2019 World Superbike
Round Five – Imola


Off the line, it was a bright start for Rea, but he couldn’t get the better of Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) down into Tamburello. However, on the run to Acque Minerale, Davies suffered a problem and was forced to retire, handing Rea the lead whilst Davies’ team-mate Bautista had second.

WSBK Rnd Imola Saturday Race Start
2019 World Superbike
Round Five – Imola

At the end of the opening lap, Rea and Bautista had the leading positions, whilst Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) occupied third and Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) was riding well from eighth on the grid to be in fourth.

Completing the top five, Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) whilst Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Team) slipped to sixth. One of the biggest movers and shakers on the opening lap was Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing), who was up four positions into seventh!

WSBK Rnd Imola Saturday Race Action Rea
2019 World Superbike
Round Five – Imola

As the race settled down, Rea built a comfortable lead and was extending his advantage over Bautista by around 0.7s per lap. Bautista in turn was escaping the attention of Sykes but the main battle through the race was for fourth, with van der Mark leading Lowes, whilst Razgatlioglu was now in sixth, ahead of Haslam.

WSBK Rnd Imola Saturday Race Action Bautista
Toprak Razgatliogl

Michael Ruben Rinaldi (BARNI Racing Team) was a rider making great progress too, all the way up into the top ten by the mid-point of the race from 17th on the grid. The Italian was putting in a fantastic performance for his and Ducati’s home fans. Fellow Italian and Independent rider Marco Melandri (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK) was also on the charge through the field.

British rider Alex Lowes began to slip back, having been ill all weekend. Soon, a traditional ‘Marco Melandri block-pass’ at the final corner by the Italian pushed Lowes back into eighth. However, he would soon be promoted as a disaster for Tom Sykes occurred, with the BMW S 1000 RR suffering more mechanical gremlins, robbing the 2013 WorldSBK champ of a certain podium.

WSBK Rnd Imola Saturday Race Action Melandri
2019 World Superbike
Round Five – Imola

Sykes’ demise promoted a huge battle between van der Mark and Razgatlioglu for the final podium position.

WSBK Rnd Imola Saturday Race Action Razgatlioglu
Toprak Razgatliogl

The Turkish star made his move in the closing stages and got ahead of van der Mark. Then, a grandstand finish between the two, swapping paint and trading blows on the penultimate lap, colliding twice and bringing Leon Haslam back into the mix. Imola was once more providing thrilling action.

WSBK Rnd Imola Saturday Race Action Haslam
2019 World Superbike
Round Five – Imola – Leon Haslam

Meanwhile, in a league of his own, Jonathan Rea blitzed the opposition in a vintage fashion, taking his first win of the season to end the run of victories by Alvaro Bautista. The Spaniard maintains a healthy championship lead with a second-place finish and then, in the battle for third, Toprak held on for his third WorldSBK podium! Michael van der Mark and Leon Haslam completed the top five!

WSBK Rnd Imola Saturday Race Action Van Der Mark
2019 World Superbike
Round Five – Imola

Inside the top six from a poor Tissot Superpole, Marco Melandri was ahead of Alex Lowes, with Michael Ruben Rinaldi eighth after his antics earlier on in the day. Lorenzo Zanetti (Motocorsa Racing) was an impressive ninth as his wildcard weekend unfolded. Completing the top ten, the sole-surviving BMW of Markus Reiterberger (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team).

Outside of the top ten was Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing) who had a disappointing ride, whilst a phenomenal performance for super-sub Tommy Bridewell (Team Goeleven) saw the British rider come home in 12th. Hector Barbera (Orelac Racing VerdNatura), Ryuichi Kiyonari (Moriwaki Althea Honda Team) and Alessandro Delbianco (Althea Mie Racing Team) completed the points. Sandro Cortese (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK) had a fast crash at Acque Minerale in the closing stages.

It is Jonathan Rea’s eighth win at Imola and his 72nd career victory in WorldSBK, ending his longest winless run since 2013. It is also the 128th win for Kawasaki in WorldSBK.

WSBK Rnd Imola Saturday Race Podium
#ITAWorldSBK at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari Imola: Race 1
1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
2. Alvaro Bautista (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) +7.832
3. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) +19.968

P1 – Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)

“I am so happy that I finally got my first win this season, especially here in Imola where the fans are always incredible, the atmosphere is good, and I love the circuit. My team gave me a great bike, and since Assen I’ve been hard training, trying to visualize winning this race here, so I am glad I did it because I put a lot of pressure on myself. Now we can relax a little bit and enjoy this moment, but wake up tomorrow with the same target. Thanks to my team for never losing hope and continuing to push the bike. I am really satisfied with that victory ”.


P2 – Alvaro Bautista (ARUBA.IT Racing – DUCATI)

“It was amazing to race here in front of all the Ducati fans. They made this moment special! It was not easy for me since it was my first time racing here. We all had a strong pace, and we even set a new lap time record which means that the level is high. I had been struggling here more than in other race track, but still, I am pleased. Today Jonathan was really strong, his pace was incredible, but I am happy I finished second on the podium in front of all our fans”.


P3 – Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing)

“I am so happy to be back on the podium! My goal is to battle for it more often this season. Last year we didn’t make a good result here in Imola, so I am really pleased that we were able to make such a big step forward and even get to the podium”.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 J.   Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR 0.000
2 A.  Bautista Ducati Panigale V4 R 7.832
3 T.   Razgatlioglu Kawasaki ZX-10RR 19.291
4 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 19.968
5 L.   Haslam Kawasaki ZX-10RR 20.111
6 M. Melandri Yamaha YZF R1 31.846
7 A.  Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 32.024
8 M. Rinaldi Ducati Panigale V4 R 34.107
9 L.   Zanetti Ducati Panigale V4 R 34.814
10 M. Reiterberger BMW S1000 RR 40.196
11 J.   Torres Kawasaki ZX-10RR 51.426
12 T.   Bridewell Ducati Panigale V4 R 55.235
13 H.  Barbera Kawasaki ZX-10RR 56.539
14 R.  Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR 101.025
15 A.  Delbianco Honda CBR1000RR 127.025
Not Classified
RET 11 S.  Cortese Yamaha YZF R1 5 Laps
RET 66 T.   Sykes BMW S1000 RR 10 Laps
RET 7 C.  Davies Ducati Panigale V4 R 18 Laps
Pos  Rider Bike Time Gap
1 C.  Davies Ducati Panigale V4 R 1’45.180 0.000
2 J.   Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1’45.307 0.127
3 A.  Bautista Ducati Panigale V4 R 1’46.081 0.901
4 L.   Haslam Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1’46.288 1,108
5 A.  Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 1’46.306 1,126
6 T.   Sykes BMW S1000 RR 1’46.358 1,178
7 M. Reiterberger BMW S1000 RR 1’46.599 1,419
8 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 1’46.794 1,614
9 J.   Torres Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1’46.844 1,664
10 S.  Cortese Yamaha YZF R1 1’47.073 1,893
11 T.   Razgatlioglu Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1’47.169 1,989
12 M. Melandri Yamaha YZF R1 1’47.222 2,042
13 L.   Zanetti Ducati Panigale V4 R 1’47.418 2,238
14 H.  Barbera Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1’48.254 3,074
15 R.  Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR 1’48.290 3,110
16 T.   Bridewell Ducati Panigale V4 R 1’48.743 3,563
17 M. Rinaldi Ducati Panigale V4 R 1’48.783 3,603
18 A.  Delbianco Honda CBR1000RR 1’49.084 3,904
19 L.   Camier Honda CBR1000RR / /
Pos Rider Pts Poles Races Podiums Wins 2ND PL
1  A Bautista 256 3 12 12 11 1
2  J Rea 208 1 12 12 1 10
3  A Lowes 135 0 12 4 0 0
4  M Van Der Mark 128 0 12 2 0 1
5  L Haslam 104 0 12 2 0 0
6  M Melandri 79 0 12 1 0 0
7  C Davies 76 1 12 2 0 0
8  S Cortese 64 0 12 0 0 0
9  T Razgatlioglu 62 0 12 1 0 0
10  T Sykes 54 0 12 0 0 0
11  J Torres 54 0 12 0 0 0
12  M R Rinaldi 44 0 12 0 0 0
13  M Reiterberger 41 0 12 0 0 0
14  E Laverty 32 0 10 0 0 0
15  L Camier 26 0 10 0 0 0
16  R Kiyonari 12 0 12 0 0 0
17  L Mercado 11 0 7 0 0 0
18  L Zanetti 7 0 1 0 0 0
19  T Bridewell 4 0 1 0 0 0
20  A Delbianco 4 0 12 0 0 0
21  H Barbera 3 0 3 0 0 0

World Supersport Superpole

The FIM Supersport World Championship was back in action at Imola and in a fierce Tissot Superpole session, it was Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) who clinched pole position at home. The Swiss, who has looked one of the fastest riders all weekend, took his third pole position and became the first Swiss to take back-to-back poles in WorldSSP.

WSBK Rnd Imola Saturday Superpole Action Krummenacher
Randy Krummenacher

In what has been a circuit that has seen much drama for Krummenacher so far in the Pirelli Italian Round, the championship leader made it count when it counted. Storming to a new lap record and pole position in the final moments of the Tissot Superpole, Krummenacher will lead the field down to the Tamburello Chicane for the first time on Sunday. Teammate Federico Caricasulo completed the session in second place to make it a BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team one-two, whilst Jules Cluzel (GMT94 YAMAHA) completed row one, despite crashing at the final corner in the last moments of the session.

WSBK Rnd Imola Saturday Superpole Action Caricasulo
Federico Caricasulo

Row two features Thomas Gradinger (Kallio Racing) in fourth position, a solid starting place after his crash on Friday. Behind him is Japanese sensation Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), who was the first non-Yamaha ride and once again, impressing aboard the Kawasaki ZX-6R. Row two is completed by Raffaele De Rosa (MV AGUSTA Reparto Corse), who achieved his best WorldSSP qualifying at Imola.

WSBK Rnd Imola Saturday Superpole Action Cluzel
Jules Cluzel

Behind the top half-dozen, Frenchman Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was in seventh place, less than half-a-second from the front row. Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing) continued his positive weekend and used his experience to place in eighth position, ahead of fellow experienced Italian Massimo Roccoli (Team Rossa Corsa), who was an impressive wildcard in ninth place. Fellow wildcard Luca Ottaviani (SGM Tecnic) completed the top ten.

Hannes Soomer (MPM WILSport Racedays) was top Honda rider in 11th position, whilst other notable names such as Maria Herrera (MS Racing) and Rob Hartog (Team Hartog – Against Cancer) were 15th and 22nd respectively.


Pole position – Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)

“Today was a great day compared to the hard times we faced yesterday. Also this morning we had some difficulties but the team did a great job and we found a good strategy for the Tissot Superpole. I felt good on the bike but I didn’t feel like I was doing a perfect lap. I was surprised when I saw the lap time and thought “Ok, that is a good one”. I am happy and ready for the race”.


Pos Rider Bike Time Gap
1 R.  Krummenacher Yamaha YZF R6 1’50.239 0.000
2 F.   Caricasulo Yamaha YZF R6 1’50.671 0.432
3 J.   Cluzel Yamaha YZF R6 1’51.188 0.949
4 T.   Gradinger Yamaha YZF R6 1’51.329 1.090
5 H.  Okubo Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’51.387 1.148
6 R.  De Rosa MV Agusta F3 675 1’51.444 1.205
7 L.   Mahias Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’51.668 1.429
8 A.  Badovini Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’51.886 1.647
9 M. Roccoli Yamaha YZF R6 1’52.213 1.974
10 L.   Ottaviani Yamaha YZF R6 1’52.283 2.044
11 H.  Soomer Honda CBR600RR 1’52.526 2.287
12 I.    Vinales Yamaha YZF R6 1’52.576 2.337
13 P.   Sebestyen Honda CBR600RR 1’52.695 2.456
14 G.  Van Straalen Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’52.718 2.479
15 M. Herrera Yamaha YZF R6 1’52.786 2.547
16 L.   Cresson Yamaha YZF R6 1’52.871 2.632
17 F.   Fuligni MV Agusta F3 675 1’53.055 2.816
18 K.  Smith Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’53.127 2.888
19 J.   Danilo Honda CBR600RR 1’53.239 3.000
20 G.  Ruiu Yamaha YZF R6 1’53.536 3.297
21 J.   Van Sikkelerus Honda CBR600RR 1’54.094 3.855
22 R.  Hartog Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’54.457 4.218
23 N.  Calero Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’54.968 4.729
24 A.  Coppola Honda CBR600RR 1’55.121 4.882
25 C.  Stange Honda CBR600RR 1’55.822 5.583
NQ F.   Massei Yamaha YZF R6 1’58.920 8.681
NQ G.  Matern Kawasaki ZX-6R 2’02.276 12.037

World Supersport 300

In the usual frantic and chaotic manner, WorldSSP300 took to the famed Imola layout for their Tissot Superpole sessions. On pole position, it was Group A rider Mika Perez (Scuderia Maranga Racing), who slotted in a tidy time to take his fifth career pole, the most of anyone in the WorldSSP300 class.

With Spaniard Mika Perez came pace and intelligence, giving himself valuable track time, not only in the racing pack but also on his own, gaining experience and knowledge in both scenarios. However, the 2018 WorldSSP300 runner-up suffered a crash at Turn 6 but was up and OK. Joining him on the front row is French rider Hugo De Cancellis (Team Trasimeno Yamaha) and reigning WorldSSP300 champion and 2018 Imola winner, Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300).

WSBK Rnd Imola Saturday Superpole Action Hugo De Cancellis
Hugo De Cancellis

Row two sees the first of the Group B riders and the first Italian; Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project) starts fourth, despite crashing in the final few moments of the Group B Tissot Superpole session. Fifth position went to Ferran Hernandez Moyano (BCD Yamaha MS Racing) ahead of Jan-Ole Jahnig (Freudenberg KTM Junior Team).

WSBK Rnd Imola Saturday Superpole Action Carrasco
Ana Carrasco

French rider Andy Verdoia (BCD Yamaha MS Racing) starts from seventh on the grid, with championship leader Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) only able to achieve eighth position. Scott Deroue is 0.006s further back in ninth position. Completing the top ten is 2017 WorldSSP300 champion Marc Garcia (DS Junior Team).


Pole Position – Mika Perez (Scuderia Maranga Racing)

“I am pleased with my first pole position this year. We’ve been fast all weekend and proved that we are ready for a great battle. It is unbelievable, but I gave my maximum during that lap. In Aragon and Assen we struggled a lot but my team did an incredible job, and now we are on pole position again! Tomorrow it will be a challenging race, and I expect that there will be a big group of riders all fighting for the victory, but I will try to push in the first stages of the race. We don’t know what the weather exactly will be tomorrow, but even if it rains, I feel that we are ready”.

WSBK Rnd Imola Saturday Superpole Action Perez
Mika Perez

Pos Rider Bike Class Superpole Gap
1 M. Perez Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 206.351 0.000
2 H. De Cancellis Yamaha YZF-R3 A 206.670 0.319
3 A.  Carrasco Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 206.754 0.403
4 B.  Ieraci Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 206.804 0.453
5 F.  Hernandez Moyano Yamaha YZF-R3 A 207.043 0.692
6 J.  Jahnig KTM RC 390 R A 207.049 0.698
7 A.  Verdoïa Yamaha YZF-R3 B 207.076 0.725
8 M. Gonzalez Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 207.089 0.738
9 S.  Deroue Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 207.095 0.744
10 M. Garcia Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 207.147 0.796
11 K.  Sabatucci Yamaha YZF-R3 B 207.150 0.799
12 R. Schotman Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 207.229 0.878
13 J.  Buis Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 207.341 0.990
14 O. Bonoli Yamaha YZF-R3 A 207.428 1.077
15 B.  Neila Yamaha YZF-R3 B 207.594 1.243
16 V.  Steeman KTM RC 390 R B 207.627 1.276
17 G. Hendra Pratama Yamaha YZF-R3 A 207.672 1.321
18 E.  De La Vega Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 207.788 1.437
19 J.  Facco Yamaha YZF-R3 B 207.827 1.476
20 J.  Foray Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 207.853 1.502
21 E.  Vocino Yamaha YZF-R3 A 207.876 1.525
22 T.  Edwards Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 207.886 1.535
23 M. Kappler KTM RC 390 R B 208.117 1.766
24 T.  Kawakami Yamaha YZF-R3 A 208.322 1.971
25 K.  Meuffels KTM RC 390 R A 208.381 2.030
26 M. Bastianelli Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 208.507 2.156
27 F.  Rovelli Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 208.647 2.296
28 D. Otten Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 208.650 2.299
29 M. Pedeneau Yamaha YZF-R3 B 208.685 2.334
30 M. Berte Yamaha YZF-R3 B 208.865 2.514
31 L.  Doti KTM RC 390 R A 208.874 2.523
32 D. Iozzo Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 209.157 2.806
33 O. König Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 209.186 2.835
34 D. Blin Yamaha YZF-R3 B 209.267 2.916
35 D. Loureiro Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 209.325 2.974
36 G. Mora Yamaha YZF-R3 A 209.625 3.274
37 F.  Gomez Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 209.710 3.359
38 F.  De Bruin Yamaha YZF-R3 B 209.829 3.478
39 V.  Schwarz Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 209.940 3.589
40 P.  Giacomini Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 209.961 3.610
41 G. Sconza Yamaha YZF-R3 B 210.277 3.926
42 J.  Hyde Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 211.242 4.891
43 B.  Molina Yamaha YZF-R3 A 211.267 4.916
44 T.  Bramich Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 211.306 4.955
45 K.  Arduini Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 211.432 5.081
46 K.  Hartmann Yamaha YZF-R3 A 211.455 5.104
47 B.  Sanchez Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 212.036 5.685
48 R. Dore Yamaha YZF-R3 B 212.399 6.048
49 A.  Quinet Honda CBR500R B 212.991 6.640
50 K.  Aloisi Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 213.378 7.027
51 S.  Naud Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 213.414 7.063
52 A.  Pelikanova Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 215.776 9.425
53 N. Kalinin Kawasaki Ninja 400 A / /
54 B.  Sofuoglu Kawasaki Ninja 400 B / /
55 M. Luna Bayen Kawasaki Ninja 400 A // /
56 Y.  Okaya Kawasaki Ninja 400 B / /
Pos No. Rider Bike Class Gap
1 21 B.  Sanchez Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 0.000
2 52 O.  König Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 0.236
3 20 D.  Loureiro Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 1.040
4 13 D.  Iozzo Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 1.301
5 91 G.  Mora Yamaha YZF-R3 A 1.314
6 2 L.   Doti KTM RC 390 R A 2.503
7 23 P.   Giacomini Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 8.218
8 16 M. Luna Bayen Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 10.798
9 35 F.   De Bruin Yamaha YZF-R3 B 11.909
10 44 T.   Bramich Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 20.990
11 61 Y.   Okaya Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 28.030
12 19 B.  Molina Yamaha YZF-R3 A 28.576
13 33 K.  Hartmann Yamaha YZF-R3 A 28.623
14 82 J.   Hyde Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 28.911
15 11 K.  Arduini Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 29.013
16 12 R.  Dore Yamaha YZF-R3 B 38.725
17 9 S.  Naud Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 50.682
18 32 A.  Pelikanova Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 102.340
19 93 A.  Quinet Honda CBR500R B 102.863
20 30 D.  Blin Yamaha YZF-R3 B 104.709
21 60 G.  Sconza Yamaha YZF-R3 B 116.039
RET 22 N.  Kalinin Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 3 Laps
RET 99 F.   Gomez Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 8 Laps
RET 84 K.  Aloisi Kawasaki Ninja 400 A 8 Laps
RET 77 V.  Schwarz Kawasaki Ninja 400 B 10 Laps

AEST Time Schedule for Imola WorldSBK

Time Class Session
1700 WSBK WUP
1725 WSSP600 WUP
1750 WSSP300 WUP
1900 WSBK Superpole Race
2015 WSSP600 Race
2200 WSBK Race 2
2315 WSSP300 Race

 

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