2014 Laguna Seca World Superbike Race One Results: The Grid Isn't The Best Garage

As the riders relaxed on the grid before the race, Eugene Laverty's Suzuki had the tank off and the throttle bodies on a towel on the tarmac as his engineers hurried to fix a problem. The 21°C Californian sun ensured that anyone who would start would do so on a hot dry track.

Tom Sykes got to the first turn ahead of Sylvain Guintoli while Marco Melandri tried to pass everyone on the outside, slotting in between Guintoli and Chaz Davies and then passing Guintoli, making the most of his exemplary start. As they approached the corkscrew, the plummeting chicane that defines the character of Laguna Seca, Sykes entered the first section too deep, going wide instead of risking a crash, and the Aprilias passed him as he took the Valentino Rossi line across the gravel.

On the second lap, Chaz Davies, in fourth place, crashed out as his suspension unloaded on turn seven, and he took longer than looked healthy to get to his feet, but he was able to leave the area under his own steam, and before the red flags were needed.

Jonathan Rea ran off the track on the sixth lap and put himself back to tenth place from fifth, and Eugene Laverty, having had his bike put back together in time for the start, ran off the track on the next lap, suffering from an inevitable technical problem. He rejoined the track with his hand up, headed to the pit lane and handed the bike back to the mechanics.

Melandri was quicker in the first half of the lap, but Guintoli was able to close the gap in the second half, almost passing on the entrance to turn eleven, the last corner, but Laguna Seca's reputation as a difficult track to overtake on was upheld and for fifteen laps, with Guintoli unable to make a convincing pass, and with ten laps to go, Melandri finally eked out a gap. Guintoli had, at this point, over a second lead over Sykes in third and the race finally started to stretch out.

Marco Melandri added a few tenths of a second to his lead over Sylvain Guintoli and crossed the finish line after a little showboating that reduced his three second lead to under a second. Tom Sykes, complaining of no edge grip, finished five seconds later.

Davide Giugliano in fourth place was joined by Toni Elias, but Giugliano was able to make his Ducati very wide and he kept his position to the finish line, and Jonathan Rea was able to recover from his tenth place to sixth ahead of his teammate Leon Haslam.

The Evo battle was won by David Salom, and the first American at Laguna Seca was Geoff May in 18th.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 33 M. MELANDRI Aprilia RSV4 Factory   1'23.575 251,0
2 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 0.905 1'23.559 256,4
3 1 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 6.627 1'23.748 258,3
4 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1199 Panigale R 13.574 1'23.624 254,6
5 24 T. ELIAS Aprilia RSV4 Factory 13.855 1'24.117 252,8
6 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 15.575 1'23.987 257,0
7 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 18.820 1'24.192 255,2
8 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 20.184 1'24.381 250,4
9 76 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 34.479 1'24.535 252,2
10 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 37.463 1'24.738 247,5
11 59 N. CANEPA Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO 45.440 1'24.775 251,0
12 52 S. BARRIER BMW S1000 RR EVO 47.538 1'25.027 245,8
13 67 B. STARING Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 49.750 1'25.419 241,9
14 11 J. GUARNONI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 55.420 1'25.678 240,3
15 19 L. CAMIER MV Agusta F4 RR 58.449 1'25.834 246,4
16 21 A. ANDREOZZI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'08.922 1'25.694 244,1
17 16 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 1'17.853 1'26.281 246,4
18 99 G. MAY EBR 1190 RX 1'18.084 1'26.529 243,0
19 18 C. ULRICH Honda CBR1000RR 1 Lap 1'26.925 242,4
20 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 3 Laps 1'25.984 242,4
RET 72 L. PEGRAM EBR 1190 RX 3 Laps 1'26.216 243,6
RET 56 P. SEBESTYEN BMW S1000 RR EVO 10 Laps 1'26.444 247,5
RET 20 A. YATES EBR 1190 RX 12 Laps 1'27.281 236,0
RET 58 E. LAVERTY Suzuki GSX-R1000 18 Laps 1'24.042 255,2
RET 7 C. DAVIES Ducati 1199 Panigale R 24 Laps   250,4
STH 2 C. IDDON Bimota BB3 EVO 48.321 1'25.291 248,1
STH 86 A. BADOVINI Bimota BB3 EVO 18 Laps 1'25.545 244,1

 

Round Number: 
9
2014
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