Will we see five different winners from the first five WorldSBK races?2020-08-03 10:28
A statistical look ahead of Sunday is what is needed after a scintillating Saturday of World Superbike action Jerez!
A thrilling return to racing welcomed the 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship back to life at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto, after exactly five months since the last race in Australia. It was a thrilling tussle of titans which gave one new winner in Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati). This opened a whole can of stats to chew over ahead of Sunday, so be sure to know what the ten crucial nuggets of information are ahead of an action-packed second day of racing.
For the first time since 2004, we have four different winners in the four opening races. The main difference from 2004 is that at the time all riders were on Ducati machinery, whilst this year, three manufacturers (Yamaha, Kawasaki and Ducati) took the honors.
Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) is the 77th winner in WorldSBK history, the 15th for Great Britain. Of those 15 Brits, six are in this year’s Championship (Rea, Sykes, Davies, Haslam, Alex Lowes, Redding).
In Tissot Superpole, Redding took his maiden pole position: he is the 67th poleman in WorldSBK history.
In the Tissot Superpole Race, Ducati will have a first shot at their 360th win.
171st career podium for Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) in the first Jerez race: he kept his record of having finished all his races in the top five here (12th time).
The 9th place in Race 1 wasn’t enough for Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) to keep the Championship lead, lost after just one race: the Kawasaki rider nevertheless took to 24 his string of races in the points, of which all have been inside the top ten.
Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) will start his 167th for Ducati, the same of Carl Fogarty.
Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) obtained the best result for Honda in Jerez since 2016, when the late Nicky Hayden was able to finish fourth twice.
For the first time, Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) wasn’t able to finish a race in Jerez, in his 14th race there. So far, he had always finished in the top seven.
At the age of 37 years, 11 months and 25 days, Marco Melandri (Barni Racing Team) enters the elite of the senior riders who scored points in WorldSBK, in 23rd place. The record belongs to Troy Bayliss, who scored in Buriram 2015 at 45 years, 11 months and 20 days.
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