The Motorland Aragon circuit provided another twist to the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship. Honda got their first podium with Bautista, it was a battle of tyre life and more! Aragon had it all!
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) dominated the weekend with a performance of a true champion. After a grueling battle with Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati), who is a master of Aragon he achieved a double victory.
The stunning Fireblade proved its worth this weekend too with Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC). Despite a Race 1 crash he pulled it back to secure Honda’s first podium of 2020, and Honda’s first in 4 years, in Race 2. Could he be a consistent threat? We think so!
Tyres were crucial in the race at Aragon with long radius corners putting significant pressure on them. Race 2 saw Alvaro Bautista opt for the SCX rear tyre which made the full 18 laps. Rea’s neat riding style provided him with some tyre left to battle Chaz Davies and break free.
Let’s face it, we knew this year would be crazy after Phillip Island but the results we’ve been getting aren’t like any other year we’ve seen. The Championship lead changed during the round and then back again after Race 2, whilst we had another top ten finisher in Xavi Fores (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), stand-out rookie performances in Race 1 by Maximilian Scheib (ORELAC Racing VerdNatura) and Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) and Race 1’s winner Scott Redding fading off the pace in Race 2. It’s hard to form a pattern but that’s exactly what makes this Championship so dynamic in 2020.
American Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) and his teammate Federico Caricasulo backed up their strong showings from Portimao and again, both took top ten results at Aragon. Gerloff was running strongly before a crash in Race 1, whilst Caricasulo finished ninth. In Race 2, Caricasulo couldn’t match the top ten but Garrett Gerloff was in a tremendous fight for seventh, finishing tenth in the end – his fourth top ten of the year. The rookies are fast and who knows what they can do at Aragon next weekend, with a round already under their belt.
Supported Teams Positions
Race 1 Laverty P16 Sykes not classified
Race 2 Laverty P14 Sykes P12
Ten Kate Yamaha
Race 1 Baz P7
Race 2 not classified
Team Go Eleven Ducati
Race 1 Rinaldi P4
Race 2 P5
Race 1 Fores P8
Race 2 P11