Rea masters wet conditions in Race 1 at Magny-CoursThe opening WorldSBK race of the day at a very wet Magny-Cours has been won by newly crowned Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea after a reduced race distance of 19 laps. The Kawasaki Racing Team rider overhauled long team leader and team mate Tom Sykes, who made a mistake at Turn 8, eventually finishing 4.7s behind Rea at the flag. For Rea it was a sweet victory and the first for him at the Magny-Cours circuit.
The podium was completed by Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) who kept his consecutive run of podium finishes at his home circuit in tact with a spirited ride.
4th, after a multi rider battle from the start was Michael van der Mark on the second Pata Honda, the Dutchman getting the better of Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) , Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK) and Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing) who completed the top 7, Camier giving the Italian manufacturer its best finish ever in its WorldSBK history.
Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) rode a solid race after a huge spill in Superpole yesterday to claim 8th ahead of Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing Team) and Niccolo Canepa (Althea Racing) who finished 10th.
The final point scorers were Gianluca Vizziello (Grillini SBK Team), Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils), Luca Scassa (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team), Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia) and Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven).
Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) started strongly but faded and with 7th laps to go he made the decision to pit for intermediate tyres, he eventually finished 16th after starting from Pole.
Race two will start at 1310 local time and will run in possibly dry conditions as the threat of rain seems to have subsided.
Magny Cours, 4 October 2015, Superbike - Results race 1
1 65 J. REA GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
3 1 S. GUINTOLI FRA PATA Honda World Superbike Team Honda
4 60 M. VD MARK NED PATA Honda World Superbike Team Honda
5 2 L. CAMIER GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
6 7 C. DAVIES GBR Aruba.it Racing-Ducati SBK Team Ducati Panigale
7 15 M. BAIOCCO ITA Althea Racing Ducati Panigale
8 22 A. LOWES GBR VOLTCOM Crescent Suzuki Suzuki
9 36 L. MERCADO ARG BARNI Racing Team Ducati Panigale
10 59 N. CANEPA ITA Althea Racing Ducati Panigale