2016 Donington World Superbike Race One Results: Goddards Takes Its Toll

The first race of twenty three laps of Donington Park, there were finally crowds here on a Saturday.

Chaz Davies beat Tom Sykes to the first turn as the lights went out, with Davide Giugliano getting an excellent start to split the Kawasakis of Sykes and Jonathan Rea. Lorenzo Savadori dropped two places to fifth while Cameron Beaubier charged up to sixth place in his first World Superbike race.

At the end of the first lap, Sykes would be the first of many riders to mess up at Goddards, turn twelve that leads onto the short start/finish straight, going wide and conceding second place to Giugliano, putting two Ducatis in front of two Kawasakis. A few seconds later, Cameron Beaubier also struggled at Goddards, crashing out defending sixth place.

Davies, Giugliano, Rea, Sykes and Savadori broke away from Jordi Torres, Leon Camier and Nicky Hayden a few laps later. Jonathan Rea then made his first mistake at the last hairpin, but he recovered before Tom Sykes could capitalise on it and a lap later, he had caught back up with the Ducatis in front.

Lap five and Chaz Davies looked like he could break free of his teammate, but Davide Giugliano caught back up before the end of the lap and the pair were joined by Jonathan Rea who started to eke out a slight gap from Tom Sykes in fourth place. Sykes was over two seconds clear of Lorenzo Savadori in fifth place.

At the end of the sixth lap, Chaz Davies lost adhesion in the front tyre at Goddards and crashed his Panigale, gifting the lead to his Ducati teammate. Giugliano and Rea built more of a gap from Sykes in third as Davies rejoined the race in sixteenth place.

A lap later and Sykes was catching the two riders in front when Rea charged into Goddards without his bike giving him enough braking, a problem that he suffered from a few times on Friday, and he went through the gravel and had to rejoin the race from the slip road in fourth place behind Savadori. Savadori was three seconds off the leaders in third.

Jonathan Rea took third past decisively through the fast flowing section, making sure Savadori felt passed and didn't get a chance to strike back. Rea took two laps to finally shake him off though, by which time he had over five seconds between him and Sykes in second.

With twelve laps left and Rea lapping at over four tenths of a second faster than the bikes in front, catching them was possible. Chaz Davies at this point was in twelfth place and closing down a three-way battle for ninth that was contested by Karel Abraham, Alex De Angelis and Anthony West. As Davies caught the bikes in front, fourteen laps into the race, he made short work of West and De Angelis but in the wake of his overtake, De Angelis crashed into West, taking them both into the gravel and earning him the stern gaze of race direction. West rejoined, De Angelis didn't.

Chaz Davies, pushing hard to escape a Karel Abraham that had no intention of letting him get away, Davies crested the right hand turn, Coppice, onto the long back straight but the undulating track lifted his front wheel slightly as he was leant over and he crashed his bike once again, only ending his race for good this time.

At the front, Sykes pushed under Giugliano into the Melbourne Loop hairpin, turn eleven, but couldn't keep his line and Giugliano switched underneath to take the fast line out of the exit. A lap later, Sykes did the same a lap later and made it stick, keeping the lead. The pair both started lapping faster than they were when Giugliano was leading as Sykes started to try to break the Italian behind him.

Lorenzo Savadori, in a comfortable fourth place, finally succumbed to the curse of Goddards and was immediately set upon by Nicky Hayden and Leon Camier who were formation flying in fifth and sixth. Leon Camier, having gained one place through Savadori's misfortune, gained another through fortitude, taking fourth place from Hayden.

As the laps ticked off, Tom Sykes turned on his internal metronome and increased his lead lap by lap and took a clear victory over two seconds clear of Davide Giugliano in second. Jonathan Rea finished in third, seven seconds further back, having had his Kawasaki let him down under braking at Goddards five times.

Leon Camier held off Nicky Hayden for fourth place with Lorenzo Savadori in sixth, less than a second from the pair ahead of him.

Jonathan Rea had the fastest lap five laps in, but Tom Sykes had pole position and the victory, closing to within three points of Chaz Davies in the title chase. Davies's haul of zero points meant in spite of only finishing third, Jonathan Rea increased his lead in the championship to fifty eight points exactly halfway through the season.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R   1'28.215 270,0 1'26.712 268,7
2 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 2.869 1'28.023 272,7 1'27.602 268,7
3 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 9.808 1'27.988 272,7 1'27.601 270,0
4 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 13.747 1'28.857 266,7 1'28.409 266,0
5 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR SP 14.007 1'28.966 268,7 1'28.127 268,0
6 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 14.640 1'28.624 272,0 1'27.591 270,0
7 81 J. TORRES BMW S1000 RR 16.337 1'29.012 270,7 1'28.046 272,0
8 60 M. VAN DER MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 16.535 1'29.087 270,0 1'28.806 266,7
9 17 K. ABRAHAM BMW S1000 RR 36.874 1'29.285 269,3 1'30.345 268,0
10 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-10R 39.074 1'29.544 268,0 1'29.377 265,4
11 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 41.144 1'29.679 270,7 1'29.406 270,0
12 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 41.275 1'29.547 266,7 1'28.663 266,7
13 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 48.094 1'29.601 266,0 1'29.289 266,7
14 25 J. BROOKES BMW S1000 RR 50.125 1'29.740 270,0 1'29.029 268,7
15 9 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'18.008 1'31.249 264,7 1'30.275 263,4
16 119 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'29.605 1'31.671 259,0 1'31.742 257,8
17 11 S. AL SULAITI Kawasaki ZX-10R 1 Lap 1'31.569 256,5 1'31.378 256,5
18 10 I. TÓTH Yamaha YZF R1 2 Laps 1'35.351 258,4 1'34.549 259,0
RET 99 L. SCASSA Ducati Panigale R 7 Laps    
RET 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 9 Laps    
RET 15 A. DE ANGELIS Aprilia RSV4 RF 10 Laps    
RET 94 M. LUSSIANA BMW S1000 RR 14 Laps    
RET 6 C. BEAUBIER Yamaha YZF R1      


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Of course I wake up today to see Cameron not finish, what a shame. Hopefully he'll better luck tomorrow. To be fair the guy who crushed superpole and won today has also crashed this season. These things happen in racing. Tomorrow is another chance and I hope Cameron makes up for it. 

Jonathan Rea's lack of braking was due to his bike going into neutral instead of first gear five times. The corners where he had no engine braking were turns 11 and 12, the Melbourne Loop and Goddards, both first gear corners. 

Rea had multiple issues with the bike today and finished third.  When he doesn't win, doesn't have the bike, or setup, or both, he still manages to get on the podium.  That's championship riding.  Good luck to the rest of the guys.  If he rides like this the remainder of 2016 he will have the crown again.  Superb judgement, riding, nerves and patience in the face of adversity.