2019 WorldSBK

Round Nine – Laguna Seca


The 2019 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship title race took yet another twist and turn around the undulations of Laguna Seca overnight. In a dramatic opening few laps, Jonathan Rea led the Ducati pairing of Chaz Davies and Alvaro Bautista, before another unthinkable error blew the championship wide open once again.

WSBK Rnd LagunaSeca Race Ambience Rea Celebration
Jonathan Rea now leads series by 49-points

Laguna Seca Race One Report

Jonathan Rea started strongly to hold the early advantage from Bautista and Davies. Toprak Razgatlioglu also made a blistering start and was fourth by Turn 5 after shuffling Tom Sykes back to fifth.  Into the penultimate corner on the opening lap, Davies got ahead of Bautista and went in pursuit of Jonathan Rea.

WSBK Rnd LagunaSeca Race Start
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Round Nine – Laguna Seca

New lap records came thick and fast, with Davies initially setting a new marker on Lap 2 before his team-mate bettered on Lap 3, becoming the first rider to set a 1m22s lap in race trim. One lap later and it was a disaster for Leon Haslam as the British rider hit the deck at the Corkscrew.

WSBK Rnd LagunaSeca Race Action Rea
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Round Nine – Laguna Seca

At the beginning of Lap 5, Davies challenged Rea and through Turns 1 and 2 and the Welshman took the lead but ran wide, with Rea slicing back through and sitting the Ducati rider up.

WSBK Rnd LagunaSeca Race Rea Davies Bautista
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Round Nine – Laguna Seca

Alvaro Bautista was right in the mix and beginning to get into the swing of things but then tucked the front at Turn 5 and his Ducati Panigale V4 R was in the gravel once again.

WSBK Rnd LagunaSeca Race Rea Davies
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Round Nine – Laguna Seca

With Bautista re-joining but out of the leading group, Jonathan Rea edged clear of Chaz Davies, with the top two stabilising until the end of the race, with Rea gradually extending his race lead out to five seconds. Toprak Razgatlioglu fought off a late charge from Tom Sykes to secure the final step on the rostrum.

WSBK Rnd LagunaSeca Race Razgatlioglu GB
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Round Nine – Laguna Seca

Battles were being waged all the way through the field. Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) pipping Jordi Torres for fifth in the final few laps. Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) put in a strong ride to seventh from 15th on the grid, getting ahead of Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing – Yamaha) late in the race.

WSBK Rnd LagunaSeca Race Baz Haslam
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Round Nine – Laguna Seca

An eighth win of 2019 for Jonathan Rea, who romped home ahead of Davies and Razgatlioglu.

WSBK Rnd LagunaSeca Race Torres Lowes
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Round Nine – Laguna Seca

Tom Sykes was fourth ahead of Alex Lowes, whilst Jordi Torres took his best result of the season in sixth. Van der Mark and Baz were next up in seventh and eighth, whilst Marco Melandri and Michael Ruben Rinaldi (BARNI Racing Team) completed the top ten.

WSBK Rnd LagunaSeca Race Rea Podium
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Round Nine – Laguna Seca

The championship advantage now increases for Rea, with a 49-point lead over rival Alvaro Bautista.


P1 – Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)

“I want to thank all my crew, they gave me such a good bike here, and I felt good. Physically I was just heading my points and I could have ridden the bike all day long because I was having so much fun. The tyre dropped a little towards the end, but I had the job done. As soon as I snapped the cord, I was able to focus on myself and hit the point. It is a massive privilege to be here in the U.S., racing here under the sun, and I love this track, so let’s see tomorrow if we can try to repeat this performance, but it is going to be tough for sure”.

WSBK Rnd LagunaSeca Race Rea
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Round Nine – Laguna Seca

P2 – Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati)

“We had a testing few rounds with a lot of difficulties, so it’s great to be back in parc fermé again. I missed this place! It was a tough race actually. I chose the soft rear tyre, which maybe wasn’t the best move, but it was a risk I wanted to take since I don’t have a lot to lose. So, I thought that I’d try to go away and try to use that tyre to the best effect in the early laps, but in the end, Johnny was in front, and I couldn’t see a way around. Then my tyre dropped, and I only had to try staying a little bit more constant. Nother than less, it was a good effort compared to the last few races, and I am really happy to be up here again”.

WSBK Rnd LagunaSeca Race Chaz Davies
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Round Nine – Laguna Seca

P3 – Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing)

“I am extremely pleased with this result today. Last year I suffered a big crash here, and this year we are on the podium! I knew that today getting on the rostrum would not be easy to achieve, but we took advantage of Bautista’s mistake. I tried to follow Johnny and Chaz then, but my bike was moving and sliding a lot. Maybe for tomorrow, we will make some changes to the bike setup to improve the tyre consumption, but for today I am really happy”.


PosNo. RiderBikeGap
1J.   ReaKawasaki ZX-10RR0.000
2C.  DaviesDucati Panigale V4 R+5.693
3T.   RazgatliogluKawasaki ZX-10RR+12.721
4T.   SykesBMW S1000 RR+14.957
5A.  LowesYamaha YZF R1+20.621
6J.   TorresKawasaki ZX-10RR+23.087
7M. Van Der MarkYamaha YZF R1+26.491
8L.   BazYamaha YZF R1+30.605
9M. MelandriYamaha YZF R1+32.556
10M. RinaldiDucati Panigale V4 R+44.432
11E.  LavertyDucati Panigale V4 R+46.792
12L.   MercadoKawasaki ZX-10RR+47.091
13A.  DelbiancoHonda CBR1000RR+51.830
14S.  CorteseYamaha YZF R1+53.661
15M. ReiterbergerBMW S1000 RR+100.235
16R.  KiyonariHonda CBR1000RR+110.076
17A.  BautistaDucati Panigale V4 R+1 Lap
Not Classified
RETJ.   BeachYamaha YZF R113 Laps
RETL.   HaslamKawasaki ZX-10RR22 Laps
PosNo.   RiderBikeTime
1J.   ReaKawasaki ZX-10RR1m21.876
2C.  DaviesDucati Panigale V4 R1’m21.885
3A.  BautistaDucati Panigale V4 R1m22.048
4T.   SykesBMW S1000 RR1m22.444
5L.   HaslamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m22.449
6J.   TorresKawasaki ZX-10RR1m22.743
7T.   RazgatliogluKawasaki ZX-10RR1m22.875
8A.  LowesYamaha YZF R11m23.076
9L.   BazYamaha YZF R11m23.185
10E.  LavertyDucati Panigale V4 R1m23.232
11M. ReiterbergerBMW S1000 RR1m23.454
12L.   MercadoKawasaki ZX-10RR1m23.519
13S.  CorteseYamaha YZF R11m23.562
14M. RinaldiDucati Panigale V4 R1m23.740
15M. Van Der MarkYamaha YZF R11m23.904
16J.   BeachYamaha YZF R11m24.152
17M. MelandriYamaha YZF R11m24.478
18A.  DelbiancoHonda CBR1000RR1m24.479
19R.  KiyonariHonda CBR1000RR1m24.701

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PosRiderPoints
1 Jonathan Rea 401
2 Alvaro Bautista 352
3 Michael Van Der Mark 215
4 Alex Lowes 203
5 Leon Haslam 187
6 Toprak Razgatlioglu 169
7 Tom Sykes 152
8 Chaz Davies 150
910 Marco Melandri 131
11 Sandro Cortese 98
12 Michael Ruben Rinaldi 91
13 Jordi Torres 86
14 Loris Baz 64
15 Markus Reiterberger 57
16 Leandro Mercado 42
17 Eugene Laverty 37
18 Leon Camier 26
19 Lorenzo Zanetti 21
20 Alessandro Delbianco 21
21 Ryuichi Kiyonari 19
22 Peter Hickman 14
23 Thomas Bridewell 12
24 Yuki Takahashi 11
25 Michele Pirro 10
26 Samuele Cavalieri 6
27 Hector Barbera 3

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0400WSBKSuperpole Race
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