Laguna Seca WSBK: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Also, Chaz Davies Never Wrong …

Chazzo: Saturday was his day.
Chazzo: Saturday was his day. Willy Mamoth

The Superbikes stopped off at Laguna Seca and the public were out in force to celebrate the memory of Nicky Hayden. There was time for memories and time for battles, with Chaz Davies putting on a thrilling show for the Ducatisti. Then on Sunday it was Rea’s turn as he demonstrated that he no intention of losing this year’ championship. The Kawasaki rider now has nine wins under his belt. 

THE GOOD He arrived in America without even having been able to train and grabbed all the attention on Saturday. What can we say about this Chaz Davies, who once again knew just what to do with the Panigale, running a special tricolour livery. The title is a distant mirage but it little matters as there’s second place to fight for.

THE BAD This calendar is not doing the public or the riders any favours. For almost a month and a half the fans will have to find another way to amuse themselves on weekend, as the SBK engines will remain off until 20 August. This already happened last year and nothing has been done to change the situation. We hope the 2018 calendar looks different.

THE UGLY A bitter Sunday for BMW,with both De Rosa and Torres crashing out. The Spaniard was hoping for confirmation after finishing fourth at Misano, while now he has to spend the holidays studying up. He and his team-mate will be sitting retakes in Germany.

THE DISAPPOINTMENT Alex Lowes was chasing his third podium of the season at Laguna Seca after Donington and Misano, but instead he was left fighting for ninth place with his team-mate van der Mark. Let’s not forget Saturday’s retirement. Lucky for him that it’s now holiday time!

THE CONFIRMATION Changing everything while changing nothing… This reversed grid has had zero effect, demonstrated once more with this latest race. Johnny Rea needed just two laps to reach the front and wave his rivals goodbye. 

THE SURPRISE What a nasty surprise for Yamaha on Saturday night. The team received a 1500 dollar fine for having worked on van der Mark’s bike right after Superpole, something that the regulation forbids. The lesson has been learned.

THE PASS If you’re stuck for something to do this week, take another look at Chaz Davies’ pass through the Corkscrew. It will keep you entertained!

THE MISTAKE Starting from pole could have been the trampoline to a podium finish, but instead Marco Melandri ran long in race 2, putting paid to his ambitions. A pity, we wait for his comeback in Germany.    

THE INTERESTING FACT As we’ve already said, the American round was one to forget for the BMW guys. It’s the first time this season that neither of the Althea bikes has reached the finish line.

I TOLD YOU SO “If I can race I’ll fight for the win”, what can we say, when Chaz Davies opens his mouth, he’s never wrong.

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