2017 Misano World Superbike Race Two Results: Could The Reverse Grid Finally Make A Difference?

As with all Sunday races this year, the front three grid places are based on where riders finished in the Saturday race. Twenty laps of Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli under a clear Italian sky. In spite of a tyre acting unusually yesterday, everyone was on the SC0 Pirelli rear. Chaz Davies would not start the race due to his crash yesterday. 

Jordi Torres in pole position was unable to get the BMW off the line perfectly, but he got a better start than usual. It wasn’t as good as Xavi Fores’s start from second place however, and Fores put the Ducati into the lead. Eugene Laverty from third on the grid held off Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea for a few corners but the Kawasakis both powered past him and a lap later, Marco Melandri stuck his Ducati in front of Laverty’s Aprilia. On lap four, the front five bikes of Fores, Torres, Sykes, Rea and Melandri were breaking away from Laverty, Randy Krummenacher, Lorenzo Savadori, Alex Lowes and race one’s part-way leader Michael van der Mark.

Toward the end of the fifth lap, Jordi Torres made a perfect pass into turn twelve to take the lead taking over at the front of the group of five bikes and a lap later, Marco Melandri pushed Rea to the back of the group, taking fourth place from the Kawasaki. Xavi Fores, having lost first place, suffered a second ignominy as his Ducati broke down, ending his weekend. The group of five bikes at the front were now a group of four bikes but they were still almost two seconds clear of Eugene Laverty who was sitting in a lonely fifth place.

Eugene Laverty wouldn’t be lonely for long, as the Yamahas of Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark were on the move.

On lap seven, Tom Sykes was looking for a way past his former teammate Jordi Torres to take the lead, but as he nearly ran into the back of him, he lost his line and Marco Melandri wasted no time in getting past. On lap ten, as Eugene Laverty, Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark fought each other for fifth place, Melandri passed Torres for the lead but the BMW man had a tighter line coming out of the turn and took it right back off him. As Jonathan Rea tried to pass his teammate Tom Sykes, the two gave Torres and Melandri a bit of breathing room, but when they settled down, they were able to catch them right back up.

Past half race distance, Jordi Torres was taking fast sweeping yet defensive lines while Marco Melandri was taking sharp, tight lines as he tried to probe for a way to the front of the race. At turn eight of lap thirteen, he found one and made it stick, with Torres unable to find a riposte. Two laps later, at the end of the start/finish straight, Jonathan Rea took an outside line past Tom Sykes, round the right-handed turn one, claiming the apex of the left-handed turn two and leading out of the right-handed turn three, finally taking third place only to be staring at a one second gap to the leading duo of Melandri and Torres. A lap later and he had closed the gap, dropping off Sykes behind him.

On lap eighteen, Jordi Torres took a corner with his hand up, his BMW suffering a breakdown. As he carefully got off the track, letting the Kawasakis if Rea and Sykes streak past him, before gesticulating at his bike, appearing to both berate it and plead with it before parking up out of the race. Gone was the chance for the reverse grid to finally make a difference to a race.

Marco Melandri maintained over two seconds from Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes as the front three riders rode three parade laps to the flag, Melandri taking his first victory since his return to World Superbikes and claiming the 100th Italian victory of the series, adding cream and cherries by doing it in Italy on an Italian bike. Only twelve riders completed the race.

Jonathan Rea heads into the summer break with a fifty point lead in the championship over his teammate Tom Sykes, with Chaz Davies a further sixty one points behind in third place. Race winner Marco Melandri takes fourth place back from Alex Lowes who crashed out, losing the front halfway through the race.

Chaz Davies will be trying to be back on his Ducati at Laguna Seca, according to his team, but it remains to be seen if they’ll attach any weird carbon crockery to his rear wheel that weekend.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R  
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1.113
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1.285
4 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 13.364
5 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 19.917
6 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 26.019
7 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S 1000 RR 29.724
8 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10RR 30.183
9 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 37.447
10 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 42.651
11 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 57.524
12 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'10.654
RET 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 4 Laps
RET 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 7 Laps
RET 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 10 Laps
RET 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 15 Laps
RET 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 15 Laps
RET 61 F. MENGHI Ducati Panigale R 15 Laps
RET 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 18 Laps


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