Superbike-WM-Auftakt: Kawa-Doppelsieg

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Rea (1) behauptete sich zweimal an der Spitze.

Superbike-WM-Auftakt in Australien: Jonathan Rea färbt in beneidenswerter Form alles grün und streicht beide Siegpokale ein. Ducati ist stark, muss sich nur knapp zweimal geschlagen geben. Für Honda gilt es mit der neuen Blade mehr aufzuholen als gedacht. Markus Reiterberger hat wieder Spaß am Fahren und hält ordentlich rein; was der Teamchef von sich gibt, sieht nicht gerade nach Wertschätzung aus. Die Stimmen im O-Ton:

Grünes Wachpersonal: Mit Schirm, Charme und Kawasaki.

Kawasaki: Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) joined an exclusive club with his 40th career FIM Superbike World Championship race win today while Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) joined the leading group in the race for a time, but finished sixth. In the championship points Rea leads with a perfect 50 while Sykes has 26, and is ranked third overall.

40 Rea-SBK-Siege: A small bit of history.

In warm and sunny conditions the second Phillip Island race saw a small piece of history being made on two main fronts. First of all race one front row winner Rea and third placed Sykes had to start race two from the third row on their Ninja ZX-10RRs, under the new championship regulations. Sykes took over seventh grid place and Rea ninth, in another new twist to the 2017 season. Then, Rea secured his historic 40th race win at the end of the 22-laps.

Post geht ab: Rea, Fores, Davies, Lowes.

Rea, able to get into the lead as early as lap six despite starting from the third row, raced for the win from then on, holding off Chaz Davies over the finish line for the second time in two days, this time by a margin of 0.025 seconds. Jonathan has now won five of the six most recent Phillip Island races, on a Kawasaki.

This latest race win gave Rea his magical 40th career victory; a level only reached and then later passed by three other riders in WorldSBK history. They are Carl Fogarty, Troy Bayliss and Noriyuki Haga. Rea, the 2015 and 2016 champion, also scored the Superpole win on Saturday for an almost perfect opening weekend of the new campaign on the new Ninja ZX-10RR.

Sykes, the WorldSBK champion in 2013, had more of an issue getting to the front group in race two, having to fight his way through once he had passed some slower riders and using up too much of his available tyre life in the process. He finished sixth today, 4.781 seconds from the win but having taken his second good result of the opening race weekend and third place overall in the points. In the Manufacturers’ Standings, Kawasaki leads from Ducati 50 to 40.

Tom Sykes am Grid.

Jonathan Rea: Nicht zu halten.

Jonathan Rea: »Phillip Island was really rewarding and to win two last lap battles here means a lot because it is a such a hard track to lead from the front on. Whilst that 40th career victory means a lot it is more important to put a good score on the board for round one. When I went through to clean air in the lead with three or four to go I was worried that the other riders may be learning too much about the bike. I had to be sure just to change the lines up a little bit but on the last lap, from Siberia corner onwards, I just put my head down and completed a very good back section. I covered my line into the MG hairpin and got myself tucked in as well as I could on the front straight. There was not only one area where we found some pace in the winter tests; we generally just polished the bike. Nothing magic happened but I feel good about this bike. The way things have changed a little bit have suited me. I can ride less on the limit and we have more tyre left to fight with at the end of races, compared to last year.«

Sykes, vd Mark, Laverty.

Tom Sykes: »It was a strange race today. I got a decent start, was happy with my track position but I struggled a little bit and couldn’t turn well enough really. I could not get alongside some of the others so I ended up about ninth or tenth after a while. The guys in front of me had a little bit of a scrap and the leaders got away. After nine or ten laps I was able to bridge the gap back to them. I think I did a fairly good job really but I had to use a little bit too much rear tyre. We have left here in third position in the championship. I got a bit carried away because I wanted more than third after yesterday’s podium but if somebody offered me that position before I came here, I possibly would have taken it. I love Phillip Island, love the people, love the track but we have never had two strong races here.«

Action, Action: Melandri, Sykes, Davies, Lowes, Fores, Sykes.

Ducati The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team stepped on the podium with both its riders in Race 2 of the WorldSBK championship at Phillip Island. In a thrilling race that went down to the wire, Chaz Davies missed the win by only 25 thousandths of a second. Marco Melandri, who was forced to retire yesterday after running off track while battling against an opponent, bounced back by taking third place.

Starting in 8th and 10th position respectively due to the new grid regulations for Race 2, Davies and Melandri rode a tactical race and climbed back progressively. While Davies managed to constantly pressure the winner Rea, Melandri momentarily found himself outside the top ten due to the clash in the pack early on, but was able to cut the gap one fast lap after another (setting, with a 1:31.178, the race’s best lap). Towards the end, both Davies and Melandri provisionally took the lead in a top group made of five riders, then secured the podium.

After the first round, Davies is second in the championship (40 points), Melandri seventh (16 points). The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team will resume action in Buriram (Thailand) for the second round, scheduled for March 10-12.

Davies: »When you look at the full picture, this is a positive result.«

Chaz Davies: »Today’s race was a bit more difficult to manage, given the hotter conditions. The glass is half full though, without a doubt. We tried something different but we lost a a couple of bike lengths here and there and we just couldn’t pass Rea before the finish line. When you look at the full picture, this is a really positive result. It would be easy to be disappointed because we barely missed two wins, but historically this has never been a favorite circuit for me and sometimes I lost precious points here, so two second places are a good building block for the rest of the season.«

Marco Melandri: »Tough race.«

Marco Melandri: »It was a really tough race today. I got a good start but lost positions in the traffic early on, so I had to push hard to climb back, asking a lot to both myself and the tyres. When I took the lead, I tried to impose my own rhythm but it turned out not to be the right move. With three laps to go, when Rea and Davies gave the final push, I was struggling with grip and couldn’t attack them. Still, we needed a full race to understand where to improve, and a podium shows that we’re working in the right direction with the whole team.«

 

Stefan Bradl: Fehlten die Mittel, um gegenzuhalten.

Honda Stefan Bradl kam auch im zweiten Rennen beim Saisonauftakt in Australien nicht über einen enttäuschenden 15. Rang hinaus. Dem 27-jährigen Deutschen war es auch am Sonntag nicht gegönnt, mit dem herrlichen Sommerwetter um die Wette zu strahlen. Fundamentale Probleme mit der Motorcharakteristik seiner Rennmaschine hindern ihm massiv; sein wahres Potenzial auszuspielen. Das zweite Rennen auf Phillip Island verlief daher gleichermassen enttäuschend wie der Meisterschaftsauftakt tags zuvor. Runde zwei der FIM Superbike World Championship findet in zwei Wochen in Thailand statt. Bradl wird die Pause in seiner bayrischen Heimat verbringen und zuhause Mut schöpfen, dass sich die Situation baldigst bessert.

Stefan Bradl: »Der Start ist mir heute zwar einigermassen gut gelungen, doch in der ersten Kurve war ich ein wenig eingeklemmt. Deshalb verlor ich die Positionen gleich wieder, die ich am Start gewonnen hatte. Im Endeffekt war es aber ein ähnlicher Rennverlauf wie gestern. Ich bin sehr enttäuscht, weil wir einfach keine Mittel und Wege finden, um das Motorrad zu verbessern. Wir stecken tief in der Klemme. Wir konnten zwar hinsichtlich der Frontabstimmung ein paar Verbesserungen erzielen, worauf ich mich auch ein gutes Stück besser fühlte. Doch jede Änderung, die wir in Bezug auf Gasannahme und Belastung des Hinterreifens machen, scheint sich in Rauch aufzulösen.«

»Wir schaffen es einfach nicht die Leistung auf den Asphalt zu bringen, die Leistungsentfaltung ist viel zu aggressiv. Wir versuchen das Problem mittels Drosseln der Elektronik in den Griff zu bekommen, aber die Charakteristik des Motors ist von Haus aus zu aggressiv. Es ist frustrierend, weil man merkt, dass man vom fahrerischen Potenzial mithalten kann. Ich konnte mich heute lange Zeit gut in meiner Gruppe behaupten, doch, wenn man im Nachhinein den Reifen anschaut, wird es gruselig: angesehen von massiver Blasenbildung fehlten kleinere Teile an der Lauffläche. Das ist auf die brutale Leistungsentfaltung zurückzuführen. In der Schlussphase fehlten somit die Mittel, um gegenzuhalten.«

»Wir sind somit in den Beschleunigungsphasen leichte Beute für unsere Gegner. Im Kurvenausgang rauschen die anderen links und rechts vorbei. Auf jeden Fall habe ich bis zum Schluss nicht lockergelassen, aber mehr ging einfach nicht. Es macht absolut keinen Sinn das Ding wegzuschmeissen, da wir jeden gefahrenen Kilometer brauchen, um wertvolle Daten zu sammeln. Wir müssen die Pause bis zum nächsten Rennen in zwei Wochen intensiv nutzen, um unsere Hausaufgaben zu machen.«

Nicky Hayden im Pulk.

Nicky Hayden: »We made some changes in order to look after the tyres a bit more, especially with the hotter conditions of today, and it was a bit better on the gas but also a bit worse on the brakes. I didn’t get the same good start as yesterday, but I didn’t feel too bad. I set my fastest lap of the race and was improving my splits while trying to stay with the second group, but I over pushed down into Lukey Heights and came off the bike. Obviously I cannot say I’m happy with the results and with the weekend in general: today I tried my best and rode as hard as I could, but it didn’t go to plan. We’ll try to turn things around for Thailand.«

Reiti: »It’s been quite a positive weekend, despite today’s race result, as I’ve been able to fight.«

Althea BMW Sunday at Phillip Island unfortunately didn’t go according to plan for the Althea BMW Racing team. Jordi Torres was unable to even start Race 2 today due to a technical problem that emerged during the sighting lap. Markus Reiterberger crossed the line in thirteenth place.

Superbike – Race 2 – Though Torres did go out on the grid today, a technical problem that arose during the sighting lap forced him back into the garage before the race even began. Reiterberger got off the line well, placing eleventh after lap one, between Hayden and Savadori. During the first laps the German rider tried to get into a good rhythm but he lost a little ground during the central phase of the race. With a track temperature of over 50°C, tyre management also proved tricky today. Fighting for almost the entire duration of the race in a group with Bradl and De Angelis, Markus crossed the line in final thirteenth position today.

After this opening event of 13 scheduled rounds, Jordi Torres lies tenth in the standings having scored 9 points in race1 weekend while Reiterberger is in thirteenth position with 7 points. This means that BMW starts out in sixth place in the manufacturer’s classification with 12 points. The next round will take the Althea BMW team to Thailand, and the Chang International Circuit over the weekend of 10-12 March.

Bradl gegen Reiti und Krummi mit der 88.

Reiti: »We wanted to improve on yesterday’s bike but we went in the wrong direction in warm-up unfortunately. In the end, we went with the same setting as yesterday to be safe. I made a good start, but the guys ahead of me were faster and they built a gap. I was in eleventh for most of the race, defending myself from the group immediately behind me, just losing a little on the final lap which was a shame. It’s been quite a positive weekend, despite today’s race result, as I’ve been able to fight but of course we aim to improve in the next races.«

Jordi Torres: »We had an unexpected issue with the electronics at the start and so I couldn’t even begin the race today unfortunately. It’s a pity because we were keen to exploit the chance to start up front, from fourth position, but that’s how it goes and there’s nothing we can do about it. We did our best over the weekend and, aside from today, I think the work’s taking us in the right direction. I hope that, once the issues are resolved, we can be more competitive in the coming races.«

Genesio Bevilacqua: »Torres had a problem during the sighting lap and this unfortunately sent race 2 up in smoke for him. We’re still having difficulties with the electronics, issues that I hope are soon resolved also because the rider has shown that he is able to react, scoring a great seventh place finish in race 1. Starting from fourth today, I’m sure he would have been able to run a good race and I’m sorry for him and for the team that has worked so hard.  We need to consider the negatives of the weekend and strive to avoid these during the next rounds. For Reiti, unfortunately he’s still a little indecisive during the crucial phases of the race and is not yet interpreting the race strategy as well as he could. He’s still suffering from some inexperience. Team Althea wants to be doing a lot better…”

Deutschsprachige: Reiterberger, Bradl, Krummenacher.

#88 Randy KRUMMENACHER (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Team, Kawasaki ZX-10R), 16., WM-Position 14 (6 Punkte):

»Es hätte wieder ein starkes Rennen werden können. Doch ich habe auch heute wieder viel gelernt, auch wenn der Ausgang ein wenig frustrierend ist. Am Start ist einiges schiefgelaufen, als ich die Launch-Control nicht aktivieren konnte. Deshalb war mein Start äusserst bescheiden, um es vornehm auszudrücken. Ich liess mich aber nicht aus der Fassung bringen und konnte schnell meinen Rhythmus finden. Von Beginn an war meine Pace stark, weshalb es mir easy gelang zu den Fahrern vor mir aufzuschliessen.«

»In der zweiten Runde fuhr ich eine 1´32.4, jedoch eine Runde später musste ich Russo ausweichen, der direkt vor mir stürzte. Es blieb mir keine andere Wahl, als einen Umweg durch das Kiesbett zu fahren. Das war es endgültig, obwohl ich bis zum Schluss wiederum eine konstant gute Pace fahren konnte. Der positive Aspekt des Tages ist aber, dass wir uns für das zweite Rennen nochmals steigern konnten. Ich weiss nun, dass ich jederzeit in die Top-10 fahren kann und diese erfreuliche Tatsache werde ich auch zum nächsten Rennen mitnehmen.«

Fotos: Kawasaki, Ducati Corse, Honda Racing, Althea-Racing

Ergebnisse SBK-Rennen 1:

# RIDER NUM NAT. POINTS TEAM CONSTRUCTOR TIME/GAP
JONATHAN REA 65  GBR  25 KAWASAKI RACING TEAM  KAWASAKI  33’52.290
CHAZ DAVIES GBR  20 ARUBA.IT RACING  DUCATI  +0.042
TOM SYKES 66  GBR  16 KAWASAKI RACING TEAM  KAWASAKI  +1.050
ALEX LOWES 22  GBR  13 PATA YAMAHA  YAMAHA  +1.082
LEON CAMIER GBR  11 MV AGUSTA REPARTO CORSE  MV AGUSTA  +3.002
XAVI FORES 12  SPA  10 BARNI RACING TEAM  DUCATI  +3.320
JORDI TORRES 81  SPA  9 ALTHEA BMW RACING TEAM  BMW  +8.725
EUGENE LAVERTY 50  GBR  8 MILWAUKEE APRILIA  APRILIA  +12.135
MICHAEL VAN DER MARK 60  NDL  7 PATA YAMAHA  YAMAHA  +12.180
10  RANDY KRUMMENACHER 15  SWI  6 PUCCETTI RACING  KAWASAKI  +12.439
11  NICKY HAYDEN 69  USA  5 RED BULL HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE TEAM  HONDA  +19.344
12  MARKUS REITERBERGER 21  GER  4 ALTHEA BMW RACING TEAM  BMW  +21.336
13  ROMÁN RAMOS 40  SPA  3 TEAM GO ELEVEN  KAWASAKI  +24.866
14  ALEX DE ANGELIS 15  RSM  2 PEDERCINI RACING SC-PROJECT  KAWASAKI  +24.902
15  STEFAN BRADL GER  1 RED BULL HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE TEAM  HONDA  +28.936
16  RICCARDO RUSSO 84  ITA  0 GUANDALINI RACING  YAMAHA  +39.404
17  AYRTON BADOVINI 86  ITA  0 GRILLINI RACING TEAM  KAWASAKI  +42.941
18  ONDREJ JEZEK 37  CZE  0 GRILLINI RACING TEAM  KAWASAKI  +48.043
NC MARCO MELANDRI 33  ITA  0 ARUBA.IT RACING  DUCATI  dnf
NC JOSHUA BROOKES 25  AUS  0 ERMOTORSPORT-ELITEROADS.COM.AU  YAMAHA  dnf
NC LORENZO SAVADORI 32  ITA  0 MILWAUKEE APRILIA  APRILIA  dnf

Ergebnisse SBK-Rennen 2:

# RIDER NUM NAT. POINTS TEAM CONSTRUCTOR TIME/GAP
JONATHAN REA 65  GBR  25 KAWASAKI RACING TEAM  KAWASAKI  33’52.785
CHAZ DAVIES GBR  20 ARUBA.IT RACING  DUCATI  +0.025
MARCO MELANDRI 33  ITA  16 ARUBA.IT RACING  DUCATI  +0.249
ALEX LOWES 22  GBR  13 PATA YAMAHA  YAMAHA  +0.956
XAVI FORES 12  SPA  11 BARNI RACING TEAM  DUCATI  +2.320
TOM SYKES 66  GBR  10 KAWASAKI RACING TEAM  KAWASAKI  +4.781
MICHAEL VAN DER MARK 60  NDL  9 PATA YAMAHA  YAMAHA  +7.307
LEON CAMIER GBR  8 MV AGUSTA REPARTO CORSE  MV AGUSTA  +9.756
LORENZO SAVADORI 32  ITA  7 MILWAUKEE APRILIA  APRILIA  +11.135
10  EUGENE LAVERTY 50  GBR  6 MILWAUKEE APRILIA  APRILIA  +20.123
11  ALEX DE ANGELIS 15  RSM  5 PEDERCINI RACING SC-PROJECT  KAWASAKI  +25.799
12  JOSHUA BROOKES 25  AUS  4 ERMOTORSPORT-ELITEROADS.COM.AU  YAMAHA  +25.879
13  MARKUS REITERBERGER 21  GER  3 ALTHEA BMW RACING TEAM  BMW  +25.917
14  ROMÁN RAMOS 40  SPA  2 TEAM GO ELEVEN  KAWASAKI  +26.292
15  STEFAN BRADL GER  1 RED BULL HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE TEAM  HONDA  +28.440
16  RANDY KRUMMENACHER 15  SWI  0 PUCCETTI RACING  KAWASAKI  +33.679
17  ONDREJ JEZEK 37  CZE  0 GRILLINI RACING TEAM  KAWASAKI  +1 lap
NC NICKY HAYDEN 69  USA  0 RED BULL HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE TEAM  HONDA  dnf
NC AYRTON BADOVINI 86  ITA  0 GRILLINI RACING TEAM  KAWASAKI  dnf
NC RICCARDO RUSSO 84  ITA  0 GUANDALINI RACING  YAMAHA  dnf
NC JORDI TORRES 81  SPA  0 ALTHEA BMW RACING TEAM  BMW  dnf

WM-Punktestand:

# RIDER NUM NAT. POINTS TEAM CONSTRUCTOR
1 JONATHAN REA 65  GBR  50  KAWASAKI RACING TEAM  KAWASAKI 
2 CHAZ DAVIES GBR  40  ARUBA.IT RACING  DUCATI 
3 TOM SYKES 66  GBR  26  KAWASAKI RACING TEAM  KAWASAKI 
4 ALEX LOWES 22  GBR  26  PATA YAMAHA  YAMAHA 
5 XAVI FORES 12  SPA  21  BARNI RACING TEAM  DUCATI 
6 LEON CAMIER GBR  19  MV AGUSTA REPARTO CORSE  MV AGUSTA 
7 MARCO MELANDRI 33  ITA  16  ARUBA.IT RACING  DUCATI 
8 MICHAEL VAN DER MARK 60  NDL  16  PATA YAMAHA  YAMAHA 
9 EUGENE LAVERTY 50  GBR  14  MILWAUKEE APRILIA  APRILIA 
10 JORDI TORRES 81  SPA  ALTHEA BMW RACING TEAM  BMW 
11 LORENZO SAVADORI 32  ITA  MILWAUKEE APRILIA  APRILIA 
12 ALEX DE ANGELIS 15  RSM  PEDERCINI RACING SC-PROJECT  KAWASAKI 
13 MARKUS REITERBERGER 21  GER  ALTHEA BMW RACING TEAM  BMW 
14 RANDY KRUMMENACHER 15  SWI  PUCCETTI RACING  KAWASAKI 
15 NICKY HAYDEN 69  USA  RED BULL HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE TEAM  HONDA 
16 ROMÁN RAMOS 40  SPA  TEAM GO ELEVEN  KAWASAKI 
17 JOSHUA BROOKES 25  AUS  ERMOTORSPORT-ELITEROADS.COM.AU  YAMAHA 
18 STEFAN BRADL GER  RED BULL HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE TEAM  HONDA

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