2020 Magny-Cours World Superbike Race 1 Result: Wet Action From The Start

Twenty one wet laps of Magny-Cours Cours, and all the riders are shod with the new Pirelli wet weather tyre, designed for colder wet weather.

Jonathan Rea got a good start and headed into the first turn in the lead, ahead of the BMWs of Tom Sykes and pole-sitter Eugene Laverty. Garrett Gerloff lunged underneath Sykes, nudging Sykes into a crash that took his teammate out, Laverty having his bike roll over him. The BMWs of Eugene Laverty ended up in the gravel alongside two disgruntled riders. When the pair treturned to their garages, Sykes's assesment was a Gareth Hunt coffee bean hand shake while Laverty went with the traditional tap tap, omitting the curly-wurly and cuckoo finishers. Gerloff then went wide into turn five, the familiar passing place that sees action every lap in the dry and its fair share of the action in the wet, letting Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark take second and third place for a while.

On lap two, three Yamahas battled behind two Kawasakis as Loris Baz joined Michael van der Mark and Garrett Gerloff behind Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes. Gerloff used turn five to get past Alex Lowes, taking an unusual line round the outside. Rea then Gerloff set the fastest laps, with Gerloff's 1'50.398 showing the pace. 

A lap later, Loris Baz was behind Rea and Gerloff, but over the next two laps, with Baz and Gerloff setting fastest laps, even after Baz passed Gerloff. Gerloff's 1'49.384 showed that the pace was increasing, only to have Rea move the target to a 1'48.955. A lap later, with the top three over a second clear of fourth-placed Lowes, Rea, Baz and then Lowes, with clear track ahead of him, set the fastest lap. 

As laps got faster, the action behind the top three stretched out, with Alex Lowes in fourth place, Michael van der Mark and Chaz Davies fighting over fifth place and Toprak Razgatlioglu trying to manage his gap from Leon Haslam, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Scott Redding. On lap seven, Garrett Gerloff tried to close on Loris Baz, but between turns eleven and twelve, his rear tyre lost grip and Gerloff was thrown over his front screen as his bike gave up. Alex Lowes was a second and a half behind the leading pair as Rea and Baz just dialled up the pace a bit more. Rea set the fastest lap on lap eleven but was beaten by Baz on laps eleven and twelve. Rea took it back with a 1'48.274 on lap thirteen as Michael van der Mark, having cleared off from Chaz Davies, crashed out in a typical wet crash, gifting the Welshman fourth place. 

Lap fifteen, Jonathan Rea set the fastest lap again, with a 1'48.268, but Loris Baz was still keeping up, the leading pair four seconds clear of Alex Lowes and over eight seconds clear of Chaz Davies. Behind Davies, three riders were contesting fifth place, with Toprak Razgatlioglu and Leon Haslam joined by Scott Redding who was getting quicker as he got used to the tyres in the wet conditions.

Loris Baz made a small error and started to dropp off Rea's pace, settling in to second place and managing his gap from Alex Lowes, knowing he couldn't safely catch Jonathan Rea. Conditions started to get worse, but with three laps left, the front four places were settled. Only the battle for fifth would remain. 

On the last lap, Leon Haslam, having taken fifth from Toprak Razgatlioglu on turn thirteen the lap before and losing it on turn five, defended his position from Scott Redding and tried to line up a passs into turn thirteen again, only to hit a river and flip his bike into turn eleven and launch it across the kerb and onto the track at turn twelve. Razgatlioglu slowed slightly to avoif the fallen Honda, allowing Redding to steal third place from him as they hit the chianes at the end of the lap.

Jonathan Rea managed hos lead perfectly and won the race a few seconds ahead of Loris Baz who leant onto his tank and kicked his legs out a few times while doing the breast stroke. Baz swam across the finish line five seconds ahead of Alex Lowes. The Ducatis of Chaz Davies and Scott Redding took fourth and fifth places with Toprak Razgatlioglu rounding out the top six.

Jonathan Rea extended his lead over Scott Redding to sixty five points in the championship. 


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 3.342
3 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 9.707
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 4.338
5 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 2.382
6 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 16.976
7 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 23.253
8 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 27.173
9 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 28.706
10 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale V4 R 32.034
11 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1 37.928
12 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 46.009
13 20 S. BARRIER Ducati Panigale V4 R 46.371
14 53 V. DEBISE Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.992
15 34 X. PINSACH Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1 Lap
16 97 S. CAVALIERI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1 Lap
17 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 1 Lap
RET 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 1 Lap
RET 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 6
RET 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR  
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Wet, cool and challenging conditions. Good weather for ducks? Better for Kwakas!

"Avoid the first corner carnage by qualifying at the front." Oops that strategy didn't work. Very dissapointing for Tom Sykes & Eugene Laverty, that's racing. GG31 got no result either. Better luck next time for all three I hope.

Jonathan Rea is the man! Six on the trot coming real soon.

Congratulations to Loris Baz, can I say his race went swimmingly? Ninth in the championship, should be 8th by Sunday afternoon.

Well done Chaz Davies 3rd in the chip, should keep his ride for 2021

Scott Redding is still learning, first race on the Pirelli wets. His pace did improve as SR45 put in more laps. Maybe next year.

Perhaps the Ducks will do better in the next two races, also likely to be wet. I wouldn't bet against Jonathan winning.

Those two highsides, Gerloff and Haslem, were nasty. Both lucky to walk away--and both lucky not to be hit by others.

Props to Rea, pushed the pace while others were crashing or deciding that to follow would result in a crash. The guy has incredible speed and control.