It’s been six weeks since we last saw any World Superbike action.
This weekend we follow the WSBK grid to the bumpy Lausitzring, for what is possibly the final international event to be held at the circuit – although nobody seems to mind.
Tom Sykes stormed to pole position ahead of Jonathan Rea and Lorenzo Savadori, who started on the front row for the first time this year. Sykes looked confident going into the race, but translating pole into a race win is something he always seems to struggle with.
The race itself stuck to the usual script, but with Chaz Davies taking his 25th World Superbike victory. He came from sixth on the grid to take the lead and run with it, leaving his rivals for dust. Jonathan Rea crossed the line in second, after a shaky start that saw him run wide on the first corner. He quickly recovered positions to bring it home ahead of team mate Sykes.
Davide Guigliano was making his return to the world stage this weekend, taking on the second Honda seat. His comeback announcement was greeted with annoyance, mostly from the British Superbike paddock. Guigliano had signed for the Tyco BMW team for this season alongside Christian Iddon. After a crash at Donington saw him sit out the first few rounds due to injury, he eventually announced his split with the race winning team.
However, only a couple of weeks later he announced his return to World Superbike with the Honda team which set off alarm bells. Many BSB riders claimed that Guigliano quit the British championship because it was too competitive and “too difficult”, which they are right to think considering he split from the Philip Neill run squad to focus on injury.
But I digress. Guigliano jumped aboard the struggling Fireblade and was equalling his new team mate Stefan Bradl’s performance. But it just wasn’t to be for Honda today. Guigliano was forced to retire with twelve laps to go, and Bradl didn’t start due to an injury sustained from a crash in FP2. He will be re-assessed tomorrow morning after warm up, and Honda will look to tomorrow’s race to try and achieve some solid results.
After race one, Jonathan Rea still sits at the top of the overall standings, with a 63 point advantage over his team mate Sykes.
World Superbike race one:
- Chaz Davies, Aruba.it Racing – 1’36.919
- Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing Team +1.834
- Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing Team +3.250
- Marco Melandri, Aruba.it Racing +16.005
- Leon Camier, MV Agusta Reparto Corse +16.597
- Alex Lowes, Pata Yamaha Official WSBK Team +16.783
- Lorenzo Savadori, Milwaukee Aprilia +24.898
- Xavi Fores, BARNI Racing Team +31.137
- Jordi Torres, Althea BMW Racing Team +31.373
- Eugene Laverty, Milwaukee Aprilia +40.593
- Leandro Mercado, IODARacing +47.796
- Randy Krummenacher, Kawasaki Puccetti Racing +48.509
- Markus Reiterberger, Van Zon Remeha BMW +50.795
- Roman Ramos, Team Kawasaki Go Eleven +1:00.282
- Michael van der Mark, Pata Yamaha Official WSBK Team +1:04.118
- Ayrton Badovini, Grillini Racing Team +1:35.425