Another double for Tom Sykes at Misano WSBK

After winning the opening race of the day at the Misano World Circuit – Marco Simoncelli, Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes put in another commanding performance to take out race two, giving the reigning champion his third double win for 2014.

Tom Sykes, Loris Baz (76) and Marco Melandri (33).

Race 1
After 21 fast and furious laps, Tom Sykes won the opening race of the day after starting from Pole Position courtesy of his record breaking lap yesterday.

From the start however it was Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia) that took the holeshot before reigning champion Tom Sykes forced his way past towards the end of the opening lap.

Both factory Aprilia riders made small mistakes before regrouping allowing Loris Baz through to give chase to his Kawasaki team-mate.

Toni Elias (24) and Jonathan Rea (65).

Elias overshot at the start of lap 3 into turn one whilst the battle at the front was intensifying.

As the race progressed the battle at the front was fast becoming a two rider affair with the fight for the final podium place now involving both Ducati riders as well as the two factory Aprilia machines, Elias and the Pata Honda of Jonathan Rea.

As the race entered the final third Sykes was pulling away from Baz by two tenths of second leaving the Frenchman a lonely second. The final podium fight was now between Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) and Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team) with Melandri eventually grabbing third at the flag.

Chaz Davies, Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) and Jonathan Rea completed the top six.

Sylvain Guintoli and Chaz Davies.

David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) came out on top in the EVO battle after working his way through the pack after being caught mid pack in the opening sequence of corners eventually finishing a respectable 11th overall.
Bryan Staring (IRON BRAIN Kawasaki) finished 18th.

Alessandro Andreozzi (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) and Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) crashed out unhurt.

Results Race 1 (Top 10)
1. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 21 laps
2. Loris Baz FRA Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +5.012s
3. Marco Melandri ITA Aprilia Racing RSV4 +6.417s
4. Chaz Davies GBR Ducati SBK 1199 Panigale R +7.783s
5. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Aprilia Racing RSV4 +16.248s
6. Toni Elias ESP Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 +17.399s
7. Jonathan Rea GBR PATA Honda CBR1000RR +21.162s
8. Davide Giugliano ITA Ducati SBK 1199 Panigale R +26.393s
9. Eugene Laverty IRL Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 +26.842s
10. Leon Haslam GBR PATA Honda CBR1000RR +40.600s

Race 2
Behind Sykes there was an intense race long three rider fight for the final places on the podium with Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) eventually grabbing second ahead of Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) after some hard but fair overtakes between the pair. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) having to be content with fourth.

On the podium after race 2 L-R Sylvain Guintoli, Tom Sykes and Marco Melandri.

An equally exciting scrap behind the top four saw Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) emerge fifth ahead of Toni Elias, Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) and Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) who was eighth.

Race 2 was over before it had begun for Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team). The Italian who had finished eighth earlier in the day took the lead into turn one but was judged to have moved before the lights went out and was given a jump start penalty. He would eventually finish ninth after serving a ride through the pits for his mistake. Ducati’s other rider Chaz Davies crashed out of fifth on the 5th lap.

Not a good day for Ducati’s Davide Giugliano.

In the EVO battle the accolade of being the best classified finisher went once again to David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) despite a valiant race from Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia) on his return to racing.

Christian Iddon (Team Bimota Alstare) highsided out of contention early on but was thankfully able to limp away. Fellow Brit Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) crashed out of the fight for fifth. Unlike Iddon, Haslam did remount to finish 12th.

Results Race 2
1. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 21 laps
2. Loris Baz FRA Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +3.083s
3. Marco Melandri ITA Aprilia Racing RSV4 +3.413s
4. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Aprilia Racing RSV4 +5.092s
5. Jonathan Rea GBR PATA Honda CBR1000RR +18.975s
6. Toni Elias ESP Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 +19.365s
7. Eugene Laverty IRL Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 +20.177s
8. Alex Lowes GBR Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 +20.439s
9. Davide Giugliano ITA Ducati SBK 1199 Panigale R +33.820s
10. David Salom ESP Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +42.156s (E)
11. Sylvain Barrier FRA BMW Italia S1000RR +43.581s (E)
12. Leon Haslam GBR PATA Honda CBR1000RR +51.993s
13. Ivan Goi ITA Barni Ducati 1199 Panigale R +53.714s (E)
14. Riccardo Russo ITA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +59.316s (E)
15. Alessandro Andreozzi ITA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +1m 00.914s (E)
16. Niccolo Canepa ITA Althea Ducati 1199 Panigale R +1m 01.839s (E)
17. Claudio Corti ITA MV Agusta RC F4RR +1m 07.178s
18. Bryan Staring AUS IRON BRAIN Kawasaki ZX-10R +1m 13.510s (E)
19. Peter Sebestyen HUN Team Toth BMW S1000RR +1m 31.715s (E)
Ayrton Badovini ITA Bimota Alstare BB3 (E) *
Christian Iddon GBR Bimota Alstare BB3 (E) *
* Ineligible to score points, removed from results (Badovini across the line 12th, Iddon DNF)
Not Classified
20. Jeremy Guarnoni FRA MRS Kawasaki ZX-10R 17 laps completed (E)
21. Geoff May USA Team Hero EBR 1190RX 16 laps completed
22. Chaz Davies GBR Ducati SBK 1199 Panigale R 15 laps completed
23. Sheridan Morais RSA IRON BRAIN Kawasaki ZX-10R 10 laps completed (E)

Championship Standings
1 Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team 251
2 Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia Racing 212
3 Loris Baz Kawasaki Racing Team 210
4 Jonathan Rea PATA Honda 199
5 Marco Melandri Aprilia Racing 179
6 Chaz Davies Ducati SBK 143
7 Davide Giugliano Ducati SBK 111
8 Toni Elias Red Devils Roma Aprilia 109
9 Eugene Laverty Voltcom Crescent Suzuki 106
10 Leon Haslam PATA Honda 99

World Supersport – Cluzel leads from start to finish

As expected, following a close qualifying session today’s World Supersport race was action packed from start to finish with multiple position changes at the front throughout the 19 lap encounter.

World Supersport podium, L-R Michael van der Mark, Jules Cluzel and PJ Jacobsen.

Pole Position setter Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) led from the start and immediately began stretching a lead of over the chasing group of riders that included Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki), Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team), Raffaele De Rosa (CIA Insurance Honda) and PJ Jacobsen (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres).

With Cluzel almost two seconds clear De Rosa crashed out of contention on lap 4 leaving Jacobsen, van der Mark and Sofuoglu to battle for the second and third places on the podium.

Kenan Sofuoglu battled hard for a podium finish but had to settle for fourth place.

With five laps to go championship leader van der Mark had reduced the gap to Cluzel to under a second setting up another tense final few laps between the pair.

A respectable 8th for Core PTR Honda’s Ratthapack Wilairot.

At the flag Cluzel took the victory, his second of the year by 1.5s from championship leader van der Mark with PJ Jacobsen taking third and his maiden world championship podium.

Former champion Kenan Sofuoglu finished fourth with Roberto Tamburini (San Carlo Puccetti Racing) and Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) completing the top six.

Results WSS (Top 10)
1. Jules Cluzel FRA MV Agusta F3 675 19 laps
2. Michael van der Mark NED PATA Honda CBR600RR +1.537s
3. PJ Jacobsen USA Kawasaki Intermoto ZX-6R +3.400s
4. Kenan Sofuoglu TUR Mahi India Kawasaki ZX-6R +5.638s
5. Roberto Tamburini ITA San Carlo Puccetti Kawasaki ZX-6R +9.923s
6. Lorenzo Zanetti ITA PATA Honda CBR600RR +11.018s
7. Florian Marino FRA Kawasaki Intermoto ZX-6R +14.714s
8. Kev Coghlan GBR DMC Panavto Yamaha YZF-R6 +17.365s
9. Ratthapark Wilairot THA Core PTR Honda CBR600RR +21.337s
10. Roberto Rolfo ITA GO Eleven Kawasaki ZX-6R +22.215s

WSS Championship Standings (Top 10)
1 Michael van der Mark PATA Honda 135
2 Jules Cluzel MV Agusta Reparto Corse 107
3 Florian Marino Ponyexpres Intermoto Kawasaki 85
4 Lorenzo Zanetti PATA Honda 70
5 Kev Coghlan DMC Panavto Yamaha 68
6 Kenan Sofuoglu MAHI Kawasaki 67
7 PJ Jacobsen Ponyexpres Intermoto Kawasaki 56
8 Roberto Rolfo GO Eleven Kawasaki 55
9 Raffaele de Rosa Core PTR Honda 54
10 Roberto Tamburini San Carlo Puccetti Kawasaki 48

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