Laguna Seca SBK 2015 Results – Ducati’s Davies Doubles

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

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? 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 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 ( 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

1Chaz Davies35’ Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
2Tom Sykes1.798GBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
3Jonathan Rea2.107GBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
4Davide Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
5Jordi Torres19.661ESPAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
6Alex Lowes24.431GBRSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
7Sylvain Guintoli26.971FRAHONDAPata Honda
8Michael van der Mark35.428NEDHONDAPata Honda
9Leandro Mercado41.261DUCATIBARNI Racing Team
10Leon Camier44.383GBRMV AGUSTAMV Agusta Repart Corse
11Randy de Puniet52.748FRASUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
12Roman Ramos54.906ESPKAWASAKITeam Go Eleven
13Leon Haslam1’18.150GBRAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
14Christophe Ponsson1’20.220KAWASAKIGrillini SBK Team
15Gianluca Vizziello1 LapITAKAWASAKIGrillini SBK Team
16Imre Toth1 LapHUNBMWBMW Team Toth
17David SalomDNFESPKAWASAKITeam Pedercini
18Santiago BarraganDNFKAWASAKIGrillini SBK Team
19Gabor RizmayerDNFHUNBMWBMW Team Toth
20Ayrton BadoviniDNFITABMWJR Racing Team
21Matteo BaioccoDNFDUCATIAlthea Racing
22Niccolo CanepaDNFITAKAWASAKIGrillini SBK Team

Laguna Seca SBK 2015 Race 2 Results

1Chaz Davies35’ Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
2Tom Sykes1.406GBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
3Jonathan Rea1.982GBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
4Jordi Torres16.551ESPAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
5Leon Haslam17.772GBRAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
6Ayrton Badovini31.735ITABMWJR Racing Team
7Michael van der Mark34.446NEDHONDAPata Honda
8Niccolo Canepa38.048ITAKAWASAKIGrillini SBK Team
9Leandro Mercado41.755DUCATIBARNI Racing Team
10Leon Camier49.105GBRMV AGUSTAMV Agusta Repart Corse
11Randy de Puniet56.249FRASUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
12Roman Ramos1’01.630ESPKAWASAKITeam Go Eleven
13Matteo Baiocco1’12.647DUCATIAlthea Racing
14Gianluca Vizziello1 LapITAKAWASAKIGrillini SBK Team
15Christophe Ponsson1 LapKAWASAKIGrillini SBK Team
16Gabor Rizmayer1 LapHUNBMWBMW Team Toth
17Imre Toth2 LapsHUNBMWBMW Team Toth
18Santiago Barragan3 LapsKAWASAKIGrillini SBK Team
19Alex LowesDNFGBRSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
20David SalomDNFESPKAWASAKITeam Pedercini
21Davide Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
22Sylvain GuintoliDNFFRAHONDAPata Honda

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

1Jonathan Rea407 ptsGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
2Tom Sykes282 ptsGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
3Chaz Davies263 Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
4Leon Haslam240 ptsGBRAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
5Jordi Torres164 ptsESPAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
6Sylvain Guintoli136 ptsFRAHONDAPata Honda
7Davide Giugliano119 Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
8Michael van der Mark114 ptsNEDHONDAPata Honda
9Leandro Mercado104 ptsDUCATIBARNI Racing Team
10Alex Lowes95 ptsGBRSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
11Matteo Baiocco91 ptsDUCATIAlthea Racing
12Ayrton Badovini87 ptsITABMWJR Racing Team
13Roman Ramos59 ptsESPKAWASAKITeam Go Eleven
14Leon Camier55 ptsGBRMV AGUSTAMV Agusta Repart Corse
15Nicolas Terol54 ptsESPDUCATIAlthea Racing
16David Salom42 ptsESPKAWASAKITeam Pedercini
17Xavi Fores38 Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
18Randy de Puniet32 ptsFRASUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
19Max Biaggi20 ptsITAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
20Santiago Barragan17 ptsKAWASAKIGrillini SBK Team
21Michele Pirro16 Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
22Troy Bayliss16 Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
23Niccolo Canepa15 ptsITAKAWASAKIGrillini SBK Team
24Michel Fabrizio13 ptsITADUCATIAlthea Racing
25Christophe Ponsson10 ptsKAWASAKIGrillini SBK Team
26Sylvain Barrier10 ptsFRABMWBMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team
27Imre Toth5 ptsHUNBMWBMW Team Toth
28Gabor Rizmayer3 ptsHUNBMWBMW Team Toth
29Markus Reiterberger3 ptsGERBMWVanZon Remeha BMW
30Gianluca Vizziello3 ptsITAKAWASAKIGrillini SBK Team
31Jed Metcher2 ptsKAWASAKIRace Center – Demolition Plus
32Larry Pegram2 ptsEBRTeam Hero EBR
33Anucha Nakcharoensri0 ptsHONDAYSS TS Racing
34Javier Alviz0 ptsKAWASAKITeam Pedercini
35Ireneusz Sikora0 ptsBMWBMW Team Toth
36Greg Gildenhuys0 ptsKAWASAKITeam Pedercini
37Chanon Chumjai0 ptsBMWRAC Oil Racing Team

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