2014 Jerez World Superbike Race One: Crashes And Overtakes And Duels Oh My

Race Report follows.

As the lights went out, Sykes got the jump on the field, but by the first corner, he was back in sixth place after nearly clipping his teammate Loris Baz and Davide Giugliano. Sylvain Guintoli and Loris Baz were joined by a hard-charging Alex Lowes at the front and by the end of the first lap, Lowes pushed past Baz to second place, but Baz got back past Lowes on the next lap.

On the fourth lap, Loris Baz took the lead from Sylvain Guintoli, ahead of furious fighting behind him. Alex Lowes kept in front of the Ducatis of Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano, while the world champion Tom Sykes floundered in seventh place, behind Marco Melandri.

The Ducatis settled into a pace and a ragged Davide Giugliano pushed past Alex Lowes and was shortly followed by a smooth Chaz Davies and an aggressive Marco Melandri, and Lowes's troubles were added to when Jonathan Rea caught and passed him on the seventh lap, pushing him wide and effectively ending his run at the front.

On the eighth lap, Sylvain Guintoli took the lead from Loris Baz as the front group of six riders were still within a couple of seconds of the lead and Marco Melandri started his charge. Tom Sykes nearly ran into the back of Jonathan Rea but avoided the gravel and returned to a fight with Leon Haslam in eight.

As Marco Melandri caught Loris Baz, having scythed his way through to third place, Davide Giugliano predictably crashed out, making the gap between the front three and Chaz Davies one and a half seconds. with eight laps to go. On lap fourteen, Melandri made his move on Baz, with a typical stabbing lunge using his ability to hold a tighter line on the front tyre. Baz was committed to his own line and as Melandri went wide at the apex, Baz caught his front brake on Melandri's rear tyre and slid his Kawasaki into the gravel trap and had to abandon it as it caught on fire.

Aprilias at the front, it was only a matter of time until Melandri passed Guintoli, ending the discussion on whether or not there are team orders, for the lead and promptly gained a 1.6 second lead with two laps to go, but Melandri miscalculated the number of laps and nearly gave up his lead as he thought he was on his last lap, but he had enough of a lead not for his mistake to cost him the win.

Marco Melandri won the race ahead of Sylvain Guintoli and Chaz Davies, with Tom Sykes recovered from a terrible race to fifth behind Jonathan Rea, but he conceded nine points in the title chase to Guintoli.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 33 M. MELANDRI Aprilia RSV4 Factory   1'42.222 281,9
2 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1.397 1'42.198 279,7
3 7 C. DAVIES Ducati 1199 Panigale R 4.283 1'41.994 276,2
4 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 5.705 1'41.976 280,4
5 1 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 6.979 1'42.394 280,4
6 58 E. LAVERTY Suzuki GSX-R1000 7.342 1'42.499 277,6
7 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 14.868 1'42.190 276,9
8 24 T. ELIAS Aprilia RSV4 Factory 23.853 1'42.854 279,0
9 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 25.886 1'43.385 270,0
10 52 S. BARRIER BMW S1000 RR EVO 26.536 1'43.051 268,0
11 11 J. GUARNONI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 41.308 1'43.874 266,0
12 21 A. ANDREOZZI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 46.672 1'43.941 268,7
13 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 48.742 1'43.731 264,1
14 59 N. CANEPA Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO 50.131 1'43.788 268,0
15 71 C. CORTI MV Agusta F4 RR 1'03.677 1'44.226 268,7
16 16 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR EVO 1'14.881 1'45.662 261,6
17 99 G. MAY EBR 1190 RX 1'22.832 1'45.627 261,6
18 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1'35.170 1'46.222 268,7
RET 20 A. YATES EBR 1190 RX 4 Laps 1'45.723 254,3
RET 76 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 7 Laps 1'42.046 276,2
RET 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 7 Laps 1'42.151 276,9
RET 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1199 Panigale R 9 Laps 1'41.939 276,9
RET 67 B. STARING Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 13 Laps 1'43.779 268,0


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A typically unpredictable and entertaining WSB race :)

The Aprilias looked great in flying formation, well while it lasted anyway. What a bike that is - and has it now got the measure of the ZX-10R?

Great pre and post race tv coverage too - better than MotoGP. Actually it is just like the difference between the two when you go to the racetrack to watch - the WSB paddock just lets you get that little bit closer than the GP paddock. Whatever else they change, I hope they don't lose that element.

The Aprilia had the measure of the ZX-10R at Jerez. Whether this will be true of Magny Cours and Losail is a different question.