2015 Imola World Superbike Race One Results: Seeing Red

An early 22ºC morning in Imola, with a 32ºC track and 21 bikes on the grid.

The race opened with Davide Giugliano taking the lead from pole and making a gap of nine tenths of a second from Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes by the end of the first lap. Chaz Davies was in fourth place with a comfortable gap from Leon Haslam and Leandro Mercado.

After a couple of laps, Rea had closed the gap from Giugliano and the front four were a breakaway group, building seconds from Leon Haslam over the course of four laps. At the end of lap four, Davies made a mistake on the last chicane, dropping him back a few tenths, but he closed the gap to Rea in third by the end of the lap.

Seven laps in, Chaz Davies nosed his way in front of Jonathan Rea with a block pass at Variante Alta only to have his bike die under him a few turns later, and he rode off the track, his race over.

Tom Sykes, on the ninth lap, burst out of the slipstream into the left kink that is turn one and passed Davide Giugliano on the outside and pulled the stoppers on into the Variante Tamburello, taking the lead convincingly. One lap later, Jonathan Rea passed Davide Giugliano and hunted down his teammate, offering us the Kawasaki battle we have been looking for all year, and an answer to the question of Sykes's end of race tyre wear.

It was not to be, as David Salom crashed his Kawasaki and needed to be stretchered off, bringing out the red flags on lap eleven.

As two-thirds of the race had not been completed, a restart would be required. The last lap all riders completed was the ninth lap and positions would be taken from the end of lap nine, dropping Rea back to third place on the grid.

The race was restarted as a six lap sprint. As Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea charged away, Davide Giugliano's front wheel pawed the air, dropping him back to fourth, behind Leon Haslam, but it didn't take him long to despatch the Aprilia and chase the Kawasakis at the front, but Sykes and Rea traded fastest laps and lap records as they escaped with their private battle.

Tom Sykes was in hot lapping mode, just maintaining a fast and accurate pace that would make it impossible for his teammate Jonathan Rea to pass him. It would take a mistake from Sykes for Rea to make a clean pass and that came three laps in, when Sykes corrected for a slide and touched his gear lever, knocking the bike out of gear briefly and losing traction. Rea pounced on the opportunity and made a clean pass for the lead. With the positions reversed, Sykes would have to wait for a mistake as both of them broke the lap record in succession.

That mistake would not come, and Jonathan Rea took yet another victory. Tom Sykes was close behind in second and Davide Giugliano, in his first race back from injury, claimed another podium for Ducati in front of the Italian crowd.

Jonathan Rea extends his championship lead to 62 points, ahead of Leon Haslam.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R   1'46.722 283,7
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 0.482 1'46.707 282,2
3 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 3.945 1'47.266 278,5
4 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 7.455 1'47.690 279,2
5 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 11.925 1'48.691 277,8
6 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 12.074 1'48.766 278,5
7 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 12.789 1'48.729 280,0
8 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 13.712 1'48.701 278,5
9 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 13.863 1'48.651 277,8
10 84 M. FABRIZIO Ducati Panigale R 14.637 1'48.810 277,0
11 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 16.990 1'49.156 273,5
12 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 21.123 1'49.628 277,8
13 51 S. BARRAGÁN Kawasaki ZX-10R 32.443 1'51.548 260,0
14 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 32.977 1'51.603 264,5
15 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 39.711 1'51.866 272,0
16 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 40.821 1'52.940 265,9


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Your race reports are getting better. For a moment I thought it was David.