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”.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 J.   Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR 0.000
2 C.  Davies Ducati Panigale V4 R +5.693
3 T.   Razgatlioglu Kawasaki ZX-10RR +12.721
4 T.   Sykes BMW S1000 RR +14.957
5 A.  Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 +20.621
6 J.   Torres Kawasaki ZX-10RR +23.087
7 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 +26.491
8 L.   Baz Yamaha YZF R1 +30.605
9 M. Melandri Yamaha YZF R1 +32.556
10 M. Rinaldi Ducati Panigale V4 R +44.432
11 E.  Laverty Ducati Panigale V4 R +46.792
12 L.   Mercado Kawasaki ZX-10RR +47.091
13 A.  Delbianco Honda CBR1000RR +51.830
14 S.  Cortese Yamaha YZF R1 +53.661
15 M. Reiterberger BMW S1000 RR +100.235
16 R.  Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR +110.076
17 A.  Bautista Ducati Panigale V4 R +1 Lap
Not Classified
RET J.   Beach Yamaha YZF R1 13 Laps
RET L.   Haslam Kawasaki ZX-10RR 22 Laps
Pos No.   Rider Bike Time
1 J.   Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1m21.876
2 C.  Davies Ducati Panigale V4 R 1’m21.885
3 A.  Bautista Ducati Panigale V4 R 1m22.048
4 T.   Sykes BMW S1000 RR 1m22.444
5 L.   Haslam Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1m22.449
6 J.   Torres Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1m22.743
7 T.   Razgatlioglu Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1m22.875
8 A.  Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 1m23.076
9 L.   Baz Yamaha YZF R1 1m23.185
10 E.  Laverty Ducati Panigale V4 R 1m23.232
11 M. Reiterberger BMW S1000 RR 1m23.454
12 L.   Mercado Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1m23.519
13 S.  Cortese Yamaha YZF R1 1m23.562
14 M. Rinaldi Ducati Panigale V4 R 1m23.740
15 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 1m23.904
16 J.   Beach Yamaha YZF R1 1m24.152
17 M. Melandri Yamaha YZF R1 1m24.478
18 A.  Delbianco Honda CBR1000RR 1m24.479
19 R.  Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR 1m24.701

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Pos Rider Points
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

AEST Schedule

Time Class Session
0200 WSBK WUP
0400 WSBK Superpole Race
0700 WSBK Race 2