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Chaz Davies Leaves Nothing to Chance and Wins Race 1 at Laguna

@WorldSBK  @MazdaRaceway • July 18, 2015-  Chaz Davies has won the opening race of the day at Laguna Seca after a lights-to-flag display that saw the British rider take the win by 1.798secs at the line.

After several days of sunshine on the Central Coast of California, raceday at Laguna Seca for the GEICO Motorcycle US Round, the ninth of the 2015 eni FIM Superbike World Championship season dawned with thunder and rain greeting the WorldSBK riders.

A wet warm-up saw the riders take to the track for the first time with Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) fastest in the tricky conditions but thankfully by the time race 1 was scheduled to start the sun was shining again and the track had started to dry.

Davies made the perfect start, taking the hole shot before opening up a 1.6secs lead at the end of lap 5. Despite the Kawasaki pairing of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea giving chase they were unable to reel in the Racing Ducati rider who romped to the victory, his sixth career-win and the second-ever for the Panigale R machine.

At the flag and after a tense, race-long duel second and third went to Sykes and Rea, respectively, the pair pushing each other to limit throughout the whole encounter. Rea’s third place is ironically his ‘worst’ result of the season.
                            2- Tom Sykes (GBR)           1- Chaz Davies (GBR)           3- Jonathan Rea (GBR)
Davide Giugiano ( Racing – Ducati SBK Team) finished a lonely fourth after regrouping from a poor start, the Italian who started on the front row eventually getting the better of Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) after spending a significant amount of laps trying to pass the Spaniard.

Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) inherited sixth after Leon Haslam fell off his Aprilia on lap 21, while reigning Champion Sylvain Guintoli powered the Pata Honda to seventh ahead of his team mate and reigning World Supersport champion Michael van der Mark.

Leandro Mercado impressed in ninth aboard the Barni Racing Ducati, the Argentine rider recovering from a huge crash earlier in the weekend.

Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) rode to a solid tenth place finish, with Randy de Puniet (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) and Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven) completing the top 12.

Leon Haslam scored three points after nursing the Aprilia to the finish ahead of youngest rider in the field Christophe Ponsson (Team Pedercini). Gianluca Vizziello (Grillini Racing) scored his first WorldSBK point with 15th.

Althea Racing had a difficult race with both Niccolò Canepa and Matteo Baiocco suffering technical problems at the start.

WorldSBK Laguna Seca - Race 1
1 - Chaz Davies Racing - Ducati Superbike Team
2 - Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team +1.798
3 - Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team +2.107

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Monday, 20 July 2015 08:35 Published in Reports, Results & Points

Dorna in major cross-platform partnership upgrade with Motul‏

@motul  @MotoGP • Commercial rights holders of the MotoGP™ World Championship, Dorna Sports S.L., and French lubricant manufacturer Motul are pleased to announce a significant new partnership agreement which includes MotoGP™ title sponsorship, licensing, as well as cross-platform involvement in the WorldSBK and the Junior World Championships.

Thursday, 25 June 2015 13:39 Published in News

Masterclass Performance Gives Rea The Win In Race 2

@WorldSBK • The second race of the PATA Riviera di Rimini round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship was won by championship Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) after a race long fight with Davide Giugliano ( Racing – Ducati Superbike Team).

Monday, 22 June 2015 16:11 Published in Reports, Results & Points

Sykes Powers Away to Misano Race 1 Win

@WorldSBK • The opening race of the day at the Misano World circuit “Marco Simoncelli” was won by Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) who converted his 27th Pole Position into his 25th career win – his third of the year in front of an enthusiastic Italian crowd. In doing so he once more tied his teammate Jonathan Rea for both number of wins and podium finishes.

Monday, 22 June 2015 16:05 Published in Reports, Results & Points

Rea Pulls Away to Take Fourth Double of the Season

@KawasakiWSBK  @WorldSBK • (June 7, 2015)- The conditions for this afternoon’s second WorldSBK race at Portimao's Autodromo Internacional do Algarve were almost perfect as the earlier rain had disappeared.

Sunday, 07 June 2015 17:04 Published in Reports, Results & Points

Rea Wins Flag-to-Flag Opening Race at Portimao

@WorldSBK • @Kawasaki_WSBK • (June 07, 2015)- After twenty action-packed laps that saw the first flag-to-flag race of 2015, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) has taken his ninth victory of the season in the opening race of the day at Portimao, coming home 9.384s ahead of team mate Tom Sykes and with an even bigger margin on Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati Team), who completed the podium.

Sunday, 07 June 2015 08:19 Published in Reports, Results & Points

Sykes Does The Donington Double For Third Time In A Row

@WorldSBK • Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) made it two wins from two starts as he dominated WorldSBK Race 2 at Donington Park to equal Carl Fogarty’s six race wins record in the series.

Sunday, 24 May 2015 14:37 Published in Reports, Results & Points

Sykes Takes Maiden 2015 Win in Donington Opening Race

@WorldSBK  Tom Sykes  has won the opening 23-lap WorldSBK race at Donington Park in dry but cold and overcast conditions after a race long fight with his KRT team mate Jonathan Rea.

Sunday, 24 May 2015 14:32 Published in Reports, Results & Points

Rea Takes Third 2015 WSBK Double

@WorldSBK  #ImolaWorldSBK  (May 10, 2015)- The second WorldSBK race of the Acerbis Italian Round went the full 19-lap distance, with the Kawasaki Racing duo claiming their second 1-2 finish of the day as Jonathan Rea once again got the better of Tom Sykes with a comfortable 4.399s lead at the line. For Rea it was the eighth win from ten starts, which also completed his third double of the year.

Sunday, 10 May 2015 14:22 Published in Reports, Results & Points

Rea Wins Shortened WorldSBK Race 1 at Imola

@WorldSBK • #ImolaWorldSBK • (May 10, 2015)- The opening race at Imola, the Acerbis Italian Round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship resulted in victory for championship leader Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) after a the race was initially red flagged and restarted because of a crash involving David Salom (Team Pedercini Kawasaki), who fell off his factory ZX-10R at Rivazza on lap 11. After being taken to the Medical Centre, the Spaniard was diagnosed with a left radius bone fracture and a deep elbow contusion.

The pace in the restart was electric, as the Kawasaki pairing of Sykes and Rea pushed each other to the limit. A lap record on lap 2 for Rea saw him pass his team mate only for Sykes to respond with an even faster lap to pile on the pressure. A tense final lap saw Rea cling on to claim his 22nd career win ahead of Sykes with Davide Giugliano who produced a determined ride to claim third and the final podium place on his return to the WorldSBK paddock.

Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) made changes during the short delay, the British rider looked more comfortable, finishing fourth ahead of the Pata Honda machine of reigning World Champion Sylvain Guintoli, who moved up from 15thon the original starting grid to fifth. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia) scored a solid ten points in sixth.

Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing Ducati) was part of a six rider group that was fighting for fifth, the reigning FIM Superstock 1000cc Cup winner taking seventh ahead of Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing Ducati), Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) and Michel Fabrizio, who took a solid tenth position on his one-off ride, replacing the injured Nico Terol.

Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki), Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Santiago Barragan (Grillini SBK Team Kawasaki), Christophe Ponsson (Team Pedercini) and Imre Toth (BMW Team Toth) rounded out the point scoring finishers.

Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) was running in sixth in the early stages of the first part of race 1 before a mistake dropped him down the order, the Spanish WorldSBK rookie re-grouped before crashing out unhurt with 11 laps to go. He along with Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati Superbike Team) were unable to take part in the restart.

WorldSBK Imola - Race 1
1 - Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team 
2 - Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team +0.482
3 - Davide Giugliano Racing - Ducati Superbike Team +3.945

From: Press Office/ World Superbike


Sunday, 10 May 2015 07:42 Published in Reports, Results & Points

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