Oct 21

Rea secures first ever Jerez win (updated)

Pirelli Spanish Round

Race 1 at Jerez was won by the World Champion after a late technical issue for provisional leader Melandri, with Davies and Sykes also on the podium.

Saturday’s racing at the Pirelli Spanish Round saw Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) register his first victory as the recently crowned 2017 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Champion, taking advantage of a late technical issue for provisional race leader Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati). With his first ever win at Jerez, Rea was joined on the podium at the end of a restarted Race 1 at Round 12 by Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team).

On his way to equaling Carl Fogarty’s career podium record of 109 rostrum results in WorldSBK Rea took over at the front after Melandri pulled off with a problem with four laps to go.

Rea had taken control of the restarted race in the early stages and led for several laps before Melandri made a move with 13 laps to go at turn 9 up the inside of the Northern Irishman. Davies then followed Melandri through to overtake Rea, but Rea soon responded to retake the Welshman and slot back in behind the Italian.

As Melandri chased his second race win in 2017, since his return to WorldSBK at the start of the year, cruel luck saw him pull off towards the end of the race, leaving Rea to take the glory. Sykes produced a solid ride in third place as he continues to recover from wrist and finger injuries sustained in Portugal in September, with Davies crossing the line just under 0.5s ahead of him in second.

It was another strong performance from Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) as he collected more good points on the Yamaha YZF R1, crossing the line fourth, 3.677s ahead of his teammate Michael van der Mark who was fifth.

2014 World Champion Sylvain Guintoli’s return to action on the Kawasaki ZX-10RR saw him finish a creditable sixth, in the first of four races he will ride for the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing at the final two rounds of the season.

The top ten was rounded out by Milwaukee Aprilia duo Lorenzo Savadori and
Eugene Laverty and Spanish pair Xavi Fores (BARNI Racing Team) and Roman Ramos (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) – in seventh to tenth places respectively.

Turn 13 proved to be unlucky for Takumi Takahashi (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) as he lost the front end of his Honda CBR1000RR, though he picked it up to finish 16th. Takahashi’s Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team colleague Davide Giugliano was an unfortunate late retiree.

In the initial race start a turn 6 crash on the first lap involving Ayrton Badovini (Grillini Racing Team) and Raffaele de Rosa (Althea BMW Racing Team) brought out the red flags. After a short break the race was recommenced with a quick restart procedure with the riders keeping their focus in the clear conditions in Andalusia on the resurfaced Jerez track, though neither Badovini nor De Rosa made it back onto the grid.

Race 2 for the WorldSBK riders at the Pirelli Spanish Round takes place at 1pm on Sunday.


P1 – Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) 
“So, so nice to tick that box for a Jerez race win. I was trying to manage the race a little bit in the beginning because I did not get a long run in yesterday, after my big crash, so I was not sure how the tyre choice we made was going to play out. I went all in to that race. With the position we now have in the championship I went in over my head – but it was fun to ride like this.”

P2 – Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) 
“It was cat and mouse between me and Tom, I could see them behind and I knew he was catching me and I tried to pull away a little bit. After missing FP2 I felt it was a really good ride, it was hard because we missed an hour of track time and I felt like I was learning as I was going. It was a a tough race and I’m really happy with the result.”

P3 – Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) 
“The pace stayed very consistent and it was quite nice at the end. Unfortunately at the beginning of the race there was a little bit of stop-start so I could not set my usual rhythm and I lost some time. In the first three laps I had a small issue with gear selection, and then missed a gear coming onto the straight. I lost some track positions but regrouped and then the pace was acceptable. We were just not able to bridge that gap to the guys in front.”


#JerezWorldSBK at Jerez: Race 1
1. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2. Chaz Davies Ducati +1.137
3. Tom Sykes Kawasaki +1.599

Pirelli WorldSBK Tyre Choices
Full Race Results 
Manufacturers Award Standings


Championship Standings after Race 1, Round 12
1. Jonathan Rea (GBR) Kawasaki (481 points)
2. Tom Sykes (GBR) Kawasaki (352 points)
3. Chaz Davies (GBR) Ducati (347 points)

Full Championship Standings
Grid for Race Two



WorldSSP: Caricasulo heads grid for penultimate 2017 race
Italian on pole ahead of Cluzel and Morais who also qualified on front row at Jerez, as championship contender Mahias suffers another crash


Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) secured pole position in Tissot Superpole 2 for the WorldSSP class at the Pirelli Spanish Round on Saturday afternoon, recording a 1’43.285 lap around the resurfaced Jerez track. In clear and sunny conditions at the iconic venue in Andalusia Caricasulo outpaced nearest rival Jules Cluzel (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) by just 0.049s for pole, with Sheridan Morais (Kallio Racing) finishing third in the session by 0.356s.

PJ Jacobsen (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) is to start from fourth on the grid after a dramatic ending to the session which saw him hold on to that spot as championship contender Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) sought to challenge the frontrunners on the grid in the final minutes. Following a heavy crash on Friday at the 4.423km Circuito de Jerez Mahias went down again in the final two minutes of SP2 at turn 5 – and had to settle for fifth on the grid.

The Yamaha rider looked confused as to what had caused the crash, but in the absence of the injured defending champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) Mahias still has a good chance of wrapping up the title on Sunday.

Anthony West (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) rounds out the second row, ahead of Michael Canducci (Puccetti Racing Junior Team FMI) who qualified seventh.

Canducci will be joined on the third row by compatriots Lorenzo Zanetti (Team Factory Vamag) and Christian Gamarino (BARDAHL EVAN BROS. Honda Racing), despite a late fall for Gamarino at turn 13 on his final flying lap.

Niki Tuuli (Kallio Racing), Kyle Smith (GEMAR Team Lorini) and Luke Stapleford (Profile Racing) will get away from the fourth row.

The Round 12 action on Sunday at #JerezWorldSBK will see the WorldSSP grid commence their race at 11.30am local time (GMT +2).


Pole Position – Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team)
“I am really happy, I did two or three very fast laps and we had a good improvement of my bike and I’m really happy with the work from myself and my team and I look forward to the race tomorrow.”


WorldSSP Tissot-Superpole 2:
1. Federico Caricasulo (ITA) Yamaha 1.43.285
2. Jules Cuzel (FRA) Honda 1.43.334 (+0.049)
3. Sheridan Morias (RSA) Yamaha 1.43.641 (+0.356)

Full Results 


WorldSSP300: Garcia tops final Superpole session of the season
Spaniard on top as title fight heads into the final race


World championship leader Marc Garcia (Halcourier Racing) has taken pole position in a scintillating FIM World Supersport 300 Superpole session, with a lap time of 1.54.947 as he begins his hunt for the world title ahead of the final race tomorrow.

2017 race winners Ana Carrasco (ETG Racing) and Mika Perez (WILSport Racedays) shot through the opening Superpole one session, as the sun shone down on the 4.4km circuit. The Spanish duo ended the session over half a second ahead of the rest of the field, with Carrasco leading the remainder of the session.

World title elect Garcia came out fighting in Superpole Two as he set the first fastest lap in the 15 minute session, sitting just 0.2s ahead of his competitors. However heading into the final five minutes, the competition began to heat up and the Spaniard faced a lot of competition.

Daniel Valle (Halcourier Racing) ended the session in second position behind his team-mate, ahead of the one event rider Omar Bonoli (Team Runner Bike) in a tense end to the session. Despite putting up a strong battle, Scott Deroue (MTM KS Kawasaki) will head the second row ahead of Portimao race winner Ana Carrasco (ETG Racing). Wild card entry Manuel Gonzalez (Halcourier Racing Viajes 2000) completes the second row, as he is 0.807s behind the pole position man.

Championship contender Alfonso Coppola (SK Racing) will head the third row as the Yamaha rider struggled with his pace in Southern Spain.

Relive the stunning action from the final WorldSSP300 Superpole of the 2017 season, and watch the reactions ahead of the championship decider, all with the WorldSBK VideoPass.


Pole Position – Marc Garcia (Halcourier Racing Team)
“We had a very good session with my team, here the pace is very good on the 300. But I will do my best tomorrow, we will work through the problem at the end of the session and hope to take the championship!


WorldSSP300 Tissot-Superpole 2:
1. Marc Garcia (ESP) Yamaha 1.54.947
2. Daniel Valle (ESP) Yamaha 1.55.208 (+0.261)
3. Omar Bonoli (ITA) KTM 1.55.382 (+0.435)

Full Results 

source: worldsbk.com