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Manufacturers Ups and Downs at #ItalianWorldSBK

Aprilia‘s only win at Imola came with their previous model – the twin-cylinder RSV1000 – back in 2001’s Race 2. Since then, ten more podiums followed: the last ones were three 3rd places in the second Races held here from 2013 to 2015. Last year the best result for Aprilia was recorded by Lorenzo Savadori, with an 8th in Race 1.

BMW scored their two podium finishes at Imola in 2012, with Leon Haslam third in both races. Last year their best results were recorded by Jordi Torres: 4th in Race 1 and 7th in Race 2.

Last year Ducati strengthened their record of WorldSBK wins at Imola as Davies recorded the double, taking the toal wins to 15. This is more than their rivals combined (Honda 7, Kawasaki 4, Aprilia 1). Ducati set pole here in the last two Rounds: no manufacturer so far has been able to record three straight poles at this track.

Honda is the second most successful team at Imola with seven wins, the last three picked up by Rea in 2011 Race 1 and a double in 2014. Last year their best results were a 7th by Van der Mark in Race 1 and an 8th by Nicky Hayden in Race 2.

Last year Kawasaki had to surrender to Chaz Davies’ dominance: both their works riders, Rea and Sykes, finished in this order behind Davies twice. Two years ago Kawasaki dominated: they secured a double 1-2 finish with Rea and Sykes. The pair ran 1-2 for the full length of the two races and were also 1-2 also in the fastest laps rankings twice. They add to those two wins, a double by Sykes in 2013. Kawasaki have scored 13 podiums so far here: all of them with their current pair of works riders – from 2012 onwards.

Three podiums have been secured for Yamaha on the Italian track. They were all third places, scored in the only 2005 race by Noriyuki Haga, in the first 2006 one by Andrew Pitt and in 2010 Race 2 by Cal Crutchlow. Last year they were hampered by Sylvain Guintoli’s injury in practice and their only works rider was Alex Lowes, who finished 11th and 6th.

Up to last year MV Agusta had been very unlucky in Imola, with no points out of seven race entries. They fought back in style, with a 6th and a 5th by Leon Camier.