10 facts to prepare you for a sensational day three at the Acerbis Czech Round

Saturday, 9 June 2018 15:22 GMT

After a history making day in the Czech Republic, get excited for race two with our 10 facts


  1. After Jonathan Rea’s (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) victory today, Kawasaki has the privilege of fielding the all-time leader for wins and the all-time leader for poles, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK).
  2. Rea now has another win related record to reach: to become the rider with most wins for a manufacturer. There are only two riders ahead of him: Carl Fogarty won 55 races for Ducati and Troy Bayliss 52, again for Ducati.
  3. A British rider won for the 229th time in Race 1, putting Great Britain 100 wins clear of the second-best country, the United States in the all-time rankings.
  4. Great Britain is also in sight of another “round” number, as at the moment the British riders count 629 podium placements. Italy follows at 368 and Australia, third in the rankings, is 300 podiums shy of Great Britain (329).
  5. In Race One, Tom Sykes recorded his 106th podium, and his 105th for Kawasaki.
  6. In Race 2 Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) will start from pole, the first time since the 2016 Buriram round.
  7. In Race 1, Marco Melandri ( Racing – Ducati) recorded his 67th podium, and now he is four shy of his compatriot Max Biaggi, who is the Italian with most podiums in WorldSBK history.
  8. Melandri is set for his 140th race start on Sunday, and his 40th for Ducati.
  9. For the first time this season, Loris Baz (GULF Althea BMW Racing Team) didn’t finish in the points in Race 1.
  10. Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) will prepare for his third front row start of the season, the same position as he found himself in for Donington’s Race Two.

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