2014 Imola World Superbike Race Two Result

Nineteen more laps at 23ºC and everyone chose the Pirelli SC0 soft tyre as the warm weather settled down.

Once again, Jonathan Rea on the Honda led two Aprilias into the first turn, but Davide Giugliano took third place behind Sylvain Guintoli off Marco Melandri. Melandri struggled early on in the race, with both Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies passing him by the third lap, and Loris Baz took his scalp on the fifth as Davies, Baz and Melandri drag-raced the length of the straight.

As Melandri struggled, Rea just piled a few tenths a lap onto his lead over Guintoli and Giugliano. Sykes led Davies and Baz as Melandri fell into the clutches of Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes who wasted no time getting past, until Lowes went off-track.

At the half-way mark, Tom Sykes had caught Davide Giugliano and made a pass stick, with Chaz Davies able to follow him through. Loris Baz, not one to miss an opportunity, squeezed past Giugliano as well.

The distance from Sylvain Guintoli to Jonathan Rea kept increasing as the distance from Tom Sykes decreased. Once Sykes caught Guintoli, Chaz Davies pushed past them both and stole second place while behind them, Loris Baz demonstrated that there were no team orders in Kawasaki by passing Tom Sykes for fourth.

Jonathan Rea upgraded his gentleman's set to the double win, having again only ever seen clear track, with Chaz Davies taking his second second place on the Ducati, perhaps both riders silencing the stories of how their bikes are under-par. Sylvain Guintoli's third place kept the British riders from dominating the Superbike podiums.

Jonathan Rea now leads the championship, four points ahead of Tom Sykes.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR   1'47.356 278,5
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati 1199 Panigale R 4.095 1'47.747 282,2
3 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 5.546 1'47.652 283,0
4 76 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 6.285 1'47.642 284,5
5 1 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 7.147 1'47.947 285,3
6 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1199 Panigale R 22.054 1'47.595 277,0
7 24 T. ELIAS Aprilia RSV4 Factory 25.811 1'48.670 280,0
8 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 26.127 1'48.807 275,6
9 58 E. LAVERTY Suzuki GSX-R1000 26.306 1'48.604 277,8
10 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 33.046 1'48.607 279,2
11 33 M. MELANDRI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 37.788 1'48.263 282,2
12 19 L. CAMIER BMW S1000 RR EVO 42.415 1'48.847 269,3
13 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 52.114 1'49.945 271,3
14 23 L. SCASSA Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 59.001 1'50.366 266,5
15 9 F. FORET Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'04.364 1'50.522 268,6
16 11 J. GUARNONI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'18.512 1'51.108 263,2
17 21 A. ANDREOZZI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'34.487 1'51.307 267,2
18 99 G. MAY EBR 1190 RX 1 Lap 1'53.238 254,3
19 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap 1'53.331 270,0
RET 59 N. CANEPA Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO 4 Laps 1'49.605 269,3
RET 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 9 Laps 1'51.120 266,5
RET 84 M. FABRIZIO Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 11 Laps 1'51.760 268,6
RET 56 P. SEBESTYEN BMW S1000 RR EVO 11 Laps 1'51.655 267,9
RET 20 A. YATES EBR 1190 RX 11 Laps 1'53.073 248,9
RET 71 C. CORTI MV Agusta F4 RR 13 Laps 1'50.936 267,9
STH 86 A. BADOVINI Bimota BB3 EVO 42.284 1'49.631 267,2
STH 2 C. IDDON Bimota BB3 EVO 51.220 1'49.625 268,6


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Congrats Davies! The Panigale having come into form is the primary bike story that strikes me. I had thought it was underdeveloped in Checa's tenure but it seemed far from clear that it would do the deed, esp outside of EVO form. Italy rises once again and perhaps the sea of Kawi EVO's will be joined by other bikes...except the Aprilia - is this their last hurrah?

Sure seems like Rea continues to punch way above the weight of the Honda while Sykes and Kawi have drifted astray. These both seem an anomoly to me, the Honda is not as underrated as Rea - no V4 HRC project for you? Go get yourself on a good MotoGP bike YESTERDAY buddy before the dream laps you! Team owners are you reading this thing??

Totally agree. I've long thought JR is riding way over the ability of the bike. Hopefully this will be sorted and he gets a long deserved WC this season.

I too think he'd make an good MotoGP contender.

at best he'd be on a production Honda, fighting for 12th place with Hayden and Aoyama… and probably having to bring money to the team to help pay for the ride.

Meanwhile his team have now won 5 world championship races on the fly (three in superbike, two in superstock) over the last two race weekends.

Even if the Fireblade is no longer the sharpest knife in the drawer the ten Kate team clearly knows a thing or two about building winning bikes.

Anyone who thinks Rea deserves a GP ride is nuts. The dude has never won a championship in ANY series he's raced in. There are probably 5 or more "kids" in Moto2 who are faster than him and they bring with them youth and sponsor money especially the Spaniards.