Guintoli wins shortened Phillip Island finale
Sylvain Guintoli took victory in a shortened second World Superbike clash at Phillip Island after Race 1 winner Eugene Laverty brought out the red flags.
The Frenchman had been fighting in a four rider scrap at the front for the majority of the race before he grabbed the lead with 10 laps remaining.
The Aprilia man looked set for a battle until the chequered flag, but a spectacular engine failure for Laverty curtailed the race seven laps from the end, gifting Guintoli victory.
Loris Baz, who briefly held the lead, finished second with Kawasaki team-mate and reigning world champion Tom Sykes in third.
Australian Glenn Allerton, who replaced the injured Sylvain Barrier, came home in 15th spot for BMW.
Guintoli once again led the field at the start of the race but he faced stiff competition for the position in the early stages, with a fast starting Baz and Marco Melandri ready to pounce.
Baz soon leapt into the lead from second which in turn pushed Guintoli down to fourth as both Laverty and Jonathan Rea capitalised. Elsewhere, Melandri ran off the circuit and dropped right down the order.
The Kawasaki man could only hold the lead until Lap 8 wen Laverty stormed through to the front. Meanwhile, Guintoli moved back into third ahead of Sykes as a four rider squabble for the race win developed.
The battle at the front proved to be a fierce one with any slight mistake being punished. Guintoli by now had recovered and his pace allowed him to move into second. He then forced his way through on Laverty to grab the lead with 10 laps to go.
Just three laps later the race was brought to a premature end. While hounding Guintoli for the lead, Laverty’s Suzuki expired dramatically. Luckily both rider and the rest of the field emerged through the drama.
However, officials deemed conditions too dangerous to continue and the race was red flagged. With more than two thirds distance completed, Guintoli was declared the winner from Baz and Sykes.
Ducati’s Davide Giugliano was fourth ahead of Pata Honda dup of Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam.
Chaz Davies ensured both Ducati’s finished in the top eight in seventh just in front of the recovering Melandri.
See below for the full Race 2 result
|1||Sylvain Guintoli||Aprilia Racing RSV4||15|
|2||Loris Baz||Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R||15||+0.283s|
|3||Tom Sykes||Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R||15||+1.103s|
|4||Davide Giugliano||Ducati SBK 1199R||15||+2.052s|
|5||Jonathan Rea||Pata Honda CBR1000RR||15||+4.951s|
|6||Leon Haslam||Pata Honda CBR1000RR||15||+5.673s|
|7||Chaz Davies||Ducati SBK 1199R||15||+9.664s|
|8||Marco Melandri||Aprilia Racing RSV4||15||+10.574s|
|9||Toni Elias||Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4||15||+11.682s|
|10||David Salom||Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R||15||+15.065s (E)|
|11||Niccolo Canepa||Althea Ducati 1199R||15||+16.294s (E)|
|12||Fabien Foret||MAHI Kawasaki ZX-10R||15||+16.919s (E)|
|13||Alex Lowes||Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000||15||+19.694s|
|14||Sheridan Morais||IRON BRAIN Kawasaki ZX-10R||15||+27.266s (E)|
|15||Glenn Allerton||BMW Italia S1000RR||15||+27.845s (E)|
|16||Jeremy Guarnoni||MRS Kawasaki ZX-10R||15||+29.431s (E)|
|17||Alessandro Andreozzi||Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R||15||+36.393s (E)|
|18||Claudio Corti||MV Agusta RC Yakhnich F4RR||15||+37.018s|
|19||Imre Toth||Team Toth BMW S1000RR||15||+54.093s|
|20||Aaron Yates||Team Hero EBR 1190RX||15||+1m 13.385s|
|DNF||Eugene Laverty||Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000||14|
|Sylvain Guintoli||41 pts||Aprilia||Aprilia Racing Team|
|Loris Baz||31 pts||Kawasaki||Kawasaki Racing Team|
|Davide Guigliano||26 pts||Ducati||Ducati Superbike Team|
|Eugene Laverty||25 pts||Suzuki||Voltcom Crescent Suzuki|
|Tom Sykes||25 pts||Kawasaki||Kawasaki Racing Team|
|Jonathan Rea||21 pts||Honda||Pata Honda|
|Chaz Davies||17 pts||Ducati||Ducati Superbike Team|
|David Salom||13 pts||Kawasaki||Kawasaki Racing Team|
|Niccolo Canepa||11 pts||Ducati||Althea Racing|