Spoiler Alert: 2015 World Superbike results from Motorland Aragon in Spain listed below.
The 2015 World Superbike Championship took its first trip to Europe this weekend for round three of 13.
The 3.15-mile Motorland Aragon has a tricky, 17-corner layout, and the speeds were impressive in Superpole. Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils’ RSV4 pilot earned the pole with a fastest lap of 1.49.664 – the fastest speed ever posted there on a Superbike. But qualifying only 0.03 of a second back was Haslam’s fellow Englishman Chaz Davies on the Aruba.it Ducati World Superbike Panigale R.
Would these riders carry these dominate speeds into Sunday’s double header? Haslam would miss out on the race-one podium, and but take the final podium position in race two.
Davies performance was much more newsworthy; he just missed the race-one win to Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jonathan Rea by a mere 0.051 of a second. But he dominated race two, giving Ducati its first win since 2012, and broke the Italian manufacturer’s 58-race losing drought. This was also the first win for the Panigale.
Speaking after race two, Davies says: “We’ve come close before now but today we finally did it! This has been my only goal since coming to Ducati and I’m very pleased to have achieved this result here. It’s extremely important to me, to be able to repay Ducati, Aruba and all of the ducatisti with the first win for the Panigale R.
“I know that everyone has been working tirelessly to obtain this result. Race 1 was also really enjoyable and I was happy with the podium but just disappointed with the position, as I really wanted the win. I didn’t have a lot of opportunity to make passes but tried where I could in the final stages. I made a small mistake in the middle of the race, selecting an incorrect electronic setting on the bike and losing maybe a second to the Kawasakis but fortunately I was able to make it back up and push all the way to the line. All in all, it’s been a fantastic day with results that I hope to repeat very soon.”
Joining Rea and Davies on the race-one podium was the 2013 World SBK Champion Tom Sykes on the Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R. In race two, Davies was joined on the podium by Rea and Haslam.
Following are the official recaps:
2015 Aragon World Superbike Results, Race 1 Recap
In the opening 18-lap encounter at MotorLand Aragon, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) claimed his fourth win of the season, equalling his previous best for number of victories in a year in just five starts.
The Ulsterman came out on top at the end of an enthralling last lap saw, which him lose the lead only to retake it on the final corner from fellow Briton Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team) who finished second, missing out the victory by 0.051 of a second.
Initially leading from the start, other KRT rider Tom Sykes was put under immense pressure from the current championship leader and team mate Jonathan Rea who eventually overhauled the former champion on lap 14, and Chaz Davies whose pace in the closing stages was impressive as he clawed back a small gap that had opened up to put himself into contention as the trio neared the last lap. Sykes would eventually finish in the final podium place.
Behind the leading three another three way fight ensued, with Pole Position man Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) getting the better of his team mate Jordi Torres, the pair finish 4th and 5th respectively, just ahead of Xavi Fores on the second factory Ducati Panigale R machine.
Nico Terol (Althea Racing Ducati) closed to within 2.3 seconds of Haslam to claim a well-deserved seventh ahead of Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing Ducati), Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) and MV Agusta Reparto Corse’s Leon Camier, who completed the top-10.
It was a difficult opening race for the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki pairing of Alex Lowes and Randy de Puniet who both retired to the pits within the opening five laps before rejoining at half distance in an attempt to ensure the technical issues do not re-appear in Race 2. Pata Honda rider Michael van der Mark also retired on lap 11.
2015 Aragon World Superbike Results, Race 2 Recap
The second 18-lap race at MotorLand Aragon, run in much warmer conditions, was won by Briton Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team), after a dominating performance.
The Welshman led from turn one to build up a comfortable lead courtesy of a stellar race pace, eventually taking the flag for his fifth career win by 3.1 seconds. Davies last won a WorldSBK race at the Nürburgring in Germany in 2013, but his victory in Spain not only ended Ducati’s 58-race winning drought but also marked the first win for the Panigale R machine in the series.
Race 1 winner Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), suffering from a fever, battled hard throughout the whole race with former team mate Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils), who looked much more at home in race 2 than he did in the earlier encounter. Second position would eventually go to Rea, thus extending his championship lead to 26 points, with Haslam taking the final place on the rostrum as the pair were split by just 0.5s at the checkered flag.
Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) took a well-earned fourth position, circulating more or less alone for the latter part of the race, the rookie looking pleased on his return to the pit box. Xavi Fores claimed another solid result on his debut weekend with the Aruba.it Ducati Superbike Team in fifth.
David Salom (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) completed the top-6 after overhauling Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing Ducati), Michael van Der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team), Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia) and Nico Terol (Althea Racing Ducati) in the final two laps.
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) was running fourth and looked comfortable before high-siding spectacularly on lap five. Reigning champion Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) also fell at the fast turn 14 which ends the lap, the Frenchman was able to walk away.
Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) had another race to forget, the young English rider running off track in the early stages before recovering to salvage two points with a 14th place finish at the flag.
2015 Aragon World Superbike Results, Race 1:
1. Jonathan Rea, 33m.36.937s GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
2. Chaz Davies, +0.051s GBR DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
3. Tom Sykes, +4.977s GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
4. Leon Haslam, +15.088s GBR APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
5. Jordi Torres, +15.290s ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
6. Xavi Fores, +16.655s ESP DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
7. Nicolas Terol, +17.365s ESP DUCATI Althea Racing
8. Leandro Mercado, +25.527s ARG DUCATI BARNI Racing Team
9. Sylvain Guintoli, +31.464s FRA HONDA Pata Honda World Superbike Team
10. Leon Camier, +43.013s GBR MV MV Agusta Reparto Corse
2015 Aragon World Superbike Results, Race 2:
1. Chaz Davies, 33m34.699s GBR DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
2. Jonathan Rea, +3.190s GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
3. Leon Haslam, +3.712s GBR APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
4. Jordi Torres, +14.216s ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
5. Xavi Fores, +20.524s ESP DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
6. David Salom, +25.878s ESP KAWASAKI Team Pedercini
7. Leandro Mercado, +25.939s ARG DUCATI BARNI Racing Team
8. Michael van der Mark, +26.075s NED HONDA Pata Honda World Superbike Team
9. Ayrton Badovini, +27.253s ITA BMW JR Racing Team
10. Nicolas Terol, +28.666s ESP DUCATI Althea Racing
2015 World Superbike Point Standings (after three of 13 rounds):
1. Jonathan Rea, 140 pts GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
2. Leon Haslam, 114 pts GBR APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
3. Chaz Davies, 83 pts GBR DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
4. Tom Sykes, 66 pts GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
5. Jordi Torres, 63 pts ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
6. Sylvain Guintoli, 48 pts FRA HONDA Pata Honda World Superbike Team
7. Nicolas Terol, 41 pts ESP DUCATI Althea Racing
8. Matteo Baiocco, 39 pts ITA DUCATI Althea Racing
9. Leandro Mercado, 38 pts ARG DUCATI BARNI Racing Team
10. Alex Lowes, 34 pts GBR SUZUKI Voltcom Crescent Suzuki