MotoGP Race And Practice Results
With the shift to a 10:30 start, World Superbike now has to deal with colder temperatures in the mornings. Last year, the noon start meant the race was held at 22ºC compared to today's 16ºC, meaning tyres would play a big part and that settings from the first race would be invalid by the second.
The break between the races has also shortened to make sure everything fits between 10:30 and 14:30, so as not to clash with other televised motorsports, prompting concerns with rehydration between races when the timetable was announced, but so far no riders have complained.
The cold climate in the morning did have an effect, but as everyone had the same tyres and the teams were all racing on the same track, it wasn't an unfair effect. Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri suffered from settings that didn't suit the conditions, blaming the tyres for the Aprilias' poor performances in the first race, a view backed up with a podium from Melandri in the second race.
Tom Sykes also got caught out by the tyres in the second race, choosing to stick with the harder tyre while everyone else chose the SC0 rear Pirelli. After four or five laps into the second race, it was clear that the SC0 was the right choice, especially when comparing Sykes to Loris Baz on the same bike and the right tyre, and Sykes was talked out of going for that tyre by his crew chief Marcel Duinker, a decision that was a point of humorous contention after Sykes won the hard way with the wrong tyre.
Ducati, in spite of a best position of fourth today, look like they have covered some of the Panigale's weaknesses, improving on last year's best position of seventh at Aragon, albeit with Carlos Checa surreally getting stung by a bee. Aragon is a track that didn't suit the Panigale last year, which brings hope to Ducati. Davies may have won last year on the BMW, but fourth on one of the Ducati's bogey tracks is not bad, especially when you look at Davide Giugliano's qualifying performance.
At Honda, Leon Haslam is struggling while Jonathan Rea seems to be finding a direction. in spite of struggling all weekend with trying to improve engine braking. A podium and a fifth place on a track that rewards faster bikes was more than the Fireblade deserved and Rea was very complimentary to his team. It's clear that the Honda is still not the bike they'd want but Rea can mask its deficiencies well enough for podiums, if not victories.
Eugene Laverty tweeted about Toni Elias ruining his fun using breakfast advertising slogans to humorous effect and Elias apologised for his aggressive behaviour, also on Twitter, as his riding pushed Laverty to an eleventh place he couldn't recover from. After such a strong start in Philip Island, Laverty was hoping for better, but she settled for a fifth in the first race, also recovering from a bad start, and a recovery to sixth. Class rookie Alex Lowes had a worse recovery, citing a lack of experience at the track as a factor.
In the EVO class, Leon Camier demonstrated that he deserves a better ride than none, and filled in admirably on Sylvain Barrier's BMW, while David Salom continued his run of form, heading the second race on his Kawasaki. The EVO Bimotas of Ayrton Badovini and Christian Iddon performed admirably, even if they technically didn't exist for the purposes of racing, collecting no points, in spite of point-earning placement, due to Bimota not having made the 125 necessary bikes to count.
The EBR bikes, running as regular, non-EVO, bikes didn't fare as well, with their innovative design not translating to actual results and, in spite of having enough bikes for sale to claim points, they have as yet been unable to do so. If they'd entered as EVO bikes, their predicament would not be as bad, but as it is, they will inevitably be compared to the Bimota and MV Agusta, both equally new to the class this year.
World Supersport on paper looks like the return of Kenan Sofuoglu, but without Jules Cluzel's desire not to settle for second place, a desire that served him well at Philip Island, we would be writing about the force that is Kev Coghlan. With dominant qualifying being paired with a crash denying him a certain top two place - even Sofuoglu said he had no chance of catching and passing Cluzel or Coghlan - it seemed like a third rider on the grid could finally claim a victory. As it is, Sofuoglu adds to his tally of victories and Michael Van Der Mark reminds us he's a contender.
Champions are riders who can win when it's going well and snatch podiums when they're disadvantaged, and today, Tom Sykes reminded us that the number one plate on the front of his Kawasaki was earned. Winning a race when you have the wrong tyre is nothing short of extraordinary. His double victory also overshadowed Loris Baz's forty-point performance that demonstrates that Kawasaki have a lot to be proud of this year, and that Baz doesn't need to wait for it to rain to push for victories.
Marc Marquez – who else? – won in dominating fashion Sunday, leading from the start and finishing Sunday’s race at the Circuit of the Americas with a gap of more than four seconds at the end.
In reality, Marquez began leading from the outset of the Texas weekend, finishing first in every practice, earning pole position and setting a new lap record in the process. Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa rode to a quiet second place and Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso continued his strong COTA showing with the final podium spot, a full 20 seconds behind the 21-year-old race winner.
But the talk of the race was the tenth-place finisher, Jorge Lorenzo. The Yamaha rider badly jumped the start from the second row, so much so that he passed the front-row riders and the start finish line before the rest of the pack set out.
Race marshals immediately forced a ride-through penalty, putting the former world champion into last place by the race's second lap.
At the front of the pack, Marquez and Pedrosa almost immediately opened a gap as Lorenzo pulled into pit lane for his penalty. The battle for third through sixth picked up with Andrea Iannone, Cal Crutchlow, Stefan Bradl, Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi all fighting for position.
Rossi, who made a slow start from the slot on the grid adjacent to Lorenzo, soon began pushing his way through the pack eventually climbing into fourth. But that was short-lived as the nine-time world champion faded at the middle of the race to finish eighth, after being passed by Dovizioso, Bradley Smith, Pol Espargaro and Bradl. Cal Crutchlow crashed out nine laps into the contest and reportedly broke his hand.
At the race’s end, it was Bradl who managed fourth, followed by Tech 3 teammates Bradley Smith (5th) and Pol Espargaro (6th). Andrea Iannone, who held third for much of the early race, finished in seventh, just in front of his countryman Rossi (8th). Aleix Espargaro also made up for a bad start to finish ninth.
And Lorenzo -- who crashed out of the lead at the first race in Qatar -- mananged to work way through the pack to finish 10th.
Marquez, with 50 points, now leads the championship by 14 points over second place Pedrosa and 22 points in front of Rossi with the next race in two weeks in Argentina.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time / Diff.|
|9||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||47.605|
|18||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||+1'51.962|
|45||Scott REDDING||Honda||2 Laps|
|5||Colin EDWARDS||Forward Yamaha||4 Laps|
|35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||Ducati||9 Laps|
|19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||Honda||12 Laps|
|23||Broc PARKES||PBM||13 Laps|
Moto2 rookie Maverick Vinales won his first Moto2 race Sunday in only his second try in the series at the COTA. Vinales, the reigning Moto3 champion, started in sixth position and survived a chaotic early race to take the win by four seconds.
Tito Rabat, the pole sitter for the Austin race and the winner at Qatar, finished second after bad start left him back in the pack early in the contest. Dominic Aegerter, who led briefly, held on for third place, seven seconds behind the leader.
Mika Kallio, who briefly challenged Aegerter for third, settled into fourth. The result left him third in the championship points standings, five points behind Vinales and 12 shy of teammate and championship leader Rabat.
Simone Corsi rounded out the top five. Thomas Luthi (6th) won the COTA race last year.
Given his starting position, Vinales was a bit lucky to finish at all. Several crashes in a chaotic first three laps left multiple riders down including Johann Zarco, Julian Simon, Luis Salom and American Josh Herrin. Simon remounted to finish. Herrin was able to remount but crashed a second time.
With 10 laps remaining, Vinales set to work. He consistently posted the race's fastest laps and worked his way through the pack to take the lead with six laps to go. He never looked back, extending his lead every lap until it stood at a massive four seconds by the race's end.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time / Diff|
|5||3||Simone CORSI||Forward KLX||9.934|
|7||95||Anthony WEST||Speed Up||17.561|
|8||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||Suter||18.948|
|9||23||Marcel SCHROTTER||Tech 3||19.72|
|10||88||Ricard CARDUS||Tech 3||24.552|
|12||54||Mattia PASINI||Forward KLX||43.955|
|16||22||Sam LOWES||Speed Up||51.154|
|21||97||Roman RAMOS||Speed Up||+1'02.346|
|19||Xavier SIMEON||Suter||2 Laps|
|18||Nicolas TEROL||Suter||3 Laps|
|96||Louis ROSSI||Kalex||11 Laps|
|2||Josh HERRIN||Caterham Suter||14 Laps|
|94||Jonas FOLGER||Kalex||15 Laps|
|7||Lorenzo BALDASSARRI||Suter||16 Laps|
|5||Johann ZARCO||Caterham Suter||17 Laps|
|Not Finished 1st Lap|
|39||Luis SALOM||Kalex||0 Lap|
Jack Miller fought off a race-long challenge from Efren Vazquez to win his second grand prix in a row Sunday at the Circuit of the Americas near Austin, Texas. Miller, with two race wins in two tries this season, leads the championship by 18 points.
Romano Fenati, who started eighth on the grid, clawed his way through the pack to grab second place over Efren Vazquez who had held the number-two position for much of the contest. Vazquez finished third, bringing up the rear of the tight cluster of the three lead riders. For Vazquez, it is his second podium in the row and puts him second in the world championship with 32 points.
Alex Rins, pole setter and winner here last year, finished fourth after Alex Marquez crashed out on the final lap with only two corners left in the contest. Jacob Kornfeil, sixth in Qatar, managed one better in Texas with fifth place.
Miller, who started on pole, led virtually the entire race with the exception of brief challenges by Vazquez, Marquez and Fenati. In the early laps, it was Miller, Marquez, Vazquez, Rins, Fenati with Marquez and Vazquez swapping positions regularly as Fenati closed the gap. By the midway through the race, Miller, Marquez and Vazquez had opened a one-second gap on the field.
Then Fenati began to make his move. The lead rider on Valentino Rossi's Sky Racing Team VR46 picked off Kornfeil then Rins and began to close in on the battling pair of Vazquez and Marquez. Fenati caught the leaders with four laps left and sliced into second leaving Vazquez in third and Marquez in fourth.
The final, hectic lap brought multiple position changes with Marquez crashing out of fourth and Fenati holding off Vazquez while Miller won by less than a bike length.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time / Diff.|
|11||58||Juanfran GUEVARA||Kalex KTM||24.817|
|12||11||Livio LOI||Kalex KTM||34.634|
|19||9||Scott DEROUE||Kalex KTM||+1'02.422|
|20||65||Philipp OETTL||Kalex KTM||+1'02.609|
|21||22||Ana CARRASCO||Kalex KTM||+1'02.695|
|23||43||Luca GRÜNWALD||Kalex KTM||+1'18.905|
|25||55||Andrea LOCATELLI||Mahindra||1 Lap|
|26||51||Bryan SCHOUTEN||Mahindra||1 Lap|
|12||Alex MARQUEZ||Honda||1 Lap|
|4||Gabriel RAMOS||Kalex KTM||3 Laps|
|23||Niccolò ANTONELLI||KTM||11 Laps|
|41||Brad BINDER||Mahindra||11 Laps|
|32||Isaac VIÑALES||KTM||12 Laps|
|61||Arthur SISSIS||Mahindra||0 Lap|
|3||Matteo FERRARI||Mahindra||0 Lap|
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time||Diff. / Prev.|
|2||26||Dani PEDROSA||Honda||2'03.793||0.303 / 0.303|
|3||99||Jorge LORENZO||Yamaha||2'04.245||0.755 / 0.452|
|4||38||Bradley SMITH||Yamaha||2'04.268||0.778 / 0.023|
|5||46||Valentino ROSSI||Yamaha||2'04.417||0.927 / 0.149|
|6||44||Pol ESPARGARO||Yamaha||2'04.421||0.931 / 0.004|
|7||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||Ducati||2'04.457||0.967 / 0.036|
|8||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||Ducati||2'04.617||1.127 / 0.160|
|9||29||Andrea IANNONE||Ducati||2'04.634||1.144 / 0.017|
|10||6||Stefan BRADL||Honda||2'04.671||1.181 / 0.037|
|11||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||Honda||2'04.902||1.412 / 0.231|
|12||45||Scott REDDING||Honda||2'05.604||2.114 / 0.702|
|13||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||2'05.916||2.426 / 0.312|
|14||69||Nicky HAYDEN||Honda||2'05.998||2.508 / 0.082|
|15||68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||Ducati||2'06.015||2.525 / 0.017|
|16||17||Karel ABRAHAM||Honda||2'06.337||2.847 / 0.322|
|17||7||Hiroshi AOYAMA||Honda||2'06.425||2.935 / 0.088|
|18||8||Hector BARBERA||Avintia||2'06.845||3.355 / 0.420|
|19||5||Colin EDWARDS||Forward Yamaha||2'07.623||4.133 / 0.778|
|20||23||Broc PARKES||PBM||2'08.029||4.539 / 0.406|
|21||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ART||2'08.299||4.809 / 0.270|
|22||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||2'08.415||4.925 / 0.116|
|23||70||Michael LAVERTY||PBM||2'08.434||4.944 / 0.019|
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time||Diff. / Prev.|
|2||36||Mika KALLIO||Kalex||2'10.737||0.047 / 0.047|
|3||60||Julian SIMON||Kalex||2'10.810||0.120 / 0.073|
|4||30||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||Kalex||2'10.822||0.132 / 0.012|
|5||19||Xavier SIMEON||Suter||2'10.899||0.209 / 0.077|
|6||3||Simone CORSI||Forward KLX||2'10.908||0.218 / 0.009|
|7||53||Esteve RABAT||Kalex||2'10.940||0.250 / 0.032|
|8||40||Maverick VIÑALES||Kalex||2'11.028||0.338 / 0.088|
|9||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||Suter||2'11.132||0.442 / 0.104|
|10||81||Jordi TORRES||Suter||2'11.146||0.456 / 0.014|
|11||5||Johann ZARCO||Caterham Suter||2'11.201||0.511 / 0.055|
|12||77||Dominique AEGERTER||Suter||2'11.228||0.538 / 0.027|
|13||54||Mattia PASINI||Forward KLX||2'11.255||0.565 / 0.027|
|14||23||Marcel SCHROTTER||Tech 3||2'11.369||0.679 / 0.114|
|15||12||Thomas LUTHI||Suter||2'11.417||0.727 / 0.048|
|16||22||Sam LOWES||Speed Up||2'11.544||0.854 / 0.127|
|17||88||Ricard CARDUS||Tech 3||2'11.563||0.873 / 0.019|
|18||11||Sandro CORTESE||Kalex||2'11.571||0.881 / 0.008|
|19||95||Anthony WEST||Speed Up||2'11.604||0.914 / 0.033|
|20||39||Luis SALOM||Kalex||2'11.715||1.025 / 0.111|
|21||18||Nicolas TEROL||Suter||2'11.854||1.164 / 0.139|
|22||49||Axel PONS||Kalex||2'11.925||1.235 / 0.071|
|23||7||Lorenzo BALDASSARRI||Suter||2'11.939||1.249 / 0.014|
|24||4||Randy KRUMMENACHER||Suter||2'12.205||1.515 / 0.266|
|25||21||Franco MORBIDELLI||Kalex||2'12.310||1.620 / 0.105|
|26||96||Louis ROSSI||Kalex||2'12.339||1.649 / 0.029|
|27||55||Hafizh SYAHRIN||Kalex||2'12.442||1.752 / 0.103|
|28||2||Josh HERRIN||Caterham Suter||2'12.480||1.790 / 0.038|
|29||8||Gino REA||Suter||2'12.803||2.113 / 0.323|
|30||45||Tetsuta NAGASHIMA||TSR||2'13.449||2.759 / 0.646|
|31||97||Roman RAMOS||Speed Up||2'13.518||2.828 / 0.069|
|32||25||Azlan SHAH||Kalex||2'13.647||2.957 / 0.129|
|33||10||Thitipong WAROKORN||Kalex||2'13.831||3.141 / 0.184|
|34||70||Robin MULHAUSER||Suter||2'14.098||3.408 / 0.267|
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time||Diff. / Prev.|
|2||23||Niccolò ANTONELLI||KTM||2'17.189||0.383 / 0.383|
|3||12||Alex MARQUEZ||Honda||2'17.260||0.454 / 0.071|
|4||42||Alex RINS||Honda||2'17.308||0.502 / 0.048|
|5||8||Jack MILLER||KTM||2'17.336||0.530 / 0.028|
|6||84||Jakub KORNFEIL||KTM||2'17.468||0.662 / 0.132|
|7||10||Alexis MASBOU||Honda||2'17.484||0.678 / 0.016|
|8||32||Isaac VIÑALES||KTM||2'17.628||0.822 / 0.144|
|9||52||Danny KENT||Husqvarna||2'17.719||0.913 / 0.091|
|10||5||Romano FENATI||KTM||2'17.863||1.057 / 0.144|
|11||17||John MCPHEE||Honda||2'17.900||1.094 / 0.037|
|12||21||Francesco BAGNAIA||KTM||2'18.232||1.426 / 0.332|
|13||41||Brad BINDER||Mahindra||2'18.285||1.479 / 0.053|
|14||63||Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN||Honda||2'18.291||1.485 / 0.006|
|15||44||Miguel OLIVEIRA||Mahindra||2'18.302||1.496 / 0.011|
|16||33||Enea BASTIANINI||KTM||2'18.366||1.560 / 0.064|
|17||55||Andrea LOCATELLI||Mahindra||2'18.377||1.571 / 0.011|
|18||98||Karel HANIKA||KTM||2'18.381||1.575 / 0.004|
|19||11||Livio LOI||Kalex KTM||2'18.399||1.593 / 0.018|
|20||31||Niklas AJO||Husqvarna||2'18.900||2.094 / 0.501|
|21||61||Arthur SISSIS||Mahindra||2'18.923||2.117 / 0.023|
|22||43||Luca GRÜNWALD||Kalex KTM||2'18.975||2.169 / 0.052|
|23||57||Eric GRANADO||KTM||2'19.267||2.461 / 0.292|
|24||58||Juanfran GUEVARA||Kalex KTM||2'19.283||2.477 / 0.016|
|25||3||Matteo FERRARI||Mahindra||2'19.317||2.511 / 0.034|
|26||9||Scott DEROUE||Kalex KTM||2'19.360||2.554 / 0.043|
|27||19||Alessandro TONUCCI||Mahindra||2'19.680||2.874 / 0.320|
|28||38||Hafiq AZMI||KTM||2'19.804||2.998 / 0.124|
|29||65||Philipp OETTL||Kalex KTM||2'20.211||3.405 / 0.407|
|30||95||Jules DANILO||Mahindra||2'20.989||4.183 / 0.778|
|31||22||Ana CARRASCO||Kalex KTM||2'21.298||4.492 / 0.309|
|32||51||Bryan SCHOUTEN||Mahindra||2'21.462||4.656 / 0.164|
|33||4||Gabriel RAMOS||Kalex KTM||2'23.328||6.522 / 1.866|
As the riders lined up for the warmer second race, they did so on the softer tyre, all apart from Tom Sykes who stuck with the harder rear.
Sykes was followed into the first turn by Loris Baz and Jonathan Rea as Davide Giugliano passed Sylvain Guintoli for fourth ahead of Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri. Those seven riders charged off at the front until Davies lost the front, putting a gap between the Aprilias and Giugliano's Ducati that was quickly closed.
Unlike the first race, Sykes was unable to make a break at the front and Loris Baz was able to keep up with him on the softer tyre while Davide Giugliano looked like the tyre wasn't suitable for his bike while the track warmed up and the Aprilias settled into their rubber.
At the halfway point, Sykes and Baz were losing a little bit of pace as Melandri was able to catch Jonathan Rea and pass him on the tenth lap and focus on closing the gap to the Kawasakis. Guintoli passed Rea, but was too far back to challenge the leaders.
Melandri, however, had a win on his mind, and Loris Baz was far too polite to his teammate, the world champion Tom Sykes, to pass him and blast away. Baz looked like the only Kawasaki man with a tyre to escape from Melandri's charge, but Sykes still had plenty of front tyre to thwart his teammate on the brakes in the safe passing points.
If Baz had been less polite, he may have been able to pass Sykes and throw him into the clutches of Melandri and plan on settling the win between himself and the Aprilia rider. As it was, Sykes had his own plans to just keep the lead for as long as possible.
Two laps from the end, Baz tried to pass Sykes, holding the lead after the long straight for less than one complete corner as Sykes switched back and retained the lead into the last corner, but thus gave Melandri enough momentum to take second place and focus on Tom Sykes who was obviously riding on the wrong tyre.
Marco Melandri seemed to be suffering from a little twitchiness on the rear on the long left sweeper, but on the last lap, the bike behaved perfectly and he had enough drive to chase down Sykes and try for a pass at the end of the long straight, taking the inside track on the brakes, but he was trying from too hard back and he went wide, letting Sykes win the race and Loris Baz squeak past for second place. Melandri took the podium behind a Kawasaki one-two.
Tom Sykes took pole position, lap record, a double victory and led a Kawasaki one-two, all while riding on the wrong tyre. It's good to be the champ.
Kawasaki also took top EVO position with David Salom beating out Niccolo Canepa and Leon Camier, rounding out a very good day where it seemed easy to be green.
|1||1||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'58.089||321,4|
|2||76||L. BAZ||Kawasaki ZX-10R||0.338||1'58.054||324,3|
|3||33||M. MELANDRI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||0.470||1'58.058||324,3|
|4||50||S. GUINTOLI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||5.429||1'58.264||324,3|
|5||65||J. REA||Honda CBR1000RR||8.861||1'58.216||321,4|
|6||58||E. LAVERTY||Suzuki GSX-R1000||15.986||1'58.860||318,6|
|7||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||18.206||1'57.995||315,8|
|8||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR||25.513||1'58.905||318,6|
|9||24||T. ELIAS||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||25.823||1'59.464||320,5|
|10||44||D. SALOM||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||38.949||2'00.377||305,1|
|11||59||N. CANEPA||Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO||39.413||2'00.398||304,2|
|12||19||L. CAMIER||BMW S1000 RR EVO||41.486||2'00.068||307,7|
|13||32||S. MORAIS||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'02.587||2'00.769||295,9|
|14||23||L. SCASSA||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'09.720||2'01.947||301,7|
|15||9||F. FORET||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'14.046||2'02.098||299,2|
|16||21||A. ANDREOZZI||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'14.233||2'02.021||303,4|
|17||20||A. YATES||EBR 1190 RX||1'35.195||2'03.355||288,8|
|18||10||I. TOTH||BMW S1000 RR||1'37.781||2'03.233||309,5|
|19||56||P. SEBESTYEN||BMW S1000 RR EVO||1'54.547||2'04.042||295,9|
|20||99||G. MAY||EBR 1190 RX||1'57.166||2'04.429||291,9|
|RET||84||M. FABRIZIO||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||5 Laps||2'02.812||296,7|
|RET||11||J. GUARNONI||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||8 Laps||2'00.733||300,0|
|RET||71||C. CORTI||MV Agusta F4 RR||12 Laps||2'00.285||305,1|
|RET||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||14 Laps||1'57.982||315,8|
|RET||22||A. LOWES||Suzuki GSX-R1000||16 Laps||1'57.975||312,1|
|STH||86||A. BADOVINI||Bimota BB3 EVO||40.915||2'00.107||305,9|
|STH||2||C. IDDON||Bimota BB3 EVO||7 Laps||2'01.104||307,7|
Fifteen Laps at Aragon, warming up a few degrees from the World Superbike race, World Supersport gave us the tough fighting we expect from the class.
Florian Marino took an early lead but made a few mistakes and lost the lead Michael Van Der Mark with Kev Coghlan, Jules Cluzel and Kenan Sofuoglu following over the next few laps.
Michael Van Der Mark goes wide at the end of the straight, out-braking himself, letting the duelling pair of Jules Cluzel and Kev Coghlan past, but recovering before Kenan Sofuoglu was able to snatch third.
On the tenth lap, Jules Cluzel led the pack of four riders, with Kev Coghlan snapping at his heels while Kenan Sofuoglu hounded Michael Van Der Mark with the rest of the field four seconds behind. Sofuoglu and Van Der Mark swapped places a couple of times and as Cluzel passed Coghlan and was repassed, Sofuoglu passed Van Der Mark at the end of the straight.
Two laps from the end, as Sofuoglu closed down the leading duo, Coghlan held the lead into the hard braking area at the end of the straight and Cluzel tried to carry speed underneath him but instead clipped Coghlan's rear wheel with his front, sending them both off the track and letting Sofuoglu take the lead.
Cluzel walked away from the crash as Coghlan kept hold of his clutch throughout and somehow managed to run round and get back on.
Kenan Sofuoglu spent the remainder of his tyres and metronomically ticked off corner after corner, not giving Van Der Mark a chance to close the growing gap, and he took the win, joined on the podium by Van Der Mark and a grateful Florian Marino.
Coghlan managed to rescue a fifth place behind Lorenzo Zanetti and took the title lead.
|1||54||K. SOFUOGLU||Kawasaki ZX-6R||2'01.967||284,2|
|2||60||M. VD MARK||Honda CBR600RR||0.869||2'02.158||284,2|
|3||21||F. MARINO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||9.091||2'02.870||279,8|
|4||26||L. ZANETTI||Honda CBR600RR||10.475||2'02.726||284,2|
|5||88||K. COGHLAN||Yamaha YZF R6||15.194||2'01.934||283,5|
|6||35||R. DE ROSA||Honda CBR600RR||18.579||2'03.130||280,5|
|7||5||R. TAMBURINI||Kawasaki ZX-6R||19.059||2'03.345||276,9|
|8||65||V. LEONOV||MV Agusta F3 675||19.666||2'02.849||279,1|
|9||11||C. GAMARINO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||19.846||2'03.145||282,7|
|10||14||R. WILAIROT||Honda CBR600RR||20.077||2'03.272||279,8|
|11||4||J. KENNEDY||Honda CBR600RR||24.569||2'03.188||280,5|
|12||44||R. ROLFO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||25.187||2'03.598||282,0|
|13||6||D. SCHMITTER||Yamaha YZF R6||25.535||2'03.617||284,2|
|14||99||P. JACOBSEN||Kawasaki ZX-6R||28.843||2'03.544||282,0|
|15||61||F. MENGHI||Yamaha YZF R6||28.904||2'03.420||276,9|
|16||24||M. BUSSOLOTTI||Honda CBR600RR||33.148||2'03.741||279,1|
|17||9||T. COVEÑA||Kawasaki ZX-6R||43.243||2'04.803||282,0|
|18||89||F. ROGERS||Honda CBR600RR||56.196||2'05.606||282,7|
|19||161||A. IVANOV||Yamaha YZF R6||56.460||2'05.829||281,3|
|20||7||N. CALERO||Honda CBR600RR||1'11.373||2'05.538||280,5|
|RET||16||J. CLUZEL||MV Agusta F3 675||4 Laps||2'01.708||285,0|
|RET||10||A. NOCCO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||6 Laps||2'06.860||276,2|
|RET||84||R. RUSSO||Honda CBR600RR||9 Laps||2'05.013||276,9|
|RET||19||K. WAHR||Yamaha YZF R6||11 Laps||2'03.832||279,8|
With three fewer laps than last year, World Superbike at Aragon took place under a cool 16-degree sun, the earlier and colder start making tyre choice tricky.
Tom Sykes took the lead from pole position, followed by Loris Baz and a charging Davide Giugliano. Fabien Foret didn't complete the first lap, with a technical issue ending his race early on. The end of the first lap also gave us a surprising look at how little an advantage, compared to last year, the Kawasakis and Aprilias had, as Giugliano's Ducati kept pace with Baz.
Giugliano and Baz had an early duel, with Giugliano passing Baz in a rapier-thrust move at the end of the fourth lap, which gave Sykes the ability to just hot lap, managing his tyres and make an unimpeded break.
Jonathan Rea was between the front three and the group of Sylvain Guintoli, Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies, biding his time and managing his cold tyres.
As the race went on, Sykes stretched his gap to over four seconds as Baz riposted and took second place back off Giugliano. By the eleventh lap, the Aprilias, in spite of Melandri's 328kmh down the back straight, looked like their tyre choice might not have been good, especially with the amount of free practice they devoted to testing race tyres. Chaz Davies passed Melandri then Guintoli and Melandri started not being able to corner as well as he liked and he fell prey to Leon Haslam and Alex Lowes by the end of the race.
On the last lap, Tom Sykes held a four second gap from Loris Baz to lead a Kawasaki one-two, but behind them, Jonathan Rea caught Davide Giugliano and pounced at the end of the back straight, passing on the brakes and taking third. Giugliano made a tight turn in the fiddly section before the start/finish straight and tucked his front as he was too tight inside Rea's Honda, pushing Rea out as he fell to the tarmac. Rea held his bike and finished third as Giugliano had to watch his teammate Chaz Davies and three other riders ride past as he picked up his bike and his pride, eventually minimising the damage by finishing in a dejected eighth.
Leon Camier, sitting in for Sylvain Barrier, was the first EVO bike across the line, followed by Ayrton Badovini on the non-scoring Bimota. Camier finished in twelfth as Badovini introduced us to the new "Subject To Homologation" result.
|1||1||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'57.664||323,4|
|2||76||L. BAZ||Kawasaki ZX-10R||4.275||1'57.860||322,4|
|3||65||J. REA||Honda CBR1000RR||8.418||1'57.936||323,4|
|4||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||15.715||1'58.142||318,6|
|5||58||E. LAVERTY||Suzuki GSX-R1000||19.305||1'58.702||320,5|
|6||50||S. GUINTOLI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||21.998||1'58.261||325,3|
|7||24||T. ELIAS||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||24.018||1'59.082||322,4|
|8||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||27.894||1'58.140||317,6|
|9||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR||29.077||1'58.985||322,4|
|10||22||A. LOWES||Suzuki GSX-R1000||29.863||1'58.851||314,0|
|11||33||M. MELANDRI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||34.820||1'58.250||328,3|
|12||19||L. CAMIER||BMW S1000 RR EVO||35.255||1'59.886||308,6|
|13||44||D. SALOM||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||43.975||2'00.646||305,9|
|14||11||J. GUARNONI||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||46.721||2'00.072||298,3|
|15||32||S. MORAIS||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||56.619||2'01.286||297,5|
|16||23||L. SCASSA||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'16.469||2'01.614||302,5|
|17||20||A. YATES||EBR 1190 RX||1'35.047||2'03.114||290,3|
|18||10||I. TOTH||BMW S1000 RR||1'48.427||2'03.488||312,1|
|19||21||A. ANDREOZZI||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'51.222||2'03.409||299,2|
|20||56||P. SEBESTYEN||BMW S1000 RR EVO||2'01.152||2'04.534||301,7|
|RET||84||M. FABRIZIO||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||8 Laps||2'01.516||299,2|
|RET||59||N. CANEPA||Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO||13 Laps||1'59.715||304,2|
|RET||99||G. MAY||EBR 1190 RX||14 Laps||2'04.785||282,0|
|RET||71||C. CORTI||MV Agusta F4 RR||16 Laps||230,3||1'59.747 300,8|
|STH||86||A. BADOVINI||Bimota BB3 EVO||43.934||2'00.741||305,9|
|STH||2||C. IDDON||Bimota BB3 EVO||58.222||2'01.254||308,6|