2014 Phillip Island World Superbike Race Two Results

The last race of the day was dry at 22°C.

Marco Melandri led the race ahead of Davide Giugliano, but Sylvain Guintoli took only a lap to take control at the front. Loris Baz passed Melandri for second and Jonathan Rea settled into fourth and started hounding Melandri for third.

Eugene Laverty started cutting his way through, passing Rea them, a lap later, Melandri. On the sixth lap, Loris Baz tried to pass Sylvain Guintoli, but his fellow countryman was able to fend him off for a lap. On the seventh lap, Baz feigned the same pass into turn one, selling Guintoli a dummy at turn two for the lead. Eugene Laverty then seized the opportunity and passed Guintoli to steal second place.

Marco Melandri then removed himself from contention for a podium by running off at Honda corner, and rejoining in 14th. The front three riders had a clear three seconds between them and the next riders, but Tom Sykes worked his way to the front of that group and, like Laverty did in the first race, started chipping away at the gap, leaving the fifth place battle behind him.

As Laverty started to make a break, Guintoli and Baz swapped places a few times and when Guintoli broke free, he was able to catch Laverty and pass him for the lead.

On the fifteenth lap of twenty-two, Laverty and Baz swapped places a few times behind Guintoli and Sykes caught them both up, promising a four-way battle for the lead.

At that point, Eugene Laverty's engine let go and spewed smoke and potentially oil on the track and the race was red flagged and called complete as more than two-thirds race distance had been completed.

Sylvain Guintoli was declared the winner, ahead of Loris Baz and Tom Sykes. David Salom took the EVO honours once more.

For the second year running, Sylvain Guintoli leaves Phillip Island with the title lead.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory   1'31.421 313,0
2 76 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 0.283 1'31.660 312,1
3 1 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.103 1'31.440 321,4
4 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2.052 1'31.550 310,3
5 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 4.951 1'31.937 318,6
6 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 5.673 1'31.948 315,8
7 7 C. DAVIES Ducati 1199 Panigale R 9.664 1'31.863 316,7
8 33 M. MELANDRI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 10.574 1'31.720 319,5
9 24 T. ELIAS Aprilia RSV4 Factory 11.682 1'31.972 314,0
10 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 15.065 1'32.603 303,4
11 59 N. CANEPA Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO 16.294 1'32.513 303,4
12 9 F. FORET Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 16.919 1'32.606 302,5
13 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 19.694 1'31.598 307,7
14 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 27.266 1'33.335 295,1
15 14 G. ALLERTON BMW S1000 RR EVO 27.845 1'33.213 301,7
16 11 J. GUARNONI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 29.431 1'33.648 295,9
17 21 A. ANDREOZZI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 36.393 1'33.148 301,7
18 71 C. CORTI MV Agusta F4 RR 37.018 1'33.418 302,5
19 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 54.093 1'35.269 302,5
20 20 A. YATES EBR 1190 RX 1'13.385 1'36.732 271,4
RET 58 E. LAVERTY Suzuki GSX-R1000 0.131 1'31.668 316,7


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I assume the reason for the red flag was the potential for oil on the track following his engine failure. This seems unneccessary given all but one competitor had already been over that part of the racetrack with no consequence and Laverty aapeared to have no difficulty.

Was there some further reason for the stoppage?

As for the red flag, I was never great at maths but Eurosport showed the race red flagged on lap 14 of 22. Is that correct? If so, I cannot see how that is two thirds.

If three laps or more have been completed by the leader of the race
and all other riders on the same lap as the leader, but less than two-thirds of the original race distance, rounded down to the nearest whole
number of laps, then the race will be re-started according to article
1.28.4. If it is found impossible to re-start the race, then the results will
count and half points will be awarded in the Championship.

Rounded down. So, two thirds of 22 laps is 14.66666... laps, right? Rounded down it's 14 laps that are needed.

It says 3 laps or more _completed_ by the leader then goes on to say 2/3 rounded down which to me would mean 14 completed laps but they were on lap 14 so had not completed 14. Or should I apply for a position as lap counter on Marquez's team?

Either way the stoppage was a bit of a bummer. The race was just getting good.


Only the leader counts in that regard. The rules say that if at least one third of the race distance has been reached by the leader and all riders on the same lap as the leader, it's a race result. Those riders not having passed the finish line for lap 14 would therefore not be on the same lap as the leader, which does not make any difference since it's only a matter of whether the race leader and those on the same lap have reached two thirds or not.

It seems that the added "and all other riders on the same lap as the leader" bit of text is quite redundant and is potentially a source for confusion.

it was an exciting race, the whole field went through where Lavertys' engine blew, with no drama, no fluids were spilled, as there was no cleanup and the next race, race 2 Australian superbikes started as scheduled.....what a bummer the WSBK race was not allowed to continue.....

Couldn't have had much worse luck in race 3, could he? Not only a DNF but losing an engine so early in the season.

On the other hand, Chaz Davies really lucked out with the red flag coming when it did as he'd just lost two positions... or would have if results hadn't been taken back to the last completed lap. He reports on Twitter that he was going backwards due to a rock taking out a sensor on his bike.

Eugene Laverty's Suzuki pulled a Ben Spies's Yamaha M1 on the front straight at Indy :(

Comparatively, World Superbike races have been a lot more competitive therefore more interesting then the GP series for a couple of years, perhaps because the major manufacturers like Honda and to a lesser extent Yamaha aren't sinking mega bucks to come out on top. I kind of like that smaller manufacturers are more competitive in this series, though nothing can replace the skill-set of the Moto GP riders