2018 Laguna Seca World Superbike | Can Anyone Stop Rea?

2018 Laguna Seca World Superbike Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea
Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea

2018 Laguna Seca World Superbike Results

The 2018 World Superbike Championship headed to the USA this past weekend for the only time this season.

The focus ahead of round eight of 13 at Laguna Seca was on the dominate teams so far this season – the Kawasaki Racing Team of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes, and the Aruba.it Racing Ducati team of Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies.

2018 Laguna Seca World Superbike Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea
Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea

When the SBK weekend was complete at the track known for its Corkscrew, Rea was able to score his first double at Laguna Seca, and his second this season (the other arriving in Imola).

Superpole winner Davies claimed second in both races. Finishing third in race one was Yamaha’s Alex Lowes, and in race two the final podium position went to Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty.

Rea earned the first race aboard his Kawasaki ZX-10RR by nearly three seconds, and race two by five seconds. This was his eight victory of the season, giving him a 50-percent winning record for 2018 WorldSBK so far.

Rea also earned his 125th-career WSBK podium, and is now 75 points ahead of Davies with five rounds remaining as he chases his fourth-straight WorldSBK title.

Following Sunday’s race two, Jonathan Rea said: “An incredible weekend. I expected to be strong here but I had no idea how strong. Two weekends in a row now, Brno and here, we have been the reference. Weekends like that do not happen all the time so we have to really absorb it and enjoy the moment.

“A double win at Laguna in the sunshine – it does not get much better. There are so many people out around the track. A massive thanks to all my crew, especially Pere because even though we won yesterday with a margin, last night he changed the bike completely and gave me some more confidence in the front.

“It worked a dream. It was one of those races where I could absorb what was happening, the crowd, the weather, where I was; it really was an incredible race.”

2018 Laguna Seca World Superbike Ducati Chaz Davies
Ducati’s Chaz Davies

Next up for the WorldSBK calendar is the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, which will host round nine July 6-8.

Following are the official results and point standings:

2018 Laguna Seca World Superbike Results, Race 1

Pos.RiderTime
1Jonathan Rea35’15.071
2Chaz Davies00’02.978
3Alex Lowes00’12.212
4Eugene Laverty00’14.309
5Marco Melandri00’16.712
6Xavi Fores00’18.929
7Tom Sykes00’25.638
8Michael van der Mark00’26.211
9Jordi Torres00’31.579
10Jake Gagne00’38.084
11Yonny Hernandez00’44.971
12Román Ramos00’45.412
13Karel Hanika00’50.768
14Lorenzo Savadori01’06.063
15Loris Baz01’30.000

 

2018 Laguna Seca World Superbike Results, Race 2

Pos.RiderTime
1Jonathan Rea35’09.683
2Chaz Davies00’05.099
3Eugene Laverty00’06.711
4Alex Lowes00’08.011
5Michael van der Mark00’09.746
6Xavi Fores00’14.791
7Jordi Torres00’16.711
8Tom Sykes00’17.284
9Jake Gagne00’35.421
10Loris Baz00’39.802
11Leandro Mercado00’42.946
12Román Ramos00’43.437
13Leon Camier00’44.563
14Karel Hanika00’47.257
15Yonny Hernandez00’53.415

 

2018 World Superbike Point Standings (after eight of 13 rounds)

Pos.RiderPoints
1Jonathan Rea320
2Chaz Davies245
3Michael van der Mark215
4Tom Sykes196
5Alex Lowes183
6Marco Melandri168
7Xavi Fores154
8Toprak Razgatlioglu91
9Eugene Laverty89
10Jordi Torres80
11Loris Baz79
12Leon Camier75
13Lorenzo Savadori74
14Román Ramos53
15Michael Ruben Rinaldi50
16Leandro Mercado47
17Jake Gagne37
18Yonny Hernandez23
19Patrick Jacobsen19
20Leon Haslam14
21Davide Giugliano8
22Karel Hanika5
23Bradley Ray3
24Ondrej Jezek3
25Luke Mossey2
26Niccolò Canepa0