2018 Brno World Superbike Race One Results: Third Time's The Charm

With everyone using the same higher-profile development tyre that served the top five so well at Donington, albeit with a slightly different compound, World Superbike race one ran for three laps of the advertised eighteen, led by Jonathan Rea, before Michael Ruben Rinaldi crashed into the air fence at turn five. This brought out the red flags as, like yesterday, the air fence needed a quick repair. The race was reduced to seventeen laps after a quick restart.

Jordi Torres crashed in the first start but was able to restart on his spare bike. Michael Ruben Rinaldi, who caused the red flag, was able to restart, but the time spend getting his bike ready meant he missed the quick start window and would start from the back of the grid. None of the front-runners changed tyres for the shortened restart.

As the riders lined up for the restart, a technical glitch caused false starts throughout the grid and the riders had to go through the while thing again for a third start and yet another lap sliced off the total; A sixteen lap restart with the grid set just like the second start, unfortunately for Michael Ruben Rinaldi. 

Tom Sykes got the best start this start and held it until turn two when Jonathan Rea pushed through to take the lead from him and after one lap, Rea was almost a second clear of Sykes, Alex Lowes and Marco Melandri. On lap two, Michael van der Mark took fifth place from Chaz Davies, but the fight for second place heated up as Alex Lowes took third from Melandri and tried to steal second place from Sykes, while Rea made like a rabbit and set the fastest lap, clearing off into the metaphorical Czech sunset.

A lap later, Melandri took third place back and turned his sights on Tom Sykes, wobbling his too-light rear end as he tried to take second place from the Englishman. The all-Yamaha fight for fourth place involved a hard thrust from van der Mark under Lowes followed by a cleaner take back from Lowes. 

Three laps down, Melandri crossed the line next to Sykes to start lap four, holding second place into turn one and finally making it stick. He saw Rea was two seconds ahead and on a hotter pace. Melandri's grip wasn't good enough to make chase, with his rear suffering with the heat, and he settled into second place and just kept his eyes on the gap to Sykes behind him.

The remainder of the race was fairly straight forward at the front, with Jonathan Rea and Marco Melandri safe at the front while Tom Sykes had two duelling Yamahas behind him as Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark squabbled over fourth place, with every attempt to catch or pass Sykes thwarted by the other rider in blue nipping at their heels. Behind the Yamahas, Eugene Laverty and Chaz Davies scrapped over sixth place with Leon Camier and Lorenzo Savadori trying hard to join the fray. 

On lap eight, Eugene Laverty crowbarred Chaz Davies off the apex and apologised for his harsh move, and the two maintained their spat for two laps as they slowed each other enough to let Camier and Savadori catch up. 

On lap ten, it was Camier and Savadori's turn to provide the entertainment as the podium looked set, with Sykes finally getting enough of a gap from the Yamahas to settle into his own pace and manage his gaps. 

Once Eugene Laverty passed Chaz Davies for sixth place, he was able to break free, Davies no longer holding him back. Davies, however, lost another place to Laverty's teammate as Savadori despatched Camier and took on the Ducati. 

On the last lap, positions were set with over a second between everyone in the top eight, not giving anyone a chance at last lap heroics, and the riders just proceeded in an orderly manner across the finish line.

Jonathan Rea, on his third time of trying, finally beat Carl Fogarty's record of fifty nine wins, Fogarty having had the most wins in Superbike history for over twenty three years, and his sixtieth win extended his lead at the top of the championship to eighty one points over eighth-placed Chaz Davies. Marco Melandri's second place kept him in fifth place of the championship while Tom Sykes broke the tie for third with Michael van der Mark. 


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 5.381
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 7.336
4 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 11.893
5 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 13.145
6 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 14.210
7 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 17.051
8 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 17.743
9 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 18.104
10 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 21.783
11 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 30.614
12 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 31.111
13 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 31.188
14 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 31.864
15 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 33.079
16 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 33.685
17 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 53.662
18 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'44.844
RET 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 10 Laps
RET 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 12 Laps
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