2016 Lausitzring World Superbike Race Two Results: Too Wet, Too Wet, Let's Race

As the riders lined up on the grid, it started to rain. Immediately, the race start was delayed by fifteen minutes and dropped down to only twenty laps. The riders set up for a quick start procedure with one sighting lap before a reduced grid. It was declared a wet race. After that, the warmup lap was completed and riders lined up at the lights. A few hands went up and the yellow board came out declaring "START DELAYED".

As the rain continued to pour down, the bikes were pulled off the grid and the riders in the safety commission, including Rea, Hayden, Davies and Guintoli, were then summoned to a meeting. Would a race be safe?

At half-past one local time, half an hour after the race was due to start, the Alfa Romeo went out on track again to assess the track. After assessment, it was decreed that the pitlane would reopen at 13:40, with a quick start and a sixteen lap race starting five minutes after that.

Finally, after three quarters of an hour delay, and an off by Saeed Al Sulaiti in the warmup lap, the race started. Tom Sykes charged to the front with Chaz Davies on his tail, but once again, Jonathan Rea made a great start and took second place off Davies after a few corners. Davide Giugliano was able to take a tighter line than seemed possible and made his way to fourth place to hound his Ducati teammate and take third place from him.

Then, fate twisted their knife. At turn ten, where Rea crashed out yesterday, Sykes hit a patch of water, lost grip and watched his bike as it hit the gravel trap. He rejoined and made his way to twenty fourth place.

On the second lap, Rea led Giugliano while Davies lost third to Lorenzo Savadori and a lap later lost fourth to Alex De Angelis. On the fourth lap, it was Leon Camier's turn to pass Davies, but Davies took fifth place back immediately.

Davide Giugliano crashed out of second place and was taken to the medical centre where he was diagnosed with a right shoulder contusion. This put Lorenzo Savadori into second place, over seven seconds back from Jonathan Rea but with Alex De Angelis right behind him in third.

In fourth place was Anthony West who was riding around the outside of riders like the track was his playground, having passed Chaz Davies, bringing Xavi Fores with him. Fores took fourth place on the sixth lap as Savadori in second place set the fastest lap.

On the seventh lap, Savadori joined the soon to be long list of crashers, crashing out of second place with Anthony West crashing at the same time in a separate incident, his luck also running out. They were joined by Jordi Torres in yet another lap seven crash. All three riders would not be able to restart.

Jonathan Rea led by over ten seconds from Alex De Angelis who was over two seconds clear of Xavi Fores with Leon Camier inheriting fourth place over two seconds clear of the Chaz Davies and Sylvain Guintoli battle for fifth.

Alex Lowes crashed, nearly collecting Nicky Hayden who was having a tumultuous time at the bottom end of the points, Hayden missing the corner and taking to the slip road. This put Sykes into the points in fourteenth place. He gained another place shortly after as Pavel Szkopek crashed out of ninth place and recovered behind Sykes.

On the penultimate lap, Michael van der Mark crashed and sent his bike tumbling into the gravel, taking knocks all the way. Van der Mark mounted his truly knackered bike and somehow got it running again and whipped it like a slow horse until he dragged it almost two laps, wobbling at high speed, looking like a right mess and still managed to finish in an astounding eighth place.

On the last lap, the top four places weren't close enough to make a race of it, but further back, Sylvain Guintoli and Chaz Davies were duking it out for fifth place, with Guintoli coming out on top in the last few corners of the penultimate lap.

As the riders made it to the flag, Tom Sykes gained one more place, passing Gianluca Vizziello at the line and snatching twelfth place by one hundredth of a second.

After a disastrous first race, Jonathan Rea was able to grab a victory from the rain and leave Germany with a one point increase in the title lead. Alex De Angelis and Xavi Fores both took their first podiums in World Superbike and Leon Camier just missed out on the podium in a respectable fourth place.

Eight riders crashed out and didn't return, but in total, there were twelve crashers (eleven if you don't count Hayden's off-track excursion) from a field of twenty four riders, with Saeed Al Sulaiti crashing twice, once before the race even started.



Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R   1'57.215 248,2 1'39.421 281,3
2 15 A. DE ANGELIS Aprilia RSV4 RF 9.396 1'56.949 255,2 1'49.945 285,0
3 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 13.041 1'56.386 255,9 1'46.973 274,1
4 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 15.728 1'57.073 253,4 1'39.525 274,8
5 50 S. GUINTOLI Yamaha YZF R1 17.100 1'56.515 246,5 1'39.786 282,0
6 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 19.780 1'57.321 240,9 1'37.883 282,0
7 25 J. BROOKES BMW S1000 RR 32.208 1'57.879 255,2 1'48.616 266,7
8 60 M. VAN DER MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 54.373 1'57.893 251,1 1'40.399 279,1
9 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 57.271 2'00.043 249,3 1'47.776 273,4
10 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR SP 59.671 1'58.889 250,5 1'38.875 279,1
11 99 L. SCASSA Ducati Panigale R 1'01.938 1'59.390 249,9 1'50.132 267,3
12 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'14.028 1'59.939 252,8 1'38.008 281,3
13 4 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'14.038 2'00.984 244,2 1'51.418 262,7
14 119 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'46.309 1'58.852 253,4 1'51.870 257,1
15 17 K. ABRAHAM BMW S1000 RR 1'51.775 2'02.150 244,2 1'52.074 253,4
16 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Yamaha YZF R1 1 Lap 2'03.537 238,8 1'52.356 260,8
RET 9 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-10R 4 Laps    
RET 11 S. AL SULAITI Kawasaki ZX-10R 6 Laps    
RET 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 7 Laps    
RET 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 8 Laps    
RET 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 10 Laps    
RET 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-10R 10 Laps    
RET 81 J. TORRES BMW S1000 RR 10 Laps    
RET 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 13 Laps    


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I enjoyed Van der Mark's never say die attitude, "truly knackered" sums it up perfectly.  Few riders would even bother to look at the bike after barrel rolling through the gravel that many times, a credit to Honda prep that the various breaky-offie bits were all still in place.  Unfortunatte that Sykes took his tumble when poised to take advantage of Rea's mistake/misfortune in race 1, he was very lucky to be able to finish and pick up a few points.  Championships have been lost by less, didn't Sykes miss out on a championship by half a point one year?  Rea was superb, on it.


remarkable testament to what these guys truly put on the line.

nearly dead to overjoyed for a second at a superbike race.

hard as nails.

Heartbroken for Nicky. Too much bad luck in both races. Mind you, I don't think anyone could have beaten Chaz in the first race but Nicky might have taken second instead of third if he hadn't lost so much ground at the start. Well, that's racing.

I feel like I was there!

A few items:

How much authority do the riders have with their safety commission? From your report, it sounds like the race should not have been run. It certainly is testimony to the competitive, determined, stubborn, and brave nature of these guys. I salute them.
This review makes it sound like the WSBK race(s) I attended at Assen in 2006. It was chucking it down, a HUGE percentage of the field crashed out, and Chris Walker secured his (AFAIK) only WSBK victory. Crazy stuff.

I'm glad that Nicky is back toward the pointy end of the field. I'm totally rooting for him. I hope he adds at least one more championship to his CV. Is this a learning year for him, or does he simply not have as competitive a bike as other people?

As for me being a COMPLETE nerd/geek, I must give kudos to breganzane for "breakie-offie bits". Classic.

It was raining heavily but once it stopped, the track drained really quickly.