2016 Aragon World Superbike Race Two Results: Number Seven Hundred

The seven hundredth World Superbike race, eighteen laps of Motorland Aragon, took place on the 28th anniversary of the first World Superbike race. The fear of inclement weather didn't happen and the race was decided by riders, not conditions.

Tom Sykes led into and out of the first two turns with Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies blasting past the Yamahas on the front row and Davies squeezed past Rea and exited the opening corners in second place. Sylvain Guintoli took fourth off his teammate and Davide Giugliano and Michael van der Mark followed him through, pushing Lowes back to seventh, ahead of Nicky Hayden.

At the end of the second lap, Chaz Davies took a tight line into the last corner and forced his way into first place and used the newfound power of the Ducati to keep the lead over the line and into the first turn. Davies would start to eke out a lead ahead of the Kawasakis of Rea and Sykes who were themselves forcing themselves free of Giugliano's factory Ducati. A four-way battle for fifth a second and half back from Giugliano was led by Michael van der Mark until Xavi Fores passed him on the satellite Ducati, showing that the old exhausts still had a lot of life in them.

Once Chaz Davies was in the lead, it was clear that he would not be caught and he strung nine 1'51 laps together to take off into the distance and leave Sykes and Rea to fight for second place. On the seventh lap, under pressure from Fores, Giugliano seemed to suffer from a mechanical issue and he went wide on a corner, nearly hitting Fores who was trying to shadow him at the time, but Fores recovered and took fourth place while Giugliano dropped four places to eighth.

Ten laps in, Jonathan Rea passed Tom Sykes on the back straight and covered his line into the last corner and the Kawasakis started the eleventh lap with Rea over three seconds behind Chaz Davies but ahead of Sykes. Sykes would not let him get away though and the pair were never separated by more than four tenths of a second over several laps.

Four laps from the end, Rea went into the first corner a little too hot and had to make use of the ample runoff to return to the race, but in doing so, he gave Sykes second place and over a second and a half of a lead. The top five were now spread out, with Davies, Sykes, Rea, Fores and Jordi Torres all holding their positions while Giugliano and van der Mark fought it out over sixth as time ran out.

Chaz Davies won convincingly, taking the double victory and propelling himself into second place in the championship ahead of Tom Sykes, second in the race and third in the title chase. Jonathan Rea in third place is still twenty-six points clear at the top of the championship and kept Kawasaki at the top of the manufacturer's championship.

Xavi Fores on the satellite Ducati with the older exhausts took fourth place in front of the Spanish crowd four seconds clear of his fellow Spaniard Jordi Torres on the BMW.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati 1199 Panigale R   1'51.053 305,1
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 6.471 1'51.504 302,5
3 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 9.161 1'51.344 306,8
4 12 X. FORÉS Ducati 1199 Panigale R 11.436 1'51.556 302,5
5 81 J. TORRES BMW S1000 RR 15.969 1'52.062 307,7
6 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1199 Panigale R 18.278 1'51.352 300,8
7 60 M. VAN DER MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 20.931 1'52.050 305,1
8 15 A. DE ANGELIS Aprilia RSV4 RF 24.790 1'52.407 313,0
9 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 25.246 1'52.186 304,2
10 50 S. GUINTOLI Yamaha YZF R1 25.548 1'52.420 305,1
11 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 27.675 1'52.330 310,3
12 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 29.364 1'52.417 300,0
13 25 J. BROOKES BMW S1000 RR 31.749 1'52.635 298,3
14 17 K. ABRAHAM BMW S1000 RR 34.314 1'52.995 307,7
15 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 34.333 1'52.453 308,6
16 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 34.777 1'53.058 290,3
17 151 M. BAIOCCO Ducati 1199 Panigale R 41.449 1'53.174 296,7
18 94 M. LUSSIANA BMW S1000 RR 1'16.542 1'54.920 294,3
19 9 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'22.960 1'55.357 293,5
20 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Yamaha YZF R1 1'25.830 1'55.643 291,1
21 11 S. AL SULAITI Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'28.363 1'55.438 295,1
22 10 I. TÓTH Yamaha YZF R1 1 Lap 1'58.373 286,5
RET 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR SP 3 Laps    
RET 16 J. HOOK Kawasaki ZX-10R 6 Laps    
RET 20 S. BARRIER Kawasaki ZX-10R 17 Laps    


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Any reports on why Nicky Hayden abandoned three laps from the finish?  I'm assuming bike trouble, given how he started reasonably strong, but things seemed to fall apart as the race proceded.  Curious as to details.

I'm also very curious to hear what the problems were with Hayden's bike. I'm guessing electronical gremlins again. That seems to be a persistent problem with the Hondas, see also last year with Van der Mark in particular. Maybe they should use better quality components, it's getting rather embarrassing. Unless it's something completely different this time, of course.

Great to see Alex De Angelis in 8th - at less than 4 secs behind Van der Mark. I feel there's more to come from the brave San Marino man. At the same time I feel it's a pity that Aprilia has put Superbikes on a bit of a hold; I really miss those RSV4s at the front this year. Such a shame, especially after winning the last two races of 2015. Would have loved to see Jordi Torres (and Haslam too) again on that V4, together with Hayden, which seemed a real possibility at some point last season.