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Sykes secures commanding Aragon double

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Sunday 13th April, 2014 - 10:42pm

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Tom Sykes

Tom Sykes

World Superbike champion Tom Sykes has surged to the top of the championship standings after recording a double win at Spain’s Motorland Aragon circuit.

The British rider led team-mate Loris Baz home in both races to record an impressive Kawasaki Racing double 1-2 finish.

Sykes made no mistakes in race one as he powered into a healthy lead from pole with Baz  and Ducati’s Davide Giugliano in hot pursuit. The pair were the only two riders able to sustain the Englishman’s relentless pace at the front.

In the end, there was nothing Baz or Giugliano could do to halt Sykes as the focus shifted to the battle for second.

The duo swapped positions before Giugliano dropped back into third.

The final laps saw Giugliano involved in scrap for third with Pata Honda’s Jonathan Rea which resulted in contact.

The Italian came off worse and rejoined the race in eighth where he remained at the flag, while Rea grabbed the final spot on the podium.

Ducati’s Chaz Davies finished fourth ahead of the Suzuki of Eugene Laverty and Aprilia’s Sylvain Guintoli.

Sykes faced much more of a challenge in race two with Baz and Aprilia’s Marco Melandri pushing him all the way to the chequered flag.

The trio swapped places on several occasions during the final three laps, before Melandri ran wide at the final hairpin allowing Sykes and Baz through to claim a second 1-2 finish.

Guintoli came home in fourth ahead of Rea and Laverty.

Sykes holds a four point lead at the top of the standings ahead of the championship‘s third round at the legendary Assen circuit on April 27.

World Superbikes Motorland Aragon Results – Race 1 

Pos Rider Team/Bike Time
1 Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 17 laps
2 Loris Baz Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +4.275s
3 Jonathan Rea PATA Honda CBR1000RR +8.418s
4 Chaz Davies Ducati SBK 1199 Panigale R +15.715s
5 Eugene Laverty Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 +19.305s
6 Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia Racing RSV4 +21.998s
7 Toni Elias Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 +24.018s
8 Davide Giugliano Ducati SBK 1199 Panigale R +27.984s
9 Leon Haslam PATA Honda CBR1000RR +29.077s
10  Alex Lowes Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 +29.863s
11  Marco Melandri Aprilia Racing RSV4 +34.820s
12  Leon Camier BMW Italia S1000RR +35.255s (E)
13  David Salom Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +43.975s (E)
14  Jeremy Guarnoni MRS Kawasaki ZX-10R +46.721s (E)
15  Sheridan Morais IRON BRAIN Kawasaki ZX-10R +56.619s (E)
16  Luca Scassa Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +1m 16.469s (E)
17  Aaron Yates Team Hero EBR 1190RX +1m 35.047s
18  Imre Toth Team Toth BMW S1000RR +1m 48.427s
19  Alessandro Andreozzi Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +1m 51.222s (E)
20  Peter Sebestyen  Team Toth BMW S1000RR +2m 01.152s (E)
RET  Michel Fabrizio IRON BRAIN Kawasaki ZX-10R 9 laps completed (E)
RET  Niccolo Canepa Althea Ducati 1199 Panigale R 4 laps completed (E)
RET  Geoff May Team Hero EBR 1190RX 3 laps completed
RET  Claudio Corti MV Agusta RC F3RR 2 laps completed
RET  Fabien Foret MAHI Kawasaki ZX-10R 0 laps completed (E)

World Superbikes Motorland Aragon Results – Race 2

Pos Rider Team/Bike Time
1 Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 17 laps
2 Loris Baz Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +0.338s
3 Marco Melandri Aprilia Racing RSV4 +0.470s
4 Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia Racing RSV4 +5.429s
5 Jonathan Rea PATA Honda CBR1000RR +8.861s
6 Eugene Laverty Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 +15.986s
7 Davide Giugliano Ducati SBK 1199 Panigale R +18.206s
8 Leon Haslam PATA Honda CBR1000RR +25.513s
9 Toni Elias Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 +25.823s
10  David Salom Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +38.949s (E)
11  Niccolo Canepa Althea Ducati 1199 Panigale R +39.413s (E)
12  Leon Camier BMW Italia S1000RR +41.486s (E)
13  Sheridan Morais IRON BRAIN Kawasaki ZX-10R +1m 02.587s (E)
14  Luca Scassa Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +1m 09.720s (E)
15  Fabien Foret MAHI Kawasaki ZX-10R +1m 14.046s (E)
16  Alessandro Andreozzi Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +1m 14.233s (E)
17  Aaron Yates Team Hero EBR 1190RX +1m 35.195s
18  Imre Toth Team Toth BMW S1000RR +1m 37.781s
19  Peter Sebestyen Team Toth BMW S1000RR +1m 54.547s (E)
20  Geoff May Team Hero EBR 1190RX +1m 57.166s
RET  Michel Fabrizio IRON BRAIN Kawasaki ZX-10R 13 laps completed (E
RET  Jeremy Guarnoni MRS Kawasaki ZX-10R 9 laps completed (E)
RET  Claudio Corti MV Agusta RC F3RR 5 laps completed
RET  Chaz Davies Ducati SBK 1199 Panigale R 3 laps completed
RET  Alex Lowes Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000  1 lap completed

 

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