2016 Imola World Superbike Race One Results: Fewer Riders, Fewer Laps

Sylvain Guintoli, after a concussion and broken ankle in Superpole, would not race this weekend. Dominic Schmitter and Peter Sebestyen had a coming together at the same place on Acque Minerali that meant neither would start the race and would delay the start. With one lap removed from the running distance to ensure nobody ran out of fuel, a late quick start procedure was implemented, and the nineteen lap race would be one lap short and ten minutes late.

Chaz Davies led from pole position with Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes getting great starts and passing Davide Giugliano. Lorenzo Savadori and Jordi Torres were in fifth and sixth and halfway round the first lap, Leon Camier took seventh place from Nicky Hayden.

After three laps, and Chaz Davies setting the fastest lap, a new race record of 1'46.700, and everyone started to stretch out, with gaps building throughout the top six and all the signs of a procession starting to show.

On lap four, Davies had a one second gap to Rea who had over a second to Sykes who was escaping from Giugliano who was gapping Savadori and over the next few laps, Rea would close the distance to Davies by a few seconds, but all the other gaps would stretch out bit by bit. On lap six, Tores caught and passed Savadori and was followed on the next lap by Leon Camier.

Jonathan Rea caught up with Chaz Davies, closing in to striking distance while also building a four second gap back to Tom Sykes. Further back, the battle for seventh place became the only game in town as Nicky Hayden, Michael van der Mark, Lorenzo Savadori, Alex Lowes, Xavi Fores, Marcus Reiterberger and Matteo Baiocco all fought for glory and nine points.

On the ninth lap, the new halfway point, Jonathan Rea's tyre finally fought back after a couple of laps of complaining, and Rea went off the track, carrying too much speed on a corner, but Rea was able to keep the bike on the grass-like surface before the gravel and rejoin the race directly in front of Tom Sykes, losing only four seconds. Davies now had no challengers and was in a comfortable rhythm that would see him to the top step of the podium.

Sykes was right behind Rea for the remainder of the race, but couldn't ever get closer than a few tenths and never close enough to make an attempt as a safe pass. It would take a mistake by Rea for Sykes to pass him and Rea had already made his mistake of the day. The Kawasaki pair finished second and third with a comfortable gap back to Jordi Torres who took advantage of mistakes by Savadori and Giugliano to finish fourth. Giugliano was fifth ahead of Leon Camier while Michael van der Mark fended off Lorenzo Savadori and Nicky Hayden to win the seventh place battle.

Chaz Davies gave Ducati a reason to celebrate at their home round with a pole position, a lap record and a race win. Davies also clawed his way to within forty points of Jonathan Rea in the championship.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R   1'46.700 289,1 1'45.598 289,1
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 3.406 1'46.845 292,2 1'46.328 291,4
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 3.729 1'47.103 292,2 1'46.331 287,5
4 81 J. TORRES BMW S1000 RR 13.631 1'47.723 290,6 1'46.867 290,6
5 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 19.948 1'47.152 288,3 1'46.055 287,5
6 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 25.586 1'47.851 289,1 1'46.911 283,7
7 60 M. VAN DER MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 27.262 1'48.647 290,6 1'47.563 287,5
8 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 28.300 1'47.756 289,8 1'46.531 289,8
9 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR SP 29.263 1'48.154 288,3 1'47.429 288,3
10 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 29.426 1'48.623 287,5 1'47.811 286,0
11 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 29.622 1'48.535 289,1 1'48.001 287,5
12 151 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 30.005 1'48.579 286,8 1'47.471 282,3
13 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 34.667 1'48.307 290,6 1'46.952 290,6
14 25 J. BROOKES BMW S1000 RR 57.050 1'49.080 290,6 1'48.046 286,0
15 15 A. DE ANGELIS Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'03.267 1'49.468 289,1 1'49.321 286,0
16 17 K. ABRAHAM BMW S1000 RR 1'14.668 1'50.620 286,8 1'49.167 285,2
17 16 J. HOOK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.796 1'52.792 279,3 1'51.827 278,6
18 119 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R1 2 Laps 1'56.225 274,4 1'51.020 277,2
RET 11 S. AL SULAITI Kawasaki ZX-10R 11 Laps    
RET 9 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-10R      
RET 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Yamaha YZF R1      


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Do you know anymore of what caused the sighting lap crash?? Seemed a very bizarre crash with the bike spinning out whilst almost upright  


That was indeed a strange crash. As if he hit something very slippery. Or something from his bike leaking on his tyre?

I guess we'll read about it later in the press releases. Unless it had something to do with the Pirelli tyre, of course.

I haven't been able to find any press releases yet, but i have two guesses

most likely, i think, is that he got a puncture from running way off the track on the inside ripple strip prior to exit.

secondly he might ran over some type of fluid during the same maneuver.

Either way a nasty crash and i'm glad no one was seriously injured. 

Funny, I thought about a puncture on those kerbs before the exit too, but then decided it was too unlikely, since running all over the kerbstones is standard procedure nowadays, now that kerbstones are often simply flat, coloured tarmac. And you'd need a very big puncture to have such an effect so quickly. But we'll see.

That was the exact spot Guintoli crashed at so it could have been fluids from that crash that were somehow missed by the Supersport racers in their qualifying.