World Superbikes Round 2 Summary and Round 3 TV Schedule

Lamb-Stephen
By Steve Lamb

Production Manager - Still considers himself a novice rider, despite passing his test over twenty years ago. Steve has only ever owned four bikes - a '95 Suzuki GSX600F (which he dropped in the first minute of ownership), an '04 Yamaha FZ6 Fazer and currently a '16 Ducati Scrambler Classic, as well as (very slowly) building a '94 Yamaha SR125 'brat tracker'.

 

It's World Superbikes again this coming weekend, but just in case you missed the last race in Thailand, here's what happened:

 

BikeSocial World Superbikes Round 1 summary, round 2 tv schedule racing

 

World Superbikes

Alvaro 'Dave' Bautista's dominance of WSBK continued at Buriram, seeing the Aruba.it rider post top times in all three free practice sessions, and culminating in pole position in Saturday's SuperPole qualifying session with a new all-time lap record of 1'31.912 - nearly a second faster than Rea's previous record.

Bautista's advantage had appeared to run its course as Rea took an early lead in Race 1, but by lap nine, Bautista took the advantage and led for the remainder of the race - his final lead some 8.2 seconds. Alex Lowes continued his strong showing, finishing in third just half a second of his Pata Yamaha team-mate Michael Van Der Mark.

Bautista, Rea and Lowes picked up where they left off from Race 1 in the Superpole Race, before a nasty crash between Leon Camier and Thitipong Warokorn brought out the red flag and, having run more than two-thirds distance, the race was stopped and declared.

In the final race of the weekend, Bautista led from pole and soon pulled out a considerable lead, leaving Rea and Lowes to once again fight for the runners-up spot. At the chequered flag, Bautista's lead was in excess of ten seconds with Rea in second, 2.3s ahead of Lowes in third.

Bautista's success this puts the Spanish rider firmly in the history books, matching legends Troy Bayliss and Neil Hodgson in winning the first six out of the opening six races of the season.

 

World Supersport

The 600cc class continues to see close racing with the lead being shared between France's Jules Cluzel, on the GMT94 Yamaha, and Federico Caricasulo on the BARDAHL Evan Bros. Yamaha. Cluzel took advantage of his pole position to lead the race for the initial nine laps, before being overhauled by Caricasulo, who led for just one lap, before Cluzel retook the lead and the race win.

Round one winner and Caricasulo's team-mate, Randy Krummenacher, had been making good progress after a disastrous start saw him drop from 2nd to 8th. A final push saw him make up three places in the final six laps to take the chequered flag in second, half a second ahead of Caricasulo in third.

 

BikeSocial World Superbikes Round 1 summary, round 2 tv schedule racing

 

After round 2, here's how the tables stand:

 

WSBK RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE (TOP 10)

POS

Rider

BIKE

PTS

NEXT

LEADER

1

BAUTISTA, Alvaro (ESP)

DUCATI

124

-

-

2

REA, Jonathan (GBR)

KAWASAKI

98

26

26

3

LOWES, Alex (GBR)

YAMAHA

69

29

55

4

VAN DER MARK, Michael (NED)

YAMAHA

61

8

63

5

MELANDRI, Marco (ITA)

YAMAHA

54

7

70

6

HASLAM, Leon (GBR)

KAWASAKI

51

3

73

7

CORTESE, Sandro (GER)

YAMAHA

40

11

84

8

RUBEN RINALDI, Michael (ITA)

DUCATI

25

15

99

9

RAZGATLIOGLU, Toprak (TUR)

KAWASAKI

24

1

100

10

SYKES, Tom (GBR)

BMW

19

5

105

 

WSSP RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE (TOP 10)

POS

Rider

BIKE

PTS

NEXT

LEADER

1

CLUZEL, Jules (FRA)

YAMAHA

45

-

-

2

KRUMMENACHER, Randy (SWI)

YAMAHA

45

-

-

3

CARICASULO, Federico (ITA)

YAMAHA

32

13

13

4

BARBERA, Hector (ESP)

YAMAHA

22

10

23

5

OKUBO, Hikari (JAP)

KAWASAKI

20

2

25

6

PEROLARI, Corentin (FRA)

YAMAHA

14

6

31

7

VIÑALES, Isaac (ESP)

YAMAHA

13

1

32

8

CRESSON, Loris (BEL)

YAMAHA

13

-

32

9

MAHIAS, Lucas (FRA)

KAWASAKI

12

1

33

10

SEBESTYEN, Peter (HUN)

HONDA

12

-

33

 

BikeSocial World Superbikes Round 1 summary, round 2 tv schedule racing

 

ROUND 3 TV SCHEDULE

The season continues this weekend at the Motocard Aragon Round at MotorLand Aragon, Terul, Spain, where Bautista is hoping to continue his dominance.

This weekend's TV coverage is again split between Eurosport 2 for live action, and Eurosport 1 for highlights, as follows:

Friday 5th April 2019

Free Practice 1 - LIVE

EUROSPORT2

09:25 - 10:25

Free Practice 2 - LIVE

EUROSPORT2

13:55 - 16:00

Highlights

EUROSPORT2

17:00 - 18:00

Highlights

EUROSPORT1

21:00 - 22:00

Saturday 6th April 2019

Qualifying and RACE 1

EUROSPORT2

09:30 - 14:45

Highlights

EUROSPORT1

17:30 - 19:00 &

21:00 - 22:00

Sunday 7th April 2019

WSBK SUPERPOLE RACE

WSSP/WSSP300 Races

WSBK RACE 2

EUROSPORT2

09:30 - 14:15

Highlights

EUROSPORT2

17:00 - 18:00

Highlights

EUROSPORT1

21:00 - 22:00

Tuesday 8th April 2019

Highlights

ITV4

20:00 - 21:00

 

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