Superbike World Championship – Spain, 2/3 April, 2016

Podium Performance

If Chaz Davies deprived Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes of straight-out wins, the two Kawasaki riders did their best by making it to the two podiums of the weekend. Kenan Sofuoglu and Randy Krummenacher scored full marks in the Supersport event.

Superbike Aragon Espagne
PSP / Mateusz Jagielski

The Races

Following in the slipstream of Chaz Davies in particularly fine mettle on the Aragon track, Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea did their best by both taking places on the podiums in both of the weekend’s races in Spain. Sykes, who began by obtaining the 32nd Superpole of his career, finished third on Saturday before finishing second on Sunday. The Brit has now chalked up six podiums in Aragon, three less than at Donington and one less than at Imola. “Overall the weekend’s results were satisfactory because we lacked that little something extra to take Chaz on this circuit,” said the Kawasaki rider. Rea was also satisfied in finishing second on Saturday and third on Sunday. The reigning world champion now has seventy-one podiums to his credit, i.e. as many as a certain Max Biaggi. In Supersport, Kenan Sofuoglu and Randy Krummenacher were in uncompromising mood, finishing first and second respectively in the third race of the season.

The Championship

The only rider to make it to the podium in each race since the season opened in Australia, Jonathan Rea continues to keep his lead in the Championship. The reigning world champion is now twenty-six points ahead of Chaz Davies. Still twenty-nine points from his teammate, Tom Sykes holds third place overall. In Supersport, Randy Krummenacher stays in the lead of the Championship, but Kenan Sofuoglu, second overall, has closed the gap to thirteen points.

The Background

Although it is the historic location for the Superbike World Championship calendar, Monza will not host the tenth round of the 2016 season as originally planned. The officials of the Italian circuit have not been able to finish the work required last winter by the WorldSBK promoter to ensure the safety of the riders: the work seems to pose problems for holding the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix. The race in Monza will not be transferred to Vallelunga, as had been thought for a while: neither is the Roman circuit ready to host a World Championship race. So while the WorldSBK calendar has currently been reduced to thirteen events, the sponsors of the Championship have nonetheless stated they are seeking a solution to replace Monza. It may be held in Portugal on the Estoril circuit.

Leave a Reply