2017 Jerez World Superbike Race Two Results: Another Red-Flagged Start

World Superbike race two mirrored the Saturday race with a red flag in the first lap and a restarted nineteen lap race.

The first start had Michael van der Mark charge past Alex Lowes for the lead into turn one, but further back, Chaz Davies charged through a gap outside turn one only to be met by Eugene Laverty sitting up to avoid Lorenzo Savadori. Laverty and Davies hit the gravel trap along with Dominic Schmitter. Davies picked his bike up and got restarted while Laverty was dragging his bike out of the litter. Schmitter, however, suffered a left hip contusion and the ambulance was called out, necessitating an red flag.

Chaz Davies got his Ducati back to the pits and it was fixed in time for the restart, while Eugene Laverty needed a bit more work and had to start the race from the pitlane, effectively a thirteen second penalty.

The race restart opened like the first start, with Michael van der Mark beating his Yamaha teammate to the first turn, with Sylvain Guintoli in tow, but the Frenchman couldn't maintain the pace and dropped back as the lap went on. Jonathan Rea starting from ninth had an excellent start and was able to thread his way to the front by the end of the first lap. Van der Mark had the inside line into turn one, though and took the lead back, holding it for four turns until Rea charged past at Site Pons corner. Chaz Davies, a couple of places back, took third place from Alex Lowes at Dry Sack, the sixth turn.

Lap three, Jonathan Rea was breaking away while Chaz Davies was dealing with his hard-charging teammate trying to take third from him. Marco Melandri pushed from behind and, when Davies had to run a little wide to avoid clipping Michael van der Mark, Melandri scythed underneath him to take third place. Rea set a new lap record while all this was going on behind him.

A lap later, Melandri found out the trouble Davies was having as he also nearly caught van der Mark's rear Pirelli as the Dutchman took his tight defensive line, forcing Melandri to take avoiding action, Davies returned the favour and took third place back off Melandri. Rea extended his lead by almost another second.

Chaz Davies found a place where his superior braking skill meant he could pass Michael van der Mark without clipping him, into turn one at the end of the straight. Alex Lowes and Tom Sykes caught up with Marco Melandri and made it a five-way battle for second as Jonathan Rea teased out another half second at the front.

By lap eight, Jonathan Rea was the only rider putting in 1'40 laps and had a three second lead at the front while Marco Melandri kept having to avoid Michael van der Mark's sweeping blocks into corners, the Ducati unable to use its superior corner speed and drive out of corners when there's a honking great Yamaha being ridden well in front of it, squatting at each apex.

On lap ten, with Rea over three seconds clear and Davies with almost a second from the fight for third, Melandri finally passed van der Mark only to be passed back immediately. Melandri made one of his customary block passes and this one finally stuck, forcing van der Mark to avoid hitting Melandri and go wide enough for his teammate to charge underneath and steal fourth. Alex Lowes now had van der Mark between him and Tom Sykes in sixth and Sykes fancied van der Mark's fifth place.

On lap eleven, Sykes made van der Mark's fifth place his own. Van der Mark was, however, five seconds clear of the three-way battle for seventh place and could just ride his own pace without being harangued.

As the laps ticked off, Rea was over four seconds clear of Davies, and Melandri in third place was the only man approaching Rea's pace. Melandri had closed up on Davies and hunted and pecked for a way past his slower-paced teammate, but Davies is one of the best riders mid-corner and Melandri couldn't find a way past, not wanting to make an unkind pass – Melandri's usual tactic – on his teammate, until he lined him up out of the last corner and stabbed into turn one to make a clean pass, shooting off like greased weasel muck into the distance.

Jonathan Rea's lead finally dropped a few tenths as Marco Melandri got to within four and a half seconds, but there weren't enough laps for Melandri to even consider a campaign and Rea took the double victory at Jerez easily and cleanly. Chaz Davies took third place with Alex Lowes once again in fourth ahead of Tom Sykes.

Kawasaki won the manufacturer's championship and Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies kept the fight for second place alive.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 2.732
3 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 3.974
4 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 4.624
5 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 6.454
6 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 10.120
7 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 15.594
8 05 S. GUINTOLI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 15.902
9 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 16.396
10 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 19.129
11 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 19.673
12 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 20.353
13 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S 1000 RR 34.169
14 121 A. ANDREOZZI Yamaha YZF R1 38.627
15 72 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR 45.421
16 84 R. RUSSO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 45.469
17 34 D. GIUGLIANO Honda CBR1000RR 1 Lap
18 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 2 Laps
RET 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10RR 6 Laps
RET 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 9 Laps
RET 99 D. SCHMITTER Suzuki GSX-R1000  
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12
2017
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