Aug 19

German WorldSBK Day 2 – Davies dominates in Germany with Race One victory

Race 1 at Lausitzring sees Davies speed to victory, with Rea and Sykes also on the podium

German WorldSBK Day 2 - Davies dominates in Germany with Race One victoryAs the riders enjoyed their first race since the summer break it was Welshman Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) who produced a superb ride at the Prosecco DOC German Round on Saturday, taking victory by a 1.834s margin from Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) also on the podium.


Repeating his Race 1 victory from Lausitzring last year Davies controlled the race well after starting in third on the grid, taking the lead on the second lap. He was too strong for Rea and Sykes despites their best efforts to chase him down.

Sykes had set a new pole record earlier in the day but could not match Davies’ race pace and crossed the line in third place, 3.25s down on the Ducati-equipped race winner.

The Saturday contest at Round 9 in Germany saw Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) cross the line in fourth place, 16 seconds down on his teammate Davies, with Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) getting a creditable fifth place as he finished half a second behind Melandri.

Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) put pressure on Camier for fifth but just missed out by 0.186s as the highest finisher on the YZF R1.

Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) was the best finisher on the Aprilia RSV4 RF in seventh, whilst Xavi Fores (BARNI Racing Team), Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) and Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) rounded out the top ten.

On his WorldSBK return wildcard Markus Reiterberger (Van Zon Remeha BMW) was running in a solid eighth place for much of the race before he ran into the gravel at turn 10 and dropped down the order to eventually finish 13th.

Earlier Leandro Mercado (IODARacing) had suffered a midrace off track excursion and he ended up 11th. There were several high profile crashers and retirees including Italian quartet Riccardo Russo (Guandalini Racing), Raffaele de Rosa (Althea BMW Racing Team) and Davide Giugliano (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team).

Stefan Bradl (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) was forced to sit out due to pain in his left elbow, after crashing on Friday and having a further medical check following Superpole on Saturday morning. His condition is to be evaluated again on Sunday morning before Warm Up.

Indeed Sunday’s action at the Prosecco DOC German Round will see the WorldSBK riders on track for their Warm Up session at 9.30am local time (GMT+2), with Race 2 commencing at 1pm local time.


P1 – Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) 
“Last year was a great race for us in the first race and this year I knew that would be a different story. It was a matter of scratching out a result as everyone had a strong pace, I felt like we showed we had the best pace over 21 laps instead of one lap. I kept my powder dry, 25 points in the bag and I’m very happy with that.”

P2 – Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) 
“I think second position is the best we could have expected this weekend, after we’ve had some problems all weekend. In the mid part of the race I did think I had a little bit extra, but it wasn’t enough to match Davies’ pace, so a big well done to him.”

P3 – Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) 
“Overall I’m happy with our performance, I had a bit of a problem and wasn’t able to exit the long turns  as I would have liked and that’s whats slowed us down, we just need to work on those issues tomorrow and I think we’ll be up and fighting.”


#GermanWorldSBK at Lausitzring: Race 1
1. Chaz Davies Ducati
2. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki +1.834
3. Tom Sykes Kawasaki +3.250

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Full Race Results 
Manufacturers Award Standings


Championship Standings after Race 1, Round 9
1. Jonathan Rea (GBR) Kawasaki (361 points)
2. Tom Sykes (GBR) Kawasaki (298 points)
3. Chaz Davies (GBR) Ducati (251 points)

Full Championship Standings
Grid for Race Two



WorldSSP: Morais storms to first pole position  
South African rider on pole in Germany ahead of Caricasulo and Tuuli


At the Prosecco DOC German Round on Saturday afternoon Sheridan Morais (Kallio Racing) cashed in on his good pace so far this weekend to grab his first ever WorldSSP pole, ahead of fellow front row qualifiers Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) and Niki Tuuli (Kallio Racing).

Morais produced a fine 1’40.440 lap in Tissot Superpole 2 to put him at the head of the grid for Sunday’s race, with Italian rider Caricasulo 0.065s behind him in second place. From the other side of the Kallio Racing box Morais’ colleague Tuuli made it a great day for his team to round out an all-Yamaha row one.

Friday’s fastest rider Jules Cluzel (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) qualified in fourth and will be joined on row two by World Champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and championship leader Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team).

Britons Luke Stapleford (Profile Racing) and Kyle Smith (GEMAR Team Lorini) qualified in seventh and ninth respectively, with Italian rider Lorenzo Zanetti (Team Factory Vamag) in eighth.

On the fourth row it’s Hannes Soomer (WILSport Racedays) in tenth place, in front of Hikari Okubo (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) and Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven). Towards the end of the session Rea crashed but was not too adversely affected.

In SP1 Soomer topped the timesheet with a 1’41.519s lap and he was joined in graduation to SP2 by Zanetti.

At the #GermanWorldSBK round on Sunday the WorldSSP riders will commence their race around the 4.255km Lausitzring circuit at 11.30am local time.


Pole Position – Sheridan Morais (Kallio Racing)
“Really happy to get the pole position and we have made a small improvement with the new bike, which has made a big difference. We are feeling really comfortable here in Germany and we have a chance to fight for the victory tomorrow.”


WorldSSP Tissot-Superpole 2:
1. Sheridan Morais (RSA) Yamaha 1.40.440
2. Federico Caricasulo (ITA) Yamaha 1.40.505 (+0.065)
3. Nikki Tuuli (FIN) Yamaha 1.40.714 (+0.274)

Full Results


WorldSSP300: Coppola secures pole position in tense Superpole
Italian fights off competition to take stunning pole position


Alfonso Coppola (SK Racing) will start from pole position in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship, as the championship returns for their sixth round of the inaugural season, in a competitive qualifying session at Lausitzring.

Superpole one began at the Prosecco DOC German Round with all riders keen to get out on track as the 15 minute session began. Borja Sanchez (Halcourier Racing) was the first rider to set a competitive lap time around the 4.265km circuit, dominating the opening half of the session. Unchallenged for the top spot, Michael Carbonera (SK Racing) secured second position in the closing three minutes, just 0.380s behind the Spanish rider. However a stunning lap from Indonesian rider Ali Adriansyah Rusmiputro (MVR Racing) as the flag went out saw him shoot into first position with a lap time of 1.57.009, taking him automatically into Superpole Two.

As riders went out for the all important Superpole Two and the dash for pole, Robert Schotman (GRT Yamaha WorldSSP300 Team) was the first rider to set a strong lap time, and it was a highly competitive session around Lausitzring. A strong fight for pole position ensued, with six riders sitting in provisional pole. Ultimately it was Coppola who took the top time with a lap of 1.55.665, ahead of Mika Perez (WILSport Racedays) in second position after the Spanish rider was caught up in traffic. Marc Garcia (Halcourier Racing) completes the front row, 0.730s off the pole position. Giuseppe De Gruttola (SK Racing) will head the front row, ahead of Ana Carrasco (ETG Racing) who was able to lead the session mid-way through as Gabriel Noderer (Scuderia Maranga Racing) ended the session in the top six.

Relive all the exciting WorldSSP300 Superpole sessions with the WorldSBK VideoPass, ahead of race which kicks off at 14.20LT on Sunday, as 35 riders take on the German circuit of Lausitzring for the first time.


Pole position – Alfonso Coppola (SK Racing)
“It was a difficult qualifying session, with a lot of riders out on track but I was able to keep calm and set a strong lap time. It’s not the race, so you don’t need to worry about scoring points and I am so happy to have secured pole position. I want to say thank you to my SK Racing team, and I am looking forward to the race tomorrow.”


WorldSSP300 Tissot-Superpole 2:
1. Alfonso Coppola (ITA) Yamaha 1.55.665
2. Mika Perez (ESP) Honda 1.55.971 (+0.306)
3. Marc Garcia (ESP) Yamaha 1.56.395 (+0.730)

Full Results 

source: WorldSBK.com