The first round of the World Superbike Championship 2017 is already a history. The second race of the weekend has taken place today. It was another great show full of action.
With the new starting grid rules things seemed to be pretty mixed up. Alex Lowes started from pole position, Leon Camer and Xavi Forés completed the front row.
Lowes had good start and went to a lead, also Forés was there. Camier didn’t make that great start to the race and lost couple of places.
On the other hand, Rea, Davies and Sykes who all had to start from the 3rd row had good start and were fighting to be on top positions. It didn’t work that well for Sykes but it took just a few laps to Rea and Davies to be there to fight for the victory.
Marco Melandri had a great start from P10 and moved many places forward. He was there to fight for podium too.
After a few laps a group of 5 did make some gap advantage. There were Rea, Davies, Melandri, Lowes and Forés.
Sykes and van der Mark then tried to keep the pace of the front group but later they started to lose some contact with them and so a chance to fight for podium.
Behind these two there were Camier, Laverty, Hayden and Savadori with some small gaps between each other. Behind them there was a group of Bradl, Ramos, de Angelis, Brookes and Reiterberger fighting for P12 (later even for P11).
Final few laps showed a great show again with mainly Rea, Davies and Melandri fighting for the spots on the rostrum. The finish was pretty similar to the Saturday’s one as Davies tried to overtake Rea on the finish line but wasn’t able to do it.
So another 25 points for Rea and another 20 points for Davies. Marco Meladri finished 3rd and scored his first podium finish since his comeback.
Alex Lowes was 4th again which may be a little bit shame because he was doing very well the whole weekend and a podium finish would be an icing on the cake for him but it is a great and promising start for him and Yamaha to this season.
Xavi Forés was 5th, he is another rider with very strong weekend and real potential to fight against the best ones in the upcoming race weekends.
Tom Sykes was 6th, Michal van der Mark 7th, Leon Camier 8th, Lorenzo Savadori 9th (which is good for him after the Saturday’s crash) and Top 10 was completed by Eugene Laverty.
The battle for P11 was won by the birthday boy Alex de Angelis. Wildcard rider Josh Brookes was 12th, Markus Reiterberger 13th, Roman Ramos 14th and Stefan Bradl took another one point in his debut race weekend in World Superbikes.
Randy Krummenacher wasn’t as great as on Saturday, this time it was only P16 for him so no points. Ondřej Ježek was 17th which meant last place.
During the race Riccardo Russo, Ayrton Badovini and Nicky Hayden suffered a crash. Jordi Torres had problems with electronics on his bike already during warm up lap and wasn’t able to start to the race.
Jonathan Rea takes the early lead in the Championship standings with 50 points, Chaz Davies is 2nd with 40 points. Tom Sykes is on 3rd place with 26 points.
Kawasaki leads the Manufacturers standings as well as Kawasaki Racing Team is first in the Team standings.
Next race weekend will take place in Thailand in two weeks time.
Photo: World Superbikes