World Superbike Misano Results 2015

MotorcycleUSA Staff | June 21, 2015

Kawasaki Racing continued to dominate in World Superbike competition during the eighth round of the 2015 season at Misano, with Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea taking home wins in Race 1 and Race 2, respectively. The green team has been almost completely untouchable this year, failing to take the top-step in just two of 16 races. In Race 1, Rea finished in the runner-up spot followed by Racing Ducati’s Chaz Davies in third. In Race 2 it was Davies’ teammate, Davide Giugliano, who made the box in second-place followed by Aprilia Racing’s Leon Haslam in third.

Race 1

Sykes ran to the front from pole position and never looked back. He had Giugliano, Haslam and Rea trailing in second through fourth while Aprilia wildcard, Max Biaggi, marked his return to WSBK competition pacing in seventh. Biaggi announced his return to action earlier in the month, indicating that he’d be present for two rounds, Misano and Sepang. The Aprilia rider caused some stir after the opening day of practice, setting the fastest times in both FP1 and FP2. Though he’s be out of the game since the conclusion of the 2012 season, Biaggi showed he still has some fight left and at the checkers he crossed the line in sixth-place.

The bulk of Race 1 was fairly static after riders slotted into position during the early laps. Aprilia’s Jordi Torres crashed a few laps into the race but beyond that, there was little to speak of in terms of race drama.

2015 World Superbike Misano Race 1 Podium
2015 World Superbike Misano Race 1 podium with Tom Sykes (center) in first, Jonathan Rea (left) in second and Chaz Davies (right) in third.

The concluding laps however, were a different story. Sykes had checked out but the fight for second was up to Giugliano, Rea and Davies. With two laps left to go, Rea pushed his way up the ranks from fourth to second, and a battle ensued between the three riders for position. Rea’s late race power proved insurmountable for Giugliano and Davies though, and Davies got the advantage on his teammate just before the checkers. Giugliano would finish fourth followed by Haslam in fifth and Biaggi in sixth. BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team’s Ayrton Badovini ended in seventh followed by Racing Ducat’s Michele Pirro in eighth and Pata Honda’s Sylvain Guintoli in ninth.

World Superbike Misano Race 1 Results 2015
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
2. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki)
3. Chaz Davies (Ducati)
4. Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
5. Leon Haslam (Aprilia)
6. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
7. Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
8. Michele Pirro (Ducati)
9. Sylvain Guintoli (Honda)
10. Michael van der Mark (Honda)
11. Leandro Mercado (Ducati)
12. Alex Lowes (Suzuki)
13. Leon Camier (MV Agusta)
14. Roman Ramos (Kawasaki)
15. Matteo Baiocco (Ducati)
16. Markus Reiterberger (BMW)
17. David Salom (Kawasaki)
18. Christophe Ponsson (Kawasaki)
19. Santiago Barragan (Kawasaki)
20. Gianluca Vizziello (Kawasaki)
21. Gabor Rizmayer (BMW)
22. Imre Toth (BMW)

Race 2

There were more fireworks in Race 2, despite the start looking nearly identical to the first race of the day. Sykes took command of the front with Giuglaino, Haslam and Rea trailing through fourth. Biaggi was fifth followed by Davies, but close battle between Biaggi and Rea allowed Davies to slip past the Aprilia rider in the initial corners. Rea started making moves as well, passing Haslam for third. Davies took the opportunity to pass Haslam soon after.

Giugliano wasn’t willing to let Sykes check out again, and stayed glued to the Kawasaki’s rear tire. Rea was closing in fast from third, the current points leader looking stronger in the early going than he had during the first race. The three riders put some space between themselves and Davies in fourth, and proceeded to have a fight for the lead.

2015 World Superbike Misano
Jonathan Rea went on to score his 11th win of the year in World Superbike Race 2 at Misano.

The Ducati ace started looking for lines past Sykes within a few laps from the start, and with 15 to go He grabbed the lead from the Kawasaki in Turn 3. Rea pushed to the inside of Sykes quickly after for second, but then on the following lap Rea made a solo mistake and ran wide, allowing Sykes to reclaim the runner-up spot and Davies to close up.

Giugliano started to build a slight gap on the Kawasaki riders, but Rea was hungry. He dispatched Sykes for second with 12 laps to go and had to close 1.1. seconds in order to catch Giugliano. With a bit of open track ahead of him, Rea was able to shave half a second off Giugliano’s advantage in a single lap. With eight to go Rea was within striking distance and with six to go he made his move to the lead. Rea continued to push the pace after that, sealing his 11th race win of the year.

Sykes held to third up until the latter stages, but started dropping back as the race wore on. Davies and Haslam eventually caught the Kawasaki rider and with eight laps to go Davies made a move that stood Sykes up briefly. The commotion caused by the pass gave Haslam an opportunity to get by both riders and move into podium position.

The Aprilia rider was able to hold there to the checkers. Davies finished in fourth followed by Sykes in fifth. Biaggi made a late race pass on Torres for sixth while Pirro finished in eighth. Guintoli took ninth followed by teammate Michael van der Mark in 10th.

Rea’s lead in the championship grew to 133 points over Sykes in second. Haslam sits third followed by Davies in fourth and Torres in fifth.

World Superbike Misano Race 2 Results 2015
1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki)
2. Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
3. Leon Haslam (Aprilia)
4. Chaz Davies (Ducati)
5. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
6. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
7. Jordi Torres (Aprilia)
8. Michele Pirro (Ducati)
9. Sylvain Guintoli (Honda)
10. Michael van der Mark (Honda)
11. Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
12. Niccolo Canepa (Ducati)
13. Markus Reiterberger (BMW)
14. Roman Ramos (Kawasaki)
15. David Salom (Kawasaki)
16. Leon Camier (MV Agusta)
17. Randy de Puniet (Suzuki)
18. Christophe Ponsson (Kawasaki)
19. Gianluca Vizziello (Kawasaki)
20. Santiago Barragan (Kawasaki)
21. Gabor Rizmayer (BMW)
22. Imre Toth (BMW)

World Superbike Championship Points 2015
1. Jonathan Rea, 375
2. Tom Sykes, 242
3. Leon Haslam, 226
4. Chaz Davies, 213
5. Jordi Torres, 140
6. Sylvain Guintoli, 127
7. Davide Giugliano, 106
8. Michael van der Mark, 97
9. Leandro Mercado, 90
10. Matteo Baiocco, 89