2015 Chang Thailand World Superbike Race Two Results

At the starting grid for race two, Sylvain Guintoli was absent. This was due to a clutch problem that they raced to resolve. As the grid lined up after the warmup lap, Guintoli's Honda was fixed in time for him to join the grid in last position.

The race started with Jonathan Rea in first place ahead of Leon Haslam, Tom Sykes and Alex Lowes. At the end of the long straight, as Sykes went wide, Lowes pushed past Haslam, interrupting both riders and setting up a gap for Chaz Davies to follow him.

Rea had a two second gap from Lowes, Haslam and Davies by the fifth lap with Sykes a further two seconds behind them. Just as it looked like a pattern was setting in, Davies lowsided his Ducati. He rewarded the marshals for their assistance in getting the bike moving by showering them with gravel as he returned to the track in last place.

Sylvain Guintoli scythed through several riders on the first turn, putting himself well within the points inside a lap, and getting to sixth place by the end of the sixth lap.

On lap eight, Haslam passed Lowes and, within three laps, he had gapped him by two seconds. Rea was, however, over three seconds ahead of him, a gap that was increasing. On Lap fifteen, Chaz Davies made it to fifteenth place, but was over twenty seconds behind Sylvain Barrier and would end the race with one point.

On the penultimate lap, after trying for several laps to unsuccessfully outbrake him, Jordi Torres powered past Tom Sykes on the exit to turn 11, and set about to consolidate his place, giving Sykes no opportunity to repass him. Also, on the last corner, Michael van der Mark passed Sylvain Guintoli, but as he used some of the runoff on the exit, he was deemed to have passed by going off the track and was penalised the overtake, reversing their positions.

Jonathan Rea won the second race convincingly from pole position, having set the lap record in both races and having led every lap. Leon Haslam, with two second places, is second in the championship behind Rea. Alex Lowes took third place, his third career podium.

While the races were not the most exciting, they were a good indication of how the change of bikes has suited both Rea and Haslam, an ominous portent for this year's title chase.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R   1'33.817 298,3
2 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 4.946 1'33.980 301,7
3 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 8.701 1'34.031 298,3
4 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 10.628 1'34.648 307,7
5 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 14.326 1'34.556 300,0
6 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 21.060 1'34.676 300,0
7 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 21.246 1'34.794 301,7
8 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 23.868 1'34.941 299,2
9 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 25.744 1'34.833 299,2
10 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 29.692 1'35.108 300,0
11 21 T. BAYLISS Ducati Panigale R 34.533 1'35.518 295,1
12 18 N. TEROL Ducati Panigale R 38.323 1'35.545 293,5
13 20 S. BARRIER BMW S1000 RR 45.834 1'36.097 293,5
14 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 45.955 1'35.930 293,5
15 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'00.898 1'34.320 301,7
16 43 G. GILDENHUYS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'23.943 1'37.663 283,5
18 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap 1'39.078 287,2
19 5 I. SIKORA BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap 1'39.220 270,0
20 53 C. CHUMJAI BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap 1'40.455 279,8


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I hope Chaz went back and apologized for the gravel shower, I know adrenaline plays a part but that is no excuse for potentially hurting these guys.

Marshalls are volunteers, and without them no racing. They should not be taken for granted or treated with disrespect, or put in unnecessary danger.

It was a thoughtless and dangerous thing to do, and I'm sure Chaz would apologise once he realised.

Ironically he would have got out of the gravel quicker if he hadn't gunned the throttle.

A few years back, Sbk was the place to go for exciting races and race long scraps while MotoGP was the world of processions. Not the case anymore. Apart from a few crashes the race is pretty much over at the third turn.

Do yourself a favour and watch the WSB races from Phillip Island a few weeks ago.

Rea just nailed it this time around. It happens.