2019 World Superbikes

Day 1 Report – Round 13 – Qatar


Chaz Davies topped Friday proceedings from Jonathan Rea and Alvaro Bautista. 

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Chaz Davies – 2019 WSBK Round 13 – Qatar
Chaz Davies

“It was a bit of a surprise to find myself at the top of the timesheets to be honest but today my Panigale V4 R felt really good. I didn’t really start the day well when I came off the bike at Turn 4 on the second lap of the first session, but once I got back out on the track I soon got my confidence back. We worked on the bike between the two sessions, picked a direction and it worked, and the guys did a really good job to give me a good bike for FP2. I’m pleased because it seems like our best set-up isn’t too far away at all. We’ve just got to work on our race pace tomorrow and I’m confident we can find a little bit more.”

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Chaz Davies – 2019 WSBK Round 13 – Qatar

It was a strong session for Alvaro Bautista, as the Spaniard looks to finish his rookie season in World Superbike on a high. The 34-year-old was down in seventh after the first session but come the end of FP2, he was up in third.

Álvaro Bautista

“It’s always a nice experience to ride again at night at Losail with the artificial lights, even though you need a couple of laps to understand the track conditions. In FP1 the track wasn’t in the best state, but we managed to do a good number of laps and get references with the Panigale V4 R. In the second session we worked on the bike set-up to improve the rear grip and I made a good step forward. The problem is after a few laps with used tyres, I feel a lot of movement on the bike, but in any case I’m happy because the feeling was good and I have a good race pace.”

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Alvaro Bautista – 2019 WSBK Round 13 – Qatar

Rea was second on Friday as the five-time World Superbike Champion worked solidly on his race pace. After a difficult opening session, Leon Haslam was left down in 12th.

Jonathan Rea

“I had a good day and we understood the tyre options for the weekend a little bit. The track rubbered-in really quickly and FP1 was fast already. In the second session we worked on our consistency and pace. I feel quite good. The bike is working really well where I need it work. In some areas I need a little bit more turning, especially in the fast areas. I am putting too much stress on the tyre, using too much angle to get the bike to turn. But for a first day, I feel quite good. You always want to finish the season with a good feeling and that is important. Of course we have a big target to try and win the Manufacturers’ Award for Kawasaki; that is very important.”

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Jonathan Rea – 2019 WSBK Round 13 – Qatar

Toprak Razgatliolgu is in a strong position to overhaul those ahead of him in the Championship and completed the first day of Qatar action in fourth. There were plenty of other Independent riders inside the top ten, with Sandro Cortese in ninth and Loris Baz in tenth.

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Toprak Razgatliolgu – 2019 WSBK Round 13 – Qatar

Closely matched in the Championship and closely matched after Thursday action, the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team duo of Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark continue to squabble on their last weekend in the same team. Van der Mark had the upper hand and was up in fifth place, whilst Lowes was seventh when the chequered flag came out. Both are in a fierce battle for third with Toprak Razgatlioglu.

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Michael van der Mark – 2019 WSBK Round 13 – Qatar

The BMW charge in Qatar was led by 2013 WorldSBK Champion Tom Sykes, who spent most of the session down in 15th place, before firing in a good lap time with less than eight-minutes to go, putting him in sixth. Teammate Markus Reiterberger came to the fore and was eighth after day one. The German rider, so far without a ride confirmed on the 2020 grid in WorldSBK, put himself in the shop window at the right time, reminding everyone what he is capable of.

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Tom Sykes – 2019 WSBK Round 13 – Qatar

Outside of the top ten on his final weekend, Marco Melandri goes into the final two days of his WorldSBK career in 14th, whilst top Honda belonged to Leon Camier in 17th, now confirmed at BARNI Ducati for 2020.

WSBK Motul Qatar Round – Combined Practice to FP2

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 C. Davies Ducati 1’m7.449
2 J. Rea Kawasaki +0.273
3 A. Bautista Ducati +0.318
4 T. Razgatlioglu Kawasaki +0.579
5 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha +0.708
6 T. Sykes BMW +0.806
7 A. Lowes Yamaha +0.854
8 M. Reiterberger BMW +1.01
9 S. Cortese Yamaha +1.054
10 L. Baz Yamaha +1.117
11 E. Laverty Ducati +1.243
12 L. Haslam Kawasaki +1.32
13 M. Rinaldi Ducati +1.476
14 M. Melandri Yamaha +1.533
15 L. Mercado Kawasaki +1.583
16 J. Torres Kawasaki +1.638
17 L. Camier Honda +1.67
18 A. Delbianco Honda +2.716
19 R. Kiyonari Honda +3.01
20 D. Schmitter Yamaha +4.626

World Superbike Standings

Pos. Rider Points
1 Jonathan Rea 601
2 Alvaro Bautista 460
3 Alex Lowes 305
4 Michael Van Der Mark 304
5 Toprak Razgatlioglu 299
6 Leon Haslam 257
7 Chaz Davies 249
8 Tom Sykes 219
9 Marco Melandri 173
10 Jordi Torres 132
11 Sandro Cortese 126
12 Loris Baz 118
13 Michael Ruben Rinaldi 118
14 Leandro Mercado 75
15 Markus Reiterberger 73
16 Eugene Laverty 63
17 Leon Camier 45
18 Alessandro Delbianco 28
19 Ryuichi Kiyonari 22
20 Lorenzo Zanetti 21
21 Peter Hickman 14
22 Thomas Bridewell 12
23 Yuki Takahashi 11
24 Michele Pirro 10
25 Samuele Cavalieri 6
26 Sylvain Barrier 3
27 Hector Barbera 3
28 Takumi Takahashi 1

WorldSSP

The final World Supersport session of the day in Qatar kicked off with much drama, as the Championship battle took another turn. Leading the way come the conclusion of the opening day was Jules Cluzel, with a huge advantage over the rest of the field, doing what he needs to do in order to keep his title hopes alive.

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Jules Cluzel – 2019 WSBK Round 13 – Qatar

There was drama from the off in the 45-minute session, as Randy Krummenacher crashed at Turn 4, running fractionally wide on the exit of the corner and low-siding out. He wasn’t the only crasher in the first third of the session however, as Assen podium finisher Thomas Gradinger tucked the front at the final corner. Moments later, Jaimie van Sikkelerus ran on at Turn 1 but didn’t topple over – the exact same thing happened to the Dutchman in FP1.

Picking up from where he left off in FP1, Jules Cluzel was right in the mix for the leading positions again. The French rider is looking for his first back-to-back wins since Assen and Imola in 2018, in order to have a chance of claiming WorldSSP glory. With a massive 0.7s margin to his rivals, he is the man to beat after ending day one on top. In the final ten minutes, Federico Caricasulo began to show his pace, finishing second.

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Federico Caricasulo – 2019 WSBK Round 13 – Qatar

He’ll be eager to capitalise on the Swiss rider’s bad form of late and pinch the title away from the other side of the garage. Second overall, Caricasulo is in fine form. Continuing to show his promise at the pointy-end of WorldSSP was veteran, Ayrton Badovini. The Italian was as high as second in FP2 and come the end of the day, was up in third.

Coming on leaps and bounds in recent rounds, Isaac Viñales was right up the sharp end of things on Friday. The Spaniard took advantage of his track knowledge from his Moto3 and Moto2 career and put it to good use to finish day one in fourth. Remounting from his crash in the early stages, Randy Krummenacher was back inside the top five with less than five minutes to go in the session.

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Ayrton Badovini – 2019 WSBK Round 13 – Qatar

The Swiss rider was the lowest place of the Championship contenders after the first day of action but that in itself will give him plenty of motivation for Friday and Saturday. Fifth in the end, he has work to do to keep his title lead. Raffaele De Rosa was sixth overall, 0.909s off a rampant Cluzel.

Seventh at the close of business on the opening day went to Lucas Mahias, as the Frenchman dropped away a little bit during the flurry of fast laps at the end of the session. Corentin Perolari was looking in good form in Qatar, as he chases down his first WorldSSP podium after achieving a first pole in Argentina. But from South America to the Middle East, Perolari looks poised for another strong weekend and finished in eighth overall. Two-time Losail winner Kyle Smith was ninth, whilst Hungary’s Peter Sebestyen completed the top ten as top Honda.

World Supersport Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Randy Krummenacher 202
2 Federico Caricasulo 194
3 Jules Cluzel 180
4 Lucas Mahias 143
5 Hikari Okubo 97
6 Raffaele De Rosa 92
7 Thomas Gradinger 86
8 Isaac Vinales 81
9 Corentin Perolari 81
10 Ayrton Badovini 59
11 Peter Sebestyen 54
12 Loris Cresson 41
13 Jules Danilo 36
14 Hannes Soomer 34
15 Kyle Smith 24
16 Hector Barbera 22
17 Federico Fuligni 13
18 Lorenzo Gabellini 10
19 Jack Kennedy 9
20 Glenn Van Straalen 9
21 Rob Hartog 9
22 Jaimie Van Sikkelerus 9
23 Kevin Manfredi 8
24 Brad Jones 7
25 Miquel Pons 6
26 Massimo Roccoli 6
27 Tom Toparis 5
28 Christian Stange 5
29 Maria Herrera 5
30 Gabriele Ruiu 4
31 Luca Ottaviani 4
32 Daniel Valle 3
33 Xavier Navand 1
34 Mattia Casadei 1

WorldSSP300

The WorldSSP300 grid makes history this weekend with their first visit outside of Europe coming at the Motul Qatar Round. The feeder class is set to dazzle under the spotlights of the Losail International Circuit, with Thursday’s opening sessions offering a taste of the action to come. Making his debut at the Qatari venue, it was Manuel Gonzalezwho was once again on top.

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Ana Carrasco – 2019 WSBK Round 13 – Qatar

The lights of Losail only mean one thing: motorcycle racing is in action! Despite the usual craziness out on circuit, what with riders looking for a slipstream and waiting on the racing line, 2019 WorldSSP300 Champion Manuel Gonzalez thread the eye of the needle to set a good lap time during the middle stages of the session.

Second overall was Ana Carrasco, who used her Moto3 experience to propel her to the silver-medal position. The outgoing WorldSSP300 Champion was over a second clear in FP1 and will look to gain back the advantage going into the rest of the weekend. Completing the top three was Andy Verdoïa, who is still in the battle for second overall in the Championship.

Fourth after the opening day of action was Czech talent, Oliver König, lapping strongly throughout the night to confirm is solid pace at Losail. In fifth place and just fractionally behind him, Dutch rider Dion Otten made it four nationalities inside the top five, as he worked away on his pace. Otten is looking for a good end to the season to go into 2020 well prepared. Filippo Rovelli completed the top six and was top Italian after day one, 0.712s behind Gonzalez on top.

Battling for second in the Championship, Portimao race winner Scott Deroue was only seventh on his return to action under the floodlights of Losail. He was marginally ahead of fellow countryman Victor Steeman, with the Dutch charge coming from the provision third row. Tom Edwards was ninth and was flew the Australian flag high, whilst just behind, Ukrainian Nick Kalinin completed the top ten just days after announcing his 2020 plans in the WorldSSP300 class.

World Supersport 300 Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Manuel Gonzalez 148
2 Ana Carrasco 106
3 Scott Deroue 106
4 Andy Verdoïa 89
5 Victor Steeman 69
6 Marc Garcia 68
7 Jan-Ole Jahnig 61
8 Galang Hendra Pratama 55
9 Hugo De Cancellis 47
10 Nick Kalinin 47
11 Kevin Sabatucci 39
12 Bruno Ieraci 30
13 Jeffrey Buis 21
14 Omar Bonoli 19
15 Koen Meuffels 16
16 Maximilian Kappler 16
17 Manuel Bastianelli 14
18 Tom Edwards 14
19 Beatriz Neila 12
20 Samuel Di Sora 11
21 Enzo De La Vega 11
22 Livio Loi 10
23 Dion Otten 10
24 Emanuele Vocino 10
25 Mika Perez 10
26 Dino Iozzo 10
27 Oliver König 9
28 Robert Schotman 9
29 Mateo Pedeneau 8
30 Tom Bramich 6
31 Ferran Hernandez Moyano 6
32 Unai Orradre 6
33 Ton Kawakami 4
34 Joel Damon Kelso 4
35 Jose Luis Perez Gonzalez 4
36 Dorren Loureiro 4
37 Paolo Giacomini 3
38 Filippo Rovelli 3
39 Borja Sanchez 2
40 Francisco Gomez 2
41 Yuta Okaya 1

AEDT Schedule

Time Class Session
23:15 WorldSSP300 FP1A
00:00 WorldSSP FP1
01:00 WorldSBK FP1
02:15 WorldSSP300 FP2A
03:00 WorldSSP FP2
04:00 WorldSBK FP2
Time Class Session
23:00 WSBK FP3
23:35 WorldSSP FP3
00:10 WorldSSP300 FP3A
01:30 WSBK Superpole 
02:10 WorldSSP Superpole 
02:50 WorldSSP300 Superpole A
04:00 WSBK Race 1
Time Class Session
22:00 WSBK WUP
22:25 WorldSSP300 WUP
22:50 WorldSSP WUP
00:00 WorldSBK Superpole Race
01:15 WorldSSP300 Race
02:15 WorldSSP Race
04:00 WorldSBK Race 2
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