The first race of the Italian WorldSBK round has been contested today at Imola’s ‘Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari’ under sunny skies and in high temperatures. Stefan Bradl was 10th at the end of the encounter, which was brought to an end on lap 14 by a high-speed crash involving Eugene Laverty that left Race Direction no choice but to stop the race prematurely. Unfortunately, Bradl’s Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team mate Nicky Hayden was forced into early retirement on lap five.

After bouncing back from a morning tumble in FP3 and advancing to Superpole 2, Bradl gained one position at the start of the race as he completed the opening lap in 11th. The young German rider battled throughout the race with Ramos for tenth until the red flags were deployed.

Nicky Hayden lined up on the 13th spot on the grid and was one position lower when the World Superbike field started the second lap. The 35-year-old American rider, who also had a tumble in this morning’s Free Practice 3, had to return to the pits three laps later and could not get back out again.

Race two will get underway tomorrow at 13:00 local time (GMT +2), after the usual 15-minute warm up scheduled to begin at 9:30. Bradl will line up on the 13th spot of the grid (row 5), with Hayden alongside him in 14th.

Stefan Bradl

Stefan Bradl 6

10th

In one way I must say it was an exciting race here in Imola, because of the beauty of this track and also for the great crowd! To get into Superpole 2 was something positive, especially after the morning crash. The race, though, was a big challenge because it was my first time here. The tumble also affected my confidence a little bit, because it was quite a big one, but fortunately I didn’t hurt myself. A top-10 result is acceptable for today as I made some mistakes during the race – when I was on my own after the start – and had a couple of issues in getting the bike stopped, and that’s when I realised that maybe my riding style was not quite good enough for here. When Ramos passed me, I found a better rhythm, but it still took me too long to find my pace. However, I have learned a lot so I hope my speed can improve tomorrow.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Nicky Hayden

Nicky Hayden 69

DNF

It hasn’t been a good day. I had a small crash this morning which cost me some important track time and then, in the race, we had an electrical problem so there was not much I could do. The dashboard went off and I didn’t know what was going on, so it was impossible to stay out. It’s a shame, really, not just for me but for the team as well. I hope we can have a better day tomorrow.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Pieter Breddels

Pieter Breddels

The morning crashes set the tone for the whole day, because Nicky lost some valuable track-time and in some ways Stefan’s confidence was affected a little. The guys did an amazing job in making sure both bikes could take part in Superpole, despite the little time available to get them fixed. Stefan did well in getting through Superpole 1, while in the race he paid with his inexperience at this track, which is unlike any other on the calendar. After making a couple of mistakes, though, he found his rhythm and was able to lap in the 1’48s before the red flags came out. Nicky, unfortunately, had a completely unexpected electrical issue with his dashboard, which worked fine all the way up until the lights went out. It hasn’t been an easy day, for sure, but I hope we’ll have better luck tomorrow.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Italian Round

Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Italy

WorldSBK 2017, Round 5

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Saturday 13 May 2017, 11:55 UTC
  • Air Temp: 24°C
  • Humidity: 45%
  • Ground Temp: 42°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 25 Aruba.it Racing Ducati 21'21.371
2 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +6.696
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 16 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +9.287
4 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 13 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +9.913
5 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 11 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +16.142
6 Leon Camier 2 GBR 10 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +21.914
7 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 9 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +24.638
8 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 8 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +25.792
9 Román Ramos 40 SPA 7 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +34.035
10 Stefan Bradl 6 GER 6 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +34.585
11 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM 5 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +39.857
12 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 4 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +40.639
13 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI 3 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +43.089
14 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA 2 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +43.560
15 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA 1 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +47.289
16 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +50.389
NC Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 0 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia DNF
NC Riccardo Russo 84 ITA 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha DNF
NC Nicky Hayden 69 USA 0 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda DNF
NC Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 0 IodaRacing Team Aprilia DNF
NC Jordi Torres 81 SPA 0 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW DNF
Sunny & Dry / 22
Saturday 13 May 2017, 09:23 UTC
  • Air Temp: 22°C
  • Humidity: 53%
  • Ground Temp: 34°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1'45.662
2 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.032
3 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.324
4 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +0.772
5 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.948
6 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.955
7 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +1.253
8 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1.854
9 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +2.023
10 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +2.192
11 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +2.226
12 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.856
13 Nicky Hayden 69 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +
14 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +
15 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +
16 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +
17 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +
18 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +
19 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +
20 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +
21 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +
Sunny / Dry / 25
Friday 12 May 2017, 13:44 UTC
  • Air Temp: 25°C
  • Humidity: 47%
  • Ground Temp: 37°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1'46.229
2 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.465
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.896
4 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.962
5 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +1.633
6 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.860
7 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.872
8 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +2.036
9 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +2.055
10 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +2.083
11 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +2.105
12 Nicky Hayden 69 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.312
13 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +2.537
14 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +2.626
15 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +3.032
16 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +3.331
17 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +3.379
18 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +3.411
19 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +3.615
20 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +3.787
21 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +4.065
Rider Standings
Saturday, 13 May 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 215 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 144 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
3 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 136 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
4 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 113 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
5 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 84 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
6 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 71 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
7 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 71 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
8 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 64 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
9 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 57 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
10 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 46 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
11 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 41 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
12 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 39 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
13 Nicky HAYDEN 69 USA 36 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
14 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 28 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
15 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 25 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
16 Randy KRUMMENACHER 15 SWI 24 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
17 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM 23 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki
18 Markus REITERBERGER 21 GER 19 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
19 Raffaele DE ROSA 35 ITA 5 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
20 Riccardo RUSSO 84 ITA 4 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
21 Joshua BROOKES 25 AUS 4 ERMotorsport-EliteRoads.com.au Yamaha
22 Julian SIMON 60 SPA 4 Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex
23 Ayrton BADOVINI 86 ITA 4 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
24 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 3 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki