For the first race back after the summer break we are in the Lausitzrung in Germany! Home to the wild card Markus Reiterberger riding the BMW and returning to the WSBK paddock after a big injury.
Sykes took pole in SP2 – making a record on his birthday, from Jonathan Rea in 2nd and Lorenzo Savadori finishing the front row for the first time this season. Lining up behind them was Melandri, Torres and Davies. On rows 3 and 4 it was Lowes, Laverty, Camier, Reiterberger, van der Mark and Forés. De Rosa, Mercado, Badovini followed behind along with Giugliano riding the Honda Fireblade. Next to him was Jezek and Krummenacher. Finishing off the grid it was Ramos, Szkopek, Russo and Roccoli.
Following a crash on Friday, Bradl underwent a medical and was declared unfit for race 1 but will be assessed before Sunday morning warm up to see if he can return for race 2.
It was a good start from Sykes who maintained his pole position, but the same couldn’t be said for Laverty and Torres as both fell back from the front of the grid to out of the points. Davies and Savadori seemed to swap places as Davies came straight up to 2nd while the Italian dropped down the order.
Along with Torres and Laverty, van der Mark also had an incident causing him to fall towards the back, but throughout the race all 3 managed to finish well within the points with Torres being one of the fastest on track.
Davies managed to get past Sykes as well as Rea with Melandri in 4th early on and it never changed, meaning once again, Davies took the win with Sykes finishing the podium which was a decent birthday present along with a new race record of 1:36.918.
P1- Davies: “Last year was a great race for us in the first race, we disappeared- This year I knew it was going to be a different story, everyone here at the test was on similar pace so it was a matter of scratching out the result and not necessarily showing the best pace over 1 lap but having the pace over 21 laps and that’s what I felt like we did. We didn’t managed to put together a bike which is fast for 1 lap but for the race distance and like you say- kept our powder dry and here we are with 25 points in the bag, very, very happy with that.
P2- Rea: “ Davies had a little bit extra, mid part of the race I felt as good as but I had no idea where I could be stronger to try and pass him so congratulations to him. I’m really happy with the effort I did but honestly I had nothing left- Anyway I’m happy with the bike because we were on the back foot all weekend with our set up and Sykes was clearly the strongest so we managed to bridge that gap a little bit and then to finish 2nd was maybe the best finish we could have.”
P3- Sykes: “Lap time wise the soft tyre was okay, I just suffered a little bit with the spinning and apart from that the bike was working really well, but in some of the long corners, I just wasn’t able to exit the turn as strong as I would have hoped and that’s the only place we lost the time. Apart from that the bike was good so we need to try and improve that little bit of the set up for tomorrow and then I feel we can improve our race performance.”
The final race results were: Davies, Rea and Sykes finishing the podium. Crossing the line in 4th was Melandri followed by Camier, Lowes and Savadori. Forés and Torres took 8th and 9th with Laverty making the top 10. It was then Mercado, Krummenacher, Reitenberger and Ramos with van der Mark taking the last point in 15th with Badovini just missing out.
DNF: De Rosa- Crash
Szkopek- Technical (Retired)
Jezek- Technical (Retired)
Giugliano- Technical (Retired)
Roccoli- Technical (Retired)