2017 Imola World Superbike Race Two Results: Red Flag, Restart, Race, Result

As is customary this weekend, the start of this race was delayed, this time by a red flag caused by Ayrton Badovini's engine exploding into a sheep's worth of cloud on the second lap. The restart took longer than usual as the track was made safe, but eventually an eighteen lap race was started. 

Tom Sykes started from pole position, due to his fourth place finish yesterday, and he converted a good start into the lead, ahead of Xavi Fores and Leon Camier. Camier made short work of Fores to take second place on the first lap. Marco Melandri took third place from Fores and Jonathan Rea took fifth place from him to target Melandri into the last chicane only to run off, carrying too much speed past the Ducati, and hand fifth place back to Fores.

On the second lap, Chaz Davies set the fastest time, not for the last time, as he passed Marco Melandri and closed in on Leon Camier in second place. A lap later, Camier crashed out and Tom Sykes had over a second and a half of clean air behind him in the lead, but Davies set the fastest lap again, and again, to close the gap. Behind the charging Welshman, Jonathan Rea finally passed Melandri who dropped another couple of places after a bit of missed chicanery.

At the end of lap six, Chaz Davies caught Tom Sykes, setting the fastest lap in the process and at the end of lap seven, Davies switched into first place through the last chicanes onto the start finish straight, taking the lead and putting the hammer down.

Jonathan Rea caught Tom Sykes while Marco Melandri caught Xavi Fores behind the Kawasaki pair. On lap twelve, Rea wedged under Sykes into the chicane and held a tight enough line, albeit a little wide on the exit, to hold off his teammate. Melandri had no such luck, though and he would stay behind Fores's Ducati for the remainder of the race.

Chaz Davies won convincingly, holding a gap of five seconds ahead of the duelling green bikes, but Jonathan Rea was able to hold off Tom Sykes by a couple of tenths of a second to increase his lead at the top of the championship. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R  
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 3.739
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 4.342
4 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 14.441
5 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 14.596
6 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 32.214
7 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 33.919
8 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 35.932
9 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 36.099
10 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 37.621
11 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 40.395
12 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR 43.738
13 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 48.589
14 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 54.649
15 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10RR 54.916
16 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S 1000 RR 56.434
17 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'15.311
RET 84 R. RUSSO Yamaha YZF R1 9 Laps
RET 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 16 Laps
RET 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 16 Laps
RET 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10RR  

 

Round Number: 
5
2017
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