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SUPERBIKE 2014

SEPANG

First double of his career and first assertion riding the Aprilia for Marco Melandri who, at the Sepang circuit, managed to bend twice teammate Sylvain Guintoli, author of the best time in Superpole. In both races Melandri has been forced to recover, starting from the second row, and once reached the French Guintoli, had to fight with the companion box until the last corner to be able to bring home the two deserved victories. Marco Melandri has thus the double seal on the Malaysian circuit, which for the first time in its history has hosted the World Superbike Championship. The races at Sepang have been very hard fought and full of twists.

The first took place immediately at the start of race 1 when Loris Baz crashed overwhelming Alex Lowes and world champion Tom Sykes, so that he could not take points in the first half. Absent these three characters, the third step of the podium place went to Eugene Laverty, who after winning race 1 in Aystralia was left dry by important results.

The fall of race 1 was not painless for Tom Sykes, who injured his right hand, but still managed to take part in race 2. World champion gritted his teeth and, while the two official Aprilia battling for the win , he was able to bring home a precious third place that allowed him to retain the leadership of the championship. Sykes, in fact, is always at the top of the standings with 13 points on Guintoli, 22 Rea, difficulty in Malaysia but the author of a great comeback in Race 1, 31 and 54 of Baz and Melandri.

In Sepang, while Honda was struggling due to the lack of grip of the asphalt, the Ducati behaved quite well. Considering the long straights of the Malaysian track and more than 40 degrees of fever Davide Giugliano, the Ducati factory team brought home a fourth and eighth place with the Welshman Chaz Davies. The main focus, especially in Race 2, Toni Elias, fifth and fourth under the checkered flag.
Among the EVO, David Salom victory in Race 1, the first at the start of the race and at the finish ninth overall and Leon Camier in race 2, twelfth overall.


For the next round, the seventh of the season, the Superbike returns to Italy, more precisely in Misano Adriatico, where he will return to racing after a year off. The event is scheduled for the weekend of July 22.

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