 100

Nonchalance, eh? Now there's a good word, and one not often used in the context of motorbike racing.

Total votes: 90