2018 Czech Republic WorldSBK Saturday Results—Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) won the 60th race of his career in race one at Brno, and his sixth race of the 2018 season. His latest success took him clear at the top of the all-time race winners’ ranking, moving one place ahead of Carl Fogarty’s 59 race wins.
2018 Czech Republic WorldSBK and WorldSSP Saturday Results
Rea was over 1.5 seconds clear after two laps and was able to manage his gap back to the other podium challengers with relative ease.
Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) was second, over five seconds behind Rea – and yet clearly ahead of third place rider Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team).
The first attempted running of the race, with a 13.00 start, was stopped with Rea in a small but significant lead, after yet another air fence failure following an accident. Jordi Torres and Michal Ruben Rinaldi had both fallen at Turn 5.
A 17-lap race was started afresh, half an hour after the first… in theory. A false start, when one or two riders jumped forward, saw another delayed start. A 16-lap race began shortly afterward.
In the final race itself, Rea ran away and clear, 2.5 seconds ahead on lap five of 16.
Moreover, Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK) got the better of his team-mate Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK) to take fourth, despite some lurid slides late in the race.
Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) scored sixth, just about two seconds ahead of his team-mate Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia).
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) was a disappointed eighth, while Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) was just behind in ninth.
Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) recovered from a lowly 15th grid position to finish tenth. PJ Jacobsen (TripleM Honda World Superbike Team) was 15th and scored a point.
In the championship, Res is now 81 points ahead of Chaz Davies, 270 to 189.
2018 Czech Republic WorldSBK Saturday Results
2018 Czech Republic WorldSSP Saturday Results—Sandro Cortese (Kallio Racing Yamaha) make his mark at Brno with the third Superpole win of his short WorldSSP career, taking the best start possible for Sunday’s race.
Joining the German rider on the front row will be second place Swiss, Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha) and Frances’s Jules Cluzel (NRT Yamaha) in third.
Raffaele De Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse by Vamag) once again broke up the Yamaha dominance. He placed fourth, with the GRT Yamaha duo of Lucas Mahias and Federico Caricasulo just behind him.
Ayrton Badovini (MV Agusta Reparto Corse by Vamag) was fully 1.505 seconds from pole in seventh. The top Kawasaki rider was Anthony West (EAB antwest Racing Kawasaki) in eighth place. On the more official ZX-6R machine, Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was ninth. Cluzel’s NRT Yamaha teammate, Thomas Gradinger, rounded out the top ten.
Kyle Smith (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) was 11th, Luke Stapleford 23rd.
2018 Czech Republic WorldSSP Saturday Results