Second round of the World Superbikes Championship is taking part in Thailand this weekend. First race is already behind us. Jonathan Rea with Kawasaki started from the pole position ahead of his team mate Tom Sykes. Marco Melandri with Ducati completed the front row.
Rea had really strong start and he managed to build some gap already in the first few laps. Marco Melandri seemed to chase him but after a few laps he dropped back.
Rea was alone there doing his own race. It was masterly performance from the reigning Champion.
Behind Melandri there were Sykes and Davies. Davies did overtake him and tried to come closer to his Ducati team mate. Davies had had some troubles in the Superpole where he had crashed but then managed it back again to do a quick lap and improved his time to start at least from P5.
On lap 14 (from 20) Davies overtook Melandri for P2. He did some fast laps then but Rea was really far away. There was almost no chance to catch him!
Rea did it by the start to finish style. Phenonemal ride! And it’s third victory of the season for him which means he has won everything so far.
Chaz Davies kept P2 which means he is the race’s runner-up for the third time.
It looked like Melandri would have taken the last place on the rostrum but in the end Sykes was able to catch him and even in the last lap he overtook him and it was the British rider who got P3 and 16 points.
But now it means that Melandri will be on pole position for race 2 while Sykes will have to start from the third row. And now there is a question on my mind. I just wonder what is better. To fight for podium in race 1 but know that it will mean row 3 on the starting grid for race 2 or give up the battle and be P4 which would mean pole position? I really would be interested what Sykes was thinking about, if he was able to fully think about this. Because I personally thought that he wouldn’t go for the battle with Melandri and he would have rather stayed as P4 and then have pole position for race 2.
Great race by the both Pata Yamaha team boys. Pretty nice race pace and consistency. Michael van der Mark finished 5th, his team mate Alex Lowes was 6th.
Jordi Torres was 7th, Leon Camier 8th which is really good for the MV Agusta rider. The team had some problems on Friday (similar situation like in Australia) and Leon almost didn’t do any laps on that day.
Great result for the Red Bull Honda team with Nicky Hayden 9th and Stefan Bradl 10th.
Xavi Forés wasn’t able to keep the pace of the best ones and this time it’s just P11. Randy Krummenacher was 12th, Lorenzo Savadori 13th, Markus Reiterberger 14th which is a little bit shame for the German as he didn’t have good start and dropped some positions. One point was taken by Roman Ramos.
Alex De Angelis, Riccardo Russo and Ondřej Ježek finished the race without taking any points.
During the race Ayrton Badovini suffered a crash but the Italian escaped unharmed.
Eugene Laverty did have some bad luck as his bike had some technical issues just one lap before the finish! A shame for him as he was on the 7th position in that time.
Marco Melandri will start from pole position to race 2 tomorrow, Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes will be on the front row as well.
Row 2 will be completed by Jordi Torres, Leon Camier and Nicky Hayden.
Tom Sykes, Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea will start from row 3. In this order.
Race 2 starts at 4 pm local time which is 10 am CET.
Photo: World Superbikes