Reigning World Superbike Champion, Jonathan Rea, ended his spell without a win with a scintillating race one win this afternoon at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli pipping his Kawasaki Racing Team rival, Tom Sykes.
The race ended with both ZX-10R machines racing over the line within nine hundredths of a second of each other but it was the number 1 plate which took the chequered flag first, with Rea getting back onto the top step of the podium for the first time since he tasted victory at Assen back in April. It was as close as it gets between the two KRT machines but the win takes Rea to over 60 points ahead of his stablemate before race two gets underway on Sunday afternoon. In third place was the Honda Racing Team Fireblade of Michael Van Der Mark who made his way from tenth spot to pick up more vital championship points.
It didn’t look like Rea would return to winning ways after qualifying as Sykes had once again been the fastest man around the track before the race started taking Superpole from Rea, with the Barni Racing Ducati of Xavi Forés taking a superb third place on the grid for the start of race one. But the Northern Irishman was in bullish mood and wasn’t prepared for anything less than a fight with his teammate, racing away with Sykes as the lights went out. But the drama came further down the order as Lorenzo Savadori slipped off his Aprilia RSV4 and chaos ensued behind him. Jordi Torres and Leon Camier came close to getting tangled up but managed to avoid being caught up in the mistake made by Savadori while Chaz Davies didn’t get away well and was to go backwards from his starting spot within the top ten. Michael Van Der Mark fared much better though as he raced into fifth from his tenth spot on the grid, making more inroads towards the leading pack than his Honda Racing teammate, Nicky Hayden, who had impressed in Friday practice and initially looked like he could ruffle the feathers of the race favourites but that seemed just a dream as he took a trip through the gravel trap but thankfully he stayed on his bike.
Davide Giugliano threw his Aruba.IT Ducati down the road so it left Davies to take the Ducati fight to the Kawasaki’s at the front of the race, although Giugliano got going again there was no chance that he would threaten the top ten. The Welshman did well to fight his way through the field and finish in a more than respectable fourth place showing his class along the way. Just ahead of him Van Der Mark continued to push in an attempt to catch the two KRT machines but they kept a steady gap on the Dutchman who came home some three seconds behind the battling pair at the front.
Alex Lowes couldn’t capitalise on a terrific fourth place qualifying spot, the Pata Yamaha rider who is still recovering from a broken collarbone did pick up some points though as he came home in 13th spot. Nicole Canepa brought home the other Yamaha in seventh place while Camier shook off the early close call to finish in a more than creditable eighth for the MV Agusta Repartee Corse team. Josh Brookes continues to make progress on the Milwaukee BMW, the current British Superbike Champion was in touching distance of the top ten but couldn’t catch Anthony West on the Pedercini Kawasaki who finished in tenth position.
World Superbike Race One Results (Top 10)
1. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 21 laps
2. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +0.090
3. Michael van der Mark NED Honda Racing CBR1000RR +3.093
4. Chaz Davies GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1199R +5.878s
5. Jordi Torres ESP Althea BMW S1000RR +15.955s
6. Markus Reiterberger GER Althea BMW S1000RR +18.200s
7. Niccolò Canepa ITA PATA Crescent Yamaha R1 +19.385s
8. Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta RC F4 RR +19.918s
9. Roman Ramos ESP GO Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10R +26.272s
10. Anthony West AUS Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +32.593s