2016 Laguna Seca World Superbike Race Two Results: Rocket's Red Glare, Race's Red Flag

Race two started with Tom Sykes leading Davide Giugliano, Jonathan Rea, Chaz Davies and Nicky Hayden. Michael van der Mark had a poor start and charged through traffic until he got to the corkscrew where he fluffed the entry and bounced across the tarmac and gravel heading at the wall that was the scene of Akira Yanagawa's famous 1998 crash, but van der Mark was able to lay the bike down before it hit the air fences and he picked it up and rejoined the race.

On lap three, Davide Giugliano found a way past Tom Sykes at turn three, after the Andretti hairpin and maintained his lead until Pawel Szkopek had a nasty crash, fracturing a toe and summoning the red flags on lap six.

As lap four was the last lap completed by all riders, the positions on the grid for the 21-lap restart were taken at the end of that lap. Nineteen riders lined up for the restart, headed by Giugliano, Sykes and Rea with Davies, Hayden and Lorenzo Savadori on the second row with Michael van der Mark at the back of the grid.

Tom Sykes got away from the lights at the restart, but Davide Giugliano made a move in the Andretti hairpin to take the lead, pushing Sykes out of the way. Jonathan Rea avoided Sykes, giving Nicky Hayden the opportunity to squeeze through to third place. A lap later, Rea took third place back from Hayden and spend another lap to close the gap to Giugliano and Sykes.

On lap four, Jonathan Rea made an impossible overtake, charging into the Corkscrew on a tight line we've not seen probably since the 750s raced here, when American wild cards had a better line deep to the apex of the entry into the top turn of the Corkscrew. Rea passed both Sykes and Giugliano, flustering the Italian to third as Sykes followed his teammate on his left. Both Kawasakis were side by side down the plunge and Rea had his nose in front as they exited the right hander, the second corner of the chicane. Sykes had the inside line for the next left hander and briefly took the lead until Rea made another move to take the idea back.

Shortly after, on lap five, Rea exited a left hander too quickly and hit the sandy gravel as he ran off the track, letting Sykes and Giugliano claw back the top two places, over a second clear of third-placed Chaz Davies who had caught and passed Hayden by this point.

Jonathan Rea rejoined the race in eleventh place but pulled over soon after, immediately checking his chain, in spite of the fact it was more likely that the Kawasaki's mysterious false neutral gremlin had returned to plague him.

Eight laps in, with Davies still over a second behind Sykes and Giugliano, Xavi Fores passed Nicky Hayden at the corkscrew only for Hayden to take fourth back afterwards. Fores made a pass stick at the hairpin shortly after and saw an insurmountable three second gap to Davies ahead of him. That gap would never shrink.

Further back, Michael van der Mark had caught and passed Niccolo Canepa at the Andretti hairpin and Jordi Torres took sixth off Alex Lowes. Van der Mark passed Lowes on lap thirteen as the six riders from fourth to ninth were all within striking distance of each other.

By lap seventeen, having spent most of his tyre to get through the pack, Chaz Davies caught Tom Sykes and Davide Giugliano and was over eight seconds clear of Xavi Fores in fourth. A lap later, Davies squeezed under Giugliano at the Andretti hairpin, but Giugliano returned the compliment at the corkscrew when Davies missed his entry, something he later blamed on the wind. Sykes, Giugliano and Davies were still together, the Kawasaki at the front unable to break away from the Ducatis, in spite of their duelling.

Nineteen laps in, Chaz Davies stabbed at turn eleven, the slowest corner on the track and took second place off Davide Giugliano, but the Italian had more grip at the end of the straight and scythed underneath the Welshman into the Andretti hairpin and the two swapped places with Giugliano winning out.

The last lap was the two Ducatis fighting for the right to try to pass the Kawasaki in front and most of the later half of the lap was Davide Giugliano trying to pass Tom Sykes on the brakes, in spite of the fact that Tom Sykes is one of the best Superbike riders at braking later than anyone else.

Giugliano tried a power line out of turn eleven on to the straight but Sykes out-dragged him to the flag and won his third victory at Laguna Seca. Giugliano and Davies finished second and third. 

Xavi Fores held off Nicky Hayden for fourth place and a few places further back, Alex Lowes charged underneath Niccolo Canepa at the last corner to try to take eighth place, but lost the front going in, forcing Canepa to avoid him. Lowes finished the race in fourteenth place, but Canepa had enough of a gap before the next rider after stopping than he didn't lose a place and finished in eighth.

Saeed Al Sulaiti finished in fifteenth place and took his and his nation's first ever World Superbike point.

Jonathan Rea's DNF allowed Tom Sykes to claw back some championship points and reduced the deficit from seventy one points to forty six with two hundred points still up for grabs. Davide Giugliano is in equal fourth place with Michael van der Mark, both seventy five points behind Chaz Davies.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R   1'23.552 256,4 1'22.155 257,6
2 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 0.209 1'23.733 255,8 1'22.479 257,6
3 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 0.786 1'23.837 257,0 1'22.696 255,8
4 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 11.379 1'24.104 249,8 1'22.979 246,9
5 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR SP 12.219 1'24.196 255,8 1'22.988 255,2
6 81 J. TORRES BMW S1000 RR 12.465 1'24.171 254,6 1'23.085 251,0
7 60 M. VAN DER MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 13.705 1'24.376 255,8 1'23.455 251,0
8 59 N. CANEPA Yamaha YZF R1 20.449 1'24.247 256,4 1'23.098 251,0
9 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-10R 29.153 1'24.855 251,0 1'24.128 247,5
10 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 33.013 1'25.010 249,8 1'24.788 245,8
11 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S1000 RR 39.910 1'24.743 251,0 1'24.867 239,7
12 17 K. ABRAHAM BMW S1000 RR 40.059 1'25.607 251,6 1'24.811 249,8
13 9 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-10R 49.211 1'25.918 247,5 1'25.354 250,4
14 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 51.347 1'24.183 254,6 1'23.116 253,4
15 11 S. AL SULAITI Kawasaki ZX-10R 54.783 1'26.068 242,4 1'25.589 240,8
16 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Yamaha YZF R1 1'03.249 1'26.367 244,1 1'26.859 238,1
17 4 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'25.191 1'27.007 240,8 1'27.240 235,0
RET 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 16 Laps    
RET 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 19 Laps    


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Even a second rate championship held at a third rate facility deserves better reporting than this.

"Lowes did not finish the race" reports Jared, but he's got it wrong because Lowes finished 14th.

Then there's:

" ... in spite of the fact it was more likely that the Kawasaki's mysterious false neutral gremlin had returned to plague him" says Jared, but he's got it wrong again because Rea retired with engine failure. The clue is that he made a mistake and ran across 'sandy gravel'. His unfiltered engine obviously ate stones and subsequently protested. Rea, himself, confirms that his retirement was due to engine failure immediately afterwards with the engine suddenly making "a noise" and the rear wheel locking. 

Also, if Jared actually followed the sport, he'd know that Rea hasn't suffered from 'mysterious false neutral gemlins' and that his team have identified his 'problem' as being a combination of rider technique/foot position and sensitive gear-shift. It's something that Rea has since acknowledged and it's something that both he and the team have worked-on - it's not a mystery and never has been (despite Jared's Donington track-side observations). 

Please David, do something about this flimsy reporting because it's become unacceptable to serious supporters and real race fans. 

My two twelve-year old boys are fans too, but they have a greater grasp on the sport than you.

I've grown tired of your many blunders but expected far better than you reporting the wrong race results - there's simply no excuse for it. It's lazy, inaccurate and pathetic. I may as well make the results-up myself for all it's worth. Insight? Well I don't expect that from you, but I note your silly response.

May I remind you in your apparent, arrogant, ignorance, that I'm paying for quality - not rubbish from an arm-chair TV child.

Think about it.

surely there's other websites where you can blow your fuse and howl away, we're used to a bit more respect and politeness on this website... and i'm only reacting because i intended to on several occasions before but thought the better of it. 
PS: nobody is forcing you to pay for this website. 

I am always perfectly happy to refund anyone who feels the subscription is not worth it, or who is unhappy with the editorial choices I make.

Look and see David. No-one's asking for a refund are they?

No, we're just giving you money. 

We're just asking for a greater quality of reporting than idiot 'arm-chair' Jared offers.

Is that so very wrong David? Is that too much to ask? Don't you seek to be very good at what you do?

Didn't you, like Jared see Lowes finish the race? Are you in denial?

WSBK deserves better. The riders, teams and sponsors deserve better. We, the fans, deserve better.

Hopefully, you'll take constructive, factual, criticisim on-board rather than reverting back to type i.e. agree or ban.

Do something positive David, rather than attempt to defend the pathetic inept. You're thought to be better than that, so prove it.

You've got just 8 weeks to find a replacement for Earle - so trot along and do it. 

we're used to a bit more respect and politeness on this website.

not sure what outskirt of the world you are residing in but the way you are outing your frustration is just pathetic. i am seeing only one person behaving like an idiot!

my guess is you are a rather new visitor to this website not knowing any of the history. show some respect. Superbike reporting is (correct me if i'm wrong) just an extra you get as the main course is motogp. you pay for the motogp reporting, everything else you should be happy with. no need for any personal attacks, you can express your feelings, you can suggest corrections, even have a different opinion, but do it with a bit more respect. 

right now you sound like an unhappy child, not somebody who would do a better job at it.

It's called being 'passive, aggresive'.

It's a situation borne out of sheer frustration, but with brains intact.

Some folk will want to let-off steam at the sheer stupitity of the articles and the mind-numbing mubbles of the posters, but they keep themselves in-check. I don't expect you to understand.  

The battle at the front was as good as any this season in any class, particularly surprising at Laguna Seca where things tend to spread out quite a bit.

I was itching for Davide Giugliano to finally get that elusive first win, but glad to see he was still happy with second after what happened to him there last year.

Ant West is doing pretty well on the Pedercini bike - good job.

Great 2nd race. beautifull last laps. A bit sad for Giugliano, as he fought so hard and nearly won his first race, on a track where he has been unfortunate (no less). Also for Nicky, wanted to see him on the podium again.

The only thing missing now in this championship is a solution to the noticeable gap (too common now every race) seen behind the two factory Kawasakis + Aruba Ducatis to the following competitors in the races (the faster Hondas, Yamahas, BMWs and the Aprilias).
Once that noticeable gap is gone, we'll have a perfect WSBK championship.

PS: Ant West doing pretty good with a not so competitive ZX10 (rode 10th most of the time and, I think, best 'satelite/privateer' team?)


After race 2 am I the only one who could see the frustration on Nicky's face? To know your bike is a 4th at best 6th place bike has got to naw at his racing soul. Mike his team mate tries so hard to over ride the bike and throws it down the track because it's just not up to the task. Something tells me Honda is going to fall on it's face next year with the new FireBlade (AKA CBR1000rr). Promises be damned...Honda lies.