Tom Sykes Doubles Down In Spain
ALCANIZ, Spain – Tom Sykes swept both rounds of World Superbike competition Sunday at Motorland Aragon.
Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) led from turn one in the first race and was never headed, coming home several seconds ahead of Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team). Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) completed the podium in race one.
Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) crashed during the final lap whilst in second place, but the Italian rider was able to rejoin, eventually crossing the line in eighth place.
Other factory Ducati rider Chaz Davies was fourth ahead of Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) and Toni Elias (Red Devils Aprilia).
Twelfth place Leon Camier (BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike) was the winner in the EVO Category after a thrilling 17 lap race left the crowd enthralled in the Spanish sun, just ahead of local rider and other EVO entrant David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team).
The second race of the day at MotorLand Aragon was a carbon copy of race one, with Sykes and Baz dominating in the Spanish sun.
Baz, who had been unable to stick with his teammate in the opening race, looked a lot more comfortable this afternoon as did Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team), who was incredibly fast at the end of the race, closing down the two green machines rapidly to put himself in the hunt for the victory.
In a spectacular final three laps the three riders exchanged places a number of times with the deciding move coming at the final hairpin at the Aprilia of Melandri went wide allowing Sykes and Baz to claim a one-two finish for the second time today. Melandri finished third.
Guintoli was fourth, with race one podum finisher Rea and Laverty completing the top six.
Race one EVO winner Camier was involved in a race long dual with Althea Racing Ducati’s Niccolo Canepa and local rider David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team), with Salom taking the EVO honours after a last lap mistake from the BMW rider dropped him to 12th overall, handing the category victory to the local rider ahead of Canepa.