Article By Ministry of Bikes
Posted on 11 Jul 2017
WSBK: Rea leads the championship before summer break
This year’s World Superbike Championship sees pretty much the same four riders at the top of the results table week after week, and last weekend’s round at Laguna Seca in California was no different.
Chaz Davies from Aruba.it Ducati was triumphant in race one after getting back on track from suffering a fracture to one of his vertebrae. It was Tom Sykes from the Kawasaki Racing Team who led the race from the beginning before both Davies and Jonathan Rea, also from the Kawasaki Racing Team, quickly overtook during the second part of the race.
It was a tough race for any other riders to attempt to fight for the front as the three leaders powered ahead to secure the top three podium positions, with Davies taking the number one position, Rea in second and Sykes in third.
Davies teammate Marco Melandri secured fourth place while Xavi Fores from Barni Racing Team came in fifth. Completing the top ten was Leon Camier from MV Agusta Reparto Corse in sixth, Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) in seventh, Michael Van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official World SBK Team) in eighth, Leandro Mercado (IODA Racing) in ninth, and Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) in tenth.
Many of the riders again paid their respects to the late Nicky Hayden, as Davies celebrated his win by flying a number 69 flag, while Jake Gagne won a point for the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team.
Tom Sykes started off in the lead for race two before Jonathan Rea pushed ahead of his teammate to eventually take the pole position. Tom Sykes secured second place as Davies struggled to overtake closer to the end of the race, although still managed to take the final spot on the podium.
Rea managed to set a new lap record of 1’23.275 even though the temperatures on the track were high, and managed to win by 2.8 seconds.
Marco Melandri secured fourth place again, while Xavi Fores was fifth, Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) came sixth, Leandro Mercado in seventh, Lorenzo Savadori in eighth, and Alex Lowes in ninth, while Michael Van der Mark completed the top ten.
World Superbike Championship Standings
- Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki Racing Team – 341 Points
- Tom Sykes – Kawasaki Racing Team – 282 Points
- Chaz Davies – Aruba.it Ducati – 226 Points
- Marco Melandri – Araba.it Ducati – 189 Points
- Alex Lowes – Pata Yamaha Official World SBK Team – 148 Points
- Xavi Fores – Barni Racing Team Ducati – 132 Points
- Michael Van der Mark – Pata Yamaha Official World SBK Team – 129 Points
- Leon Camier – MV Agusta Reparto Corse – 99 Points
- Jordi Torres – Althea BMW Racing Team – 94 Points
- Eugene Laverty – Milwaukee Aprilia – 89 Points