2020 Aragon World Superbike Race Two Result: Gloves Off For Seventh Place

The last race of the first weekend at Motorland Aragon started without Tati Mercado after his getting caught up in another rider's accident in race one. After this morning's long Superpole race, Alvaro Bautista lined up with a Pirelli SCX tyre in the hopes that it would allow him to change his fortunes.

Jonathan Rea got a good start, in contrast to yesterday, and he led Scott Redding, Michael van der Mark and Alvaro Bautista into turn one. Chaz Davies was in seventh place behind Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Toprak Razgatlioglu, but Razgatlioglu and Davies gained a place on the first lap as Rinaldi lost two places. On the second lap, van der Mark gave Redding some trouble, eventually passing him towards the end of the lap. Redding went wide into turn sixteen and Alvaro Bautista was there to take advantage of it.

Jonathan Rea set the fastest lap on lap two on his way to clearing off into the distance with a lead of over a second from van der Mark, Bautista and Chas Davies who had passed his teammate Scott Redding into turn sixteen. On lap four, Davies contu=inued his forward charge, passing Bautista before lining up van der Mark for a pass into turn sixteen at the end of the long straight. A lap later, Bautista used the Honda's top speed advantage over the Yamaha to blast past Michael van der Mark into turn sixteen. 

At half race distance, Jonathan Rea was maintaining a constant lead over Chaz Davies of just over a second and a half, as Davies and Alvaro Bautista had a lead of around a second from Michael van der Mark, Scott Redding and Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Rinaldi having caught up Redding on lap eight. Redding, not wanting to have to spend tyres on defending his place from Rinaldi passed van der Mark down the long back straight and into turn sixteen. 

As van der Mark dealt with Rinaldi on his heels, Redding was able to build a gap from the pair behind him and gaps of over a second formed between each of the top five, Rea from Davies from Bautista from Redding from van der Mark. 

Behind Rinaldi, the fight for seventh place was a four or five bike battle with the four places covered at times by only three tenths of a second as Toprak Razgatlioglu, Xavi Fores, Alex Lowes and Leon Haslam all traded places corner after corner, lap after lap, occasionally joined by Tom Sykes and Garrett Gerloff. 

On lap fourteen, Jonathan Rea picked the wrong gear into turn sixteen, almost causing him to crash with a lack of engine braking. Instead, he went off the track and recovered, losing his lead over Chaz Davies and losing the optimal line out of the last turn onto the straight. Davies, on a bike that makes short work of corner exit, blasted down the line to take the lead into turn one with four laps to go. Rea, who was fully alert after his rude awakening, set about Davies immediately and the pair swapped places corner after corner as they both attempted to seize the advantage. After three passes, Rea came out in front and kept the hammer down. He still had the pace and was able to fend off Davies, even down the long straight.

Rea and Davies kept each other honest right up to the flag, with Rea winning ahead of Davies. Alvaro Bautista finished in a respectable third place, with his SCX tyre lasting the distance, although not leaving him enough grip to keep up with Davies. Honda got their first podium in over a year thanks to Bautista. 

Scott Redding finished in a safe fourth place with Michael Ruben Rinaldi holding off Michael van der Mark for fifth place. Leon Haslam took the battle for seventh place, with five riders crossing the line within a second. 

Jonathan Rea took back the championship lead, ten points from Scott Redding. Chaz Davies, with his weekend's solid performance, is in fourth place, just four points off Toprak Razgatlioglu and ten points clear of Michael van der Mark. Loris Baz's early retirement allowed Michael Ruben Rinaldi, with a fifth place finish, to increase his lead in the independents' battle. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1.280
3 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 3.599
4 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1.846
5 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 6.687
6 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 9.561
7 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 20.911
8 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 21.248
9 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 21.399
10 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 21.717
11 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 21.809
12 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 22.012
13 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1 25.244
14 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 30.088
15 77 M. SCHEIB Kawasaki ZX-10RR 36.546
16 20 S. BARRIER Ducati Panigale V4 R 49.074
17 23 C. PONSSON Aprilia RSV4 1000 55.511
18 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'00.754
19 63 L. GABELLINI Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'35.650
RET 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 17
RET 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale V4 R 10
RET 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 4
Round Number: 
4
2020
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Comments

I'm a fan and I'll admit it. 

But race 2. Slower bike? Fast track? 

Still won. Not sure about next week though. 

Very impressed by his and the team rising to the many challenges 

As two members commented after the 10 lap race, what about Sykes?

He cooked it into the top of the Corkscrew (LS should have trademarked that name BTW...), then barreled through off track, hit some kitty litter, went a bit sideways, and plowed into the backmarkers. From my couch, he was trying to re-enter as quickly as he could, perhaps under the influence of some red mist after having been pushed wide on corner entry.

Steve, David, please update, thanks.

If we transposed that incident to MotoGP I imagine we'd be on post number 100 by now, with more to come. I'm a neutral when it comes to WSBK, no absolute favourites nor do I have any particular dislikes. So, that said, that was one of the most careless rejoinings I've ever seen. I assumed his brakes had gone. Yet there doesn't seem to have been any fuss at all. What did I miss that others saw?

Anyway, not the most exciting weekend, a bit processional, but worth watching all the same. I hope Redding can hang in there and take it down to the last event of the season. Rea is something special but it does get a bit dull seeing him gapping everyone else again and again after 5+ years.