2019 Misano World Superbike Race Result: Rain, Red Flags And Restarts

Rain hit Misano hard, bringing out the red flag in the sighting lap. After a delay, a restart was planned for 14:24 with a quick-start procedure; one mechanic and one minute. The rain stopped enough to get the race started. Loris Baz was the quickest in the wet and started from sixteenth on the largest grid of the year.

The race started with Jonathan Rea leading Sandro Cortese and Tom Sykes while Alex Lowes rode round the outside and passed Cortese and Sykes. Alvaro Bautista took fourth place from Cortese after looking for a clean way past on the wet track. 

On the second lap, Alex Lowes took the lead into turn one but Jonathan Rea tried to take the lead back round the outside of turn two, but Lowes held the inside line through turn three. Lowes set the fastest lap as the leading pair left Sykes in third place over a second behind them. Lap three, Alex Lowes set the fastest lap again, breaking free from Jonathan Rea as the rain returned in force. 

And the red flags came out.

An eighteen lap restart, with the grid from the results of the red flagged session, putting Lowes, Rea and Sykes on the front row, Bautista, Davies and Haslam on the second row and Cortese, Pirro and Baz on the third row. Another quick-start procedure ahead of an eighteen lap race. 

The restart opened with Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes getting past Alex Lowes, but Alex Lowes recovered, passing riders round the outside to take second place. Alvaro Bautista briefly held third place, powering past Sykes down a straight only for Sykes to outbreak him in the treacherous conditions to take third place back. 

Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes were almost two seconds clear of Tom Sykes after just one lap. A lap later, Rea set the fastest lap and the leading pair had over three seconds of a gap to Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies, Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam. Loris Baz was just under two and a half lonely seconds behind them. Lap three, and Rea held the fastest lap for a few tenths of a second before Alex Lowes took it from him, but Rea took it back a lap later. 

As lightning signalled a storm in the distance, Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes held the lead glued together over five seconds clear of Tom Sykes for a few more laps, but on lap seven, Lowes made his move nice and cleanly into turn one to take the lead. Rea tried to hold onto the lead round the outside, but Lowes had it. 

The fight for fourth place, almost two seconds behind Tom Sykes, heated up on lap eight as Chaz Davies went wide and Leon Haslam went past, only for Haslam to go wide and return the favour to Davies a few corners later. A lap later, they would be fighting for the last podium spot as Alex Lowes lost the front and crashed out. Jonathan Rea was then in the lead, five seconds clear of Tom Sykes who was three seconds clear of Leon Haslam and Alvaro Bautista. Chaz Davies made another mistake to allow Bautista past and, shortly after, fell to the wet weather prowess of Loris Baz, settling for sixth place.

On lap twelve, Leon Haslam crashed at turn eight, moving Alvaro Bautista into a podium spot. Bautista only had Loris Baz to worry about, less than a second behind him, but as Bautista increased his pace, Baz started losing touch and dropped out of podium contention.

The laps ticked off as the rain started to get worse, and the close fight from sixth back to thirteenth place looked like everyone was entertainingly struggling with knowing how much grip they had, as they swapped places back and forth behind a charging Marco Melandri. 

Very little happened in the top five as no one rider was close enough to challenge anyone else. Jonathan Rea won the race, sharing the podium with Tom Sykes and Alvaro Bautista, with Loris Baz in fourth place taking the top independent spot ahead of Chaz Davies. Marco Melandri finished in sixth place, over twenty five seconds from Davies. 

Only fifteen riders finished the race, every one scoring points.

Jonathan Rea's race win, for which he thanked his pit board handler, closed the chase to Alvaro Bautista to thirty one points. Michael van der Mark, Alex Lowes, a non-starter and two non-finishers maintained their third, fourth and fifth respective places in the title hunt, with Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies closing the gap slightly. Tom Sykes left up to eighth place with his podium finish, his BMW team's first podium.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 3.692
3 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4 R 7.756
4 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 12.932
5 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 15.801
6 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 41.963
7 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R1 45.967
8 72 Y. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR 46.479
9 87 L. ZANETTI Ducati Panigale V4 R 47.695
10 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 48.026
11 52 A. DELBIANCO Honda CBR1000RR 49.700
12 81 J. TORRES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 49.833
13 97 S. CAVALIERI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'08.793
14 23 R. KIYONARI Honda CBR1000RR 1'13.510
15 28 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 1'36.134
RET 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 17
RET 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 6 Laps
RET 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 10
RET 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 10 Laps
RET 51 M. PIRRO Ducati Panigale V4 R 8
RET 9 D. SCHMITTER Yamaha YZF R1 8
Round Number: 
7
2019
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