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Sykes heads another Kawasaki 1-2 in race two at Donington
Donington (Great Britain), Sunday 25 May 2014 - The second race of the day for the eni FIM Superbike World Championship was once again a close encounter, with reigning World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) coming out victorious to take an impressive double in front of his home crowd, just like one year ago.
The 23 lap race then saw a three way fight between Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) and the Kawasaki Racing Team duo Loris Baz and Tom Sykes, with the #1 eventually pulling away in the final laps to claim his 18th career win in the series. Thanks to a masterful performance in both of today's outings, Sykes now lies on top of the standings, 26 points ahead of Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) and teammate Loris Baz.
Tom Sykes: "Maybe race one was the best race of my career. We had a problem on the first laps of race one and Loris came quite aggressively in turn one. I lost some positions and in the first half a lap, on full lean angle the bike was cutting the power. I almost came into the pits but the Ninja cleared itself and after that the bike was working very well. In race two I knew Loris would have a good pace and Sylvain always goes well round Donington. I just kept pushing and took the lead and then the win. It is great to take another double and also take the championship lead again."
The leading bunch of riders locked together in the early stages until a clash between first race podium finisher Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) and Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) at the Melbourne Hairpin split the group. Both riders eventually remounted their bikes, with Lowes recovering several places to end up 9th.
Alex Lowes: "Leading my first World Superbike race was mega! Race 1 was good, although I struggled a bit towards the end. It's the home race for both the team and myself, so I'm pleased with the result. I'm really disappointed about the second race, I had a good pace and I could have had another top 3 finish. I tried my best and I got away with a ninth place, even though my bike was damaged. We have proved we can run at the front and we'll move on with the confidence gained here at Donington."
Just as in race one Loris Baz took second position with Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) taking the last podium place after a much stronger second race for the Frenchman.
Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) recovered from his crash earlier to claim 4th.
Other factory Ducati rider Chaz Davies was a lonely 5th ahead of Rea who finished 6th. David Salom added to the celebrations for Kawasaki in the EVO category, by once again being the best classified rider, finishing a credible 10th overall.
Aaron Yates (Team Hero EBR) and Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) fell before half distance, neither rider sustaining any injury. Laverty however was able to remount and salvage 3 points.
As in the opening race, Leon Camier (BMW Motorrad Italia) and Geoff May (Team Hero EBR) were not on the grid, Camier nursing an injury sustained in yesterday's Tissot-Superpole, May unable to take part due to an ongoing technical problem.
Results: 1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 23 Laps/92.529 km in 34'14.134 average 162.163 kph; 2. Baz (Kawasaki) 3.678; 3. Guintoli (Aprilia) 7.376; 4. Giugliano (Ducati) 10.827; 5. Davies (Ducati) 15.140; 6. Rea (Honda) 17.975; 7. Haslam (Honda) 33.737; 8. Elias (Aprilia) 40.362; 9. Lowes (Suzuki) 41.465; 10. Salom (Kawasaki) 48.929; 11. Canepa (Ducati) 49.229; 12. Corti (MV Agusta) 57.984; 13. Laverty (Suzuki) 1'00.751; 14. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 1'01.697; 15. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 1'03.349; 16. Morais (Kawasaki) 1'03.820; 17. Melandri (Aprilia) 1'05.485; 18. Foret (Kawasaki) 1'11.049; 19. Lanusse (Kawasaki) 1'15.943; 20. Toth (BMW) 1 Lap; RT. Yates (EBR); SH. Badovini (Bimota) 40.579; SH. Iddon (Bimota) 47.949.
Standings (Round 5 of 13): 1. Sykes 185; 2. Rea 159; 3. Baz 159; 4. Guintoli 148; 5. Davies 109; 6. Melandri 97; 7. Giugliano 82; 8. Haslam 75; 9. Lowes 73; 10. Laverty 65; 11. Elias 65; 12. Salom 46; 13. Canepa 38; 14. Camier 20; 15. Scassa 16; 16. Foret 14; 17. Guarnoni 12; 18. Corti 10; 19. Morais 10; 20. Allerton 6; 21. Bos 5; 22. Andreozzi 4; 23. Fabrizio 2. Manufacturers: 1. Kawasaki 193; 2. Aprilia 162; 3. Honda 159; 4. Ducati 137; 5. Suzuki 115; 6. BMW 26; 7. MV Agusta 10.
After a thrilling 20 lap World Supersport race at Donington Park, Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) has taken his second win of the season after a tense final three corners saw him fend off Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich Motorsport). Kev Coghlan (DMC-Panavto Yamaha) was back on the podium, taking the final place on the rostrum after being in the leading fight until the closing stages. Former World Champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Team India Kawasaki) suffered another technical problem while leading but unlike in recent races the Turk was able to bring his machine home in... (read more)
Results: 1. Vd Mark (Honda) 20 Laps/80.460 km in 30'47.132 average 156.814 kph; 2. Cluzel (MV Agusta) 0.114; 3. Coghlan (Yamaha) 1.266; 4. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 1.556; 5. Marino (Kawasaki) 7.472; 6. Jacobsen (Kawasaki) 10.557; 7. Kennedy (Honda) 13.952; 8. Tamburini (Kawasaki) 14.783; 9. De Rosa (Honda) 15.363; 10. Rolfo (Kawasaki) 16.585; 11. Bussolotti (Honda) 22.829; 12. Wilairot (Honda) 24.005; 13. Russo (Honda) 38.908; 14. Nocco (Kawasaki) 45.198; 15. Leonov (MV Agusta) 46.175; etc.
Standings (Round 5 of 12): 1. Vd Mark 90; 2. Marino 76; 3. Cluzel 62; 4. Coghlan 60; 5. Zanetti 49; 6. De Rosa 45; 7. Sofuoglu 38; 8. Tamburini 37; 9. Rolfo 36; 10. Jacobsen 32; 11. Wahr 23; 12. Bussolotti 21; 13. Russo 21; 14. Menghi 19; 15. Kennedy 19; 16. Gamarino 16; 17. Leonov 13; 18. Wilairot 13; 19. Gowland 9; 20. Nocco 8; 21. Coveņa 6; 22. Schmitter 3; 23. Calero 3; 24. Rogers 1. Manufacturers: 1. Honda 111; 2. Kawasaki 87; 3. Yamaha 70; 4. MV Agusta 70; 5. Triumph 9.
European Junior Cup
Javier Orellana (Europ Food SL) has come out victorious in the 10 lap Pata European Junior Cup race, held in drying conditions today at Donington Park. The 16 year old from Mallorca, Spain, who is currently contesting his third season in the series, was able to take the lead and to get a small margin on the five-rider chasing pack on the last lap, crossing the line ahead of Angelo Licciardi (S.E.F.A.B Racing), Augusto Fernandez (WIL Sport), Illan Fernandez (Evo Kids Racing) and Mika Perez (Cuna de Campeones). Orellana now lies second in the standings, six points behind leader Augusto Fernandez.
Results: 1. Orellana 10 Laps/40.230 km in 18'44.629 average 128.778 kph; 2. Licciardi 0.719; 3. Fernandez 0.899; 4. Fernandez 0.933; 5. Perez 1.138; 6. Miralles 1.933; 7. Van Sikkelerus 35.261; 8. London 40.947; 9. Wisdom 41.319; 10. Geissler 1'07.937; 11. Soomer 1'09.634; 12. Drayton 1'16.712; 13. Van Schoonhoven 1'17.226; 14. Moreno 1'28.573; 15. Levy 1'43.976; etc.
Standings (Round 4 of 8): 1. Fernandez 79; 2. Orellana 73; 3. Miralles 62; 4. Hubner 40; 5. Licciardi 34; 6. Fernandez 34; 7. Perez 33; 8. Harland 27; 9. Grassia 27; 10. London 26; 11. Soomer 25; 12. Van Sikkelerus 20; 13. Wisdom 20; 14. Brink 13; 15. Geissler 10; 16. Hill 8; 17. Gabellini 7; 18. Moreno 5; 19. Drayton 4; 20. Zhu 4; 21. Van Schoonhoven 3; 22. Ortt 2; 23. Patterson 2; 24. Levy 2.
Positive results for the Ducati Superbike Team in today's SBK races at Donington Park
Donington Park (UK), Sunday 25 May 2014 - a positive race day overall for the Ducati Superbike team and riders Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano today at Donington Park. Although Davide Giugliano crashed out of race 1 while fighting for the win, he closed race two in fourth place, while Chaz Davies finished both of the day's races in fifth position.
Race 1 - Despite early morning rain, the track had dried in time for race one (air temperature 16°C, track 22°C). Starting from pole, Giugliano didn't make the best start and was lying sixth after lap one. He quickly made up for lost ground however, and in the space of only a few laps he passed first Haslam and then Melandri and Guintoli to move into third place by lap eight. He also got past Lowes a couple of laps later and was lapping second, only a fraction of a second behind race leader Baz. Unfortunately, while pushing to stick with the Frenchman, Davide crashed on entering turn 9. He was unhurt in the fall but was unfortunately unable to continue the race.
Chaz got away well from eleventh on the grid and after the first handful of laps he was already up into seventh place. Battling first with Haslam and later with Rea, the Ducati Superbike rider got into a good rhythm and gradually improved on his position. He managed the final stages of the race well, and crossed the line in final fifth position, earning important points for the standings.
Race 2 - Giugliano got off the line quickly but contact with Rea during the opening lap caused him to lose several positions and he was lying eleventh after that first lap. Over the subsequent laps he made a strong recovery, managing to pass a number of riders to move into fourth position by lap six. In the second half of the race, and separated by a couple of seconds from the leading three, Giugliano maintained a strong pace to the line, closing in fourth place.
Davies once again made up several positions in the initial phase of the race to position sixth by lap six. Having worked to get past Rea on lap fourteen, he too continued to lap consistently fast, holding his position and therefore crossing the line right behind his teammate, in fifth place.
After five championship rounds, Davies is now in fifth position in the rider's classification, with 109 points, while Giugliano lies seventh with 82 points. Ducati places fourth in the manufacturer's classification with 137 points.
Quotes after the races:
Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team #34) - DNF, 4th
"The crash in race one meant that I really wanted to do well in the second. I don't really know how to explain that crash. I was too far over on the inside heading into the turn and when the bike touched the kerb my glove got caught on the throttle. The bike therefore didn't slow down and I just lost control of it. In race 2, the first laps were difficult and during lap one, to avoid contact with another rider, I lost many positions. I then went after those ahead of me and I'd almost reached Guintoli for third but perhaps in the recovery I'd asked too much of my tyres and so I had to settle for final fourth position."
Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team #7) - 5th, 5th
"I said yesterday that if I were to finish top five I'd be happy so we achieved that objective. It would have been nice to be on the podium but all in all I'm not too disappointed with the results. The races went fairly well though I struggled getting out of some of the turns. We made some changes for race 2 and the pace was better, we made a step forward but maybe not quite enough, perhaps we should have been a bit bolder with our choices. Our pace is still a couple of tenths off those ahead of us, so we still need to work to improve that. Anyway overall I'm fairly pleased; I feel that I did all I could and enjoyed the racing today."
Ernesto Marinelli (Ducati Superbike Project Director)
"This weekend has been, all things considered, a positive one, with Davide's pole position as well as race one in which he was a frontrunner prior to his crash, proof of our competitiveness which has allowed us to finish inside the top five. Chaz confirmed the positive trend in the races, continually improving his pace throughout the weekend. In race 2 we suffered a little in the final stages and must work hard to improve traction on exiting the corners, something that penalized us today. I want to thank both the riders but also the whole team as well as those at home that with dogged determination work tirelessly, allowing us to improve race after race. I'm convinced that it's only a matter of time before we are finally able to celebrate."
PODIUM FOR SYLVAIN GUINTOLI AT DONINGTON.
MELANDRI, FOURTH IN RACE 1, CRASHES DUE TO CONTACT IN RACE 2 WHILST BATTLING IN THE TOP POSITIONS.
Donington (UK), 25 May 2014 - A nice third place for Sylvain Guintoli closes out the weekend for Aprilia Racing at Donington in the English round of World Superbike. With this result the Frenchman stays in the top part of the championship standings at 11 points from second place and 37 from the leader. It was a shame that during the first race while duelling with Baz he ran straight on and was relegated to a seventh place finish.
Sylvain Guintoli: "Race 1 did not go as I had hoped. I started off well, pushing hard, but then I wasn't able to keep the pace and I was really struggling. Then the team did a great job for Race 2. The bike changed a lot and my pace improved compared to the first race. I pushed hard to get away from Davide Giugliano but I wasn't able to keep up with the two front runners. Anyway, this podium, on a track that is certainly not one of my favourites, tastes like victory to me".
Marco Melandri, after finishing Race 1 in fourth place, seemed better in the second race and even able to battle for one of the top positions. A good start (from the third spot on the front row of the grid) had him duelling for first place with team mate Guintoli. However, in the fourth lap contact with Lowes, who came from behind and bumped him full on, forced him into a crash, taking him out of play. Marco courageously made up positions but only after a long stop which relegated him to the bottom of the final standings.
Marco Melandri: "I can't help but be disappointed. In Race 1 I struggled to go fast, but in Race 2 I'm sure I could have taken a spot on the podium because with the changes we made the conditions were a lot better. Unfortunately things didn't go well and it wasn't my fault. On the positive side we collected some important information about how to adapt the bike to my riding style. Now I just want to take things one race at a time, trying to improve constantly so I can get the good results that I know I am capable of".
SUPERB DOUBLE VICTORY FOR BIMOTA ALSTARE
Team Bimota Alstare Bimota rider Ayrton Badovini won the EVO class in both World Superbike races at Donington today on the continually improving BB3. He finished 10th overall in race one and then went even better in race two, finishing 9th overall. In the first race, he ended twelve seconds in front of the nearest EVO class rider and in race two the margin between him and the next EVO rider was eight seconds.
His team mate, Christian Iddon's first race ended after just four laps when he lost the front end and crashed out. But he made up for it in race two by finishing 11th overall and second in the EVO class, to make it a Team Bimota Alstare 1-2. As the BB3 is currently awaiting homologation, both Ayrton and Christian's results are excluded from the points, but today's superb performances show that the BB3 is realising its potential sooner than later.
Ayrton Badovini - Race 1: 10th overall, 1st EVO class - Race 2: 9th overall, 1st EVO class
"I am really happy with today - especially after yesterday's crash. It's always difficult after a crash and I didn't have a good feeling with the bike in this morning's warm-up - maybe because it was pretty wet and very slippery. So when the track dried and the sun started to come out and the prospects for two dry races looked good, I immediately felt a lot better about the situation.
I knew that my BB3 worked well in the dry here and when I got off to good starts in both 23-lap races, I felt that this could be a good day. I felt comfortable on the bike and riding was easy - and for that I would like to say a big ?thank you' to the team for all the work they put in. I had no particular problems in either race, though we need to improve the feel of the front end a bit more. I would like to dedicate my two EVO wins today to Francis Batta and the team - both are very special to me."
Christian Iddon - Race 1: DNF - Race 2: 11th overall, 2nd EVO class
"I crashed after four laps in race one and it was my fault, because I was a bit too hasty. I had started well and got ahead of some of the good guys, but then lost some places in the chicane and hairpin. I tried to get back all the positions I had lost in one corner and that was my undoing because I was a bit too aggressive and lost the front. There was plenty of time left in the race, so I should have waited to make my move.
Because of that, I was probably a bit too cautious at the start of race two on the first lap. I wanted to get settled before I started to push hard. My seat came loose after a couple of laps, but it was not a huge problem and after a while I got used to the feeling. A lap or so later, I had a feeling that the engine wasn't running right and I rode steadily, but a bit nervously, in case something happened. But the bike seemed to be working OK, so I just carried on.
For us to finish first and second in the EVO class today is pretty amazing, especially when you consider that we beat a lot of really good guys on the way."
Francis Batta (Team Manager)
"When you have a good day like today, it's not necessary to say much. I am very happy with our two victories in the EVO class and our 1-2 in race two made it a bit special. It's reward for all the hard work the whole team has put in since this project started - and that was not that long ago at all! We always felt that the BB3 had potential and tody has proved it."
Lowes delights at Donington
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki racer Alex Lowes thrilled the home fans today with a podium in the opening eni FIM Superbike World Championship race at Donington Park.
Lowes consolidated a quick start on his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R by aiming straight for the front, taking the lead before the first lap was completed and holding it for two revolutions before a battle between Kawasaki's Loris Baz and Aprilia's Sylvain Guintoli relegated him to third. Mid-race saw the locally-based rider battling for second on a number of occasions before settling in to a rhythm, and a comfortable third place.
Race two saw Lowes consolidate his grid place in the early stages, running fourth for the opening laps before a coming together with Aprilia's Marco Melandri on lap five. Picking his bike up the British racer re-joined at the back of the field, and maintaining his original pace, he began the task of cutting this way through. With a stunning ride in-front of the cheering home crowd - even taking two riders at once on lap 14 - Lowes finished the race in an impressive ninth place to score seven valuable championship points, setting the fastest lap of the race and recording the highest speed trap of all riders for good measure.
Eugene Laverty had a similar battle in the day's second outing. Falling on the same lap, just moments after his teammate, the Irishman battled his Suzuki GSX-R from 22nd to secure 13th, and three points, at the line. After a promising start, Laverty leaves Donington with little to show for the weekend's hard work - a crash also cutting short his first race at lap five - but will re-group for the next Championship outing in Sepang in a fortnight's time.
Kawasaki's Tom Sykes stole the show with a double victory as a rain-hit Donington Park gave way to a pleasant and sun-filled afternoon of racing for the 30 thousand spectators.
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki will now look to prepare for the forthcoming flyaway race at Sepang, in Malaysia on the 8th June.
"Race one was good, I struggled a bit at the end, but the start and leading my first World Superbike race was great! It's nice for the team at the home race as well, so I'm really pleased with that. I am disappointed with the second race. The bike improved a lot, we had made some good changes - so thanks to Lez for that - I had good pace and I could've had another podium. I tried my best and got a ninth place, pushing really hard right to the end even though my bike was badly damaged. We'll move on with the confidence gained this weekend as we have proved we can run at the front. My starts were better and I mixed it in with the top boys so I'm looking forward to the rest of the year, I've got some solid results now and I can't wait for Sepang!"
"The tough run continues. Race one we were looking strong but I made a mistake, through the chicane I dug my knee into the grass and it ripped me from the bike and I had a huge crash. In the second race your guess is as good as mine! I was just cruising because I needed to stay on-board to get a decent finish, and suddenly I lost the front. It's disappointing because the potential is so good."
Paul Denning- Team Manager:
"It's been an impressive weekend?s work for Alex, his crew and for the Voltcom Crescent GSX-R. The first race was exactly the right balance between pushing hard when he needed to and settling for a fantastic podium at the end of the race. Race two was a huge disappointment but a better performance in many ways. The accident was pretty much unavoidable, and with a heavily damaged bike - which in most circumstances a rider would call unridable - clawed his way back from dead last to ninth place and even on the last lap of the race was the fastest rider on track. Race two was a definite podium at worst and a hard fight for the win at best, it didn't happen but that shouldn't detract from what was a stunning day's work.
"The story for Eugene was very different unfortunately. We've had a difficult run over the last few weeks and the potential we've seen in practice hasn't translated into results. The starts weren't a problem today, we got away and soon battled through to the front group but mistakes in both races meant that Eugene wasn't able to capitalise. We will go to Malaysia with the target of rebuilding Eugene's confidence, finding the sweet spot in the bike for him and capitalising on the obvious potential."