2016 Jerez World Superbike Race Two Results: Spoiler Alert

Twenty laps of Jerez to go and we will know if the title fight is carried on to Qatar.

Tom Sykes led the Ducatis of Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano, Davies charging through from sixth on the grid again, but it didn't take long for Rea and Nicky Hayden to pass Giugliano and as Giugliano dropped back, his teammate went forwards with Davies taking the lead before the first lap was done. The next lap, Davies set the fastest lap and secured the Pirelli best lap award with his ninth of the year.

Four laps in and Davies already had a gap from the title fight behind him, Sykes and Rea locked together with over a second behind them to Nicky Hayden. Hayden was almost two seconds clear of the fight for fifth place between Alex Lowes, Sylvain Guintoli and Xavi Fores.

As Davies ran away at the front, Sykes held off Rea lap after lap but on the tenth lap, halfway through the race, Rea made a move, on Sykes but Sykes held his line and blocked the pass. Sykes carried a little too much speed out of the clash and left a gap for Rea to resume the contretemps in green. Rea shovelled under Sykes and passed him through a very tight gap and took second place at Pons corner. Chaz Davies was over three seconds in front and Rea knew he couldn't catch him.

Whether deliberately or if he was struggling a little, Rea couldn't escape Sykes and had to thwart his constant passing attempts, dropping the pace enough for Nicky Hayden to close the gap by a tenth a lap.

Further back, Michael van der Mark had worked his way back from eleventh place and eventually caught and passed Alex Lowes for sixth place a second back from Sylvain Guintoli but neither of them would get close enough to a rejuvenated Hayden who saw a chance to fight for the podium. If Hayden passed Sykes, Rea would win the title.

With three laps to go, Nicky Hayden had caught the Kawasakis, but couldn't get close enough to challenge Tom Sykes for third. Jonathan Rea still had enough tyre and gumption to fend off Sykes while Sykes had to make sure Hayden didn't give Rea the title.

Chaz Davies won his ninth race of the year, equalling Jonathan Rea's tally, spoiling Rea's hopes of carrying the title away this weekend but he was now mathematically out of contention for the championship, even if he is only nineteen points off Tom Sykes in second.

Jonathan Rea in second place leaves Jerez with the same forty-eight point lead from Tom Sykes that he came in with, meaning the title fight will go to the last round of the year.

Another fourth place for Nicky Hayden puts him twenty seven points behind his teammate Michael van der Mark, sixth today and fourth in the championship, and thirty one points clear of the injured Davide Giugliano who could only get three points today. Sylvain Guintoli's fifth place put him within four points of his teammate Alex Lowes.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R  
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 5.893
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 6.030
4 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR SP 6.750
5 50 S. GUINTOLI Yamaha YZF R1 10.762
6 60 M. VAN DER MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 11.310
7 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 16.413
8 81 J. TORRES BMW S1000 RR 19.232
9 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-10R 24.095
10 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 25.379
11 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 26.036
12 25 J. BROOKES BMW S1000 RR 29.230
13 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 34.879
14 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 49.708
15 4 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'02.245
16 99 L. SCASSA Ducati Panigale R 1'08.295
17 94 M. LUSSIANA BMW S1000 RR 1'20.252
18 9 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'33.859
19 82 K. PESEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'33.965
RET 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 12 Laps
RET 11 S. AL SULAITI Kawasaki ZX-10R 12 Laps
RET 15 A. DE ANGELIS Aprilia RSV4 RF 17 Laps
RET 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 18 Laps
RET 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Yamaha YZF R1  

 

Round Number: 
12
2016
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Comments

... on another level at this stage of the season. Watching how comfortably lose he's riding conjures images of Marquez running away at the front in Japan earlier on in the day across the pond. Rea has got to be happy Davies hadn't found this form at the beginning of the season...

Nicky took a lot of stick in the beginning, including some of my mates slagging him off for denying access to a younger up and coming candidate, but I am so pleased for him and can't wait to see what he can do with the new 1000RR Fireblade next year