2016 Qatar World Superbike Race Two Results: Green Bike, Red Flag

The last race of the season wasn't without thrills as Nicky Hayden had to start from the pitlane after using too many engines and a Kawasaki caught on fire after blowing up down the main straight.

Chaz Davies hit the first turn first but Rea took the lead from him ahead of Sylvain Guintoli, Tom Sykes and the fast Ducati of Xavi Fores. A lap later, Jonathan Rea lost braking into turn one and ran off into the run-off, rejoining in thirteenth place, gifting second place to Guintoli who then lost it to Sykes.

After a few fastest laps, Davies had a growing gap at the front while Rea charged through the middle of the pack, but after seven laps, Saeed Al Sulaiti's bike blew up on full chat down the long straight. With smoke pouring out, it looked like it was leaking oil and when the bike caught fire in the gravel trap, it was definitely oil. The main straight being turned into the bottom of a frying pan necessitated a red flag and the race would restart after the quick start, one minute of pitlane opening and one mechanic on the grid, a sighting lap then a ten lap race with new clutches for everyone.

As Rea returned to his garage, he immediately jumped off his bike and charged into his garage and gesticulated wildly, seemingly exceedingly unhappy with his bike. Davies lost his huge lead and the almost certainty of victory and Sykes lost the almost certainty of getting second place in the championship. Rea restarted in ninth place with Davies, Sykes and Guintoli making up the front row.

As with the first start, Chaz Davies led from the start ahead of Tom Sykes and Leon Haslam. Jonathan Rea made it through to sixth place, pushed about by Alex De Angelis, but as De Angelis went off at turn four, Rea closed the gap and took fifth of Guintoli then, on the second lap, fourth off Xavi Fores on his way to breaking the lap record on a light bike with fresh tyres. Another lap record and passing Haslam and the front three were together, Davies, Sykes and Rea.

Jonathan Rea looked for a way past Tom Sykes throughout the fourth lap, swapping places back and forth, but on the fifth lap, Rea forced past Sykes at turn ten and left no room for the switch back. Rea then stared at a one point two second gap to Chaz Davies, knowing that beating Davies would give his teammate Tom Sykes second place in the championship, but Sykes in third would give Davies the vice-champion position.

Lap eight of ten and Rea had caught Davies with two seconds back to Sykes. Sykes was safe in third as Sylvain Guintoli was almost four seconds further back in fourth place. Rea looked for a weakness in Davies for two laps but realised on the last lap that he was not going to pass the Ducati Panigale and that Davies was about to get his third double win in a row. Rea then played the role of a team player and looked back for his teammate. Dropping off Davies, he started show-boating, pulling wheelies and looking for Sykes.

Tom Sykes was four seconds back and four seconds is a long time in racing. Rea slowed enough for Sykes to eventually catch him up and he set up a nice photo opportunity for Kawasaki, letting Sykes take his second place and denying Chaz Davies a hard-earned second place.

Chaz Davies won every dry race since the summer break, eleven victories in 2016 to Jonathan Rea's nine, and he finished the championship in third place thanks to Kawasaki essentially deciding the result by gently suggesting to Rea that it would be nice for Sykes to get second place.

Winter will be spent discussing team orders once again and wondering what would have happened if Ducati had got the Panigale sorted out sooner.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R  
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 5.855
3 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 6.376
4 50 S. GUINTOLI Yamaha YZF R1 8.493
5 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10R 11.862
6 81 J. TORRES BMW S1000 RR 12.232
7 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR SP 13.599
8 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 14.210
9 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S1000 RR 14.282
10 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 14.414
11 60 M. VAN DER MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 15.169
12 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 19.401
13 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 22.236
14 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 25.995
15 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 29.701
16 99 L. SCASSA Ducati Panigale R 33.205
17 4 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 44.627
18 9 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-10R 44.753
19 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Yamaha YZF R1 45.186
20 119 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'00.135
RET 17 K. ABRAHAM BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap
RET 15 A. DE ANGELIS Aprilia RSV4 RF  

Results (at red flag):

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R  
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2.743
3 50 S. GUINTOLI Yamaha YZF R1 3.360
4 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 4.134
5 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S1000 RR 9.107
6 81 J. TORRES BMW S1000 RR 9.145
7 15 A. DE ANGELIS Aprilia RSV4 RF 9.767
8 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10R 9.915
9 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 10.353
10 60 M. VAN DER MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 10.736
11 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 11.318
12 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 16.428
13 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 18.788
14 17 K. ABRAHAM BMW S1000 RR 21.244
15 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR SP 22.554
16 99 L. SCASSA Ducati Panigale R 22.559
17 4 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 25.448
18 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 28.930
19 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 29.521
20 9 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-10R 29.627
21 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Yamaha YZF R1 37.281
22 119 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R1 1 Lap
RET 25 J. BROOKES BMW S1000 RR 2 Laps

 

Round Number: 
13
2016
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Comments

Why was Sykes punching the air at the end of this race, he is unable to win races or positions on his own merit, I was once an admirer of Rae, but was left feeling disgusted. The last time i felt cheated like this was last year at the Sepang MotoGp. Chas Davies should hold his head high the real king of 2016 WSBK.

While WSB is a great sport/spectacle it is also a business.  The advertising looks much better with 1st and 2nd compared to just first or 1st and 3rd.  Pretty sure most riders at that level would realise where the $ come from and accept (or at least understand) why Rea let his team mate past.  Chas Davies did not win the championship, his team have really turned the bike around but as said above – too late for this season and good luck to him for next.

I was more miffed a couple of years ago at the Baz, Sykes, Melandri, Guintoli debacle. I fully applauded Baz for not playing the game. Melandri was an eventual reluctant conceder. Both Sykes and Guinters were relying on their teammates, it was farcical.

 

yes loris baz was indeed riding for his own,  it shocked the hole paddock wath happend there.

and this year we saw it again, for a bit with rea and sykes. it's pittyfull... 

 

I have a feeling that the Davies/Rea battle that comprised part 2 of that race could be a preview of what's in store for next year's championship. Could be very good indeed.