2017 Jerez World Superbike Race One Results: The Battle For Second Begins Here

One lap into the race, Raffaele Re Rosa and Ayrton Badovini both crashed out at turn six and a red flag was brought out. A nineteen lap race would start after the quick start procedure and the fight for second place in the championship would begin anew.

Jonathan Rea led into turn one, just like in the first start, with Marco Melandri, Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies following him while the Yamahas of Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes fought for fifth place on track and in the championship. On the second lap, Rea set a new lap record, but that record would only stand for a few laps.

The Ducatis and Kawasakis shared the top four places amongst them with both Yamahas in fifth and sixth, Alex Lowes taking the spoils in the fifth place battle. Behind them, Sylvain Guintoli was carving a path through the field to get up to eighth place behind Lorenzo Savadori by lap three.

Marco Melandri wasn't letting Jonathan Rea get away, matching him in every turn and keeping his lead to just a few tenths. Tom Sykes lost third place to Chaz Davies and saved a near-crash as he clipped the gravel before a kerb, giving Davies a few tenths of breathing room. On lap seven, Sylvain Guintoli took seventh place off Lorenzo Savadori just before Melandri made a turn nine pass to take the lead from Rea.

As Marco Melandri broke free at the front, Chaz Davies followed in his teammate's path and took second place from Jonathan Rea into turn one of lap eight, and he held second place until the last corner, turn thirteen, where Rea made a harsh pass underneath Davies to snatch second place back only to see a gap of over a second ahead of him to Melandri. He also got to see Melandri set another lap record, but Rea took the record off him on lap eleven, closing the gap to under a second and breaking free of the four-way battle for third place between Davies, Sykes and the Yamahas of Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark.

On lap fourteen, Jonathan Rea set a new lap record, closing the gap from Marco Melandri by a few tenths but Melandri took it back a lap later, putting the gap back. However, Melandri's Ducati, right after the joys of setting a lap record, broke down after crossing the line and he slowed into the first turn and pulled off the track, dejected and out of the race.

Jonathan Rea then made a mistake in the lead, letting Chaz Davies close the gap from over three seconds to over two seconds, but he recovered and was easily able to take the victory. Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes took second and this places with Alex Lowes ahead of Michael van der Mark and Sylvain Guintoli, making up the first row for tomorrow's race. 

Chaz Davies is now within five points of Tom Sykes in second place.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1.137
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1.599
4 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 3.652
5 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 7.329
6 05 S. GUINTOLI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 11.066
7 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 15.235
8 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 16.241
9 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 16.273
10 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 18.463
11 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 21.058
12 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 24.869
13 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 25.008
14 121 A. ANDREOZZI Yamaha YZF R1 34.028
15 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10RR 34.201
16 72 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR 1'16.011
17 84 R. RUSSO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 2 Laps
RET 34 D. GIUGLIANO Honda CBR1000RR 3 Laps
RET 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 4 Laps
RET 99 D. SCHMITTER Suzuki GSX-R1000 8 Laps
RET 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
RET 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S 1000 RR  

 

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2017
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