2017 Misano World Superbike Results & Recap (+ Video)

2017 Misano World Superbike Results: Yamaha's Alex Lowes
2017 Misano World Superbike Results: Yamaha's Alex Lowes

2017 Misano World Superbike Results

Following a three-week break, the 2017 World Superbike Championship headed to the Adriatic coast of Italy for round seven of 13 at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

The early favorites were the only three riders to claim wins so far this season: points leader Jonathan Rea, his Kawasaki Racing Team teammate Tom Sykes, and Aruba.it Racing Team’s Chaz Davies.

All eyes were on Sykes as he claimed his sixth-straight pole at Misano. The Kawasaki ZX-10RR pilot was able to capitalize on this, along with three major crashes, to take Saturday’s race-one win. The 2013 WorldSBK Champion was joined on the race-one Misano podium by Pata Yamaha’s Alex Lowes and Rea.

2017 Misano World Superbike Results: Kawasaki's Tom Sykes
2017 Misano World Superbike Results: Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes

Come Sunday’s race two, though, and Sykes would have to settle for third as home favorite Marco Melandri claimed his first win of the season aboard the Arbua.it Racing Ducati 1199 R Panigale. Rea would finish second, his 13th podium in 14 races so far in 2017 SBK.

With his double-podium finishes, Rea now has 296 points, 50 ahead of Sykes. Davies is in third with 185 points, and Melandri fourth with 163.

Following are the race reports:

2017 Misano World Superbike Results, Race 1 Recap

Three huge crashes caused some drama during Saturday’s race one at 2017 Misano World Superbike.

The first was a final-lap crash involving the 1-2 riders, Chaz Davies and Rea. This allowed pole-man Sykes a clear opening to secure his second win of the season (his first arrive at Donington Park, race 1) with Alex Lowes in tow, the YZF-R1 pilot finishing 4.551 seconds behind.

Rea remounted his Kawasaki ZX-10RR to take the final podium position, 8.126 seconds behind his teammate.

As for Davies, he suffered a broken vertebra and thumb contusion, and was declared unfit to compete in Sunday’s race two. Also crashing before the Davies/Rea incident was Davies’ teammate, Marco Melandri. Regardless, the Italian was able to finish the race 15th.

2017 Misano World Superbike Results: Yamaha's Alex Lowes
2017 Misano World Superbike Results: Yamaha’s Alex Lowes

Another huge crash occurred with seven laps. While leading, and feeling much pressure from Rea, Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) crashed out at turn 13.

Althea BMW’s Jordi Torres finished fourth, ahead of Barni Racing Ducati’s Xavi Fores.

Behind Sykes, Lowes and Rea the top five also featured Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) and Xavi Fores (BARNI Racing Team).

Rounding out the top 10 were Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia), Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), Roman Ramos (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven), Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) and Raffaele de Rosa (Althea BMW Racing Team).

Stefan Bradl (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team), Leandro Mercado (IODARacing) and Riccardo Russo (Guandalini Racing) all suffered DNFs, and Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) crashed late on but remounted to finish 11th.

2017 Misano World Superbike Results, Race 2 Recap

Seeking redemption from his race-one crash, Melandri held nothing back during Sunday’s second race at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

Melandri came from 10th to finish the race by 1.113 seconds ahead of Rea, and 1.285 ahead of pole-man Sykes. This was Melandri’s first WorldSBK win since 2014, and his 100th in the premier SBK class.

2017 Misano World Superbike Results: Yamaha's Alex Lowes
2017 Misano World Superbike Results: Yamaha’s Alex Lowes

Starting from pole due to the grid switchup for this season, Torres had held the lead for eight laps but he was hugely frustrated to drop out of the race with a technical problem with just three laps to go when riding in second place.

The top five was completed by van der Mark and Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia), with the Dutchman crossing the line fourth and the Irishman fifth.

Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia), Raffaele de Rosa (Althea BMW Racing Team), Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), Leandro Mercado (IODARacing) and Stefan Bradl (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) completed the top 10.

2017 Misano World Superbike Results: Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea
2017 Misano World Superbike Results: Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea

Only 12 riders finished the race at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”; Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), Xavi Fores (BARNI Racing Team) and Roman Ramos (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) all retiring with technical problems.

With 10 laps to go Lowes went down at Turn 2 and he was unable to finish the race.

The 2017 World SBK Championship now breaks for three weeks ahead of round eight, the GEICO US Round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

2017 Misano World Superbike Results, Race 1

Pos.RiderTime
1Tom Sykes33’44.269
2Alex Lowes00’04.551
3Jonathan Rea00’08.126
4Jordi Torres00’10.850
5Xavi Fores00’13.649
6Eugene Laverty00’20.508
7Randy Krummenacher00’22.498
8Román Ramos00’26.329
9Lorenzo Savadori00’28.965
10Raffaele De Rosa00’32.171
11Leon Camier00’38.314
12Alex De Angelis00’39.829
13Ayrton Badovini00’50.478
14Ondrej Jezek00’55.208
15Marco Melandri01’02.645

2017 Misano World Superbike Results, Race 2

Pos.RiderTime
1Marco Melandri33’40.896
2Jonathan Rea00’01.113
3Tom Sykes00’01.285
4Michael van der Mark00’13.364
5Eugene Laverty00’19.917
6Lorenzo Savadori00’26.019
7Raffaele De Rosa00’29.724
8Randy Krummenacher00’30.183
9Leandro Mercado00’37.447
10Stefan Bradl00’42.651
11Ayrton Badovini00’57.524
12Ondrej Jezek01’10.654

2017 World Superbike Championship Point Standings

Pos.RiderPoints
1Jonathan Rea276
2Tom Sykes230
3Chaz Davies185
4Alex Lowes141
5Marco Melandri138
6Xavi Fores110
7Michael van der Mark102
8Leon Camier89
9Jordi Torres85
10Eugene Laverty68
11Román Ramos65
12Leandro Mercado43
13Nicky Hayden40
14Stefan Bradl40
15Lorenzo Savadori39
16Randy Krummenacher36
17Alex De Angelis27
18Leon Haslam20
19Markus Reiterberger19
20Raffaele De Rosa18
21Ayrton Badovini9
22Ondrej Jezek8
23Riccardo Russo8
24Stefan Bradl8
25Jake Dixon7
26Joshua Brookes4
27Julian Simon1
28Karel Abraham0