Two red flags in World Supersport brought a slow start to race day. Shortly after the second red flag, it was announced that the SSP race would be postponed, and would take place after WorldSBK. Finally, the World Superbike grid lined up with Tom Sykes on pole.
Sykes got off to a good start, as he usually does when he starts from pole. But it was short-lived as a blown engine from Grillini Racing’s Badovini brought out the red flag just two laps in.
After a long delay, the race was restarted and we saw everyone start from their original positions. As the lights went out, Sykes got another incredible start off the line but it wasn’t long before yesterday’s winner Chaz Davies began creeping up behind him. Davies made the move and no sooner than he did he was off, leaving Sykes for dust. His job was made much easier due to the early departure of MV Agusta’s Leon Camier who was running in 2nd, on track for his best finish of the season.
Just as Rea began ripping through the pack, he cut through the final corner leaving him wide on the exit, and subsequently losing three places. But it certainly didn’t faze him, as he fought back and managed to get past Sykes, eventually settling for 2nd.
We did see two remarkable comebacks from two of the unluckiest riders this weekend. Jordi Torres was declared fit to ride today after suffering from gastro, but had to start from the back of the grid. He made an incredible recovery, managing to fight his way through the grid to finish in a respectable 8th. Yesterday we saw a huge crash from Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty where the bike burst into flames. The mechanics worked tirelessly to rebuild the bike from the ground up and Laverty managed to bring it home in 7th – a great effort considering the incident we saw in race one.
Ultimately, it came down to the usual suspects on the podium with Chaz Davies taking the double in Imola for the second year running, followed by Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes.
World Superbike race 2 results:
Chaz Davies, Aruba.it Ducati – 32:12.361s
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing Team + 3.739s
Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing Team + 4.342s
Xavi Fores, BARNI Racing Team + 14.441s
Marco Melandri, Aruba.it Ducati + 14.596s
Alex Lowes, Pata Yamaha Official WSBK + 32.214s
Eugene Laverty, Milwaukee Aprilia + 33.919s
Jordi Torres, Althea BMW + 35.932s
Michael van der Mark, Pata Yamaha Official WSBK + 36.099s
Leandro Mercado, IODA Racing, + 37.621s