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Tom Sykes takes double victory at Magny Cours and closes in on World Championship title

Tom Sykes took a double victory yesterday in the penultimate round of the World Superbike championship at Magny-Cours to further cement his title advantage as the championship heads towards the season finale at Jerez de la Frontera in less than two weeks.

The Kawasaki rider scored a full 50 points on Sunday to take a 37 point advantage over title rivals Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli.

Race 1

Starting from pole position, Sykes moved into the lead immediately and despite efforts from the two Aprilia riders, the Briton made a clean break from Guintoli after the fifth lap, and remained uncontested from the rest of the field until the proceedings were halted by a red flag on the fourth to last lap when Pedercini’s Mark Aitchison highsided with his Kawasaki ZX-10R, with the machine going up in a blaze of fire on the asphalt.

Guintoli would score a second place podium, while team mate Laverty couldn’t match the two front-runners having been caught up in a heated battle with BMW’s Marco Melandri and Althea’s Davide Giugliano early on, which made him lose contact, he would however prevail and ride to a lonely third.

Following in fourth was Giugliano, while Marco Melandri saw his attempt to keep his title challenge alive, fizzle out after finishing in fifth.

Ducati’s MotoGP test rider Michele Pirro, who is replacing recovering Carlos Checa in the Alstare Ducati team rode his Panigaleand took sixth in his WSBK debut after crashing twice on Saturday, and he bested Pata Honda duo Michel Fabrizio (replacing injured Jonathan Rea) and Leon Haslam.

Alstare’s regularly contracted rider Ayrton Badovini finished in 9th and ahead of WSBK returnee and veteran Lorenzo Lanzi who closed out the top ten, riding an outdated, but still very much homologated Ducati 1098R for wild card team entry, Mesaroli Transports A.S.

PHOTO GALLERY: SBK Magny Cours 2013 - The Paddock Girls!

Race 2

The second SBK race was red flagged as well, but this time for drizzling rain and the fact that Guintoli and Laverty who were battling for second crashed out on the final lap at the Adelaide corner, as Sykes was once again crossing the finishing line with an ample margin over the second and third place finishers.

Luckily for Laverty and Guintoli, they were able to remount and return to the pitlane within the five minute rule and based on the count back were credited with podium finishes.

Magny Cours is Sykes' third double victory of the 2013 season after the Donington Park and Imola rounds.

Davide Giugliano took another fourth-place finish ahead of BMW rider, but this time it was Chaz Davies, who made up for his DNF in race 1, while team mate Marco Melandri couldn’t do better than 7th.

World Endurance Champion Vincent Philippe who was filling in for injured FIXI Crescent Suzuki rider Leon Camier, took an excellent sixth after being caught up in the tail end of Toni Elias’ crash in the first race, while the Red Devils rider grabbed 8th ahead of Lorenzo Lanzi and Ayrton Badovini who finished tenth, much better than temporary team mate Michele Pirro who crashed out early.

Race 2 proved to be highly problematic for the Pata Honda riders as both Haslam and Fabrizio suffered technical issues that forced them to pit.

2013 WSBK Magny Cours Race 1 results:

  1. 1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 29′38.830
  2. 2. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 29′40.976
  3. 3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 29′49.473
  4. 4. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 29′54.517
  5. 5. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 30′02.403
  6. 6. Michele Pirro (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale 30′12.678
  7. 7. Michel Fabrizio (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 30′16.429
  8. 8. Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 30′16.733
  9. 9. Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale 30′17.011
  10. 10. Lorenzo Lanzi (Mesaroli Transports A.S.) Ducati 1098R 30′30.434
  11. 11. David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 30′33.572
  12. 12. Federico Sandi (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 30′42.272
  13. 13. Vincent Philippe (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 30′46.006
  14. 14. Fabrizio Lai (MR-Racing) Ducati 1199 Panigale 31′03.680
  15. 15. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 31′05.908
  16. RT. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 30′38.548
  17. RT. Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 25′48.876
  18. RT. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 3′22.383
  19. RT. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 4′07.271

2013 WSBK Magny Cours Race 2 results:

  1. 1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 34′36.149
  2. 2. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34′47.240
  3. 3. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34′47.486
  4. 4. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34′59.157
  5. 5. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 35′01.873
  6. 6. Vincent Philippe (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 35′10.911
  7. 7. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 35′12.368
  8. 8. Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 35′17.106
  9. 9. Lorenzo Lanzi (Mesaroli Transports A.S.) Ducati 1098R 35′19.862
  10. 10. Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale 35′29.337
  11. 11. David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 35′32.400
  12. 12. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 35′40.197
  13. 13. Federico Sandi (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 35′40.392
  14. 14. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 35′46.495
  15. 15. Fabrizio Lai (MR-Racing) Ducati 1199 Panigale 36′05.590
  16. RT. Michel Fabrizio (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 21′48.713
  17. RT. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 20′40.188
  18. RT. Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 11′45.088
  19. RT. Michele Pirro (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale 3′24.776

PHOTO GALLERY: SBK Magny Cours 2013 - The Paddock Girls!

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