2014 Qatar World Superbike Race Two: The Fat Lady Sings

The results of last World Superbike race of the season, held under the floodlights of Qatar.

Tom Sykes had to beat Sylvain Guintoli to retain his title as the Englishman held a three point lead over the Frenchman. He started his campaign by leading Jonathan Rea, Davide Giugliano and fourth-placed Guintoli. Rea pushed Sykes all lap and pushed past him at the most popular overtaking spot of the track, howling down the straight, into the first turn. Loris Baz was no use in this race, having gone wide on the first lap and putting himself out of the top ten and Marco Melandri would rule himself out, spending the early laps fighting Chaz Davies and Toni Elias.

At the beginning of the third lap, Guintoli passed Giugliano into turn one. At the beginning of the fourth lap, he passed Sykes for second and at the beginning of the fifth, he passed Rea for the lead.

Guintoli, Rea and Sykes ran at the front and they left the remaining riders fighting for fourth, with Elias leading Giugliano in that fight with Melandri and Davies. Guintoli started getting away from Rea and Sykes and Sykes realised he had to get past Rea if he wanted to stay in with a chance of the title. He made his move at the beginning of the eighth lap, passing Rea with the usual first turn move, but Guintoli was a second and a half away at that point and, lap after lap, Guintoli squeezed out a few tenths, riding smoothly and cleanly. Sykes also had Rea to deal with, hounding him in the fiddly third and fourth sectors where Rea was much quicker.

On the fifteenth lap, over three seconds behind Guintoli, Sykes took a look over his left shoulder after a missed exit, but Rea was passing him on the right as he did so. Rea needed the second place to keep Melandri from taking third place in the championship from him and he had no intention of giving it up.

Sylvain Guintoli kept increasing his lead over second place until he had a four and a half second lead and could take the last two laps calmly, and secure his first double win and the World Superbike title.

Jonathan Rea in second place took third place in the championship while Tom Sykes had to settle for second.

With Loris Baz and Marco Melandri in their own battles far behind the title fight, team orders played no part in the results of this race, but the championship very much felt their impact, especially the impact of orders refused by both Baz and Melandri.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory   1'57.906 324,3
2 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 3.568 1'58.401 319,5
3 1 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 5.092 1'58.376 318,6
4 33 M. MELANDRI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 8.305 1'58.372 327,3
5 7 C. DAVIES Ducati 1199 Panigale R 8.390 1'58.620 320,5
6 24 T. ELIAS Aprilia RSV4 Factory 8.654 1'58.561 324,3
7 76 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 9.115 1'58.340 319,5
8 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1199 Panigale R 13.015 1'58.785 314,9
9 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 13.478 1'58.773 308,6
10 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 25.471 1'59.226 314,0
11 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 37.964 1'59.993 305,9
12 59 N. CANEPA Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO 38.001 1'59.915 306,8
13 67 B. STARING Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 46.248 2'00.718 299,2
14 71 C. CORTI MV Agusta F4 RR 51.926 2'01.093 308,6
15 21 A. ANDREOZZI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 56.331 2'01.076 295,9
16 99 G. MAY EBR 1190 RX 1'23.937 2'02.390 298,3
17 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap 2'05.566 306,8
18 95 A. CUDLIN Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1 Lap 2'01.873 299,2
RET 52 S. BARRIER BMW S1000 RR EVO 12 Laps 1'59.774 304,2
RET 20 A. YATES EBR 1190 RX 13 Laps 2'03.007 290,3
RET 11 J. GUARNONI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 14 Laps 2'00.799 303,4
RET 58 E. LAVERTY Suzuki GSX-R1000 15 Laps 1'59.035 314,0


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Can't belive this! Congrats to Guintoli, his rare runs in Tech3 showed his potential and finally he's got what he deserves. Fair. Pity that Sykes leaved it like this and hadn't done more. Second time just very little points decided against him (I feel for the people around him now...harsh moments are just coming). For me it's just sad to not to see Kawasaki again on podium as I like Green but...isn't Sylvain Guintoli the first Frenchman to clinch WSBK title? Hmm...Aprilia ends in style their factory effort in WSBK series.
btw - next season will be with or without MV Agusta, Bimota or Buell??? Anybody knows?

Just couldn't find this info in the net to make sure.
Fortunately it seems ok with Guintoli and Sykes both settled their places. Nice to hear congrats from Sykes (to Sylvain) and a picture Guintoli + Baz :) It's interesting how Honda with Guintoli will behave next year (for now it seems a little step backward if Honda isn't going to improve/change anything).

Aprillia manage to grunt themselves onto the top step and take the title in a poetic manner, - with a motor in a state of tune quite antithetical to the 2015 EVO motor spec rules. With a nice Baz-Melandri balance of points not handed over for either Sykes or Guinters.


Looking fwd to the lovely homologolation specials we all get to enjoy now, and a next generation of liter bikes with better track suited kit and development leanings. Have you seen the leaked MV Augusta (now hooked up w Mercedes) homologation special? Niiice! When Honda announces their V4 prepare your keyboards with drool safe precautions, it may be quite a bit like this yr's production MotoGP bike, and STUNNING.

Guinters, congrats! Good guy. And stuck on shoddy stuff in his GP tenure (incl Dunlop backmarker rubber). Hoping (Honda?) comes up with a strong package next yr for him and Pata if he is indeed going there - and a nice liter bike to get me off of my CBR600RR and drooling over something besides the Panigale. Methinks the next 1000cc Honda might need a spot in the garage ;)

Great time to be a fan and rider in my book.

I'm very pleased for him, after his time in GP and his awfull luck in BSB, now this is really well deserved.
And Elias reaction was nice too.

And I'm glad all the team orders over the last couple of rounds ended up counting for nothing.

Silvan really turned on his best performance ever, very pleased for him, hope he gets a a great package next year, I wonder what Honda could possibly come up with? He'll be taking the number one plate with him, I hope they serve him well.

And Aprilia are leaving WSBK to concentrate on MotoGP after winning the title again?

If Rea goes to Kawasaki, I think Sykes is going to have his hands full.

the wrong 2 guys are going to MotoGP?

Guinters (aka Mr Smooth) would be a great fit on a Tech 3 bike. Not to mention he has comfortably outperformed Melandri on the Aprilia, and isn't Melandri almost certainly riding what is basically just an uber-RSV4?

But I'm really happy for Sylvain, he's just a helluva nice guy who well deserves this success.

I thought Guintoli's career was over when he was taken out by the Aussie at Donington, I'm pleased to say it wasn't. Guintoli comes across as one of the nice men in bike racing, he certainly hasn't needed to resort to the kind of tactics used by his team mate. Every time Melandri failed to finish a race, it bought a smile to my face. Is there anyone in Superbikes he's not taken out?

Let's hope that Honda can provide a bike worthy of a champion next year, but I'm not holding my breath.