2018 Motorland Aragon World Superbike Race One Results: Red Flag And A Seventeen Lap Restart

The eighteen lap World Superbike was red-flagged after three laps, after a crash involving Leon Camier, Lorenzo Savadori and Jordi Torres. Leon Camier was taken to the medical centre. Lorenzo Savadori was the only rider to make the seventeen lap restart. Vladimir Leonov missed the first start due to his bike not being ready after a crash in qualifying and didn't make the restart. PJ Jacobsen started from the back of the grid as he didn't make the sighting lap for the quick restart. 

Jonathan Rea took the lead from Marco Melandri into the first turn, followed by Alex Lowes who took second a turn later, with Chaz Davies and Michael van der Mark sparring behind Tom Sykes for fifth place. After one lap, Xavi Fores fought through to fifth place and took fourth off Sykes at the end of the lap where his speed down the straight helped him out. Jonathan Rea set the fastest lap on lap two only to have Marco Melandri to beat it a few tenths later. 

At the start of the third lap, Jonathan Rea went into the first turn a touch too quickly, letting Alex Lowes find a way past to take the lead. Behind them, further round the lap, at the chicane before the long, long straight, Xavi Fores passed Marco Melandri for third place, but Melandri powered past, writhing his Ducati down the fast section, the wobbles still present but not as prominent as in the last two rounds. 

On lap four, Jonathan Rea hounded Alex Lowes and, sliding both tyres out of turn four, he carried speed into turn five, putting himself back in the lead. Five turns later, Marco Melandri took second place from Lowes and Xavi Fores took third from him six turns after that. Lowes then had the third Ducati of Chaz Davies to deal with.

After five laps, Rea, Melandri and Fores had a gap to Davies who had a gap to Michael van der Mark and Lowes, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Tom Sykes. Rinaldi and Lowes fought over sixth place with Rinaldi winning out into turn one of lap eight. 

Xavi Fores had a much wider line round sweeping corners than everyone, apart from Alex Lowes who took similar wide-in, fast-out lines, which game him a quicker route out of the last corner, a technique he used at the end of lap eight to take second place from Marco Melandri and on lap nine to power him down into turn one to take the lead from Jonathan Rea. 

Xavi Fores led Jonathan Rea and Macro Melandri with Chaz Davies closing the gap behind the leading trio to under a second and keeping the fight for fourth place over three seconds back. 

On lap twelve, Jonathan Rea had his pace back and he charged past Xavi Fores down the long straight and held the position to the line, only to have to deal with Fores's superior exit speed onto the straight. Rea bounced his Kawasaki's rear up and down as he braked exceedingly hard into the first turn and kept hold of the lead in the first turn. Rea had the lead with five laps to go and was entering the section of the track where he was faster than the Ducatis. A lap later, he had nine tenths of a second lead over the three Ducatis behind him, Chaz Davies having joined Fores and Marco Melandri. 

Lap fourteen, Melandri and Rea were fast, with Melandri taking second place into turn sixteen, only to have Fores find a gap Melandri left around the last corner to take second place back. With less than three laps left, Davies passed Melandri on the second corner, turn fifteen, but Melandri had room to take third back by the last corner. A lap later, he did the same move a turn earlier, on the first turn of the chicane, holding this move down the straight, losing it on the exit, but Melandri went wide into turn one and Davies took the advantage to bring the fight to Xavi Fores.

On the last lap, with the Ducati fight a couple of seconds behind Jonathan Rea, Chaz Davies fought with Xavi Fores for second place as Marco Melandri dropped from the fight. Davies took second place on the second corner of the chicane, turn fifteen, diving to the left side of the straight to cover entry into turn sixteen, but Xavi Fores switched to his fast exit line, but Chaz Davies kept his speed up and took second place behind Jonathan Rea by two hundredths off a second from Fores. 

Melandri took fourth place ahead of Michael van der Mark, Tom Sykes and Alex Lowes. Michael Ruben Rinaldi finished his debut race in eighth place, seven seconds clear of the hard-fought battle for ninth.

Joanthan Rea leads the championship fourteen points ahead of Marco Melandri with Chaz Davies and Xavi Fores making it three DUcatis behind the Kawasaki.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1.450
3 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1.473
4 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 6.108
5 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 8.932
6 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 9.450
7 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 9.985
8 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 19.303
9 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 26.081
10 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 26.325
11 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 26.571
12 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 26.858
13 34 D. GIUGLIANO Aprilia RSV4 RF 27.219
14 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 28.340
15 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 28.400
16 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 30.799
17 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 58.926
RET 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 11
RET 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4  
RET 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR  
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