• Superbike 2017 Review

    Team Unites to Fight Tough Season


    Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team started its 2017 campaign with proven riders and new bikes. Both riders battle hard to consistently gain points on new bikes that had more testing needed. Nicky Hayden is involved in a fatal road accident in May. Since then, the team with Bradl unite in fighting through a tough season marred with injuries and difficulties.



Machine - CBR1000RR Fireblade SP


CBR1000RR Fireblade SP
CBR1000RR Fireblade SP

Riders


Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

#69 Nicky Hayden

Nationality : U.S.A.

#69 Nicky Hayden

#6 Stefan Bradl

Nationality : Germany

#6 Stefan Bradl

Races


Round 01: Australia

Round 01: Australia

February 26

Hayden 11th in Race 1 of Season-opoener, Bradl 15th in Both Races

The 2017 Superbike season kicked off in Phillip Island under clear blue skies, perfect conditions worthy of the start of a new season. Both riders cannot bring out the full potential of the new bikes, as seen by their results. In a turbulent Supersport season-opener, Wagner finished 7th.

Race 1

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2 Chaz Davies Ducati
3 Tom Sykes Kawasaki
11 Nicky Hayden Honda
15 Stefan Bradl Honda

Race 2

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2 Chaz Davies Ducati
3 Marco Melandri Ducati
15 Stefan Bradl Honda
RT Nicky Hayden Honda

Round 02: Thailand

March 12

Hayden in Top 10 in Both Races, Bradl 10th in Race 1

The team fought for the podium in the Thai round last year. This time, the team concentrated on setting up the new bikes. Although both Hayden and Bradl finish within the top 10, more work needs to be done. In Supersport, Okubo who was injured in the season-opener, makes a determined comeback to finish 6th.

Race 1

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2 Chaz Davies Ducati
3 Tom Sykes Kawasaki
9 Nicky Hayden Honda
10 Stefan Bradl Honda

Race 2

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2 Tom Sykes Kawasaki
3 Marco Melandri Ducati
7 Nicky Hayden Honda
RT Stefan Bradl Honda
Round 02: Thailand

Round 03: Aragón

Round 03: Aragón

April 2

Bike Setup Becomes Clearer in First European Round

The championship moves to Aragon in Europe, where Hayden and Bradl concentrate on bike setup in an attempt to improve their results. Their work pays off, with improved qualifying results, but temperatures failed to rise during the race, causing havoc with their feel of the bikes. In Supersport, Cluzel finishes within the points for the first time.

Race 1

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2 Marco Melandri Ducati
3 Tom Sykes Kawasaki
9 Stefan Bradl Honda
10 Nicky Hayden Honda

Race 2

1 Chaz Davies Ducati
2 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
3 Marco Melandri Ducati
12 Stefan Bradl Honda
RT Nicky Hayden Honda

Round 04: Netherlands

April 30

Bradl Gains Best Results for the Season, Finishing 6th in Race 1

Bradl finishes 6th, his best result for the season, in Race 1 of the Assen round at the team’s home base. Hayden finishes 9th in Race 2, providing a glimmer of hope for the following rounds. In Supersport, Cluzel maintains his form, and is on the podium for the first time this season.

Round 04: Netherlands

Race 1

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2 Tom Sykes Kawasaki
3 Marco Melandri Ducati
6 Stefan Bradl Honda
14 Nicky Hayden Honda

Race 2

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2 Tom Sykes Kawasaki
3 Chaz Davies Ducati
9 Nicky Hayden Honda
10 Stefan Bradl Honda

Round 05: Italy

Round 05: Italy

May 14

Bradl Tackles Imola for the First Time, Hayden Tumbles in Free Practice

Bradl, following his best result in Assen, enjoyed his First Imola round, but was unable to improve his results. Hayden fell during free practice, and struggled with his replacement bike, running into problems during the race. In Supersport, Smith races to his best result of the season, 5th.

Race 1

1 Chaz Davies Ducati
2 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
3 Marco Melandri Ducati
10 Stefan Bradl Honda
RT Nicky Hayden Honda

Race 2

1 Chaz Davies Ducati
2 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
3 Tom Sykes Kawasaki
12 Nicky Hayden Honda
14 Stefan Bradl Honda

Round 06: Graeat Britain

May 28

Bradl Wins Points, Prepares for Next Race

The news of Nicky Hayden’s tragic death saddened the tone of race week at Donington Park, but out of respect for Hayden, the team battled on. Although Bradl retired in Race 1 with mechanical issues, he completed a solid Race 2 to gain points. In Supersport, Cluzel is on the podium for the second time.

Race 1

1 Tom Sykes Kawasaki
2 Leon Haslam Kawasaki
3 Alex Lowes Yamaha
RT Stefan Bradl Honda

Race 2

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2 Tom Sykes Kawasaki
3 Chaz Davies Ducati
11 Stefan Bradl Honda
Round 06: Graeat Britain

Round 07: Italy

Round 07: Italy

June 18

Bradl 10th in Misano Race 2

Now well into the season, Bradl retires from Race 1 with mechanical issues in Misano under perfect weather conditions. Although he finishes 10th in Race 2, the podium still seems far away. In Supersport, Cluzel finishes 2nd, his second podium in as many rounds.

Race 1

1 Tom Sykes Kawasaki
2 Alex Lowes Yamaha
3 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
RT Stefan Bradl Honda

Race 2

1 Marco Melandri Ducati
2 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
3 Tom Sykes Kawasaki
10 Stefan Bradl Honda

Round 08: U.S.A.

July 09

Back to Two Bikes After 3 Rounds, Both Riders Score Points

The Laguna round sees Hayden’s replacement, Gagne, an experienced rider in the Rookies’ Cup and CEV racing, join the team. After numerous and thorough attempts at bike setup, Bradl and Gagne score points in both races.

Race 1

1 Chaz Davies Ducati
2 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
3 Tom Sykes Kawasaki
11 Stefan Bradl Honda
15 Jake Gagne Honda

Race 2

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2 Tom Sykes Kawasaki
3 Chaz Davies Ducati
11 Stefan Bradl Honda
15 Jake Gagne Honda
Round 08: U.S.A.

Round 09: Germany

Round 09: Germany

August 20

Unlucky Weekend for Bradl, Giugliano Steps In

Bradl suffered a crash and injury in the first day of race weekend at his home grand prix in Brazil, and sits out Race 1. He suffers the pain and is on his bike for Race 2, to show his appreciation for the local fans, and manages to finish within the points. Giugliano, standing in for Bradl in Race 1, was impressed with his first ride on the CBR1000RR. In Supersport, Cluzel keeps up his momentum with a 4th place finish.

Race 1

1 Chaz Davies Ducati
2 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
3 Tom Sykes Kawasaki
RT Davide Giugliano Honda
RT Stefan Bradl Honda

Race 2

1 Chaz Davies Ducati
2 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
3 Tom Sykes Kawasaki
13 Stefan Bradl Honda
17 Davide Giugliano Honda

Round 10: Portugal

2017 All Japan Champion Takumi Takahashi Debuts in World Superbike

September 17

Takumi Takahashi, All Japan racer, debuted in World Superbike at the Protugal round. Accustoming himself to the new bike, Takahashi finished within the points in both races. Bradl crashed in Race 1, injuring his wrist and forcing him to sit out Race 2. In Supersport, Cluzel in on the podium, in 3rd place.

Round 10: Portugal

Race 1

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2 Chaz Davies Ducati
3 Marco Melandri Ducati
15 Takumi Takahashi Honda
RT Stefan Bradl Honda

Race 2

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2 Michael van der Mark Yamaha
3 Marco Melandri Ducati
10 Takumi Takahashi Honda

Round 11: France

Round 11: France

October 1

Without the Regular Team Riders, Replacement Riders Fight On

Bradl’s wrist injury put him out of racing for two months, making his comeback during the season unlikely. Gagne steps in, and with Giugliano, ride for a team enthusiastic despite missing regular riders. Giugliano puts in a solid performance, finishing 8th. In Supersport, Cluzel finishes 5th.

Race 1

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2 Marco Melandri Ducati
3 Tom Sykes Kawasaki
8 Davide Giugliano Honda
RT Jake Gagne Honda

Race 2

1 Chaz Davies Ducati
2 Alex Lowes Yamaha
3 Michael van der Mark Yamaha
11 Davide Giugliano Honda
12 Jake Gagne Honda

Round 12: Spain

October 22

Takumi Takahashi Scores Points for Second Appearance of the Season

Takahashi and Giugliano represent the team for the Jerez round. Both riders battle with bike setup, affecting their race performance. Takahashi, on his second Superbike appearance, nonetheless scores points in Race 2. In Supersport, Cluzel finishes 2nd, on the podium.

Round 12: Spain

Race 1

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2 Chaz Davies Ducati
3 Tom Sykes Kawasaki
16 Takumi Takahashi Honda
RT Davide Giugliano Honda

Race 2

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2 Marco Melandri Ducati
3 Chaz Davies Ducati
15 Takumi Takahashi Honda
17 Davide Giugliano Honda

Round 13: Qatar

Round 13: Qatar

Novenber 4

Gagne Scores Points at End of a Tough Season

Gagne spent time during the Qatar round to get accustomed to an unfamiliar track and a night race, resulting in 12th / 12th finishes. Giugliano retired in Race 1, and missed Race 2. In Supersport, Cluzel finished 2nd, giving him 3rd place in the final standings.

Race 1

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2 Chaz Davies Ducati
2 Marco Melandri Ducati
12 Jake Gagne Honda
RT Davide Giugliano Honda

Race 2

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki
2 Chaz Davies Ducati
3 Alex Lowes Yamaha
12 Jake Gagne Honda

Ranking


Rider

Pos. Name (Team) Points   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 19
1 Jonathan REA (Kawasaki) 556 Race1 25 25 25 25 20 0 16 20 20 25 25 25 25
Race2 25 25 20 25 20 25 20 25 20 25 0 25 25
2 Chaz DAVIES (Ducati) 403 Race1 20 20 0 0 25 8 0 25 25 20 6 20 20
Race2 20 10 25 16 25 16 0 16 25 0 25 16 20
3 Tom SYKES (Kawasaki) 373 Race1 16 16 16 20 13 25 25 16 16 0 16 16 10
Race2 10 20 13 20 16 20 16 20 13 0 9 11 0
14 Stefan BRADL (Honda) 67 Race1 1 6 7 10 6 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
Race2 1 0 4 6 2 5 6 5 3 0 0 0 0
17 Nicky HAYDEN (Honda) 40 Race1 5 7 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Race2 0 9 0 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Jake GAGNE (Honda) 14 Race1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
Race2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 4
26 Davide GIUGLIANO (Honda) 13 Race1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0
Race2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0

Constructor

Pos. Constructor Points   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
1 Kawasaki 599 Race1 25 25 25 25 20 25 25 20 20 25 25 25 25
Race2 25 25 20 25 20 25 20 25 20 25 9 25 25
2 Ducati 520 Race1 20 20 20 16 25 13 11 25 25 20 20 20 20
Race2 20 16 25 16 25 16 25 16 25 16 25 20 20
3 Yamaha 308 Race1 13 11 13   9 16 20 8 10 11 11 13  
Race2 13 13 11 13 10 13 13 7 11 20 20 13 16
7 Honda 113 Race1 5 7 7 10 6     5   1 8   4
Race2 1 9 4 7 4 5 6 5 3 6 5 1 4