Oct 20, 2013
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by David Swarts
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The Circuit de Jerez.
eni FIM Superbike World Championship
October 20, 2013
Race One Results (all on Pirelli tires):
1. Eugene LAVERTY, Ireland (Aprilia RSV4 Factory), 21 laps, 36:00.919
2. Marco MELANDRI, Italy (BMW S1000RR), -0.218 second
3. Tom SYKES, UK (Kawasaki ZX-10R), -6.681 seconds
4. Sylvain GUINTOLI, France (Aprilia RSV4 Factory), -9.327
5. Toni ELIAS, Spain (Aprilia RSV4 Factory), -20.446
6. David GIUGLIANO, Italy (Aprilia RSV4 Factory), -27.633
7. Chaz DAVIES, UK (BMW S1000RR), -28.621
8. Leon CAMIER, UK (Suzuki GSX-R1000), -29.548
9. Xavi FORES, Spain (Ducati 1199 Panigale R), -29.964
10. Mark AITCHISON, Australia (Kawasaki ZX-10R), -36.981
11. Jules CLUZEL, France (Suzuki GSX-R1000), -37.008
12. Sylvain BARRIER, France (BMW S1000RR), -43.179
13. Ayrton BADOVINI, Italy (Ducati 1199 Panigale R), -47.260
14. Max NEUKIRCHNER, Germany (Ducati 1199 Panigale R), -52.154
15. Lorenzo LANZI, Italy (Ducati 1098R), -52.154, ran off track
16. Federico SANDI, Italy (Kawasaki ZX-10R), -52.912
17. Michel FABRIZIO, Italy (Honda CBR1000RR), -62.109
18. Broc PARKES, Australia (Yamaha YZF-R1), -62.568
19. Vittorio IANNUZZO, Italy (BMW S1000RR), -6 laps, DNF, retired
20. Leon HASLAM, UK (Honda CBR1000RR), -8 laps, DNF, retired
More, from a press release issued by SBK Press Office:
Laverty wins Race 1 as Sykes clinches the title
Jerez (Spain), Sunday 20 October 2013 - Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) is the new eni FIM Superbike World Champion. The 28 year old from Huddersfield, England, rode a smart race and crossed the line in third place, a result that allowed him to clinch his first-ever World Title, in his fifth year of racing in the series. Sykes also brings the title back to Kawasaki after 20 long years – the last one dated back to 1993 and was won by Scott Russell.
Today's first race was won by Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) after a superb final lap overtake on Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrrad GoldBet), on the outside, at the last turn. The two riders pulled away in the early laps, with Laverty leader for most of race until the penultimate tour, when the Italian passed the Irishman at Turn 6. Thanks to Laverty's win, Aprilia retains the Manufacturers' title.
Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) finished a lonely fourth, ahead of Toni Elias (Red Devils Aprilia) and Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia), both unable to repeat on the race distance the competitive lap-times set in free practice and qualifying. The Top-10 for Race 1 was completed by Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki), Xavi Fores (Team Ducati Alstare) and Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini Kawasaki).
Results: 1. Laverty (Aprilia) 21 Laps/92.820 km in 36'00.919 average 154.634 kph; 2. Melandri (BMW) 0.218; 3. Sykes (Kawasaki) 6.681; 4. Guintoli(Aprilia) 9.327; 5. Elias (Aprilia) 20.446; 6. Giugliano (Aprilia) 27.633; 7. Davies (BMW) 28.621; 8. Camier (Suzuki) 29.548; 9. Fores (Ducati) 29.964; 10. Aitchison (Kawasaki) 36.981; 11. Cluzel (Suzuki) 37.008; 12. Barrier (BMW) 43.179; 13. Badovini (Ducati) 47.260; 14. Neukirchner (Ducati) 52.154;15. Lanzi (Ducati) 52.912; 16. Sandi (Kawasaki) 54.414; 17. Fabrizio (Honda) 1'02.109; 18. Parkes (Yamaha) 1'02.568; 19. Iannuzzo (BMW) 6 Laps; RT. Haslam (Honda).
More, from a press release issued by Aprilia:
EXTRAORDINARY WIN FOR EUGENE LAVERTY IN RACE1 AT JEREZ WITH A DRAMATIC PASS IN THE LAST TURN.
25 POINTS THAT CONSECRATE APRILIA AS 2013 SUPERBIKE MANUFACTURER WORLD CHAMPION.
A DROP IN PHYSICAL FITNESS DURING THE SECOND HALF OF THE RACE KEPT SYLVAIN GUINTOLI FROM ATTACKING THE PODIUM.
Jerez, 20 October 2013 – With the peremptory win in Race1 at Jerez Eugene Laverty secured the 2013 Superbike Manufacturer World Championship title for Aprilia. This is the fifth World Championship title for the Italian brand in the last four years of WSBK and the second consecutive Manufacturer title.
The Spanish race was a battle between Laverty out front, starting from pole position, and Melandri, clearly the fastest two from the first lap. Eugene controller the race until two laps from the end when a decisive overtake by Melandri, hard on the brakes, forced them both to go wide, changing places when re-entering the track. Laverty closed the gap aggressively before astonishing fans by overtaking in the last turn. For the Northern Irish rider this is the eighth win of the season.
Eugene Laverty: “The pass in the last lap was one of my best ones. I knew I had to try on that turn but I only had a fraction of a second to decide on the move. I would have been disappointed to finish second after leading the whole race basically from the beginning. Marco overtook me quite aggressively and we both went wide, but there isn’t any problem because we cleared the air straight away. My compliments to Tom Sykes and his team. They ran an excellent race and they deserve the Rider Title”.
Sylvain Guintoli: “The important thing for me this race was to secure third place in the Championship and I managed to do that. I wanted to try and attack Tom but at the halfway point I started to get tired and my shoulder began to weaken so I wasn’t able to ride at my best. In any case this was a great season for Aprilia. Eugene and I showed that the RSV4 is the strongest bike on the starting grid. We made up for each other. When he had some difficulties I earned important points and vice versa. I have no regrets. To the contrary, I value the experience I gained this season which will be very important in 2014”.
Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Manager: “The Manufacturer title is an important affirmation which is the merit of a perfect team and two riders who had an extraordinary season. It is rare to have two such important talents in the garage in the same season. Laverty and Guintoli have been in the battle for the world title since the first round. With one race still left to go Laverty’s 8 wins are proof that he has added sports experience and consistent results to his natural speed. Guintoli led the championship for most of the season thanks to consistently exceptional performance and we thank them for the Manufacturer title that we won today”.