2017 Misano World Superbike Race One Results: Predictably Unpredictable

Twenty one riders lined up for twenty one laps of Misano and everyone chose the same rear tyre and Chaz Davies didn’t fit the carbon wok to his rear wheel.

Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes bolted to the turn first but Michael van der Mark pushed past Sykes for second place. Sykes and Chaz Davies swapped places back and forth but Davies ended the opening lap ahead of Sykes, in third place behind Rea and van der Mark.

On the second lap, Michael van der Mark put in a tidy overtake past Rea and took the lead. Marco Melandri set the fastest lap as he settled into fourth place ahead of Tom Sykes. Chaz Davies took second from Jonathan Rea at turn eight a lap later. On lap four, van der Mark set the fastest lap and towed the front four away from Sykes. Sykes had found his limit and rode within it only to see the front four running away at the front.

Tom Sykes started his lonely race in fifth place, seeing the gaps in front and behind both growing by tenths. At the front, Jonathan Rea tried a few attacks on Chaz Davies but on lap eight, he had to avoid Davies in a lunge and dropped back into the reaching claws of Marco Melandri. Rea pulled Melandri with him as he closed the gap back up to Davies and the front four were grouped tidily once more. On lap ten, van der Mark picked up his pace and started teasing a gap out from Davies and Rea immediately made a move to stop van der Mark escaping. Rea took second place but van der Mark’s Yamaha was over a second clear at the front. Both van der Mark and his teammate Alex Lowes in sixth place were the only men running laps under 1’36 at this point but on lap thirteen, Rea dragged the Ducati’s behind him up to van der Mark and the front four were bunched up again.

On the fifteenth lap, Michael van der Mark and Jonathan Rea were breaking away from the Ducatis of Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri but as the front men hit turn thirteen, van der Mark’s rear Pirelli seemed to just gave up trying to be a tyre and turned into flapping rubber that offered no grip and van der Mark slid off the track, perplexedly gesticulating at his bike. Jonathan Rea took evasive manoeuvres to avoid the crashing Dutchman, losing a few tenths in the process and suddenly there he was again, leading a race with two Ducatis on his tail. Tom Sykes, already thinking about tomorrow, was in a comfortable fourth place with Alex Lowes maintaining a gap of over a second in fifth place.

For four laps, Chaz Davies looked for a way past Jonathan Rea, probing here, carrying more corner speed there, but Rea kept his position until lap nineteen of twenty one. At the end of the start/finish straight, Davies took the inside line underneath Rea and Rea leaned on him as the pair bolted round the corner, but Davies came out in front and held his line. Marco Melandri took advantage of the battle and took second place off Rea, holding it for an entire lap until Rea took it back into turn one on the penultimate lap.

The leading three bikes, Chaz Davies, Jonathan Rea and Marco Melandri were almost four seconds clear of Tom Sykes and seven seconds clear of Alex Lowes but halfway round the lap, Melandri inexplicably slid out but able to remount for fifteenth place. Tom Sykes was then in third place.

Jonathan Rea was looking to make passes work the whole lap but couldn’t find any way past the Ducati in front. In the last sector, Chaz Davies looked like he’d possibly done enough but then he lost grip, his bike going down, and Davies hit the track. Jonathan Rea behind him couldn’t avoid Davies and rode over his protective back hump and crashed out as well. Davies and Rea both ran to their bikes and tried to pick them up as Tom Sykes and Alex Lowes rode past, counting their blessings. Davies realised he had hurt his back and got off the track and was put in a stretcher. Rea was able to remount and take third place, the front three having such a gap that he was able to finish two seconds ahead of the race-long battle of Jordi Torres and Xavi Fores.

Tom Sykes wins another race ahead of Alex Lowes and Jonathan Rea. Rea, on the slow-down lap, pulled over to where he and Chaz Davies crashed and ran across to see if Davies was ok. Davies, as he was being seen to by the medics, prior to being taken to the medical centre, told Rea his back was a bit sore.

Tom Sykes closes in on Jonathan Rea in the title chase, reducing Rea’s lead to forty six points, while Chaz Davies loses twenty five points to Sykes. Alex Lowes, with his second place, passes Marco Melandri for fourth place.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 4.551
3 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 8.126
4 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 10.850
5 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 13.649
6 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 20.508
7 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10RR 22.498
8 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 26.329
9 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 28.965
10 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S 1000 RR 32.171
11 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 38.314
12 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 39.829
13 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 50.478
14 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10RR 55.208
15 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'02.645
RET 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1 Lap
RET 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 7 Laps
RET 84 R. RUSSO Yamaha YZF R1 9 Laps
RET 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 9 Laps
RET 61 F. MENGHI Ducati Panigale R 18 Laps


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Fortunately a fracture like that is nothing to worry about. It's just the external protrusions frome the spine, nothing to do with the structure of the spine itself. Inconvenient, but not dangerous. I fractured/splintered an actual vertebra once severely and in one of the talks with the doctors about back fractures I was told that breaking those protrusions was no big deal at all, they function a bit like a crash absorption zone for the spine core.

I was really worried when I saw that crash happening, it reminded me of Simoncelli's crash. At first I thought Davies was hit in the neck, later I saw it was lower than that. Anyway, the fact that he was trying to pick up his bike was a relief already, although a bit scary as well. I hope he'll be able to ride very soon again, but ride again he will for sure. I wish him a speedy recovery.

Firstly, glad to hear Chaz is relatively ok.

Secondly, thanks Jared for what is the next best thing to David's work, in fact sometimes I'm finding it hard to decide who I prefer more - you, Zara or David. The good thing is that all three of you are here, where I am :)

Get well soon Chaz Davies

I guess that improves Marco Melandri's chances of a good result. Ducati should have enough trick parts to put together a good bike for M.M.33. I hope for less crashes in race two.