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All 2013 dates for the SBK championship

Australia - february 24

Australia

february 24

RACE 1
 
The World SuperBike Championship starts again in the summer of the southern hemisphere. More exciting every time, thanks to a winning mix of rules that have limited the technical differences of the vehicles, resulting in heightened competition and proficiency of the riders. Guaranteed spectacle, unknown outcome: what more could you ask for?
 
The Phillip Island circuit, by now the classic stage for the season première, has updated its look for the occasion, with a brand-new surface. Not a minor tweak, by any means: Pirelli tyres have only had limited tests on the new surface, and this added a touch of unpredictability to precisely how the race played out.
 
Race 1 began with a Ducati in pole position, but at the end, no less than three Aprilias were in the first three places as already occurred at the Nürburgring last year.
Aprilia hits the jackpot with Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), who kept teammate Eugene Laverty under control after passing him on the 15th lap. Third place for an irrepressible Michel Fabrizio, protagonist of a furious “remontada” (comeback) after slipping in 11th place at the end of the first lap.
 
An unpredictable ride dealt a bad hand to Carlos Checa, in as peculiar symmetry with the first race of last season, right here in Australia. Then it was a fall without consequences; this year it didn’t turn out so well. At the 12th lap Ducati’s rider arrived too fast at the sharp braking on the Honda Hairpin, and couldn’t help running into Marco Melandri’s BMW: race over and a trip to the hospital for the Spaniard.
 
Just outside the podium was Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team) who fought long and hard against the other Brit, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), outpacing him at the finish by a ridiculous 51 thousandths. Sixth place for the other Kawasaki of Loris Baz, who also fought in the battle for fourth place.
 
 
RACE 2
 
Still plenty of Aprilia and finishing places turned on their heads in Race 2: Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team), with an irresistible second half, had the better of teammate Sylvain Guintoli and a stoic Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team), bloody but unbowed after the accident in Race 1.
The 26-year-old from Toomebridge, Northern Ireland, put on quite a show: first getting the best of Melandri on bend 4 in the second-to-last lap, then unleashing an incredibly fast lap of 1'31.168 (new lap record), and finally trouncing Guintoli on the home straight.
Great satisfaction in the Aprilia box: Laverty and Guintoli had never bettered third place in the general standings, and now they’re joint leaders.
 
In fourth place, and excellent Michel Fabrizio once more, with the third Aprilia: he could already taste another third place, but a minor error stopped him from overtaking Melandri at the finish.
To follow: Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia), Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) and Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike).
 
Reassuring news on the medical front. Carlos Checa, hospitalised in Melbourne after a nasty fall in Race 1, underwent a CAT scan that ruled out any complications. For Marco Melandri, the fall didn’t have any consequences, but the rider from Ravenna decided to undergo surgery in any case to resolve his shoulder problem for good.

Spagna - april 14

Motorland Aragon

april 14

RACE 1

Three different Brands are disposed on the first line on the 2nd race of the World Superbike Championship which has taken place on the spanish racetrack of Motorland Aragon.
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki), Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) and Chaz Davies (BMW) are in pole position.
The Kawasaki rider snaps when the red light turns off, but it's Laverty the one who' s ready to speed along and to go ahead. Davies is in third position.
 
The first turn of events takes place during the fourth lap: Laverty's Aprilia has a technical problem and forces the Australia challenge 2 winner to withdraw.
Two laps later it's Sykes's turn to withdraw from the race due to technical problems.
 
At this point Davies leads and he will lie in first position till the end of the challenge, while, behind him, we see Guintoli stepping out of the track who provisionally losts the second position, followed by Melandri.
 
At the end the winner is Davies, followed by Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri (BMW). Davide Giugliano (Aprilia)'s race has been really unlucky: he was about to gain the fourth position when he was forced to give up because he run out of petrol.
 
 
RACE 2
 
At race 2 Laverty (Aprilia) falls down after two bends. Sykes (Kawasaki) leads during the first lap, but then Chaz Davies (BMW) takes control till the end. We find Guintoli (Aprilia), Melandri (BMW) and Sykes disputing the second and the third position, while Davide Giugliano (Aprilia) is coming just after them.
 
Giugliano passes Melandri during the ninth lap and lies in fourth position. It seems the Althea Racing racer could overtake Sykes who lies in third position, but he has to give up because of tyres usury.
 
Melandri takes the fifth position and so Chaz Davies has no problem to win with five seconds over Guintoli and seven seconds on Sykes. Carlos Checa (Ducati) gains the eighth position after the young french Baz (Kawasaki) and Cluzel (Suzuki).
 
Guintoli leads the world ranking, after the second round, with 85 points, followed by Davies with 63 and Laverty with 45.
 
Next race will take place on the 28th of april on the dutch racetrack of Assen.

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Olanda - april 28

Assen

april 28

RACE 1
 
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) is in the Superpole for the thirteenth time in his carrer and from his position he goes for a lonely ride that will take him to come out on top with almost a lead of three seconds. The British rider really showed superiority in this and in fact he didn't find any antagonist who was able to put him in difficulties.
 
Yet riders like Jonathan Rea (Honda), Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) and Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) were behind him. These three gave themselves a lot of trouble: in particular the French Aprilia rider and the British Honda rider fought in a duel. Rea gained the upper hand: he won four times on the racetrack of Assen (Netherlands).
 
Another spectacular duel took place between Loris Baz (Kawasaki) and Davide Giugliano (Aprilia) who underlined the fact that the Superbike has got a new generation of young racers. The two ended the race in the same order.
 
The two BMW and the two Ducati missed the struggled for the first positions. Marco Melandri suffered from the chain breaking, while Chaz Davies started from the last line because the mechanics finished to work on his moto after the fall during the morning warm up which took place just few minutes before the go. Ducati team continues the Panigale development, but Carlos Checa didn't find the right feeling and Ayrton Badovini is regaining his physical fitness after the fall.
 
RACE 2
 
During race 2 Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) prevailled on Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) afetr an extraordinary face-off in the last “S” before the finish line.
 
Loris Baz, the other Kawasaki racer, who defeated Jonathan Rea (Honda), ended in third position: he grows up race after race.
 
Chaz Davies (BMW) had a great race and gained good points for the world championship. Guintoli as well had a remarkable race and he's still on top of the championship.
 
Davide Giugliano fell down when he was on the fourth position and Marco Melandri ended up on the eighth position due to an electric problem. Carlos Checa (Ducati) gained the tenth place and Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia) the ninth.
 
The world championship, after the third round, has Sylvain Guintoli as the leader with 111 points in front of Laverty, Davies and Sykes with 83. Rea is at 63 points.

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Italia – may 12

Monza

may 12

RACE 1

Aprilia-BMW match finished in a dead heat in the Monza racetrack: the two european brands won a race each, leaving the japanese empty-handed (Kawasaki was one of the favourite).
 
In race 1 Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) led the others, followed by Marco Melandri (BMW) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki). Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia), the championship leader, lost some metres, but he soon reached the best racers and he even led the group during the first half of the race, then Melandri gained the upper hand. We saw lots of on-going changes of position during this race.
 
Last lap is really exciting because Melandri, Sykes and Laverty took turns for the first positions, while Sylvain Guintoli is a bit outstripped, followed by Chaz Davies (BMW) and Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia).
 
RACE 2

In race 2 Laverty was in first place followed by Sykes, Giugliano (Aprilia) and Melandri. A violent skid made the racer from the Althea Racing team to lose some positions.
 
As in race 1, Guintoli went to first place, was overtaken by Laverty, then went in the lead again. Laverty knows his companion would have another advantage in case of victory; moreover he won twice in 2011, so he'd like to win for the third time in Monza.
 
So he tried to reduce the gap and he succeeded in doing this. Melandri couldn't do anything against the Aprilia racer. Tom Sykes is second, although an overtaking on Guintoli (fourth). Fabrizio and Giugliano were third and fourth with their independent Aprilia.
Guintoli is still the leader with 137 in the world championship, Laverty is at 124 points and Sykes 119. Melandri is fourth with 96 points.
 
After the race the Aprilia team complained about the overtaking made by Sykes: he has been penalised with one position less. So Guintoli is third and Sykes fourth. In the world championship the French has 141 points and the Kawasaki racer 115.
Two hours after the decision has been cancelled and the original rank has been restored.

 

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Inghilterra – may 26

Donington Park

may 26

RACE 1
 
A sunny Sunday after two days of bad weather has been a nice surprise for the supporters who crowed Donington Park racetrack where two intense races took place.
 
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) occupied the first position all the time during Race 1. He's a Superpole expert – he got it fifteen times here in Donington – and he had a race without fail and ended it up with three seconds on Marco Melandri (BMW). The Italian, former 250 GPworld champion, has been the author of an exciting come back which led him up to the second place. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) gained the third place and, thanks to this performance, he's still leading the championship.
 
Jonathan Rea (Honda) ended fourth. Loris Baz (Kawasaki) and Davide Giugliano (Aprilia) contended the fifth place: the French gained the upper hand on the Italian.
 
RACE 2
 
Race 2 has almost been a photocopy of Race 1: as a matter of fact Tom Sykes was in the lead during all the race. A sporting struggle took place behind him between the two official Aprilia – Guintoli's and Laverty's – and Marco Melandri's BMW. This time was the turn of the French and the Italian to get the podium and the Italian made do with the fifth place before his companion Chaz Davies, also because of a little mistake at the end of the race.
 
After the two Aprilia here comes Davide Giugliano's “private” motorbike, who held Guintoli's and Laverty's own.
Ducati motorbikes suffered a certain gap with the other ones, even though the genoese Niccolò Canepa, young wild card of this race, occupied the eighth place in Race 2.
 
After the round of Donington Park the World Championship has Guintoli as the leader with 173 points, then Sykes with 169 and Laverty with 149. Melandri is fourth with 127, Davies 112, Baz 95 and Rea 84.
Next race will take place in Portimao, Portogallo, on the ninth of June.

 

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Portugal – june 9

Portimao

june 9

RACE 1
 
From the beginning of Race 1 it seems that Tom Sykes (Kawasaki), who is in pole position, could repeat Donington Park exploit, but Marco Melandri (BMW), Laverty and Guintoli (Aprilia) didn't agree with him. Eugene Laverty goes head first, but his engine fails after some laps on the finish line, ending his race.
At that point Marco Melandri reins the race, although an imperfect posture which forces him to occupy all the race track in order to keep standing. Sykes has a hard time and it's Melandri who crosses the finish line with seven thousandths over Guintoli. Kawasaki racer is third. Jonathan Rea is really unlucky: starting from the first line, he is forced to leave due to a problem of his Honda during the ninth lap. Carlos Checa ends in ninth position, driving a Ducati which seems to have made a little progress.
 
Michel Fabrizio, seventh on the finish line, is the best among the Italians after Melandri. On the other hand Leon Camier (Suzuki), too, had a good performance, even with more than nine seconds from the winner. Tom Sykes slips during the sighting lap, he raises and after some attemps he manages to go to the boxes, where his mechanics are able to put the motorbike back in order just in time to let him start from the pitlane. Haslam doesn't start, because of his phisical conditions.
 
RACE 2
 
This time it's the turn of Eugene Laverty and Jonathan Rea to set the pace during the first half of the race, when the Aprilia recer goes head first, whereas the Honda racer is in second place for two thirds of the race. Then he's overtaken by Sylvain Guintoli, with the result of 1-2 of Aprilia. Fourth position for Loris Baz (Kawasaki) before Davies, who goes beyond Carlos Checa in the end. Ayrton Badovini's Ducati is eighth in front of Giugliano's and Fabrizio's Aprilia. Marco Melandri ends on the twelfth position, probably due to a deterioration of the posterior tyre.
 
After the two Aprilia here comes Davide Giugliano's “private” motorbike, who held Guintoli's and Laverty's own.
Ducati motorbikes suffered a certain gap with the other ones, even though the genoese Niccolò Canepa, young wild card of this race, occupied the eighth place in Race 2.
 
Sylvain Guintoli strengthens his leadership in the Superbike World Championship (213 points) in front of Tom Sykes who's still at 185 points and Laverty with 174. Melandri is fourth (156) before Davies. Michel Fabrizio is eighth with 101 points and Davide Giugliano ninth with 79. The next race will take place in Imola, Italy, on the 30th of June.

 

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Russia – july 21

Moscow

july 21

The eighth round of the Superbike World Championship will not leave a good memory behind, I'm afraid: during the second lap of the Supersport World Championship race - which also took place on the Moscow Raceway – 25-year-old Andrea Antonelli has been deadly injured in an accident. Obviously – considering the racetrack conditions and the heavy rain which characterized the end of race 1 – the rest of the planned races has been cancelled.
 
Before this dramatic accident, Superbike race 1, started on a dry racetrack and ended under a rainstorm, has been very exciting.
Chaz Davies was the fastest to go, while Superpole Davide Giugliano fell down on a wet stretch of the racetrack. Marco Melandri, Giuliano's team-mate, and injured Sylvain Guintoli were behind the BMW racer.
Heavy rain broke at about half race, but almost all the racers still drove with slicks because half racetrack was still dry.
Ayrton Badovini came back underling his driving skills on a wet soil; Laverty and Haslam fell down with no dramatic consequences.
 
Three laps before the end of the race most of all the best racers stopped and changed their slicks with train tyres. After the pit stop Marco Melandri went head first and won before his team-mate Davies and an excellent Badovini (Ducati). Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia), too, ws the protagonist of a great recovery: he gained the fifth place behind Jonathan Rea.
Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) comes back leading the world ranking with 239 points, four more than Sykes. Melandri with 207 goes beyond Laverty (190) and is now fourth before Davies.

 

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Italy – june 30

Imola

june 30

RACE 1
 
Imola audience has today seen two races full of events.
Sykes, Rea and Giugliano are on pole position in race 1 and, after the Honda racer's first flash, it's the turn of young team Althea roman racer to go ahead. Rea and Guintoli (third) of course disagree with him, but the Italian leads for five laps, until Tom Sykes overtakes Giugliano at the Rivazza. Behind them Sylvain Guintoli, the world ranking leader, is forced to leave due to an engine breakage and leaves the third position to his teammate Eugene Laverty. Marco Melandri is fourth, very close to the Irish.
 
At about two-thirds of the race Giugliano starts to drive a bit slow, probably because of an extreme tyre consuption.
Tom Sykes wins for the ninth time in his carrier and for the fourth time in this season. Davide Giugliano follows him with more than seven seconds, avoiding Laverty's, Melandri's and Rea (the latter fell down at two laps to the end). Michel Fabrizio is fifth.
Ducati is still in a spot, since it cannot do any better than the eighth place with Ayrton Badovini.
 
RACE 2
 
Tom Sykes (kawasaki) goes immediately ahead in race 2, followed by Giugliano (Aprilia) and Rea (Honda). Unfortunately the young roman falls down at the Tosa, so Rea is now alone trying to keep pace with Sykes; behind him Laverty, Guintoli, Melandri and Davies.
Laverty leaves the scene at lap 4 at the Rivazza. Sykes leads the group and this seems to be the scenario: Baz and Camier are the only who try to juice up the race (they will end in this order). Ayrton Badovini is ninth. Noriyuki Haga's performance with an independent BMW has been colourless: he is last in both races.
 
After Imola the world championship ranking experiences a change at the top with Tom Sykes who is now first with 235 points, then Guintoli with 229. It has to be remembered that Monza race controversy has still to be resolved and that it will be probably discussed next July. Eugene Laverty is third (190), then Marco Melandri with 153 and Chaz Davies (154). In the brand ranking Aprilia is still on top with 30 points over Kawasaki.

 

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United Kingdom– august 4

Silverstone

august 4

RACE 1
 
The first line of these last races is really unusual. As a matter of fact Tom Sykes starts from the second line after a Superpole damaged by the rain, whereas Eugene Laverty is on the first line near Carlos Checa – author of a real miracle with Ducati – and Jonathan Rea.
The Race Direction has been suggested by the weather forecast to delay the race by twenty minutes.
 
Laverty starts very fast, followed by Rea and the two Kawasaky of Baez and Sykes. In the lead there's a small group of racers formed by Laverty, Rea, Sykes, Baz and Davies. A wild Sykes overtakes everyone at the fourth lap, but the white flag points out the presence of the rain. Rea tries to go first as the rain increases, but Baz doesn't release him. Positions go on changing and all the best racers carry on with the slicks.
 
Rea and Baz lenghten their stride, then the French goes in the lead. Haslam, Camier, Cluzel and Guintoli engage an interesting fight for the third place. Sykes is now eleventh. Baz loses positions, making this fight a struggle for the second place and, in the end, Rea is followed by Laverty, Camier (Suzuki), Guintoli and Baz.
 
RACE 2
 
The Kawasaki French rider, who showed his opposition to the events occurred to him during the week end, chooses an aggressive start during race 2 which helps him to go on top at the end of the first lap. It can be seen a sort of conga, where seven or eight racers put on a line and trade places. Rea recovers from the back, Chaz Davies (BMW) goes in the lead during half race, but three laps before the end he breaks the engine so that he has to give up the race.
 
Baz jumps on top followed by Cluzel and Laverty, while Rea, author of a spectacular recovery, is fourth before Camier.
The rain starts increasing two laps before the end and Cluzel and Haslam fall down, fortunately without serious consequences. At this point the Race Direction puts the red flag out and it takes into account the rank during the next lap. So Baz wins before Cluzel and Laverty.
 
After Silverstone the Superbike world championship rank has Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) as the leader: he has, after nine races, 262 points, that is to say 13 more than a mediocre Tom Sykes (Kawasaki). After the Moscow false step Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) leaps over Marco Melandri (BMW), who has 221 points, and is now third with 226 points. Thanks to his victory in race 2 Loris Baz (Kawasaki) is fifth, preceding Jonathan Rea, winner of Race 1. The other Italian racer in the top ten is Michel Fabrizio and he's eighth.
 
Next appointment will be on the first of September on the german racetrack of Nurburgring.

 

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Germany – september 1

Nurburgring

september 1

RACE 1
 
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) and Chaz Davies (BMW) shared the victories of the two German races of the Superbike Championship. Both races have been early interrupted by the Race Direction. The fall of Jonathan Rea (Honda) and Leon Camier (Suzuki) during the last two laps before the end of race 1 prevented Marco Melandri (BMW), who was leading at that moment, from being the winner, leaving him with a bad taste in his mouth.
 
The two british racers fared worse and had to be carried to the hospital: Rea broke his left thigh-bone, while Camier had a huge lump on his neck, without any negative consequence. These accidents allowed Sykes to win the race before Melandri and Davies, for he was leading during the former lap.
 
Ayrton Badovini (Ducati), who was in pole position on race 1, had not a good start: he lost several positions and ended ninth. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia), who was eighth, ended ninth, keeping the world leadership for one point only. Great recovery of Davide Giugliano (Aprilia), started 14th and ended fifth.
 
RACE 2
 
Race 2 has been characterized by Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)'s struggle for victory: he fell down during race 1, started from the back of the fourth line and contended the leading with Davies and Melandri. Another fall, this time it was Matej Smrz (Yamaha)'s turn, forced the Race Direction to interrupt again the race, giving the victory to Davies before Laverty and Melandri.
 
Sykes ended fourth: he crossed the finish line before Guintoli, leading the world championship with one point over the french. Ducati ended seventh with Badovini and Giugliano in sixth position.
 
Next appointment with the world Superbike is on the 15th of September in Turkey: it will be the 11th round of this season.

 

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Turkey – september 15

Istanbul

september 15

RACE 1

Eugene Laverty has today gained the first double-win of the season and the second of his carrer. It was a surprise for everybody and for himself, too, since he has not been the most well-trained racer during the test laps. In both races Laverty started after Sykes, who was poleman in Turkey: during the first part of the race he tried to reach for him, while he managed to pass him during the second part.
 
Sykes was also overtaken by Marco Melandri during race 1, who started seventh and was then successful in reaching the second step of the podium. The Kawasaki british racer and the Aprilia irish one have now 26 points of advantage in the rank (in Sykes's favour) and the same number of victories (six).
 
Istanbul racetrack, which hosted the other races derivated from the league for the first time, has been characterized by spectacular races today: Sylvain Guintoli, for example, lost out to world-beater Tom Sykes, who now leads with eight points over Guintoli. The Aprilia french racer ended fourth in the first part and third in the second part of the competion: he has not reached the podium for the last seven races.
 
RACE 2

It has been worse for Melandri: at the beginning of the race he had 30 points of disadvantage to Sykes, but then he ended with 33 points. Melandri gained the second place in race 1, but he was not able to go for seconds in race 2 and ended fourth.
 
Istanbul has also witnessed Toni Elias's debut, the former Moto2 world-beater. The spanish racer and his Aprilia reached the sixth and the fifth place, a result that raises his team – the Red Devil- hopes. Elias replaces Michel Fabrizio, who, in turn, is the substitute for the unfortunate Jonathan Rea with Honda up to the end of the world championship.
 
Ducati, Checa, Neukirchner and Badovini have been all unfortunate: the first two didn't take part to the competion, while the Italian racer took part only at some laps during the first part. Next Superbike appointment will be in Laguna Seca next 28th and 29th of September with a new format: race 1 will take part on Saturday and race 2 on Sunday, in order to allow European audience to follow the show not too late in the evening.

 

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USA - september 29

United States of America

september 29

RACE 1
 
The World Superbike Championship has come back to Laguna Seca after 10 years, giving to the audience two amazing races in a new format. Due to the european time zone, it was established to compete Race 1 on Saturday and Race 2 on Sunday. The first part of the race was very exited: it has been interrupted twice, due to the circuit reactivation after two falls, causing irritability among the racers.
 
Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty have been this twelfth world championship round main characters: the former was eight points over Guintoli before the US race, while he has now 23 points more than Laverty, who is at the second place in the world ranking at the moment. The latter played a central role during Race 2 as well, but the excessive use of the tyre prevented him to go on the podium.
 
Tom arrived fourth, but he has now almost one race of advantage over the others. During the very short Saturday race – only 12 laps – Sykes run ahead Chaz Davies, who was second and Eugene Laverty, who ended third and who was the protagonist of a spectacular overtaking on Marco Melandri – fourth - at the Corkscrew in the last lap .
 
RACE 2
 
Sykes started like a shot on Sunday, but then he has been overtaken by Laverty, Giugliano and Melandri as well in the last lap. Melandri ended third on the podium. Davide Giugliano was one of the main characters of Race 2: he run after the first racers during Race 1, while  he regained positions in the second race. He tried to pass Laverty in the last lap with no success. Anyway, he gained the second step of the podium.
 
The real disappointed of this race was Sylvain Guintoli – 24 points less than Sykes -, because he was not able to take advantage of a track favourable to him: as a matter of fact he started two times out of three on command, but in the last and decisive start, he was absent, so he ended fifth just as in Race 2 on Sunday.
 
Next Superbike appointment will be next weekend in France in Magny-Cours for the second to last season stage. On this racetrack Max Biaggi won for the second time the SBK.

France - october 6

Magny-Cours

october 6

RACE 1
 
The World Superbike Championship has come back to Laguna Seca after 10 years, giving to the audience two amazing races in a new format. Due to the european time zone, it was established to compete Race 1 on Saturday and Race 2 on Sunday. The first part of the race was very exited: it has been interrupted twice, due to the circuit reactivation after two falls, causing irritability among the racers.
 
Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty have been this twelfth world championship round main characters: the former was eight points over Guintoli before the US race, while he has now 23 points more than Laverty, who is at the second place in the world ranking at the moment. The latter played a central role during Race 2 as well, but the excessive use of the tyre prevented him to go on the podium.
 
Tom arrived fourth, but he has now almost one race of advantage over the others. During the very short Saturday race – only 12 laps – Sykes run ahead Chaz Davies, who was second and Eugene Laverty, who ended third and who was the protagonist of a spectacular overtaking on Marco Melandri – fourth - at the Corkscrew in the last lap .
 
RACE 2
 
Sykes started like a shot on Sunday, but then he has been overtaken by Laverty, Giugliano and Melandri as well in the last lap. Melandri ended third on the podium. Davide Giugliano was one of the main characters of Race 2: he run after the first racers during Race 1, while  he regained positions in the second race. He tried to pass Laverty in the last lap with no success. Anyway, he gained the second step of the podium.
 
The real disappointed of this race was Sylvain Guintoli – 24 points less than Sykes -, because he was not able to take advantage of a track favourable to him: as a matter of fact he started two times out of three on command, but in the last and decisive start, he was absent, so he ended fifth just as in Race 2 on Sunday.
 
Next Superbike appointment will be next weekend in France in Magny-Cours for the second to last season stage. On this racetrack Max Biaggi won for the second time the SBK.

 

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Spain – October 20

Jerez de la Frontera

October 20

RACE 1
 
Tom Sykes is 2013 Superbike world champion: the English racer takes the world title back to Kawasaki after Scott Russell's victory 20 years ago.
 
A fourth position would have been a sufficient result in order to win and Sykes didn't disappoint his supporters: he ended third. His season has been a big one: 9 victories (with 3 double-wins), 8 Superpoles, 18 podia and 13 fast laps. This time he hit the target he lost last year for only half a point, when Max Biaggi won the world title.
 
Eugene Laverty was Sykes's antagonist in Jerez, because he raked 9 victories up during this season.
He won both races this weekend: he sprung very fast in pole. In Race 1 Marco Melandri was leading, but Laverty overtook him at the last bend with an extraordinary external rush. Sykes, who was third during the whole race, hold back Guintoli, fourth.
 
RACE 2
 
In Race 2 Laverty was in the wake of Sykes: they struggled a bit, but then Sykes had some traction problems, so he had to slow down. Guintoli ended third, while Melandri, due to a domestic accident in which he hurt his right foot, didn't take part at the second part of the race. Jerez race was Melandri's last season in BMW: in fact he will be Aprilia new official racer next Tuesday and he will ride the motorbike Laverty used to ride.
 
Toni Elias was fifth and fourth: he was as competitive as he was in the Turkey round, the first he run in Superbike. On the other hand Davide Giugliano, because of some traction problems, fell short of expectations: he started from the first line, but then he ended sixth and tenth.
 
Superbike now goes on holiday, in order to come back in Phillip Island next year in February.

 

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