World Superbike Aragon Results 2015

Byron Wilson | April 12, 2015
Kawasaki Racing’s Jonathan Rea and Aruba.it Racing Ducati’s Chaz Davies split World Superbike wins at Aragon. Each rider also got a second position result, with Davies taking the runner-up spot in Race 1 and Rea finishing there in Race 2. Rea’s teammate, Tom Sykes, grabbed the final step in Race 1 and Aprilia Racing’s Leon Haslam finished third in Race 2.

Race 1

Sykes got off to a strong start in the first race of the day, dipping into Turn 1 at the head of the pack. Davies followed in second with Haslam in third and Rea in fourth. Rea would find his way past Haslam in the early going, but then running order out front remained steady until mid-race.

With 11 laps to go, Rea got ahead of Davies for second and then faced a small gap in order to close up to Sykes. Four laps later Rea had closed that distance and started looking for a way past his teammate. With six remaining, Rea was able to slip ahead of Sykes for the lead.

Davies followed soon after, passing Sykes for second-place during the final stages. The Ducati ace hung to Rea until the final lap, where he made a move on the Kawasaki for the lead. Rea quickly answered back and though Davies tried to get ahead once again through the final corner, Rea was able to hold for the win.

Haslam lost touch with the front runners but held on to finish fourth. His teammate, Jordi Torres, crossed the line just after in fifth. Davies’ teammate, Xavi Fores, finished in sixth followed by Althea Racing’s Nicolas Terol in seventh and Barni Racing’s Leandro Mercado in eighth. Defending champion Sylvain Guintoli of Pata Honda finished ninth while MV Agusta’s Leon Camier claimed 10th.

World Superbike Aragon Race 1 Results 2015
1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki)
2. Chaz Davies (Ducati)
3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
4. Leon Haslam (Aprilia)
5. Jordi Torres (Aprilia)
6. Xavi Fores (Ducati)
7. Nicolas Terol (Ducati)
8. Leandro Mercado (Ducati)
9. Sylvain Guintoli (Honda)
10. Leon Camier (MV Agusta)
11. Santiago Barragan (Kawasaki)
12. Matteo Baiocco (Ducati)
13. Roman Ramos (Kawasaki)
14. Christophe Ponsson (Kawasaki)
15. Niccolo Canepa (EBR)
16. Javier Alviz (Kawasaki)
17. Larry Pegram (EBR)
18. Imre Toth (BMW)
19. Gabor Rizmayer (BMW)

Race 2

Davies shot to the front off the start in Race 2, trailed by Rea, Haslam and Sykes. Davies was determined to open some space on the field and had multiple bike lengths on his closest competition two laps into the race.

Rea kept steady in second and Sykes followed in third until Lap 4. Then, Sykes suffered a nasty high-side which left him fairly banged up, though he was eventually able to get to his feet and walk off track with the help of officials.

With Sykes out, Haslam moved up to third position and from there the podium finishers were decided. Further back in the ranks, Guintoli also suffered a race-ending wreck. Luckily he was able to walk away from the incident unharmed.

Torres continued to impress in his first World Superbike season with a fourth-place finished followed by Fores in fifth. Team Pedercini’s David Salom ended Race 2 in sixth followed by Mercado in seventh and Guintoli’s teammate, Michael van der Mark, in eighth. BMW Motorrad’s Ayrton Badovini claimed ninth followed by Terol in 10th.

“I did not expect to win here because Tom and Chaz are really fast riders and this is their best circuit,” said Rea. “So to finish with a first and second is a bit surreal. I need to just keep working hard like I have been and take stock of things. We have not had a result lower than second so far. We had never worked with the SC0 tire until this weekend but we had to today. We needed to because of the temperature range but I did not know how hard to push at the beginning of Race 2. That was when Chaz made a gap to me. Race 1 was also difficult but I think I rode a clever race because the gap at the beginning was almost up to 1.5 seconds. So to close that down without abusing the tire, and then keep some for the end, was hard work. It is clear Kawasaki has made a big step in the winter and we are really competitive, so I am happy.”

“We’ve come close before now but today we finally did it! This has been my only goal since coming to Ducati and I’m very pleased to have achieved this result here,” said Davies. “It’s extremely important to me, to be able to repay Ducati, Aruba and all of the Ducatisti with the first win for the Panigale R. I know that everyone has been working tirelessly to obtain this result. Race 1 was also really enjoyable and I was happy with the podium but just disappointed with the position, as I really wanted the win. I didn’t have a lot of opportunity to make passes but tried where I could in the final stages. I made a small mistake in the middle of the race, selecting an incorrect electronic setting on the bike and losing maybe a second to the Kawasakis but fortunately I was able to make it back up and push all the way to the line. All in all, it’s been a fantastic day with results that I hope to repeat very soon.”

Rea leaves the Spanish round with a 26 point lead over second-placed rider, Haslam. Davies is an additional 31 points back in third followed by Sykes in fourth and Torres in fifth.

World Superbike Aragon Race 2 Results 2015
1. Chaz Davies (Ducati)
2. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki)
3. Leon Haslam (Aprilia)
4. Jordi Torres (Aprilia)
5. Xavi Fores (Ducati)
6. David Salom (Kawasaki)
7. Leandro Mercado (Ducati)
8. Michael van der Mark (Honda)
9. Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
10. Nicolas Terol (Ducati)
11. Matteo Baiocco (Ducati)
12. Roman Ramos (Kawasaki)
13. Randy de Puniet (Suzuki)
14. Alex Lowes (Suzuki)
15. Leon Camier (MV Agusta)
16. Christophe Ponsson (Kawasaki)
17. Santiago Barragan (Kawasaki)
18. Niccolo Canepa (EBR)
19. Larry Pegram (EBR)
20. Imre Toth (BMW)

2015 World Superbike Championship Points
1. Jonathan Rea, 140
2. Leon Haslam, 114
3. Chaz Davies, 83
4. Tom Sykes, 66
5. Jordi Torres, 63
6. Sylvain Guintoli, 48
7. Nicolas Terol, 41
8. Matteo Baiocco, 39
9. Leandro Mercado, 38
10. Alex Lowes, 34

 

Byron Wilson

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