There wasn’t much to write home about as Jonathan Rea took yet another World Superbike victory to extend his championship lead over Tom Sykes.
Sykes had the edge on his team mate going into the opening laps, working his way up to the lead by the second corner of the first lap. But Rea wasn’t far behind, and once he’d passed his team mate there was no stopping him as he bridged a 2.7 second gap with ten laps to go.
Yesterday’s winner Chaz Davies seemed to really struggle to fight his way through the pack as well as the Kawasaki’s did, but once he’d got past the Ducati of Xavi Fores he was hunting down Sykes who was dropping off the back of Rea.
Even though it was a fantastic victory for Rea, and a respectable performance from both Sykes and Davies, the race itself was extremely uneventful. We’re at the halfway point in the season now and there have only been four different winners, with all of them being on either factory Kawasaki’s or factory Ducati’s.
The reverse grid was brought in to rectify the issues we were seeing and to try and stop the domination of one of two manufacturers. Alas, it has not worked. Today, Sykes started race two in seventh position and by the second corner he was leading. There’s talk of introducing controlled ECU and Stock 1000 engines, but by the time that happens, will the series be too far gone? Will fans already have started to tune out?
There are so many talented riders on the grid that deserve to be fighting for podiums and race wins, but other teams just aren’t putting the money in. Kawasaki don’t shy away from throwing their bucks into the series, and Ducati put their fair share in too. But Yamaha and Honda especially throw their budgets into MotoGP, leaving much less money to fund their Superbike teams.
But I digress…we certainly can’t take anything away from the top three. Their talent is second to none and their styles are incredible. Rea, Sykes and Davies are fully deserving of their podiums this weekend, and long may we continue to see Brits dominate a World series (but let’s even the playing field a little more).
World Superbike race two:
- Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing Team – 35:03.414
- Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing Team + 2.887
- Chaz Davies, Aruba.it Ducati + 4.847
- Marco Melandri, Aruba.it Ducati + 17.159
- Xavi Fores, BARNI Racing Team + 22.741
- Eugene Laverty, Milwaukee Aprilia + 26.377
- Leandro Mercado, IODARacing + 28.475
- Lorenzo Savadori, Milwaukee Aprilia + 29.718
- Alex Lowes, Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team + 33.044
- Michael van der Mark, Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team + 33.541