2020 Teruel World Superbike Race One Result: An Emotional Affair

Eighteen laps of the longest track of the season for the third time this year in the first back to back race weekend at Motorland Aragon. After last weekend's races, a third of the grid followed Alvaro Bautista's podium choice from last Sunday of the sprint race SCX tyre. 

Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding, both armed with Pirelli Supercorsa SC0 tyres, took to the front as Michael Ruben Rinaldi, chancing the SCX Superpole Race tyre, lifted his front wheel and bogged down a little but he recovered well and slotted into third place ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Tom Sykes. Rinaldi made quick work of Redding, out-gripping him, and took the lead from Rea down the long straight, out-speeding him. 

On the second lap, Rinaldi set the fastest lap and didn't look lie he was going to lose the lead. Four laps in, Rinaldi, Rea and Redding finally split off the main group and Alvaro Bautista passed Toprak Razgatlioglu to lead the second group, with sixth placed Chaz Davies, taking a roll of the dice with the SCX tyre, at the back of the second pack. 

On lap five, Michael Ruben Rinaldi started breaking away from Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding as Chaz Davies passed Toprak Razgatlioglu for fifth place. By lap seven, when Alvaro Bautista caught Scott Redding, Rinaldi had stretched his lead out to two seconds. Bautista started probing for a way past Redding. 

At turn four of lap eight, Scott Redding tried to maintain his lead over Alvaro Bautista, but he tried too hard into turn four, with a little too much speed necessitating a little too much lean angle, and he slid his bike into the gravel. He returned to his garage on the back of a scooter and was emotionally broken by his mistake, visibly distraught. 

Alvaro Bautista, on the same flavour tyre he claimed a podium last Sunday, was just over a second behind second-placed Jonathan Rea and a second and a half ahead of Chaz Davies, but Davies was closing in, having found a rhythm on the short race tyre in spite of his height and weight disadvantage of the others who were making the risky tyre work.

On lap fourteen of eighteen, Michael Ruben Rinaldi had a lead of over six seconds from championship leader Jonathan Rea who was clear of Alvaro Bautista by almost two seconds, but Bautista made a small mistake that allowed Davies to catch him and the pair swapped places back and forth, down the last straight and into the last corner. Bautista exited turn seventeen, on to the straight, sliding the rear tyre slightly while Davies's Ducati kept a clean drive onto the straight and he lined up a neat pass down the straight and into turn one. Bautista tried to keep up, but at turn fourteen, he ran out of grip and crashed his Honda, giving Davies the room he needed to race his own race.

Five seconds behind Davies, Michael van der Mark took advantage of a mistake by Toprak Razgatlioglu to steal fourth place. Behind them, the battle for sixth place was a six-rider affair containing the usual suspects. 

Michael Ruben Rinaldi won his first World Superbike race almost seven seconds clear of second-placed Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies. On the podium, Rinaldi shed tears of joy as Chaz Davies congratulated his "annoying little brother" from the third step of the podium. 

Jonathan Rea's second place extended his championship lead to thirty points over Scott Redding, and Chaz Davies's third place pushed him past Toprak Razgattlioglu for third place. Michael van der Mark's fourth place kept him in fifth place in the championship. Rinaldi's win puts him in a significant lead in the independent championship and did his career prospects no harm at all.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R  
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 5.888
3 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 4.147
4 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 15.965
5 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 19.357
6 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 24.138
7 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 24.275
8 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 24.749
9 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1 25.437
10 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 26.796
11 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 27.354
12 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 28.096
13 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 33.131
14 71 M. FERRARI Ducati Panigale V4 R 44.847
15 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 59.529
16 77 M. SCHEIB Kawasaki ZX-10RR 3 Laps
RET 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 4 Laps
RET 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
RET 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 11 Laps
RET 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale V4 R  
RET 20 S. BARRIER Ducati Panigale V4 R  
Round Number: 
5
2020
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Comments

Dramatic race! New winner has never had a podium in world sbk! Alvaro manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Well he was on for 3rd or 4th. Hasn't learnt his lesson from last year. Scott Redding? 13 points is a lot better than a big fat zero.

Jonathan Rea takes second & 20 points in the races he doesn't win. JR1 keeps the lead in the world championship. Extends his lead to thirty points. It is going to be tough to beat Jonny Rea, we always knew that!

Chaz Davies takes another podium. Good job boyo! Michael Ruben Rinaldi may be after Chaz's ride next year.

Eugene Laverty back to more like his normal performance. Good to see Eugene beat his team-mate & take some points.

The GRT Yamaha riders closer to the front as well. Go Garrett Gerloff! Get those Americans excited!

 

...(on three races per weekend) but still, fun to see MRR get the win. Ducati track, but after looking hot two years ago he got lost a bit last year, nice to see him dominate.

Unlike motogp, where I will always root against Marquez and Lorenzo, and Vinales now and then, I can't find a WSBK rider I dislike. Sad, but also encouraging, to see Redding so gutted.

Is Melandi just mailing it in for a paycheck, or his bike so slow, or has he just lost his skills? The absence of his spouse on the WSBK grid might be the worst result of covid, IMHO.

And, can someone please tell me Laverty's best year in any form of racing. He has received so much notice as a hot racer over the last 10 years, way out of proportion to his actual results. If I remember correctly.

 

Barni splits with Xavi Forés who got a handful of podiums in 2018 and was a regular finisher as "best of the rest." They sign Rinaldi for 2019 who finished mostly outside of the top ten and ended the year in thirteenth place. Rinaldi moves to Laverty's ex-team for 2020 and rides Bautista's 2019 Ducati to a win at Aragón while Melandri flails on the Barni Ducati this year. Lavert averaged 3.4 points per race start at Go Eleven last year. WTF?