Marco Melandri, Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes started from the front row to the race 2 of the Thai round. Jordi Torres, Leon Camier and Nicky Hayden were in the second row. Third row was occupied by Tom Sykes, Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea.
The race was going in big heat as there was 37°C in the air and the track had almost 50°C!
Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies had great start and moved some places up immediately. But it was poleman Melandri who took the lead.
In the second lap Chaz Davies crashed from the second position. He sit back on his bike and continued in the race but of course there was a big gap to the riders ahead of him.
Meanwhile Jonathan Rea overtook Melandri and went to the lead in the race. Then there were Melandri and Lowes. Tom Sykes was going 4th.
On the lap number 5 there was a very nasty crash of Lorenzo Savadori. There was some oil leaking from his bike and he crashed on it. Very bad one for him.
The race was interrupted as there was oil on the track.
Jonathan Rea started from pole position to the restarted race, Marco Melandri and Alex Lowes was standing next to him on the front row. Sykes, Camier and Laverty were on the second row.
Michael van der Mark wasn’t able to take part in the restart as there was some oil leak on his bike too.
Jonathan Rea went to the lead, Marco Melandri was behind him. During the first few laps it looked like he could keep the Briton’s pace but Rea was increasing his gap in the front.
On lap 5 Stefan Bradl crashed from the 11th place. Shame for the German as it looked like he would be able to fight for some decent points and for top 10.
One lap later also Eugene Laverty crashed. Big shame for him as he was P5 on that time.
A few moments later Leon Camier had to stop because of some technical problems. And again, big shame, he was racing on 7th place.
Jonathan Rea had quite a comfortable lead and he took another victory! It’s the 4th race of the year and he has won it all so far! I personally start to think if we see someone else winning this season.
Tom Sykes did some last time overtake as he got ahead of Melandri just a few metres before the finish and guaranteed double for Kawasaki. Melandri was 3rd then.
Another great ride from Alex Lowes who was 4th, Jordi Torres did great job as well and he was 5th.
Chaz Davies should be really greateful for that red flag. After his crash from the beginning of the race he continued but was last. So he could go to the restart, he started from the last place but surely it was bigger chance for him to move up some places than if he had to do during the race without red flag. In the end he did P6. Of course, it’s not what he wanted but when we count all the circumstances it’s good result and all points count.
Nicky Hayden was 7th and showed us that it’s promising that the new Fireblade will be better and better step by step. Xavi Forés was 8th, Roman Ramos 9th which is good result for him. Markus Reiterberger finished 10th.
Alex de Angelis was 11th, Riccardo Russo 12th, Ondřej Ježek 13th which means first points from his World Superbikes career, Ayrton Badovini was 14th and Eugene Laverty 15th. After his crash he continued in the race and it was worth it as he was able to take 1 point. And you know, as I already said, all points count.
These 15 riders finished the race. Camier, Bradl and Krummenacher (who retired from the race after a few laps) didn’t finish, Michael van der Mark wasn’t allowed to start because of the technical issues and Lorenzo Savadori crashed, damaged his bike and also injured himself a little bit. Luckily it looks like he should be fine for the next round.
In the next round there should be finally also Leandro Mercado who was forced to skip first two rounds because of the injury.
Jonathan Rea has the maximum possible amount of points (100) in the Championship Standings, Chaz Davies is second with 70 points, Tom Sykes third as he has 62 points.
Kawasaki is first in the Manufacturers Standings with 100 points, Ducati has 76 points and Yamaha 50 points.
In the Team Standings Kawasaki Racing Team is on top with 162 points, Aruba.it Racing – Ducati is second with 115 points, Pata Yamaha Official Team is third with 76 points.
The third round of WorldSBK will be in 3 weeks in Spain at Motorland Aragon.
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