WorldSBK Donington Park Results 2015

Byron Wilson | May 24, 2015
Kawasaki Racing’s Tom Sykes proved unbeatable at Donington Park for the third consecutive year, doing the double and equaling Carl Fogarty’s six race win record at the circuit. Sykes’ teammate, Jonathan Rea, finished second-place both times out followed by Aruba.it Ducati’s Chaz Davies in third for both Race 1 and Race 2.Race 1

Sykes got a great start from pole position in Race 1, trailed by Haslam, Rea and Davies’ teammate Davide Giugliano. Haslam gave Sykes hell in the opening corners and eventually made the pass on the Kawasaki ace. Rea, in third, got the better of Sykes as well during the initial rotation for second position.

The following lap, Rea moved to the head of the pack but faced heavy pressure from Haslam and Sykes behind in second and third. Davies and Giugliano were in heated battle for fourth-place and Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Alex Lowes was trying to stay on for a shot at the podium in sixth. As the race developed, Sykes pushed ahead of Haslam and hounded Rea for the lead. With 18 to go, Sykes was there to capitalize on a mistake which took Rea wide to regain the front. Rea wasn’t pleased with this and a few turns later retaliated to take the number one spot back.

This was the start of an exciting battle between the Kawasaki riders which lasted for much of the race. The two pushed each other hard, swapping position at the head of the pack back and forth while, at times, riding at the brink of control. With 10 to go Rea and Sykes made a bit of contact through a corner as Sykes pushed back to the lead. After that, Sykes opened up some space and Rea appeared to back off a bit, content with protecting his already impressive championship points lead with a second-place result.

Further back, Haslam and Davies went at it for the final step on the podium after Giugliano pulled into pit lane with a rear tire issue. Giugliano rejoined the race after swapping for a new tire, but had lost huge amounts of time and ended up 17th for the race. Davies was able to make the decisive move on Haslam for the number three spot with seven laps remaining.

Haslam’s performance was commendable too, considering the pain he’s still enduring as a result of the injured ribs sustained during a high-side crash the previous round.

BMW Motorrad Italia’s Ayrton Badovini fought up to fifth-place in the final laps, passing Lowes for position with four laps remaining. Lowes ended the first event in sixth trailed by Haslam’s teammate, Jordi Torres, in seventh and Pata Honda’s Sylvain Guintoli in eighth.

World Superbike Donington Park Race 1 Results 2015
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
2. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki)
3. Chaz Davies (Ducati)
4. Leon Haslam (Aprilia)
5. Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
6. Alex Lowes (Suzuki)
7. Jordi Torres (Aprilia)
8. Sylvain Guintoli (Honda)
9. Leon Camier (MV Agusta)
10. David Salom (Kawasaki)
11. Leandro Mercado (Ducati)
12. Nicolas Terol (Ducati)
13. Roman Ramos (Kawasaki)
14. Randy de Puniet (Suzuki)
15. Niccolo Canepa (Kawasaki)
16. Christophe Ponsson (Kawasaki)
17. Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
18. Gabor Rizmayer (BMW)
19. Imre Toth (BMW)

Race 2

Sykes again commanded the front through the opening turns followed by Haslam, Rea and Giugliano. The order remained steady until Lap 2, when Rea made an error which nearly cost him the race. He saved a potentially nasty high-side coming out of a corner while in third-place, a moment which saw him bumped in the air out of his seat as the bike squirmed beneath him. Amazingly, he kept the bike rubber-side down and only dropped to seventh place by the time he was back in control.

At the head, Sykes began to stretch a gap on the field during the early laps, building what would eventually be the largest margin of victory this season. At the checkers the Kawasaki ace was 9.7 seconds ahead of the runner-up.

And while Sykes ran a relatively lonely race out front, the fight for second became very interesting during the latter stages. Haslam maintained his position for much of the first half, appearing to be fairly secure as he spaced himself from Giugliano, Davies, Lowes, MV Agusta’s Leon Camier and Rea. Camier dropped out of contention early, low-siding with 21 to go. It was a very close call for Rea, who trailed the MV Agusta, the Kawasaki rider just missing the falling bike.

Up to sixth, Rea had some space to close to catch Davies. Up ahead Giugliano and Lowes had a little back and forth which helped Davies and Rea bridge the space and with 18 to go the four riders were in a fairly tight group in the fight for third. Davies passed Giuglano and Lowes in short order to move into third and the following lap Giugliano got ahead of Lowes as well for fourth. Entering Lap 6, Rea passed on Lowes and then got a position on Giugliano a few corners later.

Davies was trying to open some space but Rea was on the hunt. Ten laps in Rea had finally caught the Ducati’s rear tire and was able to make the pass for third. At that point, the Kawasaki rider had almost two seconds to make up in order to catch Haslam for second.

With Haslam fatigued as a result of his lingering injury and Rea fired by his advance up the ranks, it only took the Kawasaki rider a few laps to be on Haslam’s tire. They had a bit of a battle with eight to go, but Rea eventually won out and took the runner-up spot. Davies capitalized as well, passing Haslam for third soon after.

Davies didn’t give up on Rea, but in the end didn’t have enough to challenge the championship points leader for position in the latter stages. Haslam held to fourth despite a serious late-race challenge from Giugliano for the spot, the Ducati rider ending a fraction of a second behind in fifth.

Lowes finished in sixth followed by Torres in seventh and Guintoli in eighth.

Rea retains the overall points lead, his advantage extended to 101 points over Haslam in second. Sykes is one point behind Haslam in third-place followed by Davies in fourth and Torres in fifth.

World Superbike Donington Park Race 2 Results 2015
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
2. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki)
3. Chaz Davies (Ducati)
4. Leon Haslam (Aprilia)
5. Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
6. Alex Lowes (Suzuki)
7. Jordi Torres (Aprilia)
8. Sylvain Guintoli (Honda)
9. Aytron Badovini (BMW)
10. Matteo Baiocco (Ducati)
11. Roman Ramos (Kawasaki)
12. David Salom (Kawasaki)
13. Leandro Mercado (Ducati)
14. Randy de Puniet (Suzuki)
15. Santiago Barragan (Kawasaki)
16. Gabor Rizmayer (BMW)
17. Imre Toth (BMW)

World Superbike Championship Points 2015
1. Jonathan Rea, 280
2. Leon Haslam, 179
3. Tom Sykes, 178
4. Chaz Davies, 155
5. Jordi Torres, 117
6. Sylvain Guintoli, 92
7. Matteo Baiocco, 72
8. Alex Lowes, 71
9. Leandro Mercado, 70
10. Michael van der Mark, 67

Byron Wilson

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