World Superbike Championship Standings

2018 World Superbike Championship Standings After Race 14, Brno, Czech Republic

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 270  
2 Chaz Davies Ducati 205 -65
3 Michael Van Der Mark Yamaha 196 -74
4 Tom Sykes Kawasaki 179 -91
5 Marco Melandri Ducati 157 -113
6 Alex Lowes Yamaha 154 -116
7 Xavi Fores Ducati 134 -136
8 Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki 91 -179
9 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 73 -197
10 Leon Camier Honda 72 -198
11 Loris Baz BMW 72 -198
12 Jordi Torres MV Agusta 64 -206
13 Eugene Laverty Aprilia 60 -210
14 Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati 54 -216
15 Leandro Mercado Kawasaki 42 -228
16 Román Ramos Kawasaki 41 -229
17 Jake Gagne Honda 24 -246
18 PJ Jacobsen Honda 21 -249
19 Yonny Hernandez Kawasaki 18 -252
20 Leon Haslam Kawasaki 14 -256
21 Davide Giugliano Aprilia 11 -259
22 Bradley Ray Suzuki 3 -267
23 Luke Mossey Kawasaki 2 -268
24 Ondrej Jezek Yamaha 2 -268
Round Number: 
7
Year: 
2018

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Michael Laverty Explains The Key To Brno

The rolling hills of Brno have produced one of the most iconic circuits on the MotoGP and WorldSBK calendar, and this 5km circuit has been the home of some classic races. What goes into a fast lap, though, is a lot of work on your bike settings and not forcing the issue. Max Biaggi and Marco Melandri, two former 250GP champions, have been hugely successful at the Czech track and it's no coincidence that both riders were schooled riding bikes that needed high corner speed.

Former MotoGP rider Michael Laverty is in Brno, and he sat down to talk about what goes into finding speed at the track and what he's seen from watching trackside on Friday.

"I really enjoy Brno but it's a track that you can't attack," said Laverty. "This is a track where you need to let it come to you and your settings are crucial. You can't force the bike around here because it needs to turn naturally for you. That's the reason that Max Biaggi was the king here for so long because he let the bike do the work. Max didn't brake late into the corners and he didn't force the bike to turn in the mid-corner and on the exit he wasn't sliding once he got on the gas. He was just smooth and relaxed and that's the key."

Finding a balance

"With your setting you need to find a compromise, and the trail of the bike is the biggest factor here. If you increase your trail the bike exits the corner well, but if you decrease it you enter the corner better. It's tricky to find the sweet spot here where you're not losing out on either phase and that's why the geometry of the bike is key. This weekend the temperature has made it quite slick here and riders are having to go a bit softer with their settings to try to find some rear grip.

"Brno is typically a very high grip track, you could see that in the rain where riders were committing very aggressively to turning in, but it's greasy this weekend for some reason. The grip drops away here after a few laps but then stays very consistent. You can get a couple of fast laps out of a tire, but then the grip drops and you lose some time. It's a high grip track but you can't drag a lap time out of the bikes, and you really need to let it come to you through the bike settings."

Watching from the service road Laverty was able to see the difference between riders, and he was surprised that Friday pacesetter Jonathan Rea was able to ride so aggressively. The Kawasaki is clearly very sorted for Rea but the grip that he enjoys has allowed him to take a different approach to the normal service at Brno.

"Johnny rides the Kawasaki very differently to everyone else. He's very aggressive on the bike compared to others here and whereas you typically need to carry the corner speed and be smooth here with Johnny he's attacking the corner and making a 'V' out of each section. It's different to the rest and when he has grip he's fantastic but when you use the rear tire to turn the bike it can be difficult to keep doing that when the grip drops. Using the rear to hook the bike puts a lot of strain on the rear tire but usually Johnny and Pere Riba are on top of that."

Managing rear grip

"From watching trackside, there are some riders who are being aggressive with the rear but they don't have the grip from the rear tire. It'll be interesting to see what changes on Saturday because a lot of teams were trying to manage their problems with the electronics and for some bikes, Ducati for example, it's very aggressive when their electronics cut off the power because they only have two cylinders.

"If you have more cylinders you can control the pulses better without upsetting the bike as much. Watching Ducati they were suffering from a lot of electronic intrusion whereas Kawasaki could manage it better. Johnny was the only rider attacking the corners from the start whereas everyone else was trying to carry rolling speed through the turns but that changed as the day went on."

The 5.4km layout features a series of "S bends" that characterize the track and as a very wide circuit it offers plenty of variety for lines and riders can attack one another. For Laverty, one of the keys to the weekend will be that Kawasaki and Rea seem to be able to use the low end torque of their engine to pull the bike out of the second gear corners better than their rivals.

"Most bikes are in second and third gear through the stadium, only Johnny and the Yamaha's didn't. Johnny can comfortably hold second all the way through here and still has enough torque to pull out of the corners. This section was always taken in second for everyone, but the new rev limits have clearly changed that. You exit the stadium and you're up to fifth down the hill before coming back to second again for the right hander.

"The rev limits have changed some of the character here. There are some corners where the bike will be a little lazy because you set your gearing for the straights, and the big tire also is affecting this. The gearing is a bigger compromise here compared to the past so you need to have that torque in the low revs, and that seems to be a big advantage for Kawasaki at the moment."

Whether that advantage holds for Saturday remains to be seen but the tire life is sure to be crucial this weekend. Brno isn't offering the same grip as usual and being able to make the tire work for the race distance will be key.


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Round Number: 
7
Year: 
2018

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2018 World Superbike Championship Standings After Race 13, Brno, Czech Republic

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 270  
2 Chaz Davies Ducati 189 -81
3 Tom Sykes Kawasaki 179 -91
4 Michael Van Der Mark Yamaha 176 -94
5 Marco Melandri Ducati 156 -114
6 Alex Lowes Yamaha 129 -141
7 Xavi Fores Ducati 126 -144
8 Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki 84 -186
9 Loris Baz BMW 67 -203
10 Jordi Torres MV Agusta 64 -206
11 Leon Camier Honda 63 -207
12 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 62 -208
13 Eugene Laverty Aprilia 47 -223
14 Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati 44 -226
15 Leandro Mercado Kawasaki 42 -228
16 Román Ramos Kawasaki 35 -235
17 Jake Gagne Honda 20 -250
18 PJ Jacobsen Honda 18 -252
19 Yonny Hernandez Kawasaki 16 -254
20 Leon Haslam Kawasaki 14 -256
21 Davide Giugliano Aprilia 11 -259
22 Bradley Ray Suzuki 3 -267
23 Luke Mossey Kawasaki 2 -268
24 Ondrej Jezek Yamaha 2 -268
Round Number: 
7
Year: 
2018

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2018 World Superbike Championship Standings After Race 12, Donington Park, Great Britain

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 245  
2 Chaz Davies Ducati 181 -64
3 Michael Van Der Mark Yamaha 163 -82
4 Tom Sykes Kawasaki 163 -82
5 Marco Melandri Ducati 136 -109
6 Xavi Fores Ducati 124 -121
7 Alex Lowes Yamaha 118 -127
8 Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki 78 -167
9 Loris Baz BMW 67 -178
10 Jordi Torres MV Agusta 64 -181
11 Leon Camier Honda 56 -189
12 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 53 -192
13 Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati 43 -202
14 Leandro Mercado Kawasaki 38 -207
15 Eugene Laverty Aprilia 37 -208
16 Román Ramos Kawasaki 32 -213
17 Jake Gagne Honda 20 -225
18 PJ Jacobsen Honda 18 -227
19 Leon Haslam Kawasaki 14 -231
20 Davide Giugliano Aprilia 11 -234
21 Yonny Hernandez Kawasaki 11 -234
22 Bradley Ray Suzuki 3 -242
23 Luke Mossey Kawasaki 2 -243
24 Ondrej Jezek Yamaha 2 -243
Round Number: 
6
Year: 
2018

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2018 World Superbike Championship Standings After Race 11, Donington Park, Great Britain

WorldSBK championship standings after race 1 at Donington Park:

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 229  
2 Chaz Davies Ducati 170 -59
3 Tom Sykes Kawasaki 153 -76
4 Michael Van Der Mark Yamaha 138 -91
5 Marco Melandri Ducati 131 -98
6 Xavi Fores Ducati 124 -105
7 Alex Lowes Yamaha 105 -124
8 Loris Baz BMW 61 -168
9 Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki 58 -171
10 Jordi Torres MV Agusta 57 -172
11 Leon Camier Honda 48 -181
12 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 44 -185
13 Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati 43 -186
14 Eugene Laverty Aprilia 37 -192
15 Leandro Mercado Kawasaki 34 -195
16 Román Ramos Kawasaki 32 -197
17 PJ Jacobsen Honda 18 -211
18 Jake Gagne Honda 17 -212
19 Leon Haslam Kawasaki 14 -215
20 Davide Giugliano Aprilia 11 -218
21 Yonny Hernandez Kawasaki 11 -218
22 Bradley Ray Suzuki 2 -227
23 Ondrej Jezek Yamaha 2 -227
Round Number: 
6
Year: 
2018

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2018 World Superbike Championship Standings After Race 10, Imola, Italy

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 209  
2 Chaz Davies Ducati 162 -47
3 Tom Sykes Kawasaki 137 -72
4 Marco Melandri Ducati 131 -78
5 Xavi Fores Ducati 124 -85
6 Michael Van Der Mark Yamaha 113 -96
7 Alex Lowes Yamaha 92 -117
8 Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki 58 -151
9 Jordi Torres MV Agusta 52 -157
10 Loris Baz BMW 52 -157
11 Leon Camier Honda 42 -167
12 Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati 39 -170
13 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 33 -176
14 Román Ramos Kawasaki 32 -177
15 Leandro Mercado Kawasaki 31 -178
16 Eugene Laverty Aprilia 27 -182
17 PJ Jacobsen Honda 17 -192
18 Jake Gagne Honda 17 -192
19 Davide Giugliano Aprilia 11 -198
20 Yonny Hernandez Kawasaki 11 -198
21 Ondrej Jezek Yamaha 2 -207
Round Number: 
5
Year: 
2018

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2018 World Superbike Championship Standings After Race 9, Imola, Italy

WorldSBK standings after the first race at Imola:

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 184  
2 Chaz Davies Ducati 142 -42
3 Marco Melandri Ducati 131 -53
4 Tom Sykes Kawasaki 121 -63
5 Michael Van Der Mark Yamaha 113 -71
6 Xavi Fores Ducati 111 -73
7 Alex Lowes Yamaha 82 -102
8 Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki 50 -134
9 Loris Baz BMW 47 -137
10 Leon Camier Honda 42 -142
11 Jordi Torres MV Agusta 41 -143
12 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 33 -151
13 Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati 30 -154
14 Román Ramos Kawasaki 28 -156
15 Leandro Mercado Kawasaki 25 -159
16 Eugene Laverty Aprilia 20 -164
17 Jake Gagne Honda 17 -167
18 PJ Jacobsen Honda 15 -169
19 Davide Giugliano Aprilia 11 -173
20 Leon Haslam Kawasaki 7 -177
21 Yonny Hernandez Kawasaki 7 -177
22 Ondrej Jezek Yamaha 2 -182
Round Number: 
5
Year: 
2018

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2018 World Superbike Championship Standings After Race 8, Assen, The Netherlands






1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 159  
2 Chaz Davies Ducati 129 -30
3 Marco Melandri Ducati 115 -44
4 Michael Van Der Mark Yamaha 103 -56
5 Tom Sykes Kawasaki 101 -58
6 Xavi Fores Ducati 100 -59
7 Alex Lowes Yamaha 76 -83
8 Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki 45 -114
9 Loris Baz BMW 44 -115
10 Leon Camier Honda 42 -117
11 Jordi Torres MV Agusta 39 -120
12 Román Ramos Kawasaki 28 -131
13 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 25 -134
14 Leandro Mercado Kawasaki 24 -135
15 Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati 21 -138
16 Jake Gagne Honda 17 -142
17 Eugene Laverty Aprilia 16 -143
18 PJ Jacobsen Honda 15 -144
19 Davide Giugliano Aprilia 11 -148
20 Yonny Hernandez Kawasaki 7 -152
21 Ondrej Jezek Yamaha 2 -157
Round Number: 
4
Year: 
2018

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2018 World Superbike Championship Standings After Race 6, Motorland Aragon, Spain






1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 114  
2 Chaz Davies Ducati 102 -12
3 Marco Melandri Ducati 96 -18
4 Xavi Fores Ducati 76 -38
5 Alex Lowes Yamaha 70 -44
6 Michael Van Der Mark Yamaha 67 -47
7 Tom Sykes Kawasaki 63 -51
8 Leon Camier Honda 42 -72
9 Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki 32 -82
10 Loris Baz BMW 27 -87
11 Román Ramos Kawasaki 23 -91
12 Jordi Torres MV Agusta 22 -92
13 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 18 -96
14 Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati 17 -97
15 Jake Gagne Honda 17 -97
16 Eugene Laverty Aprilia 16 -98
17 Leandro Mercado Kawasaki 16 -98
18 PJ Jacobsen Honda 10 -104
19 Yonny Hernandez Kawasaki 7 -107
20 Davide Giugliano Aprilia 3 -111
21 Ondrej Jezek Yamaha 1 -113
Round Number: 
3
Year: 
2018

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2018 World Superbike Championship Standings After Race 5, Motorland Aragon, Spain






1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 94  
2 Marco Melandri Ducati 80 -14
3 Chaz Davies Ducati 77 -17
4 Xavi Fores Ducati 76 -18
5 Alex Lowes Yamaha 57 -37
6 Michael Van Der Mark Yamaha 56 -38
7 Tom Sykes Kawasaki 53 -41
8 Leon Camier Honda 42 -52
9 Loris Baz BMW 26 -68
10 Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki 25 -69
11 Román Ramos Kawasaki 18 -76
12 Eugene Laverty Aprilia 16 -78
13 Jordi Torres MV Agusta 14 -80
14 Leandro Mercado Kawasaki 13 -81
15 Jake Gagne Honda 13 -81
16 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 12 -82
17 Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati 8 -86
18 PJ Jacobsen Honda 8 -86
19 Yonny Hernandez Kawasaki 7 -87
20 Davide Giugliano Aprilia 3 -91
21 Ondrej Jezek Yamaha 1 -93
Round Number: 
3
Year: 
2018

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