This weekend we join the World Superbikes boys in Jerez, Spain for round 12 of the championship.
Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes qualified in pole position after putting in an absolutely phenomenal lap on his quest to catch up to his team mate in the championship. Jonathan Rea qualified in second and Aruba.it Ducati’s Davide Guigliano rounded off the front row.
The first couple of laps of race one saw Guigliano – who is freshly back after an injury, crash out with Xavi Fores, in what looked like two completely separate incidents that just so happened to occur on the same corner at the same time.
The race wasn’t exactly ‘action packed’ as such and not a lot actually happened. It was an absolutely incredible race from Chaz Davies who managed to sneak past Sykes and Rea into the lead and storm to victory off the back of his double win the last time out in Magny-Cours.
Rea had to settle for third place as Sykes edged further and further away from him, but his championship lead still remains intact as he sits pretty with 44 points separating the two.
An extremely close finish for fourth and fifth position between team mates Nicky Hayden and Michael van Der Mark as only 0.0039s separated the two over the line. Hayden just had the edge, but a really solid race from the Honda WSBK duo.
Unfortunately, Rea could not wrap up the title today but Kawasaki did, and are taking home the 2016 manufacturers trophy for the second year running.
Coverage of World Superbikes continues tomorrow on Eurosport 2.
WSBK race one results
Chaz Davies – 34:08.161s
Tom Sykes – + 3.290s
Jonathan Rea – + 7.151s
Nicky Hayden – + 13.212s
Michael van Der Mark – + 13.251s
Sylvain Guintoli – + 17.834s
Leon Camier – + 20.911s
Jordi Torres – + 26.182s
Markus Reiterberger – + 31.246s
Josh Brookes – + 32.399s
(photo credit: formulapassion.it)