2019 Laguna Seca World Superbike Race Two Result: The Summer Break Starts Here

Yolanda Cervantes warbled and stretched the Star Spangled Banner ahead of twenty five laps of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. 

Alvaro Bautista started in tenth place, carrying a shoulder injury from his Tissot Superpole race crash, while Alessandro Delbianco started from the back of the grid for irresponsible riding in the morning's race. Tom Sykes stuck with the SCX Superpole tyre for the race, but Chaz Davies switched to a regular race tyre.

Chaz Davies used the massive power of the Ducati V4 to beat pole man Jonathan Rea into the Andretti Hairpin with Toprak Razgatlioglu in third place, getting another great start ahead of Tom Sykes. Alex Lowes, Leon Haslam, Jordi Torres and Loris Baz rounded out the top eight. 

On lap two, Davies stretched out his lead down the kinked start/finish straight, but Rea closed up into the corner on the brakes. At turn five, Rea passed Davies on a clean entry into the corner, but Davies was able to cut back underneath him at the exit to take the lead back. Davies then set the fastest lap while his teammate Alvaro Bautista pulled into the pits, his shoulder preventing him from racing.

Chaz Davies, Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu broke away from Tom Sykes, Alex Lowes and Leon Haslam and after Davies set the fastest lap again, Davies and Rea left Razgatlioglu behind. Michael van der Mark pulled out of the race with a technical issue on lap four. 

Jordi Torres and Loris Baz had a close battle for seventh place that would last throughout the whole race, both riders posting very close lap times throughout, but ahead of them, the leading three riders all started stretching out their gaps, with Davies finally breaking off Rea's tow on lap ten. 

On lap fourteen, there was movement as Alex Lowes, fourteen laps in Tom Sykes's shadow, passed Sykes's BMW as he went wide and had to let the Yamaha rider past. Lowes was then able to increase his pace and break free from Sykes and Leon Haslam. Loris Baz passed Jordi Torres on lap seventeen and that was it near the front. 

The rest of the race played out without change, as Chaz Davies controlled his lead two, three, four seconds ahead of Jonathan Rea and, a few seconds further back, Toprak Razgatlioglu. 

Chaz Davies became the first rider to win a race this year, ahead of Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu. Alex Lowes finished in fourth place, with Tom Sykes in fifth place closing the gap to him in the last few laps. Leon Haslam finished in a lonely sixth place. 

Chaz Davies let out a scream on his Ducati in Parc Fermé, and thanked his American fans for coming to "witness the comeback". Jonathan Rea's second place puts him an astounding eighty one points clear of Alvaro Bautista who leaves California having scored no points. 

Alex Lowes takes third place in the championship from his teammate Michael van der Mark as Leon Haslam, Toprak Razgatlioglu, Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes all close up the six-way chase for third place.

Toprak Razgatlioglu ended the weekend in his improving English with "again podium, now holiday."

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R  
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 3.333
3 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 11.658
4 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 16.259
5 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 16.823
6 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 19.449
7 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 23.637
8 81 J. TORRES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 24.572
9 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 25.919
10 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 30.742
11 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 32.177
12 50 E. LAVERTY Ducati Panigale V4 R 38.508
13 28 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 41.862
14 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R1 41.989
15 23 R. KIYONARI Honda CBR1000RR 55.483
16 95 J. BEACH Yamaha YZF R1 1'00.385
17 52 A. DELBIANCO Honda CBR1000RR 1'12.973
RET 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 22 Laps
RET 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4 R 24 Laps
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Half a season in two halves, Alvaro Bautista wins regularly & Jonathan Rea does his utmost to take max points, usually second. Since Imola in the middle of May Alvaro chrashes regularly, crashing out of the lead, crashing out of 2nd place, throwing his wonderbike down the road & injuring himself. Jonathan Rea doing what he & TKR have been doing for the last 4 or 5 years.

Going into the summer break JR 1 leads the championship by an arm & a leg (and a shoulder by the sound of things.)

It's enough to drive a Ducati fan to start drinking vino rosso again.

Congratulations Chaz Davies & welcome back to the top step. Chaz getting his head around the V4R. Since Chaz Davies has been improving his results Alvaro has perhaps been feeling the pressure from his team mate?

Happy 25th birthday 916

 

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Who'd have thought we'd be seeing that scoreline a few weekends back. True grit from JR. Sykes is giving it a good go, isn't he, hats off to that, as is Toprak, and yes, good to see Chaz getting back to form. All told its shaped up rather well!

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People wonder why Bautista was the only Ducati rider winning races,  and are then surprised when he crashes. It's clear he's been riding the wheels off that bike sInce the beginning of the season,  and as Rea and the Kawasaki have come to their stronger tracks Bautista has succumbed to the pressure. 

It's a shame, because Laguna Seca was a return to the bad old days of WSBK. Very boring races, with a generally imperious Rea not even bothering to battle Davies in race 2 because he's so far off the title race. Let's hope Bautista can regain fitness and form because I doubt Davies is going to be able to mount a challenge outside Laguna Seca. Either way the season is effectively over by halfway. Again. 

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That is a HUGE kart track!
;)
Tough one technically, Davies looked wonderful in his form in this race. Backing it in on every lap with perfect control on a number of corners.

Lovely!

Anyone on top of the BMW motor upgrade arrival? If it isn't coming soon, they may as well just do the milder 2020 eh? Nice chassis!

(Betting no RPM changes this time. Or, Honda gets tossed 250 as rather meaningless gesture).

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