Updated: Tom Sykes completes stellar weekend with double win
Tom Sykes wins first race in dominant fashion at Magny-Cours
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) has scored victory in the first World Superbike race of the day, leading the way from lights to the Red Flag that was waved during Lap 19, following the crash suffered by Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini Kawasaki). The Brit was able to pull away from the rest of the field, except for Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), in the early stages of the race, with the duo able to lap consistently in the 1'38s barrier. Sykes' pace, though, was too fast even for the Frenchman, as the KRT rider managed to put a safe margin between himself and the rival as the race progressed.
Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) crossed the line a lonely third to complete the top-3 ahead of Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia), very competitive in the opening laps before losing ground from the top, Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) and Michele Pirro (Team Ducati Alstare), who rode an incredible maiden race in the series to end up 6th. In the first half of the race Pirro was involved in a spectacular 5-way battle for sixth place, along with Pata Honda duo of Michel Fabrizio and Leon Haslam, Toni Elias (Red Devils Aprilia) and Vincent Philippe (FIXI Crescent Suzuki). Elias, who made his WSBK debut last month in Turkey, lost control of his Aprilia RSV4 at Turn 13 during the sixteenth lap, taking out Philippe in the process. The difficult first race for the FIXI Crescent Suzuki was completed by local rider's Jules Cluzel crash in the early stages, preceded by the fall occurred to works BMW rider Chaz Davies.
Tom Sykes completes stellar weekend with double win
Tom Sykes made a clean sweep of the French Round thanks to a dominant win in Race 2, that completes the third double-victory for the Kawasaki Racing Team rider this year. The Championship leader got a perfect start out of pole and steadily pulled away, to place a considerable gap between himself and the chasing duo of Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli.
As slight drizzle started to fall on the French circuit, the factory Aprilia riders was battling hard for second place, when both crashed on their own at Turn 5 causing a Red Flag situation, that led to an early end of the race. Laverty and Guintoli successfully made it back to the pits and, as final results were based on the last lap completed by all riders - the 21st - they finished second and third respectively.
Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia) ended up 4 ahead of Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), Vincent Philippe (FIXI Crescent Suzuki), substitute rider for Leon Camier, and other works BMW rider Marco Melandri. Lorenzo Lanzi (Mesaroli Transports A.S. Ducati) scored a encouraging ninth in what has been his WSBK return, behind Toni Elias (Red Devils Aprilia), with Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) to complete the top-10.
Technical problems ruled Pata Honda riders Leon Haslam and Michel Fabrizio out of the race, while Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) was able to jump back on his GSX-R, after a crash on Lap 13, to finish fourteenth. With the season finale to be held at Jerez on October 18-20, Sykes further extended his lead in the standings to 37 points over Laverty and 38 on Guintoli.
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Laps 21 = 92,631 Km - Time Of Race 34'36.149 - Avg. 160,620 km/h 1 / 2
Pos R1 R2 Tot Pos Qualifying Grid No. Rider Nat Team Bike LL Gap Fastest Lap Speed Speed Ranking Race Time
1 1 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 21 1'37.932 291,9 1'38.592 292,7 25 25 411 1
2 4 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 21 11.091 1'38.685 295,1 1'40.410 294,3 16 20 374 2
3 2 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 21 11.337 1'38.582 291,1 1'39.397 296,7 20 16 373 3
4 3 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Althea Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory 21 23.008 1'39.119 291,1 1'39.933 292,7 13 13 195 6
5 8 19 C. DAVIES GBR BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK BMW S1000 RR 21 25.724 1'39.278 289,5 1'41.375 295,9 11 270 5
6 9 52 V. PHILIPPE FRA Fixi Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 21 34.762 1'39.561 276,9 0.000 279,1 3 10 13 22
7 7 33 M. MELANDRI ITA BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK BMW S1000 RR 21 36.219 1'39.259 291,1 1'41.361 291,9 11 9 339 4
8 11 24 T. ELIAS ESP Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 Factory 21 40.957 1'39.936 288,8 1'47.886 278,4 8 46 17
9 14 57 L. LANZI ITA Mesaroli Transports A.S. Ducati 1098R 21 43.713 1'40.093 279,8 1'50.257 279,8 6 7 13 23
10 6 86 A. BADOVINI ITA Team Ducati Alstare Ducati 1199 Panigale R 21 53.188 1'40.268 276,2 1'40.926 282,7 7 6 127 11