2019 World Superbikes

Round 13 – Motul Qatar Round


Under the spotlights of the Losail Circuit Sports Club of Doha, Qatar, five-time World Champion Jonathan Rea won Race 1 of the MOTUL FIM World Superbike Championship, marking his 15th victory of the season, and ensuring the Manufacturer World Championship, is won for the fifth consecutive year by Kawasaki.

WSBK Rnd Qatar WorldSBK Race action
Race 1 kicks off under Qatar’s floodlights

Rea earned pole position with a time of 1’56.246 and in the race he finished ahead of Chaz Davies on Ducati, second in the Manufacturer Championship, and Alex Lowes on his Yamaha, the Championship third-place manufacturer.

In Race 1, reigning World Champion Jonathan Rea started well from the first spot on the grid and led from flag to flag without any worries from his rivals.

Behind him, both Alex Lowes and Sandro Cortese started well, followed by Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies.

WSBK Rnd Qatar Alex Lowes
Alex Lowes

During the second lap, Tom Sykes crashed out whilst trying to avoid Leon Haslam who was ahead of him, ending his race early.

On the fourth lap, Chaz Davies managed to move into third, overtaking Cortese, with the latter then forced to retire on the sixth lap due to a crash.

WSBK Rnd Qatar Chaz Davies
Chaz Davies

In the meantime, succeeded in moving into fourth after starting seventh.

The last important pass of the race came on the fourteenth lap, with Chaz Davies overtaking Alex Lowes, allowing the Welshman to finish on the second step of the podium.

There were no upsets in the final part of the race and Rea went on to finish with a 2.7 seconds advantage ahead of Davies and more than five-seconds ahead of Alex Lowes.

Jonathan Rea

“That was a massive target met. What a year – all the big awards. The Riders’ Championship, Superpole Award, Manufacturers’ Championship… That was the target coming here. I knew I had to finish in front of the Ducatis to win the Manufacturers’ Award today. I felt good from the start with the bike. I had such a good rhythm in Race One, it felt quite automatic, but I know I need to make a step for tomorrow because the pace could be faster with more rubber down. But that might help our situation with more rubber on the track. We just need to work in some areas on the front of the bike to finish the corner a bit better.”

WSBK Rnd Qatar Jonathan Rea
Jonathan Rea
Chaz Davies

“It was a really good race actually, much better than expectations, especially after Superpole which was a bad showing, because I just wasn’t able to get the best out of the fresh rear tyre. In the race I got a good start into the first corner, and then the rest was just solid. I had really good pace, I was smooth and clean, trying to get a tenth of a second here and there and see if I could be in the mix with Jonathan come the end of the race. Unfortunately, I just used that little bit extra more tyre to keep me in the fight in the final stages. I’m pretty happy with the result, but I feel we can work on our package a bit and maybe up our pace tomorrow.”

WSBK Rnd Qatar Davies AP UC
Chaz Davies
Alex Lowes

“A good grid position was important because on this track it’s easy for the first few guys to get away in the early laps, even with the slipstream effect on the straight. I felt good from the start and managed to jump on the back of Jonathan, who’s always so fast early on, and that helped us pull away. In the mid part of the race I felt quite good, taking some better lines and I thought I might be able to challenge for the lead. But then I started to make some mistakes on the front and Chaz came past me. I saw I had a big gap back to fourth and, at that point, I decided to be sensible and bring the bike home for a podium finish. It was important to start with a good result in Race 1; while it wasn’t possible to secure third place in the championship today, it was certainly possible to make the job a lot harder. I really enjoyed today and now the focus is on tomorrow, which we’ll take race by race.”

WSBK Rnd Qatar Alex Lowes
Alex Lowes

Alvaro Bautista was fourth in a quiet race for the Spaniard behind the all-British podium, whilst prevailing in the battle for fifth was Leon Haslam, seeing off Michael van der Mark on the run to the line.

Álvaro Bautista

“Today was a difficult day because already in yesterday’s practice sessions I wasn’t able to find a good feeling with my Panigale V4 R. Today we made some changes to the set-up but unfortunately they didn’t work as expected. After a few laps, with the tyre wear, the bike started to move about in the rear, and as a result I was struggling to keep the right lines. In addition, I lost a few places at the start: at the first corner I found myself on the outside losing ground to the riders who were on the inside. Despite these difficulties I did my best to get back up to fourth place, but wasn’t able to close the gap to the podium battle. I think I managed to get the best possible result and we’ll try and improve tomorrow.”

WSBK Rnd Qatar Bautista AP UC
Alvaro Bautista
Leon Haslam

“From FP1, FP2, FP3 to Superpole we got faster and faster. We were trying not to run before we could walk, learning this track again, and the way around. We knew everything was going to be difficult here and that fifth is what we could do today. We got caught up a little bit in the early laps with a few people, I got hit by Tom Sykes, got punted off once, but my battle was my battle and I managed to beat them. To make that next step, and go with Lowes and Chaz, we need to make a couple more tenths – and we also need to get away with them as well. We will see what we can do tomorrow.”

WSBK Rnd Qatar Haslam GB
Leon Haslam

Loris Baz was a strong seventh place, whilst it was a classy eighth place for Markus Reiterberger, with his first top ten since the Tissot Superpole Race at Imola.

Ninth place went to Ireland’s Eugene Laverty, who had a strong ride into the top ten, whilst Leon Camier made it all manufacturers represented inside the top ten. Toprak Razgatlioglu recovered to 11th.

WorldSBK Race 1 Result

PosNo. RiderBikeGap
1J.  ReaKawasaki ZX-10RR0.000
2C. DaviesDucati Panigale V4 R+2.732
3A. LowesYamaha YZF R1+5.423
4A. BautistaDucati Panigale V4 R+8.043
5L.  HaslamKawasaki ZX-10RR+17.720
6M. Van Der MarkYamaha YZF R1+17.738
7L.  BazYamaha YZF R1+18.176
8M. ReiterbergerBMW S1000 RR+20.479
9E. LavertyDucati Panigale V4 R+24.500
10L.  CamierHonda CBR1000RR+29.320
11T.  RazgatliogluKawasaki ZX-10RR+33.166
12M. MelandriYamaha YZF R1+34.673
13M. RinaldiDucati Panigale V4 R+42.661
14R. KiyonariHonda CBR1000RR+50.020
15A. DelbiancoHonda CBR1000RR+54.485
16D. SchmitterYamaha YZF R1+1m08.582
Not Classified
RETL MercardoKawasaki ZX-10R11 Laps
RET11 S. CorteseYamaha YZF R112 Laps
RET66 T. SykesBMW S1000 RR16 Laps
RET81 J.  TorresKawasaki ZX-10RR/

World Superbike Standings

PosRiderTotal
1 Jonathan Rea 626
2 Alvaro Bautista 473
3 Alex Lowes 321
4 Michael Van Der Mark 314
5 Toprak Razgatlioglu 304
6 Chaz Davies 269
7 Leon Haslam 268
8 Tom Sykes 219
9 Marco Melandri 177
10 Jordi Torres 132
11 Loris Baz 127
12 Sandro Cortese 126
13 Michael Ruben Rinaldi 121
14 Markus Reiterberger 81
15 Leandro Mercado 75
16 Eugene Laverty 70
17 Leon Camier 51
18 Alessandro Delbianco 29
19 Ryuichi Kiyonari 24
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

After the opening ten minutes of the session had seen the times settle down and the grid begin to take some sort of shape, Lucas Mahias was on top, with the Frenchman towing Federico Caricasulo around the Losail International Circuit. Provisionally second and third were Ayrton Badovini and Jules Cluzel, the latter being the top Championship contender.

WorldSBK QAT WorldSSP Friday Action Caricasulo
Federico Caricasulo – 2019 WSBK Round 13 – Qatar

Randy Krummenacher was the first rider to get down to business and hit the top of the timesheets with the fastest lap of the weekend. Corentin Perolari was right in behind the Swiss rider and took second, but there were strong times coming in from Mahias and Caricasulo – both riders looking to secure pole position and now, running separately on the track.

Mahias came to the fore and briefly went top, only for Caricasulo to better it, as the Italian came up from ninth to pole position. It was more bad news for Mahias, as he had a lap time cancelled and saw him drop to fifth. Joining Caricasulo on the front are his title rivals, Randy Krummenacher and Jules Cluzel – all three WorldSSP title contenders in the top three positions – would that be how the standings would read come Saturday evening?

Corentin Perolari secured fourth place with a good lap time, ahead of a disconsolate Lucas Mahias, down in fifth. Hikari Okubo was back inside the top six and completed the second row, after what had been a relatively quiet weekend up until that moment, pipping the final second row spot away at the dying moments.

WorldSBK QAT WorldSSP Friday Action Cluzel
Jules Cluzel – 2019 WSBK Round 13 – Qatar

Nabbed right at the end, Badovini heads up row three from seventh on the grid, whilst Isaac Viñales’ podium charge looks set to come from eighth on the grid – the Spaniard on the rostrum in the last two rounds. Kyle Smith was once again in ninth place, whilst an injured and recovering Thomas Gradinger completed the top ten.

Outside the top ten, Raffaele De Rosa was only 11th, ahead of the top Honda of Jules Danilo. Home-hero wildcard and Qatari Supersport Champion Saeed Al Sulaiti was 13th. Peter Sebestyen was 14th.

World Supersport Qualifying Top 6

  1. Federico Caricasulo (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) 2’01.219
  2. Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) +0.274
  3. Jules Cluzel (GMT94 YAMAHA) +0.433
  4. Corentin Perolari (GMT94 YAMAHA) +0.510
  5. Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) +0.550
  6. Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) +0.565

World Supersport Standings

PosRiderPoints
1Randy Krummenacher202
2Federico Caricasulo194
3Jules Cluzel180
4Lucas Mahias143
5Hikari Okubo97
6Raffaele De Rosa92
7Thomas Gradinger86
8Isaac Vinales81
9Corentin Perolari81
10Ayrton Badovini59
11Peter Sebestyen54
12Loris Cresson41
13Jules Danilo36
14Hannes Soomer34
15Kyle Smith24
16Hector Barbera22
17Federico Fuligni13
18Lorenzo Gabellini10
19Jack Kennedy9
20Glenn Van Straalen9
21Rob Hartog9
22Jaimie Van Sikkelerus9
23Kevin Manfredi8
24Brad Jones7
25Miquel Pons6
26Massimo Roccoli6
27Tom Toparis5
28Christian Stange5
29Maria Herrera5
30Gabriele Ruiu4
31Luca Ottaviani4
32Daniel Valle3
33Xavier Navand1
34Mattia Casadei1

WorldSSP300

The usual unpredictability of WorldSSP300 showed, with a group of over 20 riders lapping together and taking advantage of the front straight for slipstreaming. However, it was Ana Carrasco who was using her WorldSSP300 Championship-winning experience to set consistently strong lap times on her own, leading the session for the majority of the session. Her rivals for second in the Championship, Andy Verdoïa (BCD Yamaha MS Racing) and Scott Deroue were stuck in the battling pack.

Out front, nobody could keep with Ana Carrasco, who took her first pole position of the 2019 season. The out-going WorldSSP300 Champion headed Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project), who achieved his best ever WorldSSP300 starting position, ahead of Australian, Tom Edwards – securing his first front row of the 2019 World Supersport 300 season.

Heading up row two on the grid is WorldSSP300 World Champion Manuel Gonzalez, uncharacteristically out-qualified by teammate Tom Edwards. Indonesian star Galang Hendra Pratama was inside the top five and finished fifth overall, whilst Jeffrey Buis (MTM Racing Team) continued his strong weekend to finish sixth, his second consecutive top six result after Tissot Superpole.

Leading from row three in seventh place, 2017 WorldSSP300 Champion Marc Garcia made the most of his limited track time, whilst Scott Deroue was eighth, unable to match Carrasco in the battle for second overall in the Championship. Oliver König was a strong ninth, whilst completing the top ten was Victor Steeman.

Tissot Superpole Top Six

  1. Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300) 2’14.139
  2. Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project) +0.366
  3. Tom Edwards (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) +0.535
  4. Manuel González (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) +0.584
  5. Galang Hendra Pratama (Semakin Di Depan Biblion Motoxracing) +0.637
  6. Jeffrey Buis (MTM Racing Team) +0.735

World Supersport 300 Standings

PosRiderPoints
1Manuel Gonzalez148
2Ana Carrasco106
3Scott Deroue106
4Andy Verdoïa89
5Victor Steeman69
6Marc Garcia68
7Jan-Ole Jahnig61
8Galang Hendra Pratama55
9Hugo De Cancellis47
10Nick Kalinin47
11Kevin Sabatucci39
12Bruno Ieraci30
13Jeffrey Buis21
14Omar Bonoli19
15Koen Meuffels16
16Maximilian Kappler16
17Manuel Bastianelli14
18Tom Edwards14
19Beatriz Neila12
20Samuel Di Sora11
21Enzo De La Vega11
22Livio Loi10
23Dion Otten10
24Emanuele Vocino10
25Mika Perez10
26Dino Iozzo10
27Oliver König9
28Robert Schotman9
29Mateo Pedeneau8
30Tom Bramich6
31Ferran Hernandez Moyano6
32Unai Orradre6
33Ton Kawakami4
34Joel Damon Kelso4
35Jose Luis Perez Gonzalez4
36Dorren Loureiro4
37Paolo Giacomini3
38Filippo Rovelli3
39Borja Sanchez2
40Francisco Gomez2
41Yuta Okaya1

AEDT Schedule

TimeClassSession
23:00WSBKFP3
23:35WorldSSPFP3
00:10WorldSSP300FP3A
01:30WSBKSuperpole 
02:10WorldSSPSuperpole 
02:50WorldSSP300Superpole A
04:00WSBKRace 1
TimeClassSession
22:00WSBKWUP
22:25 WorldSSP300WUP
22:50WorldSSPWUP
00:00WorldSBKSuperpole Race
01:15WorldSSP300Race
02:15WorldSSPRace
04:00WorldSBKRace 2
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