2016 Aragon World SBK Results, Race 1

2016 Aragon World SBK Results, Race 1 | Chaz Davies
Ducati’s Chaz Davies

Perfect racing conditions welcomed the 25-rider World Superbike grid Saturday for race one of round three at Motorland Aragon in Spain.

All eyes were on the Kawasaki Racing Team duo of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes; heading into Aragon, Rea had three wins – a double at the Phillip Island SBK season opener and race one in Thailand SBK, and Sykes had the remaining win, race two in Thailand SBK.

The 2013 World Superbike Champion Sykes led one of three free practices, and Ducati Team’s Chaz Davies led the other two. But Sykes regained control of the Motorland Aragon Circuit during Superpole, earning the 32d pole of his World Superbike career. Joining him on the front row for qualifying were the Pata Yamaha pilots Sylvain Guintoli and Alex Lowes, respectively. As for the reigning World SBK Champion Rea, the Northern Irishman qualified fifth behind Davies.

2016 Aragon World SBK Results, Race 1 Tom Sykes
Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes

Things looked promising for Sykes for the opening three of 18 laps, but with 15 to go the Brit was passed by Davies. From there, Davies led all the way to the finishing line, earning his first win of 2016 World Superbike, and his fourth at Aragon (two in 2013 with BMW; one in 2015 with Ducati).

And it was pure domination; the Welshman finished Aragon SBK Race one aboard his Ducati 1199R 4.168 seconds ahead of Rea. Sykes earned the final podium, 4.984 of a second behind.

Following Aragon Superbike, Chaz Davies said: “In the beginning it wasn’t easy to fight in the group, but I gradually managed to climb back through the field and take the lead. Then, I simply tried to establish my own rhythm, progressively building a gap.

“I’m very happy, we’ve made a clear step forward in terms of power, for which I want to thank Ducati for the constant efforts to push development forward. We’ve been close to winning a few times already this year, and now we need to stay on this course. We can still improve before Race Two tomorrow.”

When Aragon WSBK began, Sykes led from pole, followed by Guintoli and Rea. As Sykes And Guintoli opened a gap, the Ducati Team riders of Davies and Davide Giugliano began battling with Rea for third. Davies soon got the best of all, and began chasing down Sykes, passing him with 15 to go.

2016 Aragon World SBK Results, Race 1 Jonathan Rea
Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea

As Davies opened a gap, the Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja pilots slotted in behind. Giugliano had some issues staying up front; the Italian fell back, eventually finishing fifth behind Barni Racing Team Ducati’s Xavier Fores.

Finishing sixth was the only American rider in World Superbike, Honda World SBK’s NickY Hayden, who was followed to the checkered flag by Althea BMW’s Jordi Torres in seventh and Yamaha’s Lowes, who was outside the top 10 when the race began.

Rounding out the top 10 were Guintoli and IodaRacing Team Aprilia’s Lorenzo Savadori.

Two notable riders that suffered DNFs were MV Agusta’s Leon Camier, who had technical issues aboard the F4RR, and Hayden’s teammate and World Supersport Champion Michael van der Mark, who crashed out with 15 laps remaining.

The grid returns to Aragon Sunday for race two at 1 p.m. local time. Ahead of Race 2, Rea has 115 points, 33 ahead of Sykes and 35 ahead of Davies.

2016 Aragon World SBK Results, Race 1:

# Rider Num Nat. Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 25 Aruba.it Racing Ducati 33’31.464
2 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +4.168
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +4.948
4 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 13 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +12.723
5 Davide Giugliano 34 ITA 11 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +13.151
6 Nicky Hayden 69 USA 10 Honda WorldSBK Honda +21.117
7 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 9 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +22.112
8 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 8 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +25.575
9 Sylvain Guintoli 50 FRA 7 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +28.941
10 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 6 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +34.956
11 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM 5 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +35.075
12 Román Ramos 40 SPA 4 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +37.310
13 Joshua Brookes 25 AUS 3 Milwaukee BMW BMW +37.442
14 Markus Reiterberger 21 GER 2 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +37.731
15 Karel Abraham 17 CZE 1 Milwaukee BMW BMW +52.270
16 Sylvain Barrier 11 QAT 0 Team Pedercini Kawasaki +56.295
17 Matthieu Lussiana 94 FRA 0 Team ASPI BMW +1’07.602
18 Dominic Schmitter 9 SWI 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1’35.691
19 Peter Sebestyen 56 HUN 0 Team Toth Yamaha +1’35.746
20 Imre Toth 10 HUN 0 Team Toth Yamaha +1 Lap
NC Saeed Al Sulaiti 11 QAT 0 Team Pedercini Kawasaki DNF
NC Matteo Baiocco 15 ITA 0 Althea Racing Ducati DNF
NC Joshua Hook 16 AUS 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki DNF
NC Leon Camier 2 GBR 0 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta DNF
NC Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 0 Honda WorldSBK Honda DNF

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