2016 Laguna Seca World Superbike Race One Results: O! Say Can You See

Jonathan Rea led into the first turn but Tom Sykes led out of it with Chaz Davies following him into second place. Davide Giugliano was fourth behind the world champion with Nicky Hayden behind him. After a few laps, Sykes, Davies and Rea built a gap from Giugliano and Hayden who themselves had a small gap from Alex Lowes and Lorenzo Savadori.

On the fifth lap, Chaz Davies forced Tom Sykes wide, making enough of a gap for Jonathan Rea to follow him through but as Davies entered turn five, his Ducati's rear wheel looked like it gripped too hard, possibly with too much engine braking, and as Davies leaned in, the front lost adhesion as the bike leaned too far. Rider and bike went into the sandy gravel expensively.

Chaz Davies chased his crashed bike but it was a lost cause and he would not be able rejoin the race.

Jonathan Rea finally had a chance to lead the race and overcooked the corkscrew as he missed the braking point, but he was able to get back onto the racing line in time to block Sykes's inevitable pass attempt. Davide Giugliano in third place closed up and latched onto the back of the Kawasaki pair.

Nine laps in, the gap from Giugliano to Hayden was over two seconds and climbing and Rea tried to break away at the front as the front three spread out but at half race distance, the front three had bunched up again. Nicky Hayden in fourth place was joined first by Alex Lowes then Lorenzo Savadori with Michael van der Mark closing in on the battle further back in seventh place.

On lap thirteen, Davide Giugliano crashed out at turn five. Hayden was suddenly defending a podium place, six seconds behind Rea and Sykes. Lowes showed the Yamaha's strengths as he looked for ways to pass Hayden, but behind them, Savadori was joined by van der Mark and it was a four-way fight for the podium.

On lap seventeen of twenty five, Jonathan Rea missed his braking at the entry to the corkscrew again and took the Marquez line across the run-off. Tom Sykes needed no more invitation than that and thrust through to first place. Sykes led the Kawasaki pair, over nine seconds clear from the podium battle and potential American glory.

Nicky Hayden knows Laguna Seca is a hard track to make passes work at and set about making his Honda as wide as possible, fending off Alex Lowes, forcing the Englishman to try off-track excursions as ways past, but he held fast. Behind him, Michael van der Mark could also smell the podium and, after dispatching the Aprilia of Lorenzo Savadori, one lap from the end, van der Mark squeezed underneath Lowes into the Andretti hairpin at the beginning of the lap and held a devilishly tight line to stop Lowes from getting a switchback pass on him on the exit. Van der Mark then attached himself to the back of Hayden and bided his time.

On the last few laps, Jonathan Rea had used his last remaining tyre to push free from Tom Sykes, and he held the lead to the flag, winning by under a second at the head of a Kawasaki one-two. Behind them, a Honda three-four was on the cards, but van der Mark pounced into the notorious last corner on to the straight and took third place from his teammate and nearly caused a coming together. Hayden kept his cool and let van der Mark run wide on the exit of the corner and powered past cleanly. Hayden charged to the flag for third place and the last step of the podium.

Jonathan Rea extends his championship lead from Tom Sykes to seventy one points while Chaz Davies, with three DNFs in three weekends, drops to fifty three points behind Sykes and one hundred and twenty four behind Rea. Nicky Hayden, apart from earning the right to drag The Stars and Stripes to the podium, closed to within three points of Davide Giugliano in fifth place and eleven points of Michael van der mark in fourth place in the championship.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R   1'23.525 259,5 1'22.210 259,5
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 0.819 1'23.526 257,0 1'22.155 257,6
3 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR SP 12.296 1'23.832 256,4 1'22.988 255,2
4 60 M. VAN DER MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 13.067 1'24.247 254,6 1'23.455 251,0
5 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 13.335 1'23.854 256,4 1'23.116 253,4
6 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 13.816 1'23.990 253,4 1'23.096 246,9
7 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 15.541 1'24.144 244,7 1'22.979 246,9
8 81 J. TORRES BMW S1000 RR 15.838 1'24.598 252,8 1'23.085 251,0
9 15 A. DE ANGELIS Aprilia RSV4 RF 19.999 1'24.537 254,6 1'23.661 252,8
10 59 N. CANEPA Yamaha YZF R1 22.832 1'24.800 251,6 1'23.098 251,0
11 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 24.065 1'24.873 250,4 1'23.459 248,1
12 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-10R 28.902 1'24.815 248,7 1'24.128 247,5
13 25 J. BROOKES BMW S1000 RR 39.957 1'24.819 253,4 1'24.598 249,2
14 17 K. ABRAHAM BMW S1000 RR 46.552 1'25.460 251,0 1'24.811 249,8
15 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 55.791 1'25.580 246,4 1'24.788 245,8
16 9 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-10R 59.021 1'26.042 246,4 1'25.354 250,4
17 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Yamaha YZF R1 1 Lap 1'26.971 240,8 1'26.859 238,1
18 119 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R1 1 Lap 1'26.524 243,6 1'25.970 238,1
RET 11 S. AL SULAITI Kawasaki ZX-10R 9 Laps    
RET 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 13 Laps    
RET 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S1000 RR 13 Laps    
RET 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 21 Laps    

 

Round Number: 
9
2016
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"The United States always make a patriotic meal of their sporting events, with their military usually paying to take part in whatever opening ceremonies they hold..."

"...earning the right to drag The Stars and Stripes to the podium..."

I'm hardly your stereotypical chest-beating, flag-waving 'Murican, but I could still do without the disdainful tone. I mean, it's not as if a certain amount of nationalism isn't a normal part of SBK and MotoGP. And anyway, a U.S. podium finish for an American IS a little bit special...nothing huge, but it's not like there are a bunch of Americans competing at this level of motorcycle racing at the moment. 

It looked to me like Guiliano crashed at the bottom of the corkscrew, even though the commentators did describe it as turn 5.  My take on VDM on the last corner was that he realised he was in way too hot and there was no room outside so he let off the brakes and sailed up the inside so as to be out of the way before NH turned in, the sort of thinking that Ianonne could try some time.  :)

It's getting a bit boring though with only Kawasaki and Ducati being competitive.  The Ducs seem to have to slightly over-ride to stick with the Kawis and thus fall regularly (lets remember they have much the same uni-frame abandoned in MGP some time back).  Honda's bike is an old turd - albeit a highly polished one, the promise of Yamahas new R1 last year has evaporated due to ?? (team?, riders?, bike?, all 3?), BMW and Aprilia are only half-heartedly in it and Suzuki not at all.  Makes for a steep drop off beyond the top 4 at the moment.

I'm surprised by the ongoing lacklustre performance of the Milwaukee squad, I had expected them to at least be best BM's but Althea are regularly in front there.  Any word on why?  I thought Brookes would be right among the second group, but he's lucky to get into the top 10.

Also, any word on Marcus Reiterberger?  That was a huge crash he had last round, he was up and hobbling afterward but he took a big hit and is not riding this week.

Meanwhile Rea was once again superb, Sykes once again so close but just slightly out-done.  Great track, but couldn't they have found some sort of groundcover that grows there by now?  Never seen so much plain bare dirt for so many decades, makes Losail look pleasant!  :)

Here ist the content of a press release issued on behalf of Markus Reiterberger yesterday:

Reiterberger: "My main goal is to take part in the German round of WorldSBK in September"

After his heavy crash at the WorldSBK round in Misano, Markus Reiterberger was diagnosed with two fractured thoracic vertebrae. The measures of his professional medical team and his good course of healing generates hope that he will take part in the German round of WorldSBK at Lausitzring from 1 6 till 1 8 September.

The video footage of his crash in the second race in Misano leaves no doubt, that it was a painful step back in his season goals. The medical tests in Riccione immediately after the crash diagnosed a compression fracture of his thoracic vertebrae T1 2. Further tests in Bad Aibling determined also a fracture at T1 0. According to the doctors those kind of fractures usually recover completely within two months by long term stabilization of the concerned area.

Therapy: First step with immobilization and stabilization brings satisfactory development.

Markus will be accompanied on his way back on his Althea S 1 000 RR by medicine specialists Dr. Dominik Pfister and Dr. Alexander Kahle, as well as Matthias Neugebauer. Neugebauer - a specialist in physiotherapy, manual therapy and osteopathy – works for several years in high level cycling and tennis sport and attends Markus periodically already for one year. One of Neugebauers most famous patients is German top tennis player Philipp Kohlschreiber. Additionally, Markus receives treatment by Claire Neugebauer on osteopathic basis. The constant exchange between all participation parties after each treatment unit is the basis for an optimal fast and complete recovery.

The main focus of the first stage of therapy is pain relief and the best possible peripheral congestion of tissues. With special osteopathic techniques the injured bone tissue and the surrounding areas will get a better blood circulation and ensures a best possible mineral metabolism to gain new tissue. A special medical corset guarantees the stabilization and immobilization of the concerned thoracic spine. In coordination with the medical team, Marcus is allowed to make moderate and regular movements to prevent muscle shortening and hardening. Additionally, Markus receives electrotherapy in horizontal position and has to take a rest from time to time. After a successful pain relief and an optimal metabolism the manual therapy can be started, accompanied with periodical medial checks like radiography, MRI scan and CT scan.

As soon as Markus gets the medical approval, he will start with the mobilization of the injured spinal area, with focus on muscular stabilization and strengthening of the vertebrae and pelvic area

The medical team points out that they are not going to make any risky decisions with their treatment or their medical recommendations. They focus on a complete rehabilitation with the common goal of Markus participating in the German round of WorldSBK at Lausitzring. The first results give a very positive feedback, so the fans can count on Markus return on his Althea BMW in September.

Said Reiterberger:

“According to my doctors my recovery makes good progress and I feel better and better every day. My pain is already on a minimum and I am really looking forward to begin with exercises – of course under guidance of my physiotherapists. I want to get back onto my bike as soon as possible but I have to be patient and wait until everything is okay – which is not very easy. But I will give everything to be back on track for the German round of WorldSBK.“

Thanks for the info and best wishes to Markus.  Sounds like he's having a hard time but given the severity of the crash I'm glad to hear he'll make a full recovery and be back on the bike before too long! 

it always amazes me that fallen, uninjured riders cannot pick up their bikes.

my first bike was an 81 gpz550. 476lbs. i was 16. i could pick it up after a drop.

wsbk weighs 370lbs. 100 lbs less (!) yet cannot be lifted by top trained athletes. what gives?

 

 

I worked the races this weekend. As it turns out these bikes are heavier than you  might think. I think there are a couple of reasons why the riders struggle with them. 

First, they expend quite bit of energy during the course of a race. When they go down, they are already fatigued and possibly a little stunned. It's absolutely amazing to me what these men get up from. Believe me, it's much more intense when witnessed up close and personal than what it might look like on T.V. 

Second, the bike is usually laying at an awkward angle in deep gravel and/or against a barrier. Sometimes it is covered in fuel, oil or both, so grip can be an issue. 

Third, the bike may be heavily damaged. So you go to look for something solid to grab and it can crumble on you! And you are trying to do this on a hot track with 20 other rolling missiles flying by you. 

So I can understand why these guys might have a hard time. That's why we are there, and  it's an honor to be there to assist them.   

That would have been when the 93 put the "46s move" on the 46 on his way to yet another Red, White, and Blue victory lol.