WSBK: Round #4 Day Three Race One Report - Imola

Johnathan Rea race action shot

wSBK Press Release:

The sun continued to shine at Imola as the first race of the day got underway in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd.

From the start it was Pole Position setter Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) who immediately took the lead ahead of the Aprilia Racing Team duo of Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli. Chaz Davies moved up to second at the end of lap one and as the laps progressed a number of riders in the leading group would run off track in their efforts to keep up with the flying British duo at the front.

By half distance Rea had moved clear of the chasing pack with a lead of almost two seconds. Behind the leader a four rider fight involving Davies, Tom Sykes, Sylvain Guintoli who had worked hard to bridge the gap after an off track excursion at the chicane on lap 2, Loris Baz and Davide Giugliano became more intense with every corner.

Giugliano slid out of contention on the twelfth lap, the Italian clearly annoyed as the front end of his Ducati went away from him.

At the flag and after 19 exciting laps it was Rea who took back to back wins ahead of Davies and Sykes, who complete the race one podium.

The Ulsterman now sits second in the standings, with only ten points to make up from the leader Tom Sykes.

In the EVO battle, Leon Camier (BMW Motorrad Italia) came out on top, finishing comfortably ahead of David Salom and Luca Scassa. Ivan Goi and Niccolo Canepa crashed without injury.

Johnathan Rea Imola wSBK Podium shot

Results:

1. Rea (Honda) 19 Laps/93.784 km in 34'14.829 average 164.307 kph

2. Davies (Ducati) 4.511

3. Sykes (Kawasaki) 6.492

4. Baz (Kawasaki) 8.434

5. Guintoli (Aprilia) 9.134

6. Melandri (Aprilia) 14.925

7. Laverty (Suzuki) 19.973

8. Lowes (Suzuki) 21.582

9. Elias (Aprilia) 28.781

10. Haslam (Honda) 31.245

11. Camier (BMW) 40.996

12. Salom (Kawasaki) 55.372

13. Scassa (Kawasaki) 55.899

14. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 1'04.402

15. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 1'23.074

16. Foret (Kawasaki) 1'23.324

17. Morais (Kawasaki) 1'36.763

18. Corti (MV Agusta) 1'36.942

19. Sebestyen (BMW) 1'43.545

20. Toth (BMW) 1'43.819

RT. Giugliano (Ducati)

RT. Fabrizio (Kawasaki)

RT. Yates (EBR)

RT. Canepa (Ducati)

RT. Goi (Ducati)

NS. May (EBR)

SH. Iddon (Bimota) 55.174

SH. Badovini (Bimota)

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