Guintoli wins shortened Phillip Island finale

Sylvain Guintoli took out a shortened Race 2

Sylvain Guintoli took out a shortened Race 2

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

Pos Rider Team laps Gap
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

 

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS 

Pos

Rider Points Bike Team

1

  Sylvain Guintoli 41 pts Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team

2

  Loris Baz 31 pts Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team

4

  Davide Guigliano 26 pts Ducati Ducati Superbike Team

5

  Eugene Laverty 25 pts Suzuki Voltcom Crescent Suzuki

6

  Tom Sykes 25 pts Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team

7

  Jonathan Rea 21 pts Honda Pata Honda

8

  Chaz Davies 17 pts Ducati Ducati Superbike Team

9

  David Salom 13 pts Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team

10

  Niccolo Canepa 11 pts Ducati Althea Racing

 

 

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