2016 Misano World Superbike Race One Results: Formation Flying

World Superbike's first race of the weekend would be 21 laps of Misano under a scattering of clouds.

Jonathan Rea led Tom Sykes into the first corner with Davide Giugliano making an amazing charge to third place from the third row of the grid. Xavi Fores took a line into the first turn that looked like it might have pushed Lorenzo Savadori into Chaz Davies, forcing Davies and Leon Camier into the gravel and Savadori off his bike.

On the second lap, as the Kawasakis were riding in tandem at the front, Davide Giugliano followed them into a right hander and pushed the front too hard and he crashed out, smashing his screen, but he was able to pick his bike up and rejoin the race at the back. A corner later, Nicky Hayden did the same, having just been gifted third place.

With two riders going down in front of him, Michael van der Mark sat in third place with Alex Lowes and Anthony West behind him but after a few laps Jordi Torres and Xavi Fores both carved past West while the Kawasakis remained within four tenths of each other at the front and were building a gap from van der Mark in third.

Alex Lowes lost fourth place after an issue that put him back to twelfth place, promoting Jordi Torres and Xavi Fores to fourth and fifth, but they had a determined Davies closing them down.

Chaz Davies had worked his way from twentieth place on the grid at the end of the first lap to ninth place a third of the way through the race, What looked like an unsurmountable challenge looked less so at the halfway mark. Rea and Sykes were still within a handful of tenths of each other after eleven laps and Chaz Davies was chasing down Jordi Torres's fourth place, having made quick work of Fores.

A lap later, Davies was in forth place and building a gap behind him at the rate of over a second a lap while closing the gap to van der Mark by half a second a lap.

With four laps left, and a gap of under four seconds to Michael van der Mark, it was clear that Chaz Davies had advanced as far forward as possible and the only fight left was the one for the top step.

Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes remained within four tenths of a second lap after lap but Sykes didn't seem to have any obvious places to pass as Rea took a line that was both fast and defensive round every corner. Sykes was quicker in some places but not as quick in others yet, in spite of Sykes taking a few different lines, they both remained incredibly close for the last four laps.

On the last lap, Sykes tried to gain an advantage on corner exit as it was clear he wasn't going to pass on corner entry otherwise, but Rea's rear grip meant he wasn't lacking out of turns and Sykes couldn't gain any quarter.

On the last corner, Tom Sykes took a wide exit to carry more power out on to the straight and he pulled alongside Jonathan Rea, but there wasn't enough track left for him to power past and Rea won by a mere nine hundredths of a second.

Michael van der Mark took the last podium place three seconds later while Chaz Davies made the absolute best out of a bad lot in fourth place. The BMWs of Jordi Torres and Markus Reiterberger were fifth and sixth.

Rea's victory extends his lead over Tom Sykes to sixty one points, with Davies in third dropping to thirteen points behind Sykes



Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R   1'35.663 262,8 1'34.257 264,7
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 0.090 1'35.507 269,3 1'34.037 266,0
3 60 M. VAN DER MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 3.093 1'35.921 265,4 1'35.108 265,4
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 5.878 1'35.644 269,3 1'35.097 267,3
5 81 J. TORRES BMW S1000 RR 15.955 1'36.233 265,4 1'36.014 259,6
6 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 18.200 1'36.486 269,3 1'35.115 267,3
7 59 N. CANEPA Yamaha YZF R1 19.385 1'36.517 264,7 1'36.335 260,9
8 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 19.918 1'36.135 259,6 1'35.047 260,9
9 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 26.272 1'36.754 268,0 1'36.328 265,4
10 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-10R 32.593 1'36.630 266,7 1'35.765 266,7
11 25 J. BROOKES BMW S1000 RR 36.825 1'37.248 266,0 1'37.314 266,0
12 15 A. DE ANGELIS Aprilia RSV4 RF 37.084 1'37.210 270,0 1'42.023 268,0
13 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 38.181 1'35.863 262,1 1'34.641 265,4
14 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 41.201 1'36.531 265,4 1'34.826 263,4
15 119 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'20.992 1'39.012 257,1 1'38.975 259,6
16 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Yamaha YZF R1 1'21.783 1'39.213 255,3 1'38.446 257,1
17 9 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'24.623 1'39.159 260,2 1'38.238 264,7
18 61 F. MENGHI Ducati Panigale R 1'25.068 1'39.444 257,8 1'38.143 260,2
19 11 S. AL SULAITI Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'31.041 1'39.571 260,9 1'38.813 259,6
20 4 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 1 Lap 1'39.734 255,9 1'39.171 258,4
RET 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 4 Laps    
RET 17 K. ABRAHAM BMW S1000 RR 12 Laps    
RET 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR SP 20 Laps    
RET 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF      


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Savadori crashed, and it was Davies and Camier who were forced into the gravel. Both rode brilliantly to recover.

I'll fix that, thanks. You're right, of course. Noting down complicated stuff is complicated when there's a race on. smiley

Davies! Wow.
What is going on for DeAngeles this weekend? Qualified last w a 3 sec gap to the next rider, and not out at all for the race?
Anyone hearing reliable info about VanDerMark being linked to a MotoGP satellite Honda next year (Rabat ' s seat)?

Electronic problems ruined his Superpole, so he started last (24th) and did well to finish 12th.

I'm sorry to say, but with the 2 Kawasaki's out front at the majority of rounds with the odd Ducati upset and the vast majority of the field from the UK-this series needs attention. Where the hell is Marco Melandri? Shouldn't someone be trying to get him back on an R1 with factory support? And Bradl and Bautista would surely be better served on decent bikes in WSBK instead of backmarkers in Motogp.

And what of the great Australian legacy left by the 'Troys'? Ant West can't even upset in the wet anymore sadly without a factory bike or even a full time ride-doesn't appear to be much on the horizon here from OZ.

Kawasaki and Ducati the only 2 factories actually interested from what I can see.

Bayliss, Biaggi, Checa, Spies, Barros, Melandri-international flavour/stars and competativeness all seems like a distant memory now for WSBK from my armchair anyway.  

British blokes dominating motorcycle racing somewhere looks like diversity to me. I am w Jared, it is looking Spanish - Italian generally. I'd prefer folks from everywhere too though of course. We need a Scottish rider for instance.

And funny, I am eagerly following the new diversity that has arrived in WSS...we now have a British Triumph 675r out there! Go Stapleford!

It all comes down to feeder classes, BSB is hands down, the best feeder class for WSBK, as the CEV is for, well, mainly Moto3, but GP in general. 

So, naturally, you have guys who are mostly from the nations that host the feeder classes. However, the Italians are red blooded and clever as they always have been, so they've started sending their own boys to the CEV and now seeing how there are Italians in the CEV, CIV and RB Rookies Cup, there is a big influx of Italians in Moto3.

Maybe someday, Spaniards and Italians are going to start doing the same thing with BSB, and we'll see a more diverse grid, but, I doubt it, because:

MotoGP was highly inaccessible for a long time, mostly to the teams, so WSBK was (I guess) seen as the refuge. It was exciting, fast and was the top step in it's own right. But now that Dorna has cut costs for MotoGP, more and more manufacturers and teams are going that route. 

At the end of the day, we are human, we love bragging rights, and we love to say that we're the best in something, and ultimately, MotoGP is the top step. 

That, coupled with the fact that more and more manufacturers state that they're bike was derived from MotoGP, has caused a little bit of the benchmark glamour to be taken off from WSBK. 

Hopefully, the economy will one day bounce back, and both things will flourish. But in the world where most manufacturers can realistically afford to have a good go at only one of it, they will naturally choose MotoGP. 

As with Melandri, the man is fast on track, but fastest in changing his mood. His moodswings make him unconsistent on the track, so most manufacturers aren't eager to sign him. Yamaha wanted to do a wildcard, but Marco said that he won't do it without testing beforehand, because it isn't all that easy to jump on a bike and just go fast when you haven't rode for a while, which is I have to say, a sensible line of reason.

Bradl and Bautista may yet be out of a job, well, one of them certainly will with Alex Lowes coming in, so while WSBK could be an interesting prospect, I doubt Aprilia will be interested with their budget. I hear your logic, of it being better to reign in hell than serve in heaven, but remember, Italians are very passionate about things and they want to prove themselves on the top step.

As long as MotoGP is affordable, and the teams/ manufacturers can only be in one place, it's probably going to be MotoGP. 

I think you could cut West some slack, he's 17th in the championship despite this only being his third weekend on the bike - and he's been pretty busy with other things.  I would like to see him get a full time ride in WSBK.  He's no spring chiken, but he's the same age as Nicky; Checa, Biaggi, Baylis, et al. showed that you can still be competitive in SBK in your thirties and even forties.