Laguna Seca SBK 2015 Results

Laguna Seca SBK 2015 Results - Ducati's Davies Doubles
Ducati’s Chaz Davies

When we wrote our preview for round nine of the 2015 World Superbike Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, we asked the question – can anyone stop Jonathan Rea?

The Northern Irishman had won 11 of 16 races, and entered Laguna Seca SBK with a 133-point lead over teammate Tom Sykes. Rea had never won at Laguna Seca, and this stat remains following Sunday’s double header, which had a carbon-copy podium.

Rea earned third in both races, allowing him to keep the championship points lead. In both races, Rea finished just behind the 2013 World Superbike Champion Sykes aboard the other ZX-10R Ninja. The winner? Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Team’s Chaz Davies, who earned both victories by over a second.

The Welshman was dominate at Laguna Seca SBK 2015 from the outset, leading Friday’s practice and earning his debut Superpole win. He carried this momentum into Sunday’s double header, earning his first double win, which was also Ducati’s first double of 2015 SBK. Davies’ wins aboard the 1199 Panigale R also allowed Ducati to keep its record for most wins at Laguna Seca; Ducati now has 11 victories at the Californian track that has hosted WSBK for 13 years.

Laguna Seca SBK 2015 Results - Ducati's Davies Doubles Sykes and Rea
Kawasaki Racing duo Sykes and Rea

With his Laguna Seca 2015 win, Davies moves to third in the standings with 263 points, 19 behind Sykes, and 144 behind Rea. Only four rounds remain with a possible 200 points.

“I’m really, really happy with these results, and we’ve definitely seen the fruits of our labour here. The track here perhaps limits our weak points and plays to our strengths, and we were able to put together two really good races that went almost exactly to plan. I didn’t think we’d be able to lap in 1.23s but I was able to make some really quick first laps in Race 1, pushing hard for the first twelve or so and then it was all about gap management,” Davies says.

“We made a few small tweaks for race 2 and I think those changes were useful. I took a lot of risks with the rain, and was very worried about crashing but luckily the rain stopped and things went smoothly from there to the finish line. I thank my entire team, Ducati and our sponsors – it’s been a really solid weekend, and a lot better than last year’s outcome of course.”

Following are the official race recaps of Laguna Seca SBK 2015 Results.

Laguna Seca SBK 2015 Results, Race 1 Recap:

A wet warm up saw the riders take to the track for the first time with Rea fastest in the tricky conditions but thankfully by the time race 1 was scheduled to start the sun was shining and the track had dried.

Davies made the perfect start, taking the hole shot before opening up a 1.6 sdconds lead at the end of lap 5. Despite the Kawasaki pairing of Sykes and Rea giving chase they were unable to reel in the Aruba.it Racing Ducati rider who romped to the victory, his sixth WorldSBK win and the second for the Panigale machine, the other arriving at Aragon race 2.

At the flag and after a tense, race long duel second and third went to Sykes and Rea, the pair pushing each other to limit throughout.

Davide Giugiano (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) finished a lonely fourth after regrouping from a poor start, the Italian who started on the front row eventually getting the better of Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) who rode a solid race to 5th.

Laguna Seca SBK 2015 Results - Ducati's Davies Doubles Aprilia
Aprilia’s Torres and Haslam

Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) inherited 6th after Leon Haslam slid out of contention, while reigning champion Sylvain Guintoli powered the Pata Honda to seventh ahead of his team mate and reigning World Supersport champion Michael van der Mark.

Leandro Mercado impressed to 9th aboard the Barni Racing Ducati, the Argentine rider recovering from a huge crash earlier in the weekend.

Tenth place after 25 enthralling laps went to Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), with Randy de Puniet (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) and Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven) completing the top 12.

Leon Haslam scored 3 points for 13th after nursing the Aprilia to the finish after rejoining ahead of the youngest rider in the field Christophe Ponsson (Team Pedercini) who was 14th.

Gianluca Vizziello (Grillini Racing) scored his first WorldSBK with a 15th place finish.

Althea Racing had a difficult race with Niccolo Canepa suffering a technical problem at turn two on the opening lap. His team mate Matteo Baiocco had an incident at the start before crashing half way around the opening lap at the corkscrew.

Laguna Seca SBK 2015 Results, Race 2 Recap:

Once again leading from the start Davies tried to make but unlike race one he was closely followed in the early stages by the Kawasaki Racing Team pairing of Sykes and Rea with Aprilia’s Haslam running strongly in 4th.

Behind Davies by 1.406 seconds at the flag was Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea, the podium in race 2 being a carbon copy of the first encounter.

Aprilia’s Torres and Haslam were fourth and fifth respectively after a 25 lap duel. They finished comfortably ahead of Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia) who had a lonely ride to 6th after failing to finish race 1.

Laguna Seca SBK 2015 Results - Ducati's Davies Doubles
Ducati’s Chaz Davies

Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) got the better of Ducati’s Canepa in their personal on track fight for seventh with Ducati’s Mercado once again ninth ahead of MV Agusta’s Camier.

The remaining point scorers were Randy de Puniet (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven), Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing), Gianluca Vizziello (Grillini Racing) and Christophe Ponsson (Team Pedercini).

Drops of rain began to fall at the start of lap 2 claiming Giugliano and reigning champion Guintoli, the pair crashing out with Giugliano taken to the medical centre for checks. Guintoli made it back to the garage.

The next round of the eni FIM Superbike World takes place in Sepang, Malaysia in two weeks.

Photos by Ara Ashjian

Laguna Seca SBK 2015 Race 1 Results

1 Chaz Davies 35’15.693 GBR DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
2 Tom Sykes 1.798 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
3 Jonathan Rea 2.107 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
4 Davide Giugliano 15.954 ITA DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
5 Jordi Torres 19.661 ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
6 Alex Lowes 24.431 GBR SUZUKI Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
7 Sylvain Guintoli 26.971 FRA HONDA Pata Honda
8 Michael van der Mark 35.428 NED HONDA Pata Honda
9 Leandro Mercado 41.261 DUCATI BARNI Racing Team
10 Leon Camier 44.383 GBR MV AGUSTA MV Agusta Repart Corse
11 Randy de Puniet 52.748 FRA SUZUKI Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
12 Roman Ramos 54.906 ESP KAWASAKI Team Go Eleven
13 Leon Haslam 1’18.150 GBR APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
14 Christophe Ponsson 1’20.220 KAWASAKI Grillini SBK Team
15 Gianluca Vizziello 1 Lap ITA KAWASAKI Grillini SBK Team
16 Imre Toth 1 Lap HUN BMW BMW Team Toth
17 David Salom DNF ESP KAWASAKI Team Pedercini
18 Santiago Barragan DNF KAWASAKI Grillini SBK Team
19 Gabor Rizmayer DNF HUN BMW BMW Team Toth
20 Ayrton Badovini DNF ITA BMW JR Racing Team
21 Matteo Baiocco DNF DUCATI Althea Racing
22 Niccolo Canepa DNF ITA KAWASAKI Grillini SBK Team

Laguna Seca SBK 2015 Race 2 Results

1 Chaz Davies 35’13.816 GBR DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
2 Tom Sykes 1.406 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
3 Jonathan Rea 1.982 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
4 Jordi Torres 16.551 ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
5 Leon Haslam 17.772 GBR APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
6 Ayrton Badovini 31.735 ITA BMW JR Racing Team
7 Michael van der Mark 34.446 NED HONDA Pata Honda
8 Niccolo Canepa 38.048 ITA KAWASAKI Grillini SBK Team
9 Leandro Mercado 41.755 DUCATI BARNI Racing Team
10 Leon Camier 49.105 GBR MV AGUSTA MV Agusta Repart Corse
11 Randy de Puniet 56.249 FRA SUZUKI Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
12 Roman Ramos 1’01.630 ESP KAWASAKI Team Go Eleven
13 Matteo Baiocco 1’12.647 DUCATI Althea Racing
14 Gianluca Vizziello 1 Lap ITA KAWASAKI Grillini SBK Team
15 Christophe Ponsson 1 Lap KAWASAKI Grillini SBK Team
16 Gabor Rizmayer 1 Lap HUN BMW BMW Team Toth
17 Imre Toth 2 Laps HUN BMW BMW Team Toth
18 Santiago Barragan 3 Laps KAWASAKI Grillini SBK Team
19 Alex Lowes DNF GBR SUZUKI Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
20 David Salom DNF ESP KAWASAKI Team Pedercini
21 Davide Giugliano DNF ITA DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
22 Sylvain Guintoli DNF FRA HONDA Pata Honda

2015 World Superbike Point Standings (after nine of 13 rounds):

1 Jonathan Rea 407 pts GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
2 Tom Sykes 282 pts GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
3 Chaz Davies 263 pts GBR DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
4 Leon Haslam 240 pts GBR APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
5 Jordi Torres 164 pts ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
6 Sylvain Guintoli 136 pts FRA HONDA Pata Honda
7 Davide Giugliano 119 pts ITA DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
8 Michael van der Mark 114 pts NED HONDA Pata Honda
9 Leandro Mercado 104 pts DUCATI BARNI Racing Team
10 Alex Lowes 95 pts GBR SUZUKI Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
11 Matteo Baiocco 91 pts DUCATI Althea Racing
12 Ayrton Badovini 87 pts ITA BMW JR Racing Team
13 Roman Ramos 59 pts ESP KAWASAKI Team Go Eleven
14 Leon Camier 55 pts GBR MV AGUSTA MV Agusta Repart Corse
15 Nicolas Terol 54 pts ESP DUCATI Althea Racing
16 David Salom 42 pts ESP KAWASAKI Team Pedercini
17 Xavi Fores 38 pts DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
18 Randy de Puniet 32 pts FRA SUZUKI Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
19 Max Biaggi 20 pts ITA APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
20 Santiago Barragan 17 pts KAWASAKI Grillini SBK Team
21 Michele Pirro 16 pts ITA DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
22 Troy Bayliss 16 pts DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
23 Niccolo Canepa 15 pts ITA KAWASAKI Grillini SBK Team
24 Michel Fabrizio 13 pts ITA DUCATI Althea Racing
25 Christophe Ponsson 10 pts KAWASAKI Grillini SBK Team
26 Sylvain Barrier 10 pts FRA BMW BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team
27 Imre Toth 5 pts HUN BMW BMW Team Toth
28 Gabor Rizmayer 3 pts HUN BMW BMW Team Toth
29 Markus Reiterberger 3 pts GER BMW VanZon Remeha BMW
30 Gianluca Vizziello 3 pts ITA KAWASAKI Grillini SBK Team
31 Jed Metcher 2 pts KAWASAKI Race Center – Demolition Plus
32 Larry Pegram 2 pts EBR Team Hero EBR
33 Anucha Nakcharoensri 0 pts HONDA YSS TS Racing
34 Javier Alviz 0 pts KAWASAKI Team Pedercini
35 Ireneusz Sikora 0 pts BMW BMW Team Toth
36 Greg Gildenhuys 0 pts KAWASAKI Team Pedercini
37 Chanon Chumjai 0 pts BMW RAC Oil Racing Team

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