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A positive first test for Althea BMW and Baz at Jerez

Posted By Althea BMW Racing Team Press Release, Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), Tuesday 21 November 2017

The Althea BMW Racing team and its new rider Loris Baz have concluded a two-day test session with positive results. On track at Jerez both today and yesterday, the Italian team made the most of this first opportunity to prepare for the 2018 Superbike world championship.

In dry conditions, Baz rode the BMW S 1000 RR for the first time, building some initial feeling after several seasons spent riding a MotoGP. As this was the Frenchman’s first outing with his new bike, work focusing on his “acclimatisation”, both in the saddle and in the garage, with his new team.

While the technicians worked to adapt the BMW to Loris’ riding style, Baz, in turn, completed 75 laps on day one and 94 today, well aware that the best way to get to grips with his new bike is to clock up the miles. He made good progress over the two days, improving his feeling and confidence and gradually lowering his times lap after lap. His best time set today, a 1.40.468, put him second on the timesheets, a very positive start.

Team Althea BMW is very pleased with the work it has completed this week and will return to Spain for further testing on 4-5 December, at the Cartagena track.

“We've had a very positive test. It was strange at first of course, with a lot of things to get used to, but we’ve worked hard and done a good job I think. I completed many laps, necessary in order to find the right feeling. I really like the bike, particularly the front and the front tyre, while I have more difficulty with the electronics. I am still struggling with the brand new tyre, but we will continue to work on this in future tests. In a race simulation this morning we were pretty fast, in line with the pace seen during the latest Jerez race. So I’m really happy overall and can’t wait for the next sessions.”

“I think these first two days of testing at Jerez have been very positive for our rider, who returns to Superbike after three years in MotoGP, no small challenge. Step by step, Loris has been able to ‘make friends’ with his new bike. He surprised me with regard to his speed and ability to interpret everything we have given him. The team too has worked really well and so I’m pleased. Having such an experienced rider, despite his young age, allows us to work with precision and provide him with the right support. The Kawasakis are still in front, and tomorrow Ducati and Yamaha will be here, so we have to wait and see how things are overall, but I can say that I’m extremely satisfied with this first test.”

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More dramatic crashes and disappointment for BMW at Misano (WSBK Round 7)

Posted By Wes Fleming, Friday, June 23, 2017

Normally I try to give you, gentle readers, a bit of a play-by-play on the races. Not so much this time. I'm late, obviously, with my report, but it was a crazy race.

Race 1 at Misano last weekend was moderately interesting. For the most part, the most interesting part about it was that neither Jonathan Rea nor Chaz Davies were in the lead! Michael van der Mark led nearly every lap for the majority of the race and looked to be on his way to victory - until he crashed out of the race in Turn 13 with just seven laps to go.

In racing, you can go from hero to zero just like that. Van der Mark has finished fourth or fifth in seven races so far this season. He seemed poised to break his streak as a bridesmaid, but the crash took care of that for him.

Van der Mark's crash set the stage for what we've become used to as our podium finishers - Rea, Davies and either Tom Sykes or another of the top four or five riders. Althea BMW rider Jordi Torres made a strong showing in Race 1, but couldn't quite break through to the lead pack, unfortunately.

The race winner, however, ended up being Sykes, with Alex Lowes in second and Rea in third. That Rea finished in third is a bit of a miracle in and of itself, as near the end of the last lap of the race, Davies - in the lead by a narrow margin - lost his front end and crashed. It might not have been so dramatic except that Rea ran right over Davies, rolling over his head and neck and dropping his bike in the process.

As Rea slid to a stop and got to his feet, he looked back quickly at his chief rival. Davies raised his hand in a brief wave, as if to say "Sorry about that" or even "Carry on, mate!" Whatever the message, Rea ran to his motorcycle, righted it and managed to finish on the podium.

Torres, boosted by van der Mark's crash, suddenly found himself in fourth position with the championship's points leader engaged in a footrace to get back on his bike. The lead group had such a large gap, however, that Rea was still able to take third place. Torres' teammate, Raffaele de Rosa, benefitted from the high-profile crashes and finished in 10th position, his best finish this season since he moved up to WSBK to take over the slot given up by Markus Reiterberger, who suffered an injury last season that continues to affect his performance this year.

This fan-shot video from the stands offers one of the best views of the Davies-Rea crash. You see Rea get back on his bike and start riding again just as Torres comes into view on the right side of the frame.

Davies was injured, but not critically, in the crash and sat out Race 2. From a cold, analytical standpoint, the weekend at Misano has more or less ended Davies' chance at the outright championship. By missing out on a possible 50 points (had he won both races) and instead drawing zero points for the entire weekend, he's been relegated to third place in the standings and could easily be caught by Marco Melandri (down just 22 points from Davies) or even Lowes (down 44 points from Davies).

Due to his fourth place finish in Race 1, Torres found himself on the pole position for Race 2. Because he's had a number of strong finishes, he's run Race 2 from the second row a number of times, but this was his first time on pole for the season.

I couldn't help but think that the world would finally get to see what the S 1000 RR could truly do when it wasn't hampered by a mid-pack start and having Torres forced to climb rung by rung into the pack trailing the leaders.

Torres took the BMW flag and flew it high in Race 2, staying in the lead pack and running in first place for eight laps. While Rea, Sykes, Melandri, van der Mark and Eugene Laverty kept the pressure on Torres, it looked as if the Spaniard was destined for a podium finish, if not the outright win.

Again, you can go from hero to zero - just. like. that.

With three laps to go, a tire problem forced Torres out of the race. Done. His frustration was apparent as he guided his ailing bike to the side of the track.

Instead, Melandri won the race in fine fashion, achieving something of a landmark win in his career. Not only was Race 2 the 100th WSBK win for an Italian rider, but Melandri won the race on home turf, riding an Italian bike (Ducati) and using Italian tires (Pirelli) to boot! Is quadfecta a word? If it is, this was an Italian quadfecta.

Rea took second place, with Sykes rounding out the podium. De Rosa finished in seventh.

Torres understated his disappointment towards his tech withdrawal, saying "We were convinced we could do well today. I started strong, making the most of being on pole. Having no-one up ahead helped, I could take my lines, get into a rhythm. I ran my race, pushing to the limit, giving 100% all the way. I ran with Melandri for several laps and continued to push but then four laps from the end, I felt some vibration and the rear was sliding around, I realized it was the same issue we had at Assen in race 1. I thank my Althea guys, who came up with a significant chassis solution that we'd never tried before, that allowed me to find the right level of confidence and fully express myself. I’m so sorry I was unable to finish the race, but we have to take today’s performance and carry it to Laguna."

Rea remains atop the championship standings with 296 points, followed by Sykes (250), Davies (185), Melandri (163) and Lowes (141). Torres is in ninth place with 85 points, and de Rosa's 27 points put him in 17th. It remains bittersweet to see Nicky Hayden's name in the standings week after week; it's possible his 40 points will keep him in the top 20 for the rest of the season. Kawasaki continues to enjoy commanding leads in both the manufacturer and team standings.

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Donington: a sad and crash-filled weekend for WSBK

Posted By Wes Fleming, Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Everybody had to know that the death of veteran American racer Nicky Hayden would cast a long pall over this weekend's World Superbike round at Donington Park in the UK. On 17 May, just a few days after a disappointing performance in Imola, Italy, Hayden embarked on what would end up being his last bicycle training ride.

Details of the collision haven't been released by Italian authorities yet, but what is known is that Hayden - known as the Kentucky Kid - was struck by a car. After five days in critical condition, he died at just 35 years old.

His 2006 MotoGP championship was the crowning achievement of Hayden's racing career, but American fans remember him from his teenage racing days with the Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association (CMRA). Hayden won the AMA Supersport championship as a privateer in 1999 and became the youngest ever AMA Superbike champion in 2002. He made the jump to MotoGP for the 2003 season and remained in the international motorcycle racing spotlight for the remainder of his career.

This year's World SBK season was largely plagued by technical and handling issues with his Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR, resulting in a string of low-point finishes. His most successful race was in the opening round at Thailand, when he finished 7th in the field in Race 2.

About 2,000 motorcycles showed up to lead Hayden's funeral procession in his hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky, on 29 May 2017.

Coverage of Race 1 at Donington opened with video of Hayden; he said, "Racing motorcycles is a way of life for me. It’s what I know, it’s what I’ve always done." Fans have been sharing their stories of their encounters with Hayden and condolences for his family using #RideOnKentuckyKid on social media.

Race 1

Donington Park in the UK sports a 2.5-mile track with seven right and five left turns, including the Turn 11-12 "Melbourne Loop" that trips up a lot of riders. Weather conditions were cool overall, but heavy winds threatened to upset riders who failed to manage their exits from Turn 8 and the Melbourne Loop. Analysts expected the winds to be more of a factor in the race than the recently resurfaced track, which was still a little bumpy.

Jonathan Rea came into Donington weekend with a solid lead and 235 points in the overall championship standings. Thomas Sykes earned pole position for the race on what is essentially his home track; before Race 1, Sykes held the record for the most WSBK wins (8) at the track that saw the inaugural WSBK race 30 years ago. Racing legend Carl Fogerty only won six times at Donington.

Stefan Bradl - Nicky Hayden's Red Bull teammate - seemed to be holding up well all things considered, but he faced a tough weekend of racing, as did Marco Melandri, who hit the MotoGP track as a rookie in 2003, the same year as Hayden. Many of the racers shared memories and milestones with Hayden, making this weekend's races bittersweet.

The grid featured Sykes, Rea and Chaz Davies in the front row, backed up by Alex Lowes, Melandri and Eugene Laverty. Xavi Forés, Leon Haslam (in his first race back this season) and Leandro Mercado made up the third row. Althea BMW racers Jordi Torres (#81) and Raffaele de Rosa (#35) gridded 13th and 18th, respectively.

It was Davies, Sykes and Rea at the front of the pack through the first turn, with Torres jumping up to 12th and de Rosa to 15th. Big mistakes from Lowes and Melandri in Lap 1 drove them well back in the pack.

Davies rode strong until Lap 7, when he apparently failed to compensate after running onto the overlap and crashed. He recovered and got back onto the track in 15th position, but Rea - who watched his chief rival slide off the track - took full advantage and surged into the lead.

Rea easily held onto his lead into Lap 18, when he began to slow down, running a lap time in the 1.30 range when everybody else was running 1.28 or even 1.27. Next came a wild crash featuring a big slide and his motorcycle destroying itself in a series of spectacular end-over-end flips. Before walking away uninjured, Rea checked the rear tire of his bike, leading to speculation that he may have had some kind of catastrophic tire failure.

With Rea on the sideline, Sykes had no trouble closing the race, winning his unprecedented ninth race at Donington Park by a full 11 seconds. A second place finish for Haslam marked his triumphant return to WSBK, and Lowes rounded out the podium finishers. Melandri and Michael van der Mark came in fourth and fifth; Davies finished eighth with Torres right behind him. De Rosa finished 15th, the highest position that receives points.

Torres summed up this race by saying, "In race one, I had a quite consistent pace, which allowed me to pass a couple of riders. Considering the vibration issues we suffered it was not bad to finish the race in ninth."

As Sykes celebrated his win with a smoky burnout, the championship standings looked to see an upheaval if Race 2 didn't go well for Rea and Davies. Rea received no points for Race 1 due to his crash, which essentially gave Sykes a 50-point jump (Rea not getting 25 for winning, Sykes getting those points instead).

Adding insult to the injury of losing Hayden, Red Bull Honda's Bradl retired from the race with technical problems, ending Honda's 52-race streak of finishing in the points.

Race 2

Thanks to Race 1's results vis-a-vis Rea, Davies and Haslam, Race 2 saw heightened expectations from just about everybody. Rea needed to finish Race 2 in the points, as Sykes only being 50 points back after Race 1 constituted a direct threat to Rea winning the season outright. The uncatchable Rea suddenly seemed catchable, after all.

Torres' top-10 finish highlighted that he is poised for a top-5 finish at any time, especially if he can grid well and continue gaining seven or more positions in each race.

Race 2's grid featured Melandri, van der Mark and Leon Camier on Row 1, followed by Mercado, Davies and Torres in Row 2. Lowes, Haslam and Sykes made up the next row, with Rea, Laverty and Forés behind them. De Rosa again gridded in 18th position.

Where Race 1 was a technical masterpiece from the majority of racers, Race 2 came across more like a track day filled with overcompensating street riders struggling vainly to control motorcycles that were clearly beyond their skill sets.

Randy Krummenacher crashed out in Turn 1 of Lap 1. In the ensuing confusion on the track, Rea zipped through to lead, gaining nine positions in a matter of seconds. Haslam crashed out in Lap 2, followed by Alex de Angelis less than a minute later. Laverty crashed out in Lap 9, followed by Torres, who crashed out in Turn 10.

As if those four racers crashing out in the first half of the race wasn't enough, they were followed in the last quarter of the race by Melandri, Mercado and Lorenzo Savadori. While the SEVEN crashed out riders didn't affect the podium much - though certainly Haslam's crash disappointed fans of his second-place finish in Race 1 - the middle of the pack was greatly affected.

Rea rode to an easy win, earning Kawasaki's 100th WSBK victory. Sykes took second, Davies third and van der Mark fourth. Lowes and Camier followed him, and de Rosa finished 10th, his best finish since taking over for Markus Reiterberger. He said, "Race one was not easy, particularly with the strong wind. I managed to finish the race but the tyre was pretty much destroyed. On Sunday, conditions were different; it was hotter. I tried to improve my pace and while there was a certain degree of improvement I had hoped to do more to be honest. I hope we can make another step forward at Misano."

Championship standings have Rea in the lead with 260 points, followed by Sykes (205), Davies (185), Melandri (137) and Lowes (121). Torres is in ninth with 72 points. The team championship standings have Kawasaki Racing Team in a comfortable lead with 465 points, followed by Racing (Ducati) with 322, Pata Yamaha (223) and Althea BMW (103). The manufacturer's standings are similarly dominated by Kawasaki (285), Ducati (232), Yamaha (135) and BMW (86).

The next World SBK round is at Misano, again in Italy, from 16-18 June.

Photos courtesy of BMW Motorrad, Althea BMW Racing and Red Bull Honda.

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Nicky Hayden critically injured in bicycle/car collision

Posted By Wes Fleming, Wednesday, May 17, 2017

UPDATE, 22 MAY 17: Unfortunately, Nicky Hayden has died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision. This was confirmed by information released from the hospital where he was being cared for.

Our thoughts are with Hayden's friends and family as well as the entire racing world as we all mourn his loss.

Reference: ESPN story.

UPDATE, 19 MAY 17: Contrary to a news article making its way through social media, Hayden has not died. According to a statement from Earl Hayden, Nicky's father, the WSBK racer has not had surgery and is not in a medically induced coma, though he remains in critical condition. His mother Rose and brother Tommy are at his side in hospital.

American World Superbike racer Nicky Hayden has been critically injured in a bicycle-car collision in San Marino, Italy.

Photo courtesy of beIN Sports.

Reports are coming in fast, but not all of them are fleshed out. Some have said he's in a medically induced coma, others have not mentioned that. What is apparent is that he suffered severe head and chest injuries during a training ride when he collided with a Peugeot. He is currently (17 May 17, 3 pm Eastern time) in hospital in Cesena and may undergo surgery soon. Cycle World reports Hayden was transferred from Rimini to Cesena by helicopter.

Hayden, 35 years old, races for Honda and you can follow their Twitter feed (@HondaWSBK) for breaking news.

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Did you see that bike explode at WSBK Imola? I did!

Posted By Wes Fleming, Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Race 1

Both races this weekend were delayed due to safety issues; Race 2 actually started and was quickly red-flagged before a lengthy delay led to a restart.

Chaz Davies came into Imola a heavy favorite on a track that favors the power curve of his Ducati. He also debuted his new X-Lite helmet paint job, a sharp-looking tribute to the Italian national flag.

Photo courtesy of Cycle News.

Italians in this weekend's race include Rafaelle de Rosa (BMW S 1000 RR), Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia RSV4), Marco Melandri (Ducati Panigale R), Ayrton Badovini (Kawasaki ZX-10RR), and Riccardi Russo (Yamaha YZF-1). There wasn't an empty seat in sight, and the crowd was vocal throughout the races.

BMW rider for Team Althea Jordi Torres missed Superpole 2 due to illness and didn't race on Saturday. His teammate Raffaele De Rosa crashed twice in practice & Superpole sessions, and is thus relegated to 16th on the grid for Race 1. The usual names are at the front of the grid: Davies, Sykes, Rea in Row 1; Camier, Melandri, Laverty right behind them. Pretty much all the riders have an SE0 soft rear tire; Davies used a softer front tire than the majority of the field.

Jordi Torres, #81

Rea has won five times at Imola, and has won 7 of 8 races so far this season. Sykes came into Imola 64 points behind Rea, Davies 20 points behind him.

Race 1 started off with Davies taking the hole shot, with Melandri right behind. Sykes pulled a big wheelie off start and found himself in fourth position. De Rosa came through the first few turns in 18th position.

Raffaele de Rosa, #35

Davies making early gap of 1 second; Melandri holding Rea off but Rea challenging hard. All the riders had difficulty with the vicious double 90-degree chicane right before start/finish straight, but De Rosa rose to 16th going into Lap 2. Rea has shown his willingness to play the long game, so his early third position in the field was likely no worry for him. Melandri was full second behind Davies, but half a second ahead of Rea, who stumbled a bit through the final chicane. Rea's teammate Sykes right on his tail, making the field Ducati-Ducati-Kawasaki-Kawasaki.

On the same lap that Davies set new track record w/ 1.46.393 lap - 0.4 sec. faster than previous lap record, De Rosa dropped back to 17th on lap 3. Then Mercado (#36) crashed in Turn 7, dropping out. In Lap 4, Rea closed the gap on Melandri, but Davies continued pulling away. Rea put tremendous pressure on Melandri, who worked hard to stay ahead of the points leader. A quick wobble from Melandri allowed Rea to take advantage, pass and immediately start pulling away to try to close on Davies' 1.5-second lead.

Hayden dropped out in Lap 5, indicating trouble with the front end of the bike. Xavi Forés pulled into 5th place, showing one of his strongest efforts to date, with Laverty and Camier battling for 6th place. By then, Davies had a 4.5-second lead. Sykes pushed Melandri, trying to take over 4th place. Rea was solidly in second, not closing the gap on Davies and perhaps waiting for Davies to make a mistake or crash. By Lap 8, Davies increased his lead to 5.25 seconds.

With 7 laps to go, Davies had 7.5-second lead, but he didn't relax, keeping his lap times in the mid-to-high 1.46 range. He only ran three laps in the low 1.47 range.

With no warning, Eugene Laverty had a spectacular crash coming out of Turn 17. The replay showed contact between Lowes' rear tire and Laverty's front end, resulting in Laverty's front fender breaking off. It appeared to get bound up in the front wheel or the front brake, and rocketed straight through the gravel into the wall. Laverty ejected, and the bike dramatically exploded when it hit the wall. Laverty was taken for a medical checkup - he was OK, just a little beat up - and officials determined there was no fault/malice in contact that caused the crash. An understandable red flag stopped the race.

The Race Marshals declared the race complete with six laps to go due to the red flag. Davies took the win, finishing 6.6 seconds ahead of second-place Rea. Melandri took third, then Sykes, Forés, Camier, van der Mark and Lowes. De Rosa finished 14th, 43.5 seconds behind Davies. Davies' top speed was 282.3 kmh (175.4 mph).

Due to his fourth-place finish, Tom Sykes got pole position for Race 2; he usually shows strongly when he starts from front row. Rea was remarkably sanguine about finishing second, congratulating Davies and saying he looked forward to better finishes at future tracks. It was odd to see Rea basically conceding the second race to Davies, but in nine of the last 13 rounds, the winner of Race 1 has also won Race 2.

The mayor of Imola came out to award the trophies. Davies and Rea appeared cordial with each other, perhaps showing that they've moved past the animosity between them on display for the last couple of rounds. Claudio Domenicali, the CEO of Ducati, attended the weekend's festivities and accepted the team win trophy, getting soaked with Prosecco by Davies in the process.



Race 2 was slated for the same 19 laps around Imola's 4.936 km (3.067 miles) track of nine right and 13 left turns, including two 90-degree chicanes, but it was quite a different race. Other than a little early excitement, it was a more sedate race than Saturday's affair, perhaps because nobody's motorcycle exploded. Conditions on the track were hot, with the temperature approaching 43 degrees Celsius (109 degrees Fahrenheit).

With the front of the grid looking pretty normal for this season's Race 2 events (Sykes, Forés, Camier in Row 1; van der Mark, Lowes, Ramos in Row 2; Melandri, Rea, Davies in Row 3), Laverty gridded 10th for Race 2 after his fiery crash in Race 1 caused him - obviously - to drop out. Team Milwaukee's Aprilias gridded 10-11-12 (Laverty, Mercado, Savadori). Team Althea's De Rosa gridded 16th after 15th place finish in Race 1. De Rosa's senior teammate Jordi Torres gridded 21st after failing to get a time in Superpole or participate in Race 1 due to gastrointestinal distress. Confidentially, the word on the street was that his sluices were open at both ends, but clearly he's gotten that under control for Race 2.

If Sykes managed to get the hole shot and if he could hold on to the lead for a few laps, popular wisdom was that he could finish on the podium. He did indeed get the hole shot and managed to hold the lead through about the first half of Lap 1. Torres rose two positions by Turn 5.

Rea was in fourth and Davies in ninth going into Lap 2, a rough start for the Race 1 winner. However, the engine on Ayrton Badovini's Team Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10R gave out in Turn 16, spreading smoke in the air and oil on the track. The red flag came out again, and Race Marshalls decided to restart the race with original grid positions, not race positions at the time of the flag. They shaved one lap off the length of the race, waited for track workers to use cement dust to absorb the fluids on the track, brooms to spread it, and then a tractor with a giant directional fan to blow most of the cement dust off the track. Forty hot minutes after the red flag, Race 2 restarted.

Sykes got the hole shot again, but critically, Davies got a much better start and went into Turn 3 in sixth position. Rea moved into 3rd position before half the initial lap was over. Lingering loose cement dust on the track from Badovini's grenaded engine gave the riders - including Camier and Davies - some trouble. Rea ran wide in a chicane due to carrying too much speed into the second half of the chicane; he gave way and dropped to sixth position behind Forés. Melandri had trouble with a chicane as well.

Torres rose to 14th position in Lap 2, with De Rosa not far behind in 16th. Sykes continued to lead, with Camier, Davies and Melandri close on his rear tire and Rea in 5th. Rea seemed impatient, perhaps concerned that Davies was statistically likely to win the race and there hasn't been a round yet in which Rea failed to earn at least one first-place finish. Sykes was able to maintain a two-second lead through Laps 3 and 4.

Camier crashed in Turn 12, out of the race after running in 2nd place for the whole of the first three laps. Davies rose to 2nd, with Rea behind him in 3rd. De Angelis followed Camier in the same lap, crashing out in Turn 19. Torres rose to 12th, De Rosa to 13th, both of them trying to catch Mercado and American Nicky Hayden, who continued to fight his Honda for dominance on the track.

Davies pulled in fastest lap with 1.46.720, started chipping away at Sykes' two-second lead. By Lap 7, Sykes' lead was just 0.3 of a second - about a bike length. Davies made his move in the first chicane of Lap 8, passing Sykes and quickly opening up a half-second gap. Rea remained in 3rd, but with a 1.5-second gap to make up to catch Sykes. In mid-Lap 9, De Rosa dropped back to 14th thanks to a nice pass by Savadori; at the same time, Torres rose one position to 11th and started to put pressure on Hayden.

Rea mercilessly gained on his teammate Sykes, steadily closing the gap to 0.2 of a second in Lap 10. Sykes pushed his bike hard, sliding through turns and putting up puffs of smoke from that abused rear tire. Sykes' defensive riding eventually gave way to Rea's expertise, but it was an incredible effort on the part of Sykes. Davies extended his comfort gap out front to three seconds as Rea started putting distance between himself (in 2nd) and his teammate Sykes.

Finishing in second or third would mean different things for Sykes; if he finished in third and Davies won the race, then they would switch places in the overall point standings, with Davies taking over second place. A second place finish in Race 2 by Sykes would keep him second in the points behind Rea.

Hayden stumbled in Lap 13, allowing Torres and Mercado to get past him. De Rosa dropped back another spot to 15th, while Torres set his sights on Ramos in ninth place ahead of him. Torres made his move to collect Ramos in mid-Lap 15, easily making the pass as he continued to make up about a full second a lap. Catching van der Mark looked like a piece of work - difficult, but not impossible - given the short amount of time left in the race.

Going into the last lap, it looked as if the final standing would be Davies, Rea and Sykes on the podium, with Torres in 9th and De Rosa in 15th. Then Krummenacher passed De Rosa, bumping him back to 16th and robbing him of the one point assigned for finishing in 15th.

Davies indeed won the race handily, taking his first double win of the season since nobody was able to catch him once he took the lead. Rea followed, then Sykes, Forés, Melandri, Lowes, Laverty and - surprise! Torres in 8th after he managed to pick off van der Mark at the last second.

Torres had the most impressive performance of the race, using the power and technology available to him with the S 1000 RR to make up an astonishing 13 places over his grid start. "We had a good race today," Torres said, continuing, "Fortunately I’ve recovered after yesterday’s illness and that didn’t affect me at all during the race. Starting last on the grid, it wasn’t easy of course, but I was able to quickly get into a good rhythm. I hoped to be able to do a little more actually but in these conditions with the tyre that we use it was the best I could do. I thank the team, the result is good considering we lost the whole day yesterday and then I want to thank the Clinica Mobile, because without their help I wouldn’t have been able to do what I did today."

De Rosa added, "It was a difficult race, with two red flags. The third start turned out to be the worst for me, I was having trouble stopping the bike, and particularly defending myself from the other riders. With the pace I had, I think fifth was about all we could do today, conditions weren’t easy. I thank the whole team for their great work this weekend, we’ve scored some points and I hope we do more at Donington."

The championship points standings have Rea still in first place with 235 points. Davies is 74 points back, with Sykes one point behind him. Torres has 65 points and is in eighth place. The manufacturer's standings still see Kawasaki in first place with 235 points, Ducati in 2nd (-32), Yamaha in 3rd (-129) and BMW in 4th (-162).

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