2016 Donington Park World Superbike Race 1 Results and Coverage |
Sykes Wins; Davies Crashes Twice
The 2016 World Superbike Championship took a dramatic turn in Race 1 at Donington Park, as Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing Ducati) crashed twice and scored no points in his quest to catch 2016 WSBK Championship Series leader Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team). Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) held a comfortable lead at the end, as he won by nearly three seconds over Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing Ducati), with defending WSBK World Champion Jonathan Rea a distant third.
Davies stole the lead off the start from record-setting pole sitter Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team). Davies streaked to an early lead as he fought off a challenge by teammate Davide Giugliano. On Lap 6, Davies lost the front end of his Panigale R in turn 12 and hit the deck. Davies was able to remount and found himself in 16th, just out of the points.
As Davies worked to salvage the race, Giugliano inherited the lead. Rea went after Giugliano, but went into the gravel on Lap 8, allowing Sykes and Lorenzo Savadori (IodaRacing Team Aprilia) to take podium positions. However, Rea struck back quickly, taking the third spot from Savadori a lap later.
Disaster struck again for Davies on Lap 15, as he crashed in Turn 8 while running in ninth. This time, Davies could not rejoin the race and was forced to retire. Davies described the day as “very difficult and very disappointing.”
The DNF put Davies 58 points behind leader Rea in the 2016 World Superbike Championship Standings, and cuts his second-position lead over Sykes to just three points. “I’m not thinking about the championship,” Davies continued. “I’m thinking about winning races because that’s what will get me back into contention. That’s what I was out for today, and we’ll live to fight again tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, Giugliano and Sykes were clear of Rea and engaged in a battle of their own. Giugliano managed to hold the lead for 11 laps until Sykes put the winning move on him on Lap 17. Sykes consistently extended his lead over the final six laps, as Giugliano consolidated his second consecutive runner-up position, having finished second at Race 2 in Sepang two weeks ago.
Savadori eventually faded into a battle for fourth with Nicky Hayden (Honda World Superbike Team) and Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse). Savadori was passed by both Hayden and Camier on Lap 20, with Hayden maintaining his advantage over Camier. From there, Camier and Hayden went at it, swapping positions by the end, with Camier besting Hayden by just over a quarter of a second at the checkers.
Behind that battle, reigning World Supersport Champion Michael van der Mark (Honda World Superbike Team) was busy chasing Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team). Torres and van der Mark ran 7-8 from Lap 5 to the finish, with the gap rarely over a second. As the race finished, Torres protected his lead, taking seventh by just 0.198 seconds.
Local fans were disappointed by the absence of Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) on the grid. Lowes had broken his collarbone in Sepang, but participated in FP1 at Donington. However, after FP3 he was declared unfit to run 23 laps on Saturday. “There is quite a lot of trauma in the shoulder,” Lowes said, “so let’s see what happens at Misano. I expect to be fine there, but for this weekend I don’t think I could even do six laps, never mind 23.”
2016 World Superbike UK Round Race 1 Results
- Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
- Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
- Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki)
- Leon Camier (MV Agusta)
- Nicky Hayden (Honda)
- Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia)
- Jordi Torres (BMW)
- Michael van der Mark (Honda)
- Karel Abraham (BMW)
- Anthony West (Kawasaki)
- Markus Reiterberger (BMW)
- Xavi Forés (Ducati)
- Román Ramos (Kawasaki)
- Josh Brookes (BMW)
- Dominic Schmitter (Kawasaki)
2016 World Superbike Standings (after Race 1, UK Round, Round 7 of 13)
- Jonathan Rea, 273 points (5 Race wins)
- Chaz Davies, 215 (4 Race wins)
- Tom Sykes, 212 (3 Race wins)
- Davide Giugliano, 138
- Michael van der Mark, 133
- Nicky Hayden, 126 (1 Race win)
- Jordi Torres, 112
- Leon Camier, 86
- Lorenzo Savadori, 76
- Alex Lowes, 70