Nicky Hayden has finished the 17-lap, penultimate race of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship in fifth place, after securing an excellent second spot on the grid in Superpole. Under the floodlights of Qatar’s Losail International Circuit, Hayden’s Honda WorldSBK team mate Michael van der Mark was ninth after starting from the third row and experiencing a difficult opening lap of the encounter.

Hayden got a great launch off the front row the grid and maintained his position entering turn one, before dropping down one place in the following change of direction. The experienced American rider held on to third place until the start of lap eight, when he was passed by Sylvain Guintoli at the end of the main straight. Hayden did all he could to stay with the Frenchman but as the laps went by, he gradually lost ground and found himself under pressure from Sykes. Hayden was unable to defend his position as he crossed the line fifth, only 0.160s away from his rival.

Van der Mark did not enjoy the best of starts from ninth place and dropped all the way down to 17th on the opening lap. The young Dutchman was able to make up some ground in the early part of the race and – by lap 7 – he was already back to ninth. Van der Mark kept a consistent rhythm throughout the remaining laps and kept his position at the flag.

The final encounter of the World Superbike season will get underway tomorrow at 21:00 local time (GMT +3).

Nicky Hayden

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I made a very good lap in Superpole and I admit it was really happy with it. I made a good start and tried to stay with Davies and Rea in the beginning, but unfortunately I just didn’t have the pace. As the tyres went off, things got worse for me and unfortunately I finished fifth after doing a big part of the race on the podium. As you can imagine, I’m not too pumped with that but luckily I have a good team and we have some good data, so we will surely try to pull a few tweaks and see if we can do better tomorrow

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Free Practice 3 didn’t really give us any really important information, because the sun was out and the temperatures were extremely different than at night time. Then in Superpole 1 after an early mistake I did what I thought was not a great lap, but in the end it turned to be a really competitive one and that meant I could move on to Superpole 2. Unfortunately, with the qualifying tyre I felt not as good as I would have liked and that translated into ninth place on the grid. I was happy with the pace on my race tyres but I had another problem at the start, which cost me so many places. It’s a shame, really, because we know that halfway through the race here it’s basically impossible to make up ground, so there was very little I could do.

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Pieter Breddels

Technical Manager

Nicky had an incredible qualifying and his lap was 0.3secs faster than last year’s best lap. He started the race very well, but unfortunately he couldn’t hang on to third place and, in the end, he got beaten by only a tenth of a second for fourth place. He still has some little issues and that’s what we are going to work on ahead of tomorrow. If we can hang on to the podium in race two that would be a great end to the season. Michael did an excellent job in Superpole 1, but then in Superpole 2 he couldn’t do better than ninth after what was a very close qualifying session. Unfortunately for him, he had a problem at the start and although he was able to recover many places in the first half, he ended up doing the same lap times as the guys ahead. He made up some more ground in the end, but that wasn’t enough.

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Round 13 - Qatar

Losail International Circuit, Qatar

WorldSBK 2016, Round 13

Clear / Dry / 27
Saturday 29 Oct 2016, 17:47 UTC
  • Air Temp: 27°C
  • Humidity: 45%
  • Ground Temp: 28°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 25 Racing Ducati 33'32.214
2 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +3.904
3 Sylvain Guintoli 50 FRA 16 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +10.498
4 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 13 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +12.606
5 Nicky Hayden 69 USA 11 Honda WorldSBK Honda +12.766
6 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 10 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +17.879
7 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 9 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +17.461
8 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 8 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +19.045
9 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 7 Honda WorldSBK Honda +20.882
10 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 6 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +30.057
11 Leon Haslam GBR 5 +34.270
12 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA 4 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +34.420
13 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM 3 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +34.936
14 Román Ramos 40 SPA 2 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +37.786
15 Joshua Brookes 25 AUS 1 Milwaukee BMW BMW +37.834
16 Luca Scassa 99 ITA 0 Racing Ducati +55.890
17 Saeed Al Sulaiti 11 QAT 0 Team Pedercini Kawasaki +69.075
18 Leon Camier 2 GBR 0 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +79.301
19 Dominic Schmitter 9 SWI 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +85.103
20 Peter Sebestyen 56 HUN 0 Team Toth Yamaha +107.707
21 Gianluca Vizziello 4 ITA 0 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +4 Laps
NC Karel Abraham 17 CZE 0 Milwaukee BMW BMW DNF
NC Davide Giugliano 34 ITA 0 Racing Ducati DNF
NC Markus Reiterberger 21 GER 0 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW DNF
NC Pawel Szkopek 119 POL 0 Team Toth Yamaha DNF
Clear / Dry / 27
Friday 28 Oct 2016, 19:10 UTC
  • Air Temp: 27°C
  • Humidity: 68%
  • Ground Temp: 28°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Racing Ducati 1'57.712
2 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.047
3 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.303
4 Sylvain Guintoli 50 FRA Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.455
5 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +0.495
6 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.529
7 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +0.591
8 Nicky Hayden 69 USA Honda WorldSBK Honda +0.653
9 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.703
10 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA IodaRacing Team Aprilia +0.811
11 Leon Haslam GBR +0.927
12 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Honda WorldSBK Honda +0.961
13 Davide Giugliano 34 ITA Racing Ducati +1.033
14 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1.299
15 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.480
16 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Milwaukee BMW BMW +1.486
17 Markus Reiterberger 21 GER Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.814
18 Joshua Brookes 25 AUS Milwaukee BMW BMW +2.165
19 Saeed Al Sulaiti 11 QAT Team Pedercini Kawasaki +2.444
20 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +2.675
21 Luca Scassa 99 ITA Racing Ducati +2.923
22 Gianluca Vizziello 4 ITA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +3.188
23 Pawel Szkopek 119 POL Team Toth Yamaha +3.921
24 Dominic Schmitter 9 SWI Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +4.595
25 Peter Sebestyen 56 HUN Team Toth Yamaha +5.913
Rider Standings
Saturday, 29 Oct 2016 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 482 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 427 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
3 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 420 Racing Ducati
4 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 262 Honda WorldSBK Honda
5 Nicky HAYDEN 69 USA 239 Honda WorldSBK Honda
6 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 203 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
7 Davide GIUGLIANO 34 ITA 197 Racing Ducati
8 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 165 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
9 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 146 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
10 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 143 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
11 Sylvain GUINTOLI 50 FRA 128 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
12 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 125 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
13 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM 96 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
14 Joshua BROOKES 25 AUS 89 Milwaukee BMW BMW
15 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 87 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
16 Markus REITERBERGER 21 GER 81 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
17 Anthony WEST 13 AUS 64 Team Pedercini Honda
18 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 33 Milwaukee BMW BMW
19 Niccolò CANEPA 59 CAN 30 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
20 Matteo BAIOCCO 15 ITA 12 Althea Racing Ducati
21 Matthieu LAGRIVE 76 FRA 11 Team Pedercini Kawasaki
22 Luca SCASSA 99 ITA 10 Racing Ducati
23 Lucas MAHIAS 144 FRA 9 Team Pedercini Kawasaki
24 Raffaele DE ROSA 35 ITA 9 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
25 Cameron BEAUBIER 6 USA 6 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
26 Leon HASLAM GBR 5
27 Dominic SCHMITTER 9 SWI 5 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
28 Gianluca VIZZIELLO 4 ITA 4 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
29 Pawel SZKOPEK 119 POL 3 Team Toth Yamaha
30 Mike JONES 46 AUS 2 Desmo Sport Ducati Ducati
31 Joshua HOOK 16 AUS 2 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
32 Sylvain BARRIER 11 QAT 2 Team Pedercini Kawasaki
33 Peter SEBESTYEN 56 HUN 1 Team Toth Yamaha
34 Matthieu LUSSIANA 94 FRA 1 Team ASPI BMW
35 Saeed AL SULAITI 11 QAT 1 Team Pedercini Kawasaki