The second round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship has drawn to a close, with Nicky Hayden claiming his best result of the season so far, a seventh place in front of the Thai crowd at Chang International Circuit. His Red Bull Honda World Superbike team mate Stefan Bradl crashed out at turn 12 during the sixth lap and could not continue the race.

The initial race came to an early end on lap six, when Savadori suffered a technical problem that led to a high-side at turn 12; red flags were deployed and a new 16-lap race was called by World Superbike Race Direction.

With the new grid based on official race positions from the end of lap four, Hayden launched himself off eighth place, while Bradl was five slots back in 13th. Both riders enjoyed a good start to the new encounter and joined a five-strong pack battling for fifth place.

On lap six, Bradl lost the front of his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 while running in tenth place and closing in on his team mate. Hayden, on the other hand, moved up a couple of positions during the central part of the race and maintained his seventh place until the chequered flag.

The World Superbike championship will return to action in three weekends at the MotorLand Aragón circuit in Spain.

Nicky Hayden

Nicky Hayden 69

7th

The bike worked much better after the red flag and I was actually able to do my best lap-times of the weekend. We had a couple of good laps and I was quite consistent; I found myself in that group fighting for fifth place but then Leon’s bike started to blowing some smoke and all I did was trying to stay out of trouble. That cost me some time and when he retired I had already lost touch to Chaz for sixth place, so after that it was a lonely race for seventh. Things went a little bit better than yesterday but there is still a lot of work to do to close the gap with the leaders. Hopefully we’ll be able to get up there as soon as possible.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Stefan Bradl

Stefan Bradl 6

DNF

Unfortunately today I made a mistake and crashed: when Davies got past I did my best to stay with him but I hit the brakes a little bit too late and didn’t release them early enough before ending up on the bump in the middle of turn 12. It’s a shame, because we could have easily have scored another top-10 result if not better. Now we must stay focused and keep working hard ahead of Aragón: we are heading to the European part of the season and I hope we can make some bigger improvement before the next race.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Pieter Breddels

Pieter Breddels

This morning we tried a couple of changes and they worked out OK, especially with Stefan. At the restart of the race, both riders were able to ride at a much more consistent pace: their feeling with the bike improved a bit from yesterday and so did their overall performance. Stefan was closing in on Nicky when the crash happened, but he did look like he could have battled for a good result today. Nicky rode a great race and if he wasn’t held up towards the end, he might have battled for a higher position. Overall, progress was made but and we’re still not where we want to be, however we have some more time to prepare ourselves ahead of the next race at Aragón.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Thai Round

Chang International Circuit, Thailand

WorldSBK 2017, Round 2

Sunny / Dry / 36
Sunday 12 Mar 2017, 10:16 UTC
  • Air Temp: 36°C
  • Humidity: 39%
  • Ground Temp: 48°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 25'02.029
2 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +4.078
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 16 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +4.195
4 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 13 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +10.005
5 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 11 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +14.733
6 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 10 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +16.972
7 Nicky Hayden 69 USA 9 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +20.543
8 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 8 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +24.283
9 Román Ramos 40 SPA 7 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +24.864
10 Markus Reiterberger 21 GER 6 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +26.008
11 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM 5 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +27.599
12 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA 4 Guandalini Racing Yamaha +34.800
13 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 3 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +47.090
14 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA 2 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +47.695
15 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 1 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1'21.916
NC Leon Camier 2 GBR 0 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta DNF
NC Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI 0 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki DNF
NC Stefan Bradl 6 GER 0 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda DNF
NC Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 0 Pata Yamaha Yamaha DNF
Sunny / Dry / 35
Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 09:45 UTC
  • Air Temp: 35°C
  • Humidity: 42%
  • Ground Temp: 46°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 31'16.125
2 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 20 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +6.279
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +8.165
4 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 13 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +8.239
5 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 11 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +11.384
6 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 10 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +14.862
7 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 9 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +26.035
8 Leon Camier 2 GBR 8 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +31.755
9 Nicky Hayden 69 USA 7 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +33.305
10 Stefan Bradl 6 GER 6 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +35.208
11 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 5 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +35.428
12 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI 4 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +38.865
13 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 3 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +39.869
14 Markus Reiterberger 21 GER 2 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +40.140
15 Román Ramos 40 SPA 1 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +47.407
16 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM 0 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +57.203
17 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha +1'00.996
18 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1'05.330
NC Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 0 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia DNF
NC Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki DNF
Sunny / Dry / 36
Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 07:14 UTC
  • Air Temp: 36°C
  • Humidity: 45%
  • Ground Temp: 50°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'32.957
2 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.235
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.500
4 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.572
5 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.604
6 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.660
7 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.664
8 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +1.231
9 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1.250
10 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.295
11 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.568
12 Markus Reiterberger 21 GER Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.850
13 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +
14 Nicky Hayden 69 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +
15 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +
16 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +
17 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +
18 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +
19 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +
20 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +
Sunny / Dry / 34
Friday 10 Mar 2017, 08:46 UTC
  • Air Temp: 34°C
  • Humidity: 47%
  • Ground Temp: 45°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1033.573
2 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.210
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.279
4 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.322
5 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.443
6 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.601
7 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +0.672
8 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.718
9 Markus Reiterberger 21 GER Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +0.837
10 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.945
11 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.981
12 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.118
13 Nicky Hayden 69 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.376
14 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.380
15 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +1.498
16 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +1.892
17 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +1.969
18 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +2.244
19 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +2.676
20 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +2.995
Rider Standings
Sunday, 12 Mar 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 100 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 70 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
3 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 62 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
4 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 49 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
5 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 45 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
6 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 34 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
7 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 29 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
8 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 27 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
9 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 27 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
10 Nicky HAYDEN 69 USA 21 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
11 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 15 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
12 Markus REITERBERGER 21 GER 15 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
13 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 13 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
14 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM 12 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki
15 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 10 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
16 Randy KRUMMENACHER 15 SWI 10 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
17 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 8 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
18 Riccardo RUSSO 84 ITA 4 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
19 Joshua BROOKES 25 AUS 4 ERMotorsport-EliteRoads.com.au Yamaha
20 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 3 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
21 Ayrton BADOVINI 86 ITA 2 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki