Being used to a routine at a race weekend is a necessary part of reporting from the paddock. Everyone in the paddock (photographers, jouranlists, mechanics, riders, hospitality workers…) all work on a schedule defined to the minute but this weekend was a different schedule for me in WSBK and it made for a hectic day at the office! Running from one place to the next and making sure that you were trackside at the right times caused a few moments of panic but with great racing in World Superbikes and Supersport it certainly made up for it!
Sylvain Guintoli led both races but finished second in each after teammate, Marco Melandri, managed his pace better and was able take the lead in the closing stages of both races
Formation flying for Aprilia but with an announcement due to be made soon about their MotoGP plans for 2015 this could be one of the last times that we see their factory team in WSBKMelandri had to fight back through the pack in the second race and battled with Tom Sykes before claiming the win and a second Aprilia 1-2 of the day
Dark clouds overhead meant that the Crescent Suzuki of Eugene Laverty had to settle for two sixth place finishes with the Irishman admitting afterwards that while he felt he had the pace to fight with Chaz Davies a poor start and a struggle for grip meant that he was outgunned in both racesChaz Davies has been racing in Spain for 15 years but today was the first time that the Welshman stood on the podium at Jerez after a race long battle with Jonathan Rea in Race 1