2017 Misano WorldSBK Race One Results

Gordon Ritchie | June 17, 2017

Sykes Wins After Last Lap Chaos

Sykes was surprised as anyone to take the race one win.

Tom Sykes took the most unlikely win of his WorldSBK career after sitting in fifth place for the most of the opening WorldSBK race of the Misano weekend. First, long time leader Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) fell as he came under pressure from Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team).

On the final lap, Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) fell from third place as he tried to keep in contention for the win, leaving Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) up front, with Rea just behind.

Michael Van Der Mark was on course for his first ever WorldSBK win when his rear tire came off the rim and threw him on the ground late in the race.

As Rea had lost time shortly beforehand, after a strong pass from Davies and then melandri, he was making up ground on the very last lap.

Into the last felt corner, turn 14, Davies slid off and with Rea so close behind the Kawasaki rider could not avoid bike and rider and he too was knocked off.

Rea got restarted for third but Davies stood up, could not restart, and was taken away from medical attention at trackside after a hard impact in the accident.

Sykes came past to win his second race of the year, with Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) second – Rea third.

Davies lost the front with two corners left and Rea had nowhere to go, running over the Welshman’s back. Davies was taken to the medical center for examination.

Behind the podium places Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) was fourth, Xavi Fores (Barni Racing Ducati) fifth and Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) sixth.

Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was seventh, 22 seconds down, Roman Ramos (Team GOELEVEN Kawasaki) eight, Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) ninth and Raffaele De Rosa (Althea BMW Racing Team) tenth.

In the points, Rea leads with 276 to Sykes’ 230 with one more Misano race to go on Sunday.

2017 Misano WorldSBK Race One Results

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