2020 Teruel World Superbike Race Two Result: Spend 'Em If You've Got 'Em

All but two veteran riders chose the sprint race SCX tyre, with two weekends in a row showing riders that a long track with a long straight mens fewer laps to spend the sides of your tyres too much. The last of six races at Motorland Aragon, with seventy four race laps already completed, after eighteen laps, they get a weekend off in this compressed championship. 

Jonathan Rea, one of the two riders with a normal tyre, got an excellent start, ahead of Scott Redding and Michael Ruben Rinaldi, but once again, Scott Redding disrupted Rea's rhythm as is his way, but Rea kept on him and, on the second lap, Redding and Rinaldi set the fastest lap in succession, either side of Rea. Alvaro Bautista and Chaz Davies, the other rider not using the SCX rear, were the only riders at the same pace, in fourth and fifth, as Toprak Razgatlioglu, Leon Haslam, Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark dropped off the leading five.

On lap three, Jonathan Rea went wide at turn seven, and Michael Ruben Rinaldi tried to take advantage of it, but Rea recovered enough to close the gap off. Scott Redding set the fastest lap, but it wasn't enough to lose the riders behind him. On lap four, Redding, Rea and Rinaldi all set fastest laps, with Rinaldi's 1'50.338 the quickest of the race. On lap five, after Tom Sykes pitted in, Alvaro Bautista lost grip round turn nine and slid his bike out of contention trying to keep up with the leading three. Chaz Davies was over a second behind. 

Lap after lap, the leading trio were covered by a quarter of a second, and on lap six, a fight broke out. At turn seven, Rea made a play for the lead, but Redding struck back immediately, boxing Rea out. Rinaldi snuck underneath Rea, following Redding, pushing Rea back to third place. Rinaldi didn't stop his advance there; at turn twelve, he pushed Redding aside, but Redding leant on him, not giving up any ground. Rinaldi had better track position, however, and won the battle. After the long straight, Redding and Rea duelled and Rea's Kawasaki took second place in turn seventeen and chawed Rinaldi down.

At half race distance, Scott Redding's tyre looked to not have as much grip as the riders in front, but he kept up with them as Rea nipped at Rinaldi's heels, riding within inches of the Ducati's rear tyre. In fourth place, Chaz Davies had Leon Haslam and Alex Lowes for company with Michael van der Mark and Toprak Razgatlioglu adrift behind them. 

Jonathan Rea spent the next five laps within two tenths of a second of Michael Ruben Rinaldi, doing a Noriyuki Haga impersonation, almost kissing the Ducati's rear Pirelli with his front tyre into every corner. Rea pushed, knowing he had more tyre than Rinaldi and that constant pressure would make him spend it, but they both seemed to maintain the same pace lap after lap, with Scott Redding dropping to a second behind Rea. 

Chaz Davies, in fourth place and breaking free of Leon Haslam and Alex Lowes, took a left-hander too fast and low-sided his Ducati, promoting Leon Haslam to fourth place, almost five seconds behind Scott Redding and a second ahead of Alex Lowes.

Lap fourteen and Rea started pushing Rinaldi into a mistake, but Rinaldi just kept his head down and rode defensively by riding as fast as he could, instead of the usual method of parking his bike in the middle of the corner. On lap fifteen, Rea tried to pass at turns four and five, then set himself up for a pass into turn six, but he went too wide, and nearly lost the rear as he tried to recover from his mistake. Rea's recovery was quick enough for him to catch up over the next few corners and resume to getting Rinaldi to spend as much tyre as he could get him to.

On lap sixteen, Rea returned too his feisty fisticuffs manner and tried to fight once more, finally forcing his way past at turn six and seven without ruining his grip. Rinaldi didn't concede the place softly and he tried to keep up with Rea, but he could only close by the end of the lap and Rea had enough of a gap to keep him at bay. Rea was at the absolute limit of grip into turn one of the penultimate lap, but he had the lead and wasn't going to throw the win away. 

An elated Jonathan Rea won the hard way, defeating two faster bikes by punishing them, and showing real respect for Michael Ruben Rinaldi in Parc Fermé, congratulating him for a great performance. Scott Redding looked dejected after third place, declaring that he didn't have a good day and that his weight and size meant he burned through the SCX tyre, the tyre he thought he needed to win, and he didn't know how to deal with that. 

Jonathan Rea left the weekend with a thirty six point lead, an increase of twenty six points over Scott Redding, and his ninety sixth victory. Michael Ruben Rinaldi climbed to sixth place, passing Alex Lowes, and is within two points of Michael van der Mark and only ten behind Chaz Davies. Toprak Razgatlioglu lost ground to Scott Redding, but Yamaha riders will be glad to see the back of MotorLand Aragon, a track that doesn't suit the blue bike at all.

After Jonathan Rea, Michael Ruben Rinaldi was the second-biggest winner of the weekend, though. All doubts over his worth as a Ducati rider are dispelled and, like Toprak Razgatlioglu before him, he has showered himself in the kind of glory that teams like to see.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1.244
3 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 4.082
4 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 9.357
5 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 10.761
6 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 15.679
7 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 16.897
8 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 22.541
9 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1 22.650
10 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 22.854
11 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 23.729
12 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale V4 R 28.380
13 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 31.630
14 71 M. FERRARI Ducati Panigale V4 R 44.264
15 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 48.200
16 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 49.080
RET 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 6 Laps
RET 20 S. BARRIER Ducati Panigale V4 R 8
RET 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 13 Laps
RET 77 M. SCHEIB Kawasaki ZX-10RR 2
RET 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR  
Round Number: 
5
2020
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... "World Superbike Race 2..."

An excellent Aragon 2. So much drama in Race 1, a good recovery for Redding on Sunday, Rinaldi is spectacular - and finally, watching Rea empty the tool shed looking for ways to conquer the Ducatis was priceless. 

 

Redding has a lot of pressure he is experiencing just now. Mostly from himself along with his situation. He expects to win the Championship, and I think has in his 2yr contract that if he wins both years he has a MotoGP seat (careful what you wish for mate, AND be sure it doesn't become a focus losing overreach). I think it is a temporary thing. Just trying too damn hard at this stage in the compressed season. His first race there was LOVELY. He did some good battling after, but Rea and Rinaldi found something to come get him with. Pretty understandable eh? 

Fun to see someone(s) take it to Rea and press him to find more. The Kawi-Duc bike battle is fun interest. The Duc is better sorted this year than last.

The Honda? Visibly unsettled nearly EVERYWHERE well before the limit. Huge power, kudos on the motor, and Beautista is cooking all the beans that stay in the pot. Looks a development year, but given the rocket blaster onboard and their production bike path it should come together. 

Our BMW is a Superstock, RR and privateer gem. Will it do the business in Superbike trim? Is this set of riders on task to? Leaves a question mark. VdMark may like and suit it. Like Lowes, it is interesting what we see when a second pack rider changes brands. 

Toprak and Yamaha had a lull last track. Big Baz showed the power deficit. The current era of both SBK and GP's has HUGE motor up front. A tighter grid of closer bike performance, lots of great riders, and the end of the processional polite era means the Yamaha formula is not in command. 

Thinking of MotoGP - if Yamaha don't bring a LOT more motor to the party, I think the next era of Championships will be contended by KTM and Ducati. Orange HAS their riders, and the bike has just made the hardest crucial step. Red has a bike closer than most seem to think. Ducati now has an interesting set of riders out of which several can do the business. Original point, this era demands huge motor, so shifting bets (Yam in GP's in particular).

Speaking of Duc GP riders, can we go ahead and have a look at Rabat's contract? Flip to "performance clause." Avintia has been brought to the FRONT by a hungry gifted Frenchman. Expectations changed. Red shirts are in their garage. The kit is GOOD. Bagnaia, Zarco, Martin, Miller, and a handful of capable Moto2 kids are ALL in need of a Red seat. It is just the way of things. With SIX well filled seats, how can we not see a rider come forward to the pointy business? 

P.S. how is Bagnaia doing? Can't find a peep about it. We knew the tensile measurements of Mark's screws, what his surgeon had for breakfast, and the design data of his doors and windows. Someone place a damn call and ask Pecco about his recovery already.

Yes Scott Redding will have to perform at his very best to beat Jonathan Rea. Understatement of the month. The dnf at Aragon sure upset SR45. I'm hoping he will continue to work hard & push for good results. Redding is the best hope for a championship for us Ducati nuts, at least in SBK. We'll see.

Francesco "Pecco" Bagnaia? Aparently he is healing well & doing ok. A recent post on his FB says "Hy guys, I’m feeling good, I’m working hard to be back on track for Misano at my 100% Good luck to @pramacracing , @ducaticorse

, @vr46ridersacademyofficial

I’m rooting for youFlexed biceps

Cant’ wait time be back. FORZA PRAMAC #forzaducati "

Oops I couldn't get rid of all the fb junk. Guess we will hear more before Misano.

Ducati WSBK ? I think Redding will be there next year. Chaz Davies maybe not. MRR maybe yes.

Dovi and Petrux leaving the Ducati MotoGp team.
Petrucci to KTM Tech 3
I'm guessing Dovizioso will ride for Aprilia factory or retire. Hoping AD 04 wins the championship & takes his number 1 to Aprilia.

Miller up to the factory team. With rider X as team mate. Pecco or Zarco most likely.

Pecco signs for two more years. Pramac or Ducati Corse factory team?

Zarco leaving Avintia. To maybe Pramac or the factory Ducati team. Definitely on a Ducati says Ruben Xaus.
https://www.motogp.com/en/news/2020/09/11/xaus-zarco-will-not-be-with-us...

Apparently Enea Bastianini has signed a deal to ride for Avintia Ducati in 2021.
https://www.visordown.com/news/racing/motogp/enea-bastianini-lands-avint...

What does the future hold for Tito Rabat? Probably riding at Avintia next year.

Jorge Martin? Get well soon. Most likely riding for Pramac Ducati next year. KTM would like to keep him afaik.

Will Karel "the gravel" Abraham return to MotoGp? Seems very unlikely.