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Laguna WSB Race 2: Sykes wins crash-strewn dash to lead championship into summer break

Steve Hunt, 14 July 2014 01:00

With Chas Davies not returning to the grid - after a particularly large high-side in the earlier race saw him sent to the medical centre with concussion - the British contingent were short of one rider at a sunny Laguna Seca for race two. Tom Sykes, with a thirty-nine point lead in the championship, once again made a great start, ...

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Laguna WSB Race 1: Melandri leads Aprilia one-two at Laguna Seca

Steve Hunt, 14 July 2014 00:50

Despite a great start from Melandri in Laguna Seca, turn one still saw Sykes take the lead and - with his qualifying pace preceding him - what looked set to be another race win. But, after all his ruminations over the hills of Portimaso, it will be the blind crest of the corkscrew that he'll be cursing, after Sykes ran ...

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WSB: Rea wins Race Two with Ducati doubling-up behind

Steve Hunt, 06 July 2014 15:44

With the Portimao track now soaking wet from the downpour that began in the World Supersport race, the second run- now shortened to eighteen laps because of the conditions - looked to be a completely different prospect from that which saw Tom Sykes dominate race one earlier in the day. It was Rea – as he did in race one ...

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WSS: Vd Mark glimpses title as Kennedy grabs second

Steve Hunt, 06 July 2014 13:59

With pole-sitter, Kenan Sofuoglu needing a win to stand any chance of finishing the year with the World Supersport championship to his name, this was always going to be a fascinating race; especially with the current leader Michael Vd Mark [Pata Honda] and Jules Cluzel [MV Agusta Reparto] qualifying immediately behind him.It was the twenty-six your old Irishman, Jack Kennedy, ...

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WSB: Sykes extends championship lead with race one victory in Portimao

Steve Hunt, 06 July 2014 12:40

After yesterday’s blistering qualifying session where Tom Sykes firmly answered his critics and his own criticisms of the undulating track, an all British front-row and the clouds looking suspiciously grey and familiar to those top three riders, the first race of the day at Portimao started with high expectations.A great start from Jonathan Rea saw him take the lead on ...

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WSB: Sykes climbs to Pole in Portimao

Steve Hunt, 05 July 2014 16:05

The qualifying sessions of round eight in the World Superbike Championships took place in perfect track conditions today in Portimao, Portugal.With Melandri looking to continue showing the form he’d displayed in the previous Free Practice sessions and the contingent of British riders seemingly intent on bringing their twitter bickering onto the track, the day was set up for a fascinating ...

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Sepang Race Two: Melandri sparks championship race

Steve Hunt, 08 June 2014 11:15

Despite the Kawasaki's of Baz and Sykes both being fired up for a redemptive second stint -a first corner collision in race one saw both of them crash out - it was the British-based Frenchman, Guintoli, who grabbed the race by the scruff of the neck from the very first lap and looked all set to take the second win ...

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Sepang Race One: Melandri takes Aprilia-lead podium

Steve Hunt, 08 June 2014 09:30

Marco Melandri took his first win for Aprilia, in a strong 1-2 for the Italian team with Guintoli taking second. But it was a turn one incident that saw both of the Kawasaki Racing teammates of Baz and Sykes collide and crash out that will be the talking point of the race. Baz, making the change between the left and ...

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Sepang: Guintoli takes second pole of the campaign

Steve Hunt, 07 June 2014 11:26

After leading through free practice for the entire weekend, Sylvain Guintoli became the first rider to score two superpole wins for the 2014 season with a blistering qualifying display at Sepang. Although there was a late push from Kawasaki man Tom Sykes and Ducati’s Davide Giugliano  - who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively - it is the Aprilia man who now ...

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WSB France: Sykes edges closer to title with double

Steve Hunt, 06 October 2013 15:59

A determined Laverty knew that he had to win race two at Magny Cours if he were to stand any chance of snatching the World Superbike Championship away from the race one winner, Tom Sykes. With Sykes continuing his earlier race pace however, taking a 1.5 second lead by only the third lap, it was always going to be a ...

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