Spanish Round draws to a close for the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team has completed the penultimate event of the 2017 World Superbike season, with Takumi Takahashi and Davide Giugliano 15th and 17th, respectively, at the end of the shortened second encounter of the weekend.

The initial race was red flagged on the second lap after the crash involving Eugene Laverty and Chaz Davies at turn two immediately after the start. Just like yesterday, a new event of 19 laps was called by race direction, which got underway after a short break.

Giugliano got a good launch from row six and was thirteenth at the end of the opening lap. The Italian rider then lost a handful of places after having to avoid Savadori – who crashed in front of him and – dropped down to 18th, right behind his team mate Takumi Takahashi.

At the end of lap four, the Italian rider returned to the pits after experiencing some braking issues, before making his way back to the track on fresh tyres to collect some more data for the team.

Meanwhile, Takahashi was involved in a battle with Riccardo Russo, which lasted almost the whole encounter. The 27-year-old Japanese rider made a move on his rival with three laps to go and successfully defended his position to claim one more point in the series.

The final round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship will take place at Qatar’s Losail International Circuit in a fortnight’s time.

Takumi  Takahashi

Takumi Takahashi 72

15th

In the first part of the race I could not make the most of the new tyres, so it took a while before I could improve my pace. I also experienced some arm pump, which surely didn’t help. I’m happy to have at least scored a point, even though I was aiming for a better result today. I really want to thank the team for their support and effort, it was a great experience to work with them this year and, who knows, maybe one day our paths will cross again.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Davide Giugliano

Davide Giugliano 34

17th

Obviously this hasn’t been the type of end to the weekend we were looking for, especially after showing a little step forward this morning in warm up. I’m glad that I was able to avoid Savadori when he landed in front of me after coming off. But that obviously cost me time when slowing down to avoid him, although I was already having some braking issues that forced me back to the pits early on. We decided to get back on track with new tyres and I hope I was able to give some useful data to the team ahead of Qatar.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Ronald ten Kate

Ronald ten Kate

Team Manager

It was an eventful race, no doubt. Many things happened today that prevented us from performing the way we wanted, and we definitely have to take a look back at all happenings in order to get back in the right direction for the season finale. Davide looked a bit more comfortable on the bike this morning but a braking issue put him out of contention for a finish in the points from early on. Hopefully the data we collected after he returned to the track will help us for the future. We want to again thank Takumi for his professionalism; it was great to have him with us and we know he gave his best in what was a quick transition to a very different series.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Spanish Round

Circuito de Jerez, Spain

WorldSBK 2017, Round 12

Sunny & Dry / 25

Sunday 22 Oct 2017, 12:03 UTC
  • Air Temp: 25°C
  • Humidity: 62%
  • Ground Temp: 35°C

# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 32’09.319
2 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 20 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +2.732
3 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 16 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +3.974
4 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 13 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +4.624
5 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 11 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +6.454
6 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 10 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +10.120
7 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 9 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +15.594
8 Sylvain Guintoli 05 FRA 8 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +15.902
9 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 7 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +16.296
10 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 6 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +19.129
11 Román Ramos 40 SPA 5 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +19.673
12 Leon Camier 2 GBR 4 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +20.353
13 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA 3 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +34.169
14 Alessandro Andreozzi 121 ITA 2 Guandalini Racing Yamaha +38.627
15 Takumi Takahashi 72 JPN 1 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +45.421
16 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha +45.469
17 Davide Giugliano 34 ITA 0 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1 Lap
18 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 0 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1 Lap
NC Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki DNF
NC Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 0 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia DNF
NC Dominic Schmitter 99 SWI 0 eighty one HPC-Power Suzuki Racing Suzuki DNF
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