2015 Qatar World Superbike Race One Results: Floodlit Flights

Seventeen laps under floodlights and the riders were held a little longer than normal before the lights started the race.

Leon Camier waved from the grid, his bike not enjoying the delay and when the eventual start came, he didn't move, pushing his bike into the pits as everyone else charged to the first corner.

The first into turn one was Tom Sykes, followed by Chaz Davies, Jonathan Rea, a hard charging Alex Lowes and Leon Haslam. At the end of the first lap, Rea took second place off Davies and on the second, Sykes set a new lap record as the Kawasakis started to break away from everyone else. Davies, Lowes, Haslam and Jordi Torres bunched up with Torres at the rear of the group visibly faster than the three riders in front of him.

On the fifth lap, with the Kawasakis two seconds free of the pack, Lowes passed Davies for third place as Torres pushed Haslam up to Davies. Haslam and Davies swapped places back and forth, closing on third-placed Alex Lowes. Davies's pass back on Haslam left a gap for Torres to follow him through, taking fifth place from his teammate.

At the beginning of the seventh lap, as the Kawasakis still had two clear seconds, Chaz Davies passed Alex Lowes into the first corner for third place, but Lowes kept on going, not turning in, as his Suzuki proved once again not to be the sort of bike build to fight at the front of a race, in spite of the rider's will to win. He parked his bike up a few turns later and retired from the race.

Jordi Torres passed Chaz Davies on the straight before they reached the finish line and stared at a gap off over two and a half seconds to the Kawasakis. Jonathan Rea seeming comfortable following Tom Sykes to preserve his tyres.

Within a lap, Torres cut the gap to the Kawasakis by a second and a lap later, Rea got a pitboard warning that Torres was 1.4 seconds behind and he immediately realised they were going to get caught and it was time to take control of the race. After a few attempts at passing Sykes, not an easy man to out-brake at the best of times, Rea pushed under Sykes unkindly, costing them time and pushing Sykes into the clutches of the man he named Spanish Elvis.

Rea reached out his left hand as an apology to Sykes, but quickly got on with leading the three bike group and trying to escape. Torres, arriving on the Kawasakis with a pace that was a second a lap quicker, looked eagerly for a way past.

On lap twelve, heading into the first turn, Tom Sykes went underneath Jonathan Rea as Jordi Torres switched to the outside and, as Sykes's pass attempt on Rea failed, Torres slotted into second, behind Rea. Torres wasted no time trying to despatch Rea but it took almost an entire lap, as he passed him as they crossed the line to start lap thirteen. Rea doesn't make it easy on Torres, but couldn't find a way past.

As tyres started to wear, Torres's rear and Rea's front tyres were the first visible victims of hard racing, Torres struggled coming out of corners allowing Rea to close up, but as the corner approached, Torres had much more speed going in, making a pass near impossible. This continued until the last lap.

With Tom Sykes a second and a half slower each lap, the front pair had the last lap all to themselves with Sykes gifting them five seconds.

Midway round the last lap, Rea passed Torres but Torres was able to take the lead back until the last corner. Rea made a pass around the outside as Torres used his stronger front tyre to maintain a tighter line and Rea briefly led Jonathan Rea approached Tom Sykes to apologise for his harsh overtake but Sykes acted like he didn't see him. As Rea pushed the point, Sykes shook his head and refused Rea's hand.

Sykes kept the battle for second place in the championship alive but Davies in fourth place kept it close. Rea took his twenty third podium out of twenty five races but couldn't grab another win as Torres showed that his pace throughout qualifying all weekend was not a fluke.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF   1'57.808 321,4
2 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 0.726 1'57.472 317,6
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 6.579 1'57.317 314,9
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 7.889 1'57.770 315,8
5 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 13.512 1'58.304 314,0
6 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 17.755 1'57.906 319,5
7 112 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 23.590 1'58.188 308,6
8 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 26.417 1'59.432 310,3
9 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 26.489 1'59.152 312,1
10 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 27.979 1'59.202 313,0
11 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 28.120 1'59.601 314,9
12 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 34.064 1'59.186 312,1
13 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 1'09.123 2'01.743 299,2
14 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'10.996 2'01.559 303,4
15 45 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'13.892 2'01.341 295,9
16 48 A. PHILLIS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'30.797 2'02.283 296,7
17 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap 2'05.716 300,8

 

Round Number: 
13
2015
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