World Superbike race two at Catalunya had a few changes on the grid. Alvaro Bautista had an incident on the sighting lap, possibly related to his crash earlier today, forcing him to start from the pitlane, if he could make the start. Federico Caricasulo was sent to the black of the grid due to his role in Leon Haslam's crash yesterday. Haslam was not penalised.
When the lights went out, they did so without Toprak Razgatlioglu or Alvaro Bautista.
Michael van der Mark, Jonathan Rea and Loris Baz hit turn one first, but Baz got it very wrong and was pushed out of the front group as almost everyone sped past. When the first few sectors were cleared, van der Mark led Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Garrett Gerloff, Chaz Davies, Scott Redding and Jonathan Rea with Redding squeezing Rea out of the way. Lap two had a leading group of eight riders, with Davies working his way towards the front as Redding and Rea swapped back and forth fighting over fifth place. Chaz Davies set the fastest lap with a 1'42.671 and ended lap two behind a new leader, Michael Ruben Rinaldi.
On lap three, Davies set another fastest lap, a 1'42.646 that peaked at 324kmh and set himself up to barrel past Rinaldi into turn one of lap four, taking the lead. Redding and Rea swapped places back and forth around turn ten, still battling over fifth place behind Davies, Rinaldi, van der Mark and a fast-paced Garrett Gerloff. The leading six riders were all within striking distance, having broken free of a lonely Tom Sykes.
On lap six, Gerloff tried to take the last podium spot off van der Mark, taking the inside line into turn one, but van der Mark just gently lent on him and retained third place round the outside and into turn two. Rinaldi lost second place at turn five of lap seven, missing a pass and ending up in fourth place. Scott Redding lost touch with Jonathan Rea, leaving Rea free to harass Rinaldi over fourth place, and Rea took fourth place from him into turn one of lap eight as Gerloff made a move stick on van der Mark two places ahead. Van der Mark kept on Gerloff's tail as Rea started to fall off the back of the leading trio, and on lap nine, van der Mark slid neatly around turn four and held on to his exit speed to line up a pass on Gerloff into turn five., taking second place. Van der Mark then set his sight on Chaz Davies, taking the lead from him on lap eleven, only to lose it back to him a corner later.
On lap twelve, the battle for fourth place, almost two seconds off the leading trio, was won by Michael Ruben Rinaldi, passing Jonathan Rea into turn one and leaving him for Scott Redding to deal with. Two laps later, Chaz Davies eked out some fresh air as the Yamahas behind him fought, letting Rinaldi close up nearer to third place, but he wouldn't get any closer. Michael van der Mark briefly caught Chaz Davies on lap fifteen, but Davies still had plenty of grip left and was able to escape as the Yamahas carried on contesting second place. Eventually, gaps appeared between Rinaldi, Rea and Redding as Redding slowed enough to give seventh-placed Tom Sykes hope.
Three laps from the end, with a safe fourth place, Michael Ruben Rinaldi's bike started to emit white smoke and his pace started dropping, and a lap later he was flagged off the track, gifting Rea with fourth place.
On the last lap, Chaz Davies had a commanding lead of over two seconds as Garrett Gerloff lined Michael van der Mark up for a pass down the straight into turn one, holding second place, and sliding the bike in a show of control round turns four and five, having kept enough tyre to spend on the last lap in an effort to take second place. As he held on to second place, he took a very defensive line out of turn nine and kept to the middle of the track with enough of a gap to hold second place, but he was too defensive into turn ten, sliding the bike off the apex and leaving a gap that a precision rider could fit in. Michael van der Mark seized the opportunity and stuck his bike under Gerloff's and artfully relieved him of second place. Michael van der Mark kept his cool and strung together the last few corners and held second place to the line while Gerloff completed the first podium for an American rider since Nicky Hayden in 2016.
Chaz Davies won his first race of the year and seemed rather pleased with himself for doing so, while Garrett Gerloff in third place seemed like the happiest man since Andy Verdoïa in the rain. Jonathan Rea crossed the line in a lonely fourth place, with Tom Sykes five seconds behind him making a meal of Scott Redding on the last lap.
Chaz Davies leaves Catalunya in third place in the championship, fifty one points behind Scott Redding and one hundred and two behind Jonathan Rea while Michael van der Mark passes injured Toprak Razgatlioglu to take fourth place, ten points behind Davies. Jonathan Rea increases his title lead by just three points, ending fifty one points ahead of Scott Redding.
|1||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|2||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Yamaha YZF R1||2.460|
|3||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||2.559|
|4||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||8.040|
|5||66||T. SYKES||BMW S1000 RR||13.196|
|6||45||S. REDDING||Ducati Panigale V4 R||14.232|
|7||50||E. LAVERTY||BMW S1000 RR||16.409|
|8||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||17.590|
|9||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR-R||18.536|
|10||76||L. BAZ||Yamaha YZF R1||20.401|
|11||94||J. FOLGER||Yamaha YZF R1||20.451|
|12||64||F. CARICASULO||Yamaha YZF R1||25.414|
|13||87||L. ZANETTI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||31.420|
|14||13||T. TAKAHASHI||Honda CBR1000RR-R||51.264|
|15||12||X. FORES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||3 Laps|
|RET||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||2 Laps|
|RET||53||V. DEBISE||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||5 Laps|
|RET||20||S. BARRIER||Ducati Panigale V4 R||5 Laps|
|RET||97||S. CAVALIERI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||17 Laps|
|RET||19||A. BAUTISTA||Honda CBR1000RR-R|