There wasn’t much to write home about as we headed into day two of the World Superbikes championship in Jerez.
Chaz Davies took an outstanding victory, leading the race from start to finish. The KRT duo of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea just couldn’t catch up to the Ducati, and were left to fight their own battle for second.
It was everything to play for for Rea. He is leading the championship and was rooting for someone to get in between him and his team mate so he could wrap up the championship this weekend. It looked like Nicky Hayden could be that person, as he constantly shaved seconds off Sykes’ lap time. Ultimately, he just couldn’t catch him up and had to settle for fourth, with the championship being taken to Qatar to be decided.
We lost Leon Camier to the gravel very early on in the race, as he came to Jerez off a series of good results. We also lost Xavi Fores, who was locked in a battle for eighth with Jordi Torres.
We head to Qatar in two weeks’ time, where Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes will be going to the wire for the championship win.
WSBK race two results
Chaz Davies – 34:20.026s
Jonathan Rea- + 5.893s
Tom Sykes – + 6.030
Nicky Hayden – + 6.750s
Sylvain Guintoli – + 10.762s
Michael van Der Mark – +11.310s
Alex Lowes – + 18.413s
Jordi Torres – _+ 19.232s
Antony West – + 24.095s
Lorenzo Savadori – + 25.379s
Championship standings after Jerez
Jonathan Rea [Kawasaki] – 462 points
Tom Sykes [Kawasaki] – 414 points
Chaz Davies [Ducati] – 395 points
Michael van Der Mark [Honda] – 255 points
Nicky Hayden [Honda] – 228 points
Davide Guigliano [Ducati] – 197 points
Jordi Torres [BMW] – 195 points
Leon Camier [MV Agusta] – 165 points
Lorenzo Savadori [Aprilia] – 140 points
Xavi Fores [Ducati] – 133 points
(photo credit: sportrider.com)