2020 Australia WorldSBK Results

Gordon Ritchie | March 1, 2020

Lowes Takes Spectacular Race Two Win For Kawasaki

WorldSBK had its first weekend where three different riders won races when Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team) took the final victory of the weekend, after successes for Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) on Saturday and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) in the Superpole race.

A stunning race once again, and not just because the increased temperatures made everybody relatively slow in the first part of the race, as per usual at PI.

2020 Australia WorldSBK Superpole Results Race Two
Race two was an absolute classic, with Lowes (22) only just coming out on top for his second career WorldSBK win.

Nine riders were within one second of the lead on lap ten of 22, even new boy Maximilian Scheib (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) who was to finish seventh and top Independent Rider.

At the end Lowes and Rea were the only ones really in it, with Lowes 0.037 ahead, but in third place Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) enjoyed a triple podium treat on weekend one, 0.849 seconds from the win this time.

Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) was a strong but ultimately sliding fourth as his team-mate Toprak Razgatlioglu went out near the end, with an unspecified technical issue.

After a terrible weekend until Sunday afternoon Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) was a fighting fifth, one place ahead of his 2019 team-mate Alvaro Bautista (HRC Honda), who was recovering from his own largely tough weekend, crashing in but eventually finishing the sprint race this morning.

With Scheib a brilliant seventh, just under five seconds from the win, he was top Independent Rider. Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) went off as Razgatlioglu slowed just in front of him, and he recovered to finish eighth.

Leon Haslam (HRC Honda) and Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team GoEleven Ducati) ran off track together early, with Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) and Sandro Cortese (Outdo Kawasaki TPR) also off-piste early on, with Cortese ninth and Sykes tenth.

In the championship points, Lowes leads with 51, Redding has 39, Razgatlioglu 34, Rea 32 and Van der Mark 31.

2020 Australia WorldSBK Superpole Results—Race Two

1.              Alex Lowes (Kaw)  
2.              Jonathan Rea (Kaw) +0.037
3.              Scott Redding (Duc) +0.849
4.              M. Van Der Mark (Yam) +1.784
5.              Chaz Davies (Duc) +4.278
6.              Alvaro Bautista (Hon) +4.322
7.              Max Scheib (Kaw) +4.822
8.              Loris Baz (Yam) +6.172
9.              Sandro Cortese (Kaw) +11.057
10.           Tom Sykes (BMW) +17.204


For the full race two results, click here

Rea Wins Intense Ten Lap Superpole Race

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) won the ten-lap WorldSBK race on Sunday morning at Phillip Island to restart his World Championship campaign in strong form after his no-score on Saturday.

2020 Australia WorldSBK Results WorldSBK Superpole Race
Rea held strong to make amends for his race one crash in the Superpole race.

Another cast-iron classic at the awesome PI rollercoaster, as Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team), was second by just 0.067 seconds. Rea had passed him inside the long final two curves, staying out wide and having enough speed and corner exit pace to hold off an immediate push from the following three riders.

With Toprak second, Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) was third by just 0.005 seconds in another blanket finish for the podium places. Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team) scored fourth and was just over 0.2 seconds from the win.

Just one second back from Rea, Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) was fifth, then Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) and Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha). Sykes had been higher up earlier and Baz was up and down the leading order for much of the early laps, his aggression to the fore.

Leon Haslam (HRC Honda) ran wide and lost so much time on the first lap he finished seven seconds back, with Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team GoEleven Ducati) ninth and Maximilian Scheib (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 10th.

Alvaro Bautista (HRC Honda) had a fast crash and no-scored.

After pre-race warm-up crashes, Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha) and Eugene Laverty (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) failed to start today.

2020 Australia WorldSBK Results—WorldSBK Superpole Race

1.              Jonathan Rea (Kaw)
2.              T. Razgatlioglu (Yam) +0.067
3.              Scott Redding (Duc) +0.072
4.              Alex Lowes (Duc) +0.205
5.              M. Van Der Mark (Yam) +1.008
6.              Tom Sykes (BMW) +1.631
7.              Loris Baz (Yam) +1.849
8.              Leon Haslam (Hon) +7.145
9.              Michael Rinaldi (Duc) +7.219
10.           Max Scheib (Kaw) +7.433

For the full race results, click here

Locatelli Takes Impressive Debut WorldSSP Win

In his first WorldSSP race pole man Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha) turned that startline advantage into a race win of 5.817 seconds, in what was a two-part WorldSSP race at Phillip Island.

2020 Australia WorldSBK Results—WorrldSSP Race
Andrea Locatelli announced his WorldSSP arrival with a dominant win at Phillip Island.

Even with new slick tires all round for 2020, in a wider and larger profile than the treaded tires they replaced, it was decided to run the race with a mandatory pit stop to make sure all the riders would have no tire issues.

Some riders transgressed the pit entrance minimum time limit after their pit stop, leaving too early and receiving various time penalties as a result.

This affected Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha), who was finally third, behind the MV Agusta of Raffaele De Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse).

Off the podium, Corentin Perolari (GMT94 Yamaha) was fourth, outgunning a clearly unhappy Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), on the top Kawasaki after Philipp Öttl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) crashed out.

Randy Krummenacher (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) was an early faller, running wide and then crashing spectacularly at the first turn.

Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing Yamaha) was given a penalty in sixth place, as was Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Yamaha) in seventh.

New WorldSPP rider and current 300 champion Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) was an impressive eighth.

Federico Fuglini (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) finished ninth and Isaac Vinales (Kallio Racing Yamaha) rounded out the top 10.

2020 Australia WorldSBK Results—WorldSSP Race

1.              Andrea Locatelli (Yam)
2.              R. De Rosa (MVA) +5.817
3.              Jules Cluzel (Yam) +6.780
4.              Corentin Perolari (Yam) +11.372
5.              Lucas Mahias (Kaw) +11.423
6.              Hans Soomer (Yam) +15.520
7.              S. Odendaal (Yam) +18.697
8.              Manuel Gonzalez (Kaw) +20.826
9.              Ferderico Fuglini (MVA) +21.823
10.           Isaac Vinales (Yam) +23.381

For the full race results, click here

Toprak Takes A Thrilling Race One

The overall promise of the WorldSBK season has been particularly enticing ever since the start of winter testing but the first race of the year delivered daytime fireworks not seen in the WorldSBK blue skies for too long.

2020 Australia WorldSBK Results Race One Toprak
Race one was one of the closest finishes in history, with just 0.137 seconds covering the top four.

And blue was the appropriate color as Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) won his first race as a factory rider, as a Yamaha rider, and for the new 2020 Yamaha R1 – but by only 0.007 seconds from official test and practice struggler, Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team). In his first race in the category new WorldSBK rider Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) delivered on his podium promise by finishing third, and just 0.041 seconds from the winner.

All top three riders were on a new bike to them, or a whole new championship, as they rang in the changes at full volume.

The nature of the race can be summed up by the fact that fourth-placed man Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) looked like the race winner until the final two laps, and he was still only 0.137 seconds behind his team-mate Razgatlioglu at the flag.

The early race lead had been taken by third-place qualifier Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) but record-breaking pole man Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) and he tangled as Sykes tried to pass inside at turn eight and Rea ran wide and onto the grass, saving a potential crash. Restarting dead last, Rea would crash at high speed on lap six, trying to pass Michael Ruben Rinaldi (GeEleven Ducati) outside on the fast right of turn eight. He found bumps that lost his front and he crashed fast, causing some friction burns on his leg, but no significant injury.

2020 Australia WorldSBK Results Race One Gerloff
Garrett Gerloff’s maiden WorldSBK race ended in 14th place.

A great start for Leon Haslam (HRC Honda) from fifth place on the grid saw him in the leading group many times until his sharp throttle response on the fast corners wore out his rear tire before the other leading lights and he finished fifth. Only 3. 910 seconds from the win was a great start to the new Fireblade’s life in Haslam’s hands.

A fast crash from Alvaro Bautista (HRC Honda) earlier in the day saw him only 15th after Superpole, but recover well despite his sore right arm to finish sixth, just half a second from a slowing Haslam.

Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) was seventh with all top seven riders inside a bracket of fewer than five seconds.

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) went from 16th in Superpole to eighth in the race, even passing Sykes after the BMW rider’s rear tire went off. Sykes had chosen a different option from some others.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team GoEleven Ducati) was tenth and Eugene Laverty (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) 11th, with Davies, Sykes, Rinaldi, and Laverty all in one group. The top 11 riders all finished within 12 seconds of each other.

On Sunday, a ten-lap Superpole race and then a full 22-lap final race will round out what has already been a thrilling opening round.

2020 Australia WorldSBK Results—Race One

1.              Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yam)
2.              Alex Lowes (Kaw) +0.007
3.              Scott Redding (Duc) +0.041
4.              Michael Van Der Mark (Yam) +0.137
5.              Leon Haslam (Hon) +3.910
6.              Alvaro Bautista (Hon) +4.426
7.              Loris Baz (Yam) +4.493
8.              Chaz Davies (Duc) +11.849
9.              Tom Sykes (BMW) +11.910
10.           Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Duc) +11.922

Sykes Sets Two New Superpole Records

A new all-time Phillip Island Superbike track record of 1:29.230 gave Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) a stunning pole position Superpole win and extended Sykes’ all-time Superpole winning record to an astounding 50. The next nearest rider in terms of career Superpole trophies is Troy Corser, with 43.

2020 Australia WorldSBK Superpole Results Sykes
Sykes (left, with Troy Bayliss) stormed to a new Superpole lap record at the Island, his 50th career Superpole win.

It was Sykes’ second BMW pole position, the last being at Donington in 2019.

Fully 0.339 seconds behind Sykes, Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) continued his strong showing in his first WorldSBK weekend all the same, taking second place. Five times champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) placed third, and starts on the front row for today’s first 22 lap race.

Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) was first Yamaha rider home in fourth.

In an up and down session for the all-new Honda factory effort, Leon Haslam (HRC Honda) came back from an FP3 crash to fifth on the grid, with his team-mate Bautista crashing in Superpole and ending up 15th.

Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) was seventh; Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team) eighth. The top ten riders all qualified within a second of each other, with Sandro Cortese (Outdo Kawasaki PTR) ninth and Xavi Fores (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) tenth.

American Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha) qualified 17th.

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) was a disappointed 16th of the 18 riders who made Superpole. Leon Camier (Barni Racing Ducati) has had to withdraw from the weekend after his left shoulder injury and recovery situation proved too difficult to overcome.

Race one gets underway at 15.00 local time in Australia.

2020 Australia WorldSBK Superpole Results (Top 10)

1.              Tom Sykes (BMW) 1:29.230
2.              Scott Redding (Duc) 1:29.569
3.              Jonathan Rea (Kaw) 1:29.598
4.              Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yam) 1:29.769
5.              Leon Haslam (Hon) 1:29.859
6.              Michael Van Der Mark (Yam) 1:29.863
7.              Loris Baz (Yam) 1:29.970
8.              Alex Lowes (Kaw) 1:30.043
9.              Sandro Cortese (Kaw) 1:30.072
10.           Xavi Fores (Kaw) 1:30.222


New Track Best Sees Locatelli WorldSSP Pole

Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha) won the Superpole contest at PI in his first ever WorldSSP weekend, as he and second place rider Randy Krummenacher (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) each went under the seven year old track best lap, set by Sam Lowes. Locatelli’s 1’32.176 is the new mark to beat for WorldSSP rider at PI, but he and his peers had the benefit of the all-new Pirelli slick tyres used for the first time this season, not the treaded DOT rubber of all previous seasons.

2020 Australia WorldSBK Superpole Results Locatelli
A new lap record and Superole Not a bad way to start your WorldSSP career for Andrea Locatelli.

In third place Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was the top Kawasaki rider and made the front row a Yamaha-MV-Kawasaki affair.

Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) was fourth, with Krummenacher’s team-mate Raffaele De Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) fifth and Philipp Öttl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) sixth.

Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Yamaha) placed seventh, Isaac Vinales (Kallio Racing Yamaha) eighth after a fall in FP1.

Corentin Perolari (GMT94 Yamaha) was ninth and Federico Fuglini (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) tenth.

The 16-lap flag-to-flag race, to be run in two parts for each rider by decree, takes place on Sunday March 1, at 13.15 local time in Australia.

2020 Australia WorldSBK Superpole Results—WorldSSP

1.              Andrea Locatelli (Yam) 1:32.176
2.              R Krummenacher (MVA) 1:32.323
3.              Lucas Mahias (Kaw) 1:32.617
4.              Jules Cluzel (Yam) 1:32.891
5.              Raffaele De Rosa (MVA) 1:32.894
6.              Phillip Oetll (Kaw) 1:32.959
7.              Steven Odendaal (Yam) 1:33.056
8.              Isaac Vinales (Yam) 1:33.236
9.              Corentin Perolari (Yam) 1:33.387
10.           Federico Fuglini (MVA) 1:33.433


WorldSBK: Redding Makes The Perfect Start

From around 12th in the FP2 Friday rankings to first, new WorldSBK star Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) set a blistering 1:30.436 lap in an interrupted dry FP2 session to lead the first day times in his first WorldSBK race.

2020 Australia WorldSBK Results Redding
Redding didn’t waste any time making his mark in WorldSBK, hitting P1 straight away.

He was fully 0.418 seconds faster than second-fastest man Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) with Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) just behind in third. A fully wet session this morning was also headed by Redding.

A great first real inspection of the all-new Honda’s performance saw Leon Haslam (HRC Honda) lead the times for most of the dry practice period, only for three riders to move ahead of him.

Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) was fifth and the first Kawasaki only sixth, in the form of five times champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team).

Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) was seventh, and an improving Alvaro Bautista (HRC Honda) eighth, after one good push in the only dry session of Friday.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team GoEleven Ducati) went ninth and the top ten was rounded out by Xavi Fores (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing). In his first Kawasaki day of qualifying Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team) was 11th, and Sandro Cortese (Outdo Kawasaki PTR) 12th.

Multiple WorldSBK race winners, Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) and Eugene Laverty (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) were 13th and 14th fastest.

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RESULTS: February 28, 2020 (Round 1)

Free Practice Combined Results

WorldSBK (Top 10)

1. Scott Reading (Duc) 1:29.896
2. Mark Van Der Mark (Yam) 1:30.025
3. Jonathan Rea (Kaw) 1:30.286
4. Loris Baz (Yam) 1:30.473
5. Alex Lowes (Kaw) 1:30.484
6. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yam) 1:30.518
7. Tom Sykes (BMW) 1:30.768
8. Xavi Fores (Kaw) 1:30.796
9. Eugene Laverty (BMW) 1:30.882
10. Leon Haslam (Hon) 1:30.936

WorldSSP: Krummi Cracks On To Lead Day One

2019 World Champion Randy Krummenacher (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) was the fastest man on day one of the new era of slick-shod WorldSSP competition, taking his three cylinder MV to a lap time of 1:32.894—some 0.319 seconds ahead of second fastest man Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha).

2020 Australia WorldSBK Results Friday Krummenacher
New bike, who dis? Krummenacher may be on a new bike for 2020, but it didn’t stop the World Champion going to P1 at the Island.

Raffaele De Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) was third on a strong day for the only Italian machine in the field.

The top Kawasaki belonged to new WorldSSP rider, Can Oncu (Turkish Racing Team Kawasaki) in fourth place, 0.677 seconds behind the fleeing Krummenacher.

Isaac Vinales (Kallio Racing Yamaha) placed fifth in a much-delayed and twice red-flagged FP2 session. The bashed and bruised Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Yamaha) was sixth; Corentin Perolari (GMT94 Yamaha) seventh and another French rider, Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) eighth. Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) and Philipp Öttl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) rounded out the top ten riders on day one, with 23 taking to the track in all. Hikari Okubo (Dynavolt Honda) was top CBR rider, 14th.

World SSP (Top 10)

1.     Andrea Locatelli (Yam) 1:32.580
2.     Jules Cluzel (Yam) 1:32.764
3.     Randy Krummenacher (MV) 1:32.889
4.     Corentin Perolari (Yam) 1:33.114
5.     Rafaelle De Rosa (MV) 1:33.331
6.     Hans Soomer (Yam) 1:33.568
7.     Can Oncu (Kaw) 1:33.571
8.     Lucas Mahias (Kaw) 1:33.583
9.     Phllip Oetell (Kaw) 1:33.632
10.  Manuel Gonzalez (Kaw) 1:33.697


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