100 wins and still going up, a double top five for BMW for the first time in eight years and a 260th podium place for America…
The 2021 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is off and running and a spectacular opening Pirelli Aragon Round saw huge numbers achieved and record-making moments. Not only did Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) take an astounding 100th WorldSBK win, but the opposition also helped hit big numbers in other ways. Here is the post-round stats round-up, for you to enjoy all of the statistical stories of the opening weekend of the 2021 season.
2013 – For the first time since Laguna Seca’s Race 1 2013, when Chaz Davies was second and Marco Melandri was fourth, two BMWs were inside the top five. This time it was fourth and fifth in Race 2 at Aragon for Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) and teammate Michael van der Mark in that order.
350 – With Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) taking second on the grid, it was Ducati’s 350th front row start after Superpole.
281 – After achieving 280 wins in the Tissot Superpole Race, Great Britain finished up with 281 wins, courtesy of Scott Redding’s Race 2 win.
275 - Garrett Gerloff’s (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) podium in the Tissot Superpole Race was the 275th race that they’ve achieved a podium in.
260 – Garrett Gerloff’s podium in the Tissot Superpole Race was also the 260th podium place for the United States.
160 – Jonathan Rea’s Tissot Superpole Race win was the 160th win for Kawasaki in WorldSBK.
101 – Jonathan Rea didn’t stop at his 100th win, as he took the Tissot Superpole Race too, making it 101.
27 – Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) took three podiums at MotorLand Aragon, with the third place in Race 2 putting him on 27 for his career. This is the same number as Rob Phillis, tied on the 30th all-time spot.
18 – 18 different riders scored points after the first three races of the year, which is the highest number of point-scoring riders after three races under the current three-race weekend format (previously 17 in 2019 and 2020). Impressively, in 2003, 2017 and 2018, there was also 18, but this was achieved when all three races saw the top 15 score points, whereas currently, the Superpole Race means that to score points there, you must be inside the top nine.
15 – Scott Redding’s Race 2 win meant it was his 15th podium in WorldSBK. He is now one ahead of Davide Giugliano, and one behind Yukio Kagayama.
10 – For the first time in World Supersport Championship history, the top ten after Superpole were all different nationalities. You can view the results here.
7 – Only seven riders in the whole field were able to score points in every WorldSBK race across the weekend. Rea, Lowes, Redding, Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK), Gerloff, Michael van der Mark and Kohta Nozane (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team).
6 – Six of the nine rookies in WorldSBK were able to score points this weekend, with Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK) the highest placed in the Championship in 9th, ahead of Jonas Folger (Bonovo MGM Racing) in 11th, Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) in 14th, Nozane in 15th, Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) 16th and Isaac Viñales (ORELAC Racing VerdNatura) in 17th.
5 - For the first time since Oran Park in 1988, a country locked-out the top five grid slots on the grid after Superpole. Rea, Redding (Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team), Lowes and Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven) in MotorLand Aragon; Mick Doohan, Michael Dowson, Robert Phillis, Robert Scolyer and Malcolm Campbell did the same for Australia.
5 – Tom Sykes is inside the top five in the Championship standings for the first time since Losail 2018, when he finished fourth in the overall standings for Kawasaki.
5 – The last time that a BMW was inside the top five in the Championship was in 2016 after Race 1 at Sepang, when Jordi Torres was fifth.
4 – Garrett Gerloff took his fourth career podium, equalling that of Nicky Hayden, who achieved his in 2016.
1-2X2 – For the first time in their history, Kawasaki started the WorldSBK season with two consecutive 1-2 finishes with Jonathan Rea heading home Alex Lowes on both occasions.
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