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Superbike World Championship, Laguna Seca10.07.2017


Rea consolidates

Scoring a podium and a second place, Jonathan Rea negotiated the American leg of the Superbike World Championship to perfection. The leader of the pack has consolidated his position ahead of his teammate who also made it twice to the podium.

The Races

There were a lot of emotions on the Laguna Seca circuit, host of the eighth event in the the Superbike World Championship. In a fitting crowd move, the riders and spectators alike obviously wanted to pay tribute to Nicky Hayden, who was recently killed in a road accident. It was no secret that the Kid of Kentucky had made the Californian track his home turf, when he rode in the national championship, before moving up to MotoGP and then Superbike. Before paying tribute to the memory of the local boy, Jonathan Rea concentrated on shining on the track. Finishing second on Saturday behind Chaz Davies, the Kawasaki rider won the following day. In so doing, Rea clinched his ninth victory of the season.

“I am very happy with the way we managed to solve our small problems of the first race,” he said. “The team gave me a super bike on Sunday with which I was able to ride every lap of the race at a fast pace. I couldn’t have wanted anything better before the summer break.”

Tom Sykes began by shining during the practice test sessions with a Superpole before finishing twice on the podium, each time behind his team-mate. Third on Saturday and second on Sunday, the former world champion did his job.
“I had little problems of pace on the last laps of the first race and committed some errors in the second,” explained the Brit.

Seventeenth at the finish of the first race, Randy Krummenacher was forced to retire the next day.

The Championship

Still imperial in California, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes have consolidated their positions in the top two places of the overall standings. The former is now fifty-nine points ahead of the latter and a hundred and fifteen points ahead of Chaz Davies. Randy Krummenacher is in fifteenth position. In the standings of the constructors, and while there are only five events left to race, Kawasaki leads the dance with a sixty-six point lead.

The Background

Considered the second division of motorcycling sport – the MotoGP being the first – the Superbike World Championship is nevertheless highly popular with fans. The American race organized on the legendary circuit of Laguna Seca provided another demonstration of that fact.

“When you’re at a MotoGP Grand Prix, you’re a long way from the riders,” said Wayne Doyle, a Californian spectator.
“You don’t have access to the paddock or pits, you have to content yourself with seeing the guys you like when they’re on the track. With the Superbike, it’s a whole different story. You can visit the paddock and see the guys up close. And even talk to them!”

Which is why the championship promoter organizes the SuperShow after the SuperPole and the two weekend races. The public can come and congratulate the heroes of the day and even ask them questions with a mike in hand.
“It’s really cool,” says Wayne, a Kawasaki fan and fervent admirer.