World Superbikes Round 4 review and Round 5 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'.

 

After nearly a month's break, it's Round 5 of the World Superbike Championship this weekend, with the Pirelli Italian Round at Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy.

 

Including details on Friday

 

In a heavily rescheduled weekend which saw sunshine, rain and even snow, Round 4 at Assen was cut short, with the removal of the Superpole race due to weather related delays.

 

World Superbike

Alvaro 'Dave' Bautista (Aruba.it Ducati) continued his total dominance with Pole Position and comfortable wins in both rescheduled races, taking his winning streak to eleven consecutive wins and equalling Jonathan Rea's record.

Bautista was joined on the podium in both races by local hero Michael Van Der Mark (Pata Yamaha) and Britain's Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing) with the Northern Irish man taking second place in Race 1, ahead of the Dutchman.

In Race 2, Van Der Mark, egged on by his home advantage, managed to get ahead of Rea on Lap 19, keeping his advantage to the chequered flag.

Brits Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha) and Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Racing) finished Race 1 in fourth and fifth respectively after a long hard fight for position. Lowes repeated his fourth place in Race 2, while Haslam could only manage a disappointing eighth place second time out.

Ducati's Chaz Davies showed some solid form, finishing in seventh in Race 1 and fifth in Race 2 while BMW's Tom Sykes was disappointed to finish in eighth (having lost two places on final lap) and seventh.

 

World Supersport

Switzerland's Randy Krummenacher (Yamaha) led for the majority of the WSSP race, having started on Pole, but was pipped to the post on the final lap by Italy's Federico Caricasulo (Yamaha) who started the race back in eighth place.

Austrian Thomas Gradinger (Yamaha) started from fifth on the grid before climbing to third place by Lap 12, and securing the final spot on the podium.

Britain's Kyle Smith had a demoralising outing, leaving the circuit on lap four and ending his weekend in the medical centre.

 

World Supersport300

Any one of the top 11 finishers could have won the World Supersport300 race, with only just over a second covering the leading group.

After the jostling and elbow barging of the final corner it was Spain's Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki) who took the chequered flag, less than two tenths of a second ahead of Dutchman Scott Deroue (Kawasaki) and Germany's Jan-Ole Jahnig (KTM).

Reigning Champion Ana Carrasco's (Kawasaki) title defence continues to get off to a challenging start, with an unlucky eighth place, despite being up in second place a one point and only being 0.9 seconds off the lead.

 

Including details on Friday

 

After Round Four, here's how the all important championship tables stand:

 

WORLD SUPERBIKE

POS

RIDER

BIKE

PTS

NEXT

LEADER

1

BAUTISTA, Alvaro

DUCATI

236

-

-

2

REA, Jonathan

KAWASAKI

183

53

53

3

LOWES, Alex

YAMAHA

126

57

110

4

VAN DER MARK, Michael

YAMAHA

115

11

121

5

HALSLAM, Leon

KAWASAKI

93

22

143

6

DAVIES, Chaz

DUCATI

76

17

160

7

MELANDRI, Marco

YAMAHA

69

7

167

8

CORTESE, Sandro

YAMAHA

64

5

172

9

SYKES, Tom

BMW

54

10

182

10

TORRES, Jordi

KAWASAKI

49

5

187

 

WORLD SUPERSPORT

POS

RIDER

BIKE

PTS

NEXT

LEADER

1

KRUMMENACHER, Randy

YAMAHA

90

-

-

 

2

CARICASULO, Federico

YAMAHA

73

17

17

 

3

CLUZEL, Jules

YAMAHA

69

4

21

 

4

GRADINGER, Thomas

YAMAHA

40

29

50

 

5

OKUBO, Hikari

KAWASAKI

37

3

53

 

6

PEROLARI, Corentin

YAMAHA

34

3

56

 

7

MAHIAS, Lucas

KAWASAKI

32

2

58

 

8

DE ROSA, Raffaele

MV AGUSTA

31

1

59

 

9

VINALES, Isaac

YAMAHA

27

4

63

 

10

BARBERA, Hector

YAMAHA

22

5

68

 

 

WORLD SUPERSPORT300

POS

RIDER

BIKE

PTS

NEXT

LEADER

1

GONZALEZ, Manuel

KAWASAKI

50

-

-

2

DEROUE, Scott

KAWASAKI

36

14

14

3

DE CANCELLIS, Hugo

YAMAHA

31

5

19

4

JAHNIG, Jan-Ole

KTM

29

2

21

5

BONOLI, Omar

YAMAHA

19

10

31

6

VERDOIA, Andy

YAMAHA

18

1

32

7

IERACI, Bruno

KAWASAKI

17

1

33

8

STEEMAN, Victor

KTM

16

1

34

9

KALININ, Nick

KAWASAKI

15

1

35

10

SCHOTMAN, Robert

KAWASAKI

9

6

41

 

Including details on Friday

 

Round 5 TV Schedule

 

Friday 10th May 2019

 

 

 

 

09:30 10:20

WorldSBK - FP1

09:25 - 10:25 - Live on Eurosport 2

14:00 14:50

WorldSBK - FP2

13:55 - 14:55 - Live on Eurosport 2

15:00 15:45

WorldSSP - FP2

14:55 - 15:55 - Live on Eurosport 2

                                               

                       

Saturday 11th May 2019

 

09:35 09:50

WorldSSP300- FP3B

 

10:00 10:25

WorldSBK - Superpole

10:40 11:05

WorldSSP - Superpole

11:20 11:40

WorldSSP300 - Superpole A

09:30 - 14:15 - Live on Eurosport 2

11:50 12:10

WorldSSP300 - Superpole B

 

13:00 14:15

WorldSBK - Race 1

 

Sunday 12th May 2019

 

10:00

WorldSBK - Superpole Race

 

11:15

WorldSSP - Race

09:30 - 15:15 - Live on Eurosport 2

13:00

WorldSBK - Race 2

 

14:15

WorldSSP300 - Race

 

Wednesday 15th May 2019

 

 

Highlights

20:00 - 21:00 - ITV4

 

Photos - PSP / Mateusz Jagielski and PSP / Lukasz Swiderek

 

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