WSBK: Laverty does it again in Race 2
WSBK: Eugene Laverty does it better in Race 1 at Istanbul
Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) has won the first race of the day at the Intercity Istanbul Park, after what was a perfect performance by the Irishman. Moreover, it was the first Race 1 win - out of five overall -this year for Laverty, a crucial result for his title hopes. The factory Aprilia got in the lead during Lap 13 by overtaking Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and tenth by tenth he managed to pull away, while the Championship leader lost some ground and was passed by Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) three laps later.
The Italian did an outstanding recovery from the third row on the grid thanks to a strong race pace but, once he managed to move up to second place, it was too late to try and catch Laverty. Meanwhile, Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) began his charge to third place, but Sykes successfully defended his position up to the finish line. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Team Aprilia) ended up fifth after a close battle with Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia), that ended up with a collision between the two - with both able to stay upright - at the exit of the last turn. An almost identical situation involved Pata Honda riders Leon Haslam and Michel Fabrizio, with the Brit who managed to secure ninth place ahead of his team mate for the round. The Honda duo crossed the line behind Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) and Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), who were seventh and eighth respectively. WSBK:
Laverty does it again in Race 2
Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) stole the show today with an outstanding performance in Race 2 at the Intercity Istanbul Park, that led to his second double win of the career - after the one achieved in 2011 at Monza. The Irishman started his charge on early leader Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and, after spending half of the race chasing the rival, he eventually closed the gap and overtook the factory Kawasaki Rider on Lap 12, at Turn 14. Laverty then proved he had the pace to stay in the lead and maintained a one-second gap up to the finish line, while Sykes had to settle for second place. Factory Aprilia rider Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) crossed the line a lonely third, as the Frenchman never managed to get in contention for the win.
Fourth place Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) had a challenging first part of the race, in which he had to make his way through a pack of hungry opponents: Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia), team mate Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia), who finished 5th, 6th and 9th respectively. Giugliano, former STK1000 Champion, managed to get a good start, but he lost ground as the race progressed to end up behind Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) and Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike). Ayrton Badovini's (Team Ducati Alstare) absence from the grid resulted in the first-ever World Superbike race with no Ducati machines on track, the second one in history with no points for the Italian manufacturer.
Pos R1 R2 Tot Pos Qualifying Grid No. Rider Nat Team Bike LL Gap Fastest Lap Speed Speed Ranking Race Time
1 4 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 18 1'55.768 297,5 1'55.340 295,9 25 25 297 3
2 1 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 18 1.708 1'55.965 290,3 1'54.872 293,5 16 20 323 1
3 2 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 18 4.052 1'56.085 293,5 1'54.894 295,9 13 16 315 2
4 7 33 M. MELANDRI ITA BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK BMW S1000 RR 18 10.860 1'56.265 293,5 1'56.402 293,5 20 13 290 4
5 5 24 T. ELIAS ESP Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 Factory 18 12.171 1'56.108 295,9 1'55.546 293,5 10 11 21 18
6 8 19 C. DAVIES GBR BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK BMW S1000 RR 18 12.396 1'56.354 297,5 1'56.416 288,0 8 10 239 5
7 6 16 J. CLUZEL FRA Fixi Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 18 17.434 1'56.491 293,5 1'55.614 290,3 9 9 141 9
8 9 91 L. HASLAM GBR Pata Honda World Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 18 17.683 1'56.749 287,2 1'56.463 286,5 7 8 78 15
9 3 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Althea Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory 18 25.770 1'56.764 290,3 1'55.073 290,3 11 7 139 10
10 12 84 M.FABRIZIO ITA Pata Honda World Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 18 38.735 1'57.818 287,2 1'57.371 282,7 6 6 168 8