Rea Back in Control with Race Two Win

Jonathan Rea took a firm grip on the 2016 World Superbike Championship battle once again with victory in a rain-affected second race at the Lausitzring. The defending champion cruised to an unchallenged win while his teammate Tom Sykes came unstuck in the treacherous conditions, the Yorkshireman suffering a costly crash to dent his title hopes.

The heavy rain led to a number of delays but when racing did eventually get underway, Rea raced into an early lead. Sykes attempted to give chase but the 2013 champion was sent tumbling under braking for turn ten, the same corner that caught out Rea yesterday, and any hopes of closing the 26 point gap any further vanished.

Rea only had Davide Giugliano for company in the early stages but once again, the Italian would fall short in his pursuit of a maiden WorldSBK with a highside on lap four ending his afternoon. This promoted Lorenzo Savadori to second but just as in the dry conditions of race one, the Aprilia rookie crashed out of a podium position to leave Rea unchallenged at the front.

The Kawasaki rider cruised home to victory by over nine seconds in the end with Alex de Angelis giving Ioda consolation for Savadori’s misfortune by taking second, his first WorldSBK rostrum, from eighteenth on the grid. Xavi Fores also stood on the podium for the first time after beating Leon Camier to third while Sylvain Guintoli overtook race one winner Chaz Davies in the latter stages to secure fifth.

Josh Brookes showed his wet-weather skills to finish seventh while Michael van der Mark recovered from a crash to still salvage eighth. Tom Sykes also picked up points after his early spill but the Yorkshireman only scored four after pipping Gianluca Vizziello to twelfth on the finish line.


WorldSBK 2016: Pirelli German Round – Race Two Result

11. Jonathan ReaKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team31:39.73725
215. Alex de AngelisApriliaIodaRacing Team+9.39620
312. Xavi ForesDucatiBarni Racing Team+13.04116
42. Leon CamierMV AgustaMV Agusta Reparto Corse+15.72813
550. Sylvain GuintoliYamahaPata Yamaha Official WSBK Team+17.10011
67. Chaz Racing – Ducati+19.78010
725. Josh BrookesBMWMilwaukee BMW+32.2089
860. Michael van der MarkHondaHonda World Superbike Team+54.3738
940. Roman RamosKawasakiTeam GoEleven+57.2717
1069. Nicky HaydenHondaHonda World Superbike Team+59.6716
1199. Luca ScassaDucatiVFT Racing+1:01.9385
1266. Tom SykesKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team+1:14.0284
134. Gianluca VizzielloKawasakiGrillini Racing Team+1:14.0383
14119. Pawel SzkopekYamahaTeam Toth+1:46.3092
1517. Karel AbrahamBMWMilwaukee BMW+1:51.7751
1656. Peter SebestyenYamahaTeam Toth+1 Lap
NC9. Dominic SchmitterKawasakiGrillini Racing Team+4 Laps
NC11. Saeed Al SulaitiKawasakiPedercini Racing+6 Laps
NC22. Alex LowesYamahaPata Yamaha Official WSBK Team+7 Laps
NC21. Markus ReiterbergerBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+8 Laps
NC32. Lorenzo SavadoriApriliaIodaRacing Team+10 Laps
NC13. Anthony WestKawasakiPedercini Racing+10 Laps
NC81. Jordi TorresBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+10 Laps
NC34. Davide Racing – Ducati+13 Laps