2015 Magny-Cours World Superbike Race One: Oil And Water Don't Mix

The morning's wet warmup was red-flagged as Reiterberger spilled oil on the track. The race start was delayed and the race would be reduced to nineteen laps. In deference for the conditions, riders were shod in the new wet tyres, front and rear.

World champion Jonathan Rea took to the front with Leon Haslam and Chaz Davies duelling for second behind him. Tom Sykes charged through from the back of the third row to take fourth place from Niccolo Canepa. At the end of the first lap, Sykes, after a solid duel with Davies, sidled into second place and changed his target to Rea.

Sykes and Rea duelled at the front as Davies and Haslam bashed fairings, letting Sylvain Guintoli pounce on the opportunity to pass the pair for third place. Davies and Haslam made short work of the Frenchman and pushed him back to fifth.

Tom Sykes led over the line at the start of the fourth lap and started work on building a gap from Jonathan Rea. Rea was comfortable in second, holding one second over Chas Davies in an uncertain third.

As the traction control on both Davies's Ducati and Haslam's Aprilia may have been turned a touch too high, Sylvain Guintoli had a wet tyre with a dry setting on the rear and he had brought his teammate Michael van der Mark with him. The Honda pair passed Haslam and took their fight to Davies, swapping positions a couple of times on their way.

As Guintoli probed Davies, Van der Mark passed both of them. Guintoli followed his younger teammate and, when the dutchman made a mistake that he luckily saved, he pounced into third. Davies had to deal with Leon Camier, but having done so, he passed van der Mark and held it for a lap before van der Mark passed him back, both of them then staring at a two second gap to Guintoli ahead of them.

Leon Haslam pitted in to change tyres and ended his chance at scoring points.

Twelve laps in, the gap from Sykes at the front to Rea was over three seconds, but it was starting to drop. As Sykes's settings started to slip away, Rea's came to him and he started setting fastest lap after fastest lap and with three laps left, Rea met Sykes at the 180 hairpin. As Rea went under his teammate, Sykes wasn't expecting the pass and was pushed to the outside of the corner, but kept his bike upright and he was able to watch his teammate run away.

Jonathan Rea won the race and hit his target of over five hundred points with three races left. Tom Sykes in second closed to within twelve points of Chaz Davies in the championship and Sylvain Guintoli scored his first podium of the year, rewarding himself with a burnout entering parc fermé.

Michael van der Mark was fourth ahead of Leon Camier in fifth and Chaz Davies in sixth.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R   1'53.247 260,9
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 4.711 1'53.641 257,8
3 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 14.683 1'53.881 254,7
4 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 22.772 1'54.747 252,9
5 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta F4 RR 30.136 1'55.551 262,8
6 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 31.528 1'54.850 247,1
7 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 32.129 1'55.458 260,2
8 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 39.034 1'55.057 264,1
9 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 1'01.396 1'57.091 252,9
10 59 N. CANEPA Ducati Panigale R 1'07.845 1'57.454 248,8
11 45 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'09.622 1'56.575 246,0
12 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'16.782 1'57.484 249,4
13 99 L. SCASSA Ducati Panigale R 1'19.531 1'58.095 257,8
14 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'26.459 1'58.581 246,0
15 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'30.260 1'56.570 265,4
16 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 1 Lap 1'56.635 262,1
17 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap 2'02.666 237,4
18 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1 Lap 2'01.177 243,2
19 48 A. PHILLIS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1 Lap 2'02.560 241,1
20 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap 2'05.064 224,5
21 11 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 2 Laps 2'01.446 256,5

 

Round Number: 
12
2015
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