World Superbikes Round 5 review and Round 6 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'.

 

If this week's Isle of Man TT hasn’t quite scratched your racing itch and has left you wanting more, there is World Superbikes this weekend with the Acerbis Spanish Round at the Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto in Adalusia, Spain.

 

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The weather once again brought havoc to the WSBK paddock last time out at Imola, with a forecast of heavy rain on Sunday. As predicted, the rains came, and, looking unlikely to clear, Superbike Race 2 and the Supersport 300 races were cancelled. The racing that we did see was as frantic and exciting as ever. Here's a quick recap of what happened:

World Superbikes

Alvaro Bautista's record equalling run of wins had to come to an end eventually, and it was  Imola that saw Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea take his first win of the season to deny Bautista a record breaking 12 wins in a row. The Ducati rider had struggled all through free practice and had qualified in third, behind Rea in second and his Aruba.it team-mate Chaz Davies, who secured a brave pole.

Davies's joy soon turned to frustration though as the very first corner of the opening lap saw his Ducati stop with a technical issue. With Davies out of the picture, Rea had a clear track ahead of him and made hay while the sun shone, leading for all 19 laps and taking the chequered flag by over seven seconds from Bautista in second. Starting seventh from the grid, Turkish rider Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki) had the ride of his life, taking the final podium position.

The Superpole race saw some consolation for Britain's Chaz Davies giving him his first podium of the year taking second place behind Jonathan Rea, and ahead of his teammate Bautista.

Kawasaki rider, and 2018 Bennetts BSB Champion, Leon Haslam had a disappointing weekend, finishing in fifth in race one and sixth in the Superpole race.

Bennetts British Superbike rider Tommy Bridewell, filling in for the injured Eugene Laverty, finished in 12th and  11th respectively in the two races.

World Supersport

Swiss rider Randy Krummenacher (Yamaha), Frenchman Jules Cluzel (Yamaha) and Italian Federico Caricasulo (Yamaha) battled for the lead for the first half of the Supersport race before Cluzel dropped down the order, leaving Krummenacher and Caricasulo to lead the field. Krummenacher snatched the lead, and the win, on the final lap, winning by just over two tenths of a second. Italian Raffaele De Rosa took his MV Agusta over the line in third for their first podium of the season.

World Supersport 300

Due to the persistent rain on race day, the Supersport300 race was abandoned.

An additional race will therefore be held on Saturday this weekend at Jerez.

 

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Here's how the Championship tables stand after Round 5:

WSBK Rider's Championship Table (Top 10)

POS

RIDER

BIKE

PTS

NEXT

LEADER

1

BAUTISTA, Alvaro (ESP)

DUCATI

263

-

-

2

REA, Jonathan (GBR)

KAWASAKI

220

43

43

3

LOWES, Alex (GBR)

YAMAHA

140

80

123

4

VAN DER MARK, Michael (NED)

YAMAHA

134

6

129

5

HASLAM, Leon (GBR)

KAWASAKI

108

26

155

6

DAVIES, Chaz (GBR)

DUCATI

85

23

178

7

MELANDRI, Marco (ITA)

YAMAHA

79

6

184

8

RAZGATLIOGLU, Toprak (TUR)

KAWASAKI

65

14

198

9

CORTESE, Sandro (GER)

YAMAHA

64

1

199

10

SYKES, Tom (GBR)

BMW

56

8

207

 

WSSP Rider's Championship Table (Top 10)

POS

RIDER

BIKE

PTS

NEXT

LEADER

1

KRUMMENACHER, Randy (SWI)

YAMAHA

115

-

-

2

CARICASULO, Federico (ITA)

YAMAHA

93

22

22

3

CLUZEL, Jules (FRA)

YAMAHA

78

15

37

4

OKUBO, Hikari (JPN)

KAWASAKI

50

28

65

5

DE ROSA, Raffaele (ITA)

MV AGUSTA

47

3

68

6

GRADINGER, Thomas (AUT)

YAMAHA

40

7

75

7

MAHIAS, Lucas (FRA)

KAWASAKI

40

-

75

8

VINALES, Isaac (ESP)

YAMAHA

37

3

78

9

PEROLARI, Corentin (FRA)

YAMAHA

34

3

81

10

SEBESTYEN, Peter (HUN)

HONDA

27

7

88

 

WSSP300 Rider's Championship Table (Top 10)

POS

RIDER

BIKE

PTS

NEXT

LEADER

1

GONZALEZ, Manuel (ESP)

KAWASAKI

50

-

-

2

DEROUE, Scott (NED)

KAWASAKI

36

14

14

3

DE CANCELLIS, Hugo (FRA)

YAMAHA

31

5

19

4

JAHNIG, Jan-Ole (GER)

KTM

29

2

21

5

BONOLI, Omar (ITA)

YAMAHA

19

10

31

6

VERDOIA, Andy (FRA)

YAMAHA

18

1

32

7

IERACI, Bruno (ITA)

KAWASAKI

17

1

33

8

STEEMAN, Victor (NED)

KTM

16

1

34

9

KALININ, Nick (UKR)

KAWASAKI

15

1

35

10

SCHOTMAN, Robert (NED)

KAWASAKI

9

6

41

 

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The season continues this weekend at the Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto.

TV coverage is split between Eurosport 2 for live action, and ITV for highlights, as follows:

 

 Friday 7th June 2019

Free Practice 1 - LIVE

Eurosport 2

13:55 - 14:55

Free Practice 2 - LIVE

Eurosport 2

14:55 - 15:55

FP1 and FP2 Highlights

Eurosport 2

18:00 - 19:00

 

Saturday 8th June 2019

Qualifying and Race 1 - LIVE

Eurosport 2

09:30 - 14:15

Highlights

Eurosport 2

18:30 - 20:05

 

Sunday 9th June 2019

WSBK Superpole Race

Eurosport 2

09:30 - 15:15

WSSP Race

Eurosport 2

WSBK Race 2

Eurosport 2

Highlights

Eurosport 2

20:30 - 22:00

 

Wednesday 12th June 2019

Highlights

ITV4

22:00 - 23:00

 

Photo credits:

www.photopsp.com/FIM/WSBK

 

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