World Superbikes Round 6 review & Round 7 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'.

 

Hot on the heels of a controversial Barcelona GP, we're back to World Superbikes this weekend at Misano, Italy, a circuit where Kawasaki have a proven track record.

Can Jonathan Rea make the breakthough that he has been trying so hard for, or can Ducati's Alvaro Bautista pick himself up from a disappointing weekend, and further extend his lead at the top of the table?

 

World Superbikes TV Times Round 7 Misano

 

A quick reminder of what happened last time out, at Jerez…

 

World Superbikes

The first race of the weekend saw business as usual for Ducati's Alvaro Bautista as he soon pulled a sizeable lead over Dutchman Michael Van Der Mark (Pata Yamaha).

While Bautista and Van Der Mark were out front, playing amongst themselves, Yamaha's Alex Lowes and Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea were embroiled in an epic battle for the remaining podium place, with Lowes keeping the upper hand despite numerous attempts to overtake by Rea. At the final corner, an all-or-nothing lunge by Rea saw him barge Lowes off the racing line and out of the race!

It was far from the finish that anyone wanted to see, including Rea who was despondent at his own actions and profusely apologetic. Race direction also deemed the move less than gentlemanly and docked Rea a finishing position. Scant consolation for Lowes, but a bonus for Yamaha's Marco Melandri, who was promoted to third.

The Superpole race saw a repeat performance of race one, with a win for Bautista, runner up for Van Der Mark and, this time, a hard fought and deserved third place for Marco Melandri. Rea could only manage fourth, nearly two seconds behind Melandri, while Lowes took another tumble into the Imola kitty-litter at turn 7 - no one else was involved this time.

Race two looked all set to be a carbon copy of the previous two races, until, after just two minutes of racing, Bautista hit the deck. With the Ducati rider out of the action, Yamaha's Michael Van Der Mark took the lead and the chequered flag after eighteen of the scheduled twenty laps, after a nasty off from Kiyonari brought out the red flags.

Two-thirds race distance being completed, the race was considered complete and Van Der Mark notched up his first win of the season.

Jonathan Rea took the runner-up step on the podium and was joined by co-Kawasaki rider and soon-to-be-Suzuka-8-hour-teammate, Toprak Razgatlioglu.

Sam Lowes's torrid weekend continued with an early retirement.

 

World Supersport

The Supersport class continues to provide some enthralling racing with a three-way battle of the Yamahas, between Italy's Federico Caricasulo, France's Jules Cluzel and Swiss rider Randy Krummenacher.

Despite his best attempts as the race progressed, Cluzel couldn't quite stay with the blistering pace of the two Bardahl Yamaha riders who were separated at the line by just nine-tenths of a second, with Caricasulo taking his second win of the season.

Despite his runners-up place, it's Krummenacher who still leads the championship, but now by only seventeen points.

Britain's Kyle Smith failed to finish after a turn 9 crash.

 

World Supersport 300

An extended schedule, due to the rain-cancelled race at Imola, saw two races for the 300s.

In race one, Spain's Marc Garcia (Kawasaki) was the surprise winner, having finished no higher than eleventh in previous races this season, in a race where just one second covered the top six finishers.

Dutchman Scott Deroue (Kawasaki) finished just five-hundredths of a second behind Garcia while 2018 Champion Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki) showed her class by finishing in third ahead of this year's championship leader Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki).

Race two saw Gonzalez return to the top of the podium ahead of Garcia and Carrasco, but only after a photo finish to decide the order with just one-tenth of a second covering the podium finishers.

Garcia's performance saw him rocket up to third in the championship table, but Gonzalez's win sees him stay at the top by a lead of thirty-two points.

 

World Superbikes TV Times Round 7 Misano

 

Here's how the championship tables stand after Round 6:

 

WSBK RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE (TOP 10)

POS

RIDER

BIKE

PTS

NEXT

LEADER

1

BAUTISTA, Alvaro (ESP)

DUCATI

300

-

-

2

REA, Jonathan (GBR)

KAWASAKI

259

41

41

3

VAN DER MARK, Michael (NED)

YAMAHA

188

71

112

4

LOWES, Alex (GBR)

YAMAHA

142

46

158

5

HASLAM, Leon (GBR)

KAWASAKI

130

12

170

6

MELANDRI, Marco (ITA)

YAMAHA

102

28

198

7

RAZGATLIOGLU, Toprak (TUR)

KAWASAKI

95

7

205

8

DAVIES, Chaz (GBR)

DUCATI

94

1

206

9

CORTESE, Sandro (GER)

YAMAHA

83

11

217

10

SYKES, Tom (GBR)

BMW

80

3

220

 

WSSP RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE (TOP 10)

POS

RIDER

BIKE

PTS

NEXT

LEADER

1

KRUMMENACHER, Randy (SUI)

YAMAHA

135

-

-

2

CARICASULO, Federico (ITA)

YAMAHA

118

17

17

3

CLUZEL, Jules (FRA)

YAMAHA

94

24

41

4

OKUBO, Hikari (JPN)

KAWASAKI

59

35

76

5

DE ROSA, Raffaele (ITA)

MV AGUSTA

58

1

77

6

GRADINGER, Thomas (AUT)

YAMAHA

53

5

82

7

MAHIAS, Lucas (FRA)

KAWASAKI

50

3

85

8

VIÑALES, Isaac (ESP)

YAMAHA

45

5

90

9

PEROLARI, Corentin (FRA)

YAMAHA

41

4

94

10

SEBESTYEN, Peter (HUN)

HONDA

33

8

102

 

WSSP 300 RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE (TOP 10)

POS

RIDER

BIKE

PTS

NEXT

LEADER

1

GONZALES, Manuel (ESP)

KAWASAKI

88

-

-

2

DEROUE, Scott (NED)

KAWASAKI

56

32

32

3

GARCIA, Marc (ESP)

KAWASAKI

50

6

38

4

JAHNIG, Jan-Ole (GER)

KTM

48

2

40

5

DE CANCELLIS, Hugo (FRA)

YAMAHA

47

1

41

6

CARRASCO, Ana (ESP)

KAWASAKI

40

7

48

7

STEEMAN, Victor (NED)

KTM

31

9

57

8

VERDOÏA, Andy (FRA)

YAMAHA

29

2

59

9

BONOLI, Omar (ITA)

YAMAHA

24

5

64

10

GALANG HENDRA, Pratama (INA)

YAMAHA

23

1

65

 

World Superbikes TV Times Round 7 Misano

 

The season continues this weekend at the Pata Riviera di Rimini Round at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”, Italy.

TV coverage is split between Eurosport 2 for live action, and ITV4 for highlights, as follows:

Friday 21th June 2019

Free Practice 1 - LIVE

EUROSPORT2

09:25 - 10:25

Highlights

EUROSPORT2

19:00 - 20:00

23:00 - 23:30

Saturday 22nd June 2019

Qualifying and RACE 1

EUROSPORT2

09:30 - 13:15

Highlights

EUROSPORT2

20:00 - 20:45

Sunday 23rd June 2019

WSBK SUPERPOLE RACE

WSSP Race

WSBK RACE 2

EUROSPORT2

09:30 - 15:20

Highlights

EUROSPORT2

20:00 - 20:45

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Highlights

ITV4

20:00 - 21:00

 

Photo credits:

PSP/Mateusz Jagielski (www.photopsp.com)/FIM/WSBK

 

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