2015 Magny-Cours World Superbike Race Two: Dry At Last

The last race of the day, only five minutes later than advertised, would be the full twenty one laps in the dry, most of the dampness having left the track.

Leon Haslam took the early lead ahead of Chaz Davies, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes. Haslam kept the lead for two laps until Rea, having passed Davies, pushed him offline, leaving him with the only option of cutting the chicane and slotting back into fourth place, behind the front three.

Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes passed Jonathan Rea, but a couple of laps later, Rea pushed Sykes out of the way for second place and the front three built a gap from Leon Haslam in fourth, while behind Haslam, Michael van der Mark duelled with Niccolo Canepa to try to catch his teammate Sylvain Guintoli in fifth place.

Nine laps in, Rea passed Davies but lost it on the switch back. A lap later, Rea passed Sykes after using him as a gauge for tyre wear for a few laps, and took the lead. Tom Sykes closed the gap to Davies and the front three were close enough to make overtakes look possible, but then they started stretching out and riding at their own unchallenged paces.

Jonathan Rea, having a quicker pace and a well-looked after tyre, built a gap from Davies while Davies built a gap from Sykes and the top three were settled for the remainder of the race.

In fourth place, Leon Haslam had a charging Michael van der Mark making his life difficult. Van der Mark, having dealt with Sylvain Guintoli and leaving over five seconds behind, was much quicker than Haslam, but Haslam wasn't giving it up easily, keeping the fight up for several laps until van der Mark made an astounding pass outside turn three that took a few corners to nail down, clearing off to almost a second ahead over a few laps and securing fourth place.

Jonathan Rea won again, more aggressively than he did in the morning, while Chaz Davies a coupe of seconds behind, increased his second place championship lead over Tom Sykes in third.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R   1'38.500 288,8
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 2.848 1'38.585 289,5
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 6.551 1'38.667 284,2
4 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 10.202 1'38.807 285,7
5 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 12.921 1'38.895 287,2
6 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 19.885 1'39.613 284,2
7 59 N. CANEPA Ducati Panigale R 24.248 1'39.630 281,3
8 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 27.248 1'39.403 285,0
9 99 L. SCASSA Ducati Panigale R 29.220 1'39.738 279,1
10 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 32.799 1'39.622 281,3
11 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 37.183 1'40.025 285,0
12 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 37.347 1'40.044 281,3
13 11 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 43.676 1'39.953 283,5
14 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 45.943 1'40.247 278,4
15 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta F4 RR 47.982 1'39.859 284,2
16 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 59.663 1'40.867 280,5
17 45 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'15.160 1'41.655 273,4
18 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'15.533 1'41.184 282,0
19 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.502 1'42.554 276,2
20 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap 1'43.124 276,2
21 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap 1'44.279 276,2
22 48 A. PHILLIS Kawasaki ZX-10R 2 Laps 1'42.999 266,7

 

Round Number: 
12
2015
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