World Superbike Aragon Results 2014

Kawasaki Racing’s Tom Sykes swept Round 2 of the 2014 eni FIM Superbike World Championship at Aragon, leading both races from start to finish and moving into the overall points lead. Sykes’ teammate, Loris Baz, finished in the runner-up position in both contests followed by Pata Honda’s Jonathan Rea in Race 1 and Aprilia Racing’s Marco Melandri in Race 2.

Race 1

Sykes got a strong start and immediately assumed the lead in Race 1, trailed by Baz and Ducati’s Davide Giugliano. The Kawasaki ace opened a gap on the field early and finished over 4 seconds ahead of Baz at the checkers. Baz faced heavy pressure from Giugliano and the 2 swapped position a handful of times in the initial stages of the contest. Rea, meanwhile, settled into a lonely 4th-place.

The Honda rider slowly cut the gap on Baz and Giugliano and late in the race had caught the Ducati pilot. Rea moved ahead of Giugliano as the contest wound down, but Giugliano was determined to answer back and take the final step on the podium. On the final lap Giugliano dove to the inside of Rea to make a pass and while coming out of the turn the 2 made contact, causing Giugliano to lose the front and drop the bike. Rea remained upright while Giugliano scrambled to pick up his machine from the middle of the track. He was able to remount and finish, though had dropped to eighth after his off.

Giugliano’s teammate, Chaz Davies, was equally hungry for positive results and waged an early race battle with Melandri and his teammate, Sylvain Guintoli. The 3 riders fought hard for the number 5 spot throughout, and were later joined by Voltcom Suzuki’s Eugene Laverty. Near the end of the race the riders spread out a bit more, with Davies taking 4th by over 3 seconds ahead of Laverty and Guintoli scoring sixth, crossing the line close to 3 seconds behind the Suzuki rider. Melandri dropped off the pace and slipped outside the top-10 due to bike issues.

Team Hero EBR scored a 17th-place finish at the hands of Aaron Yates while his teammate, Geoff May, was forced to retire in the opening laps with a technical issue.

World Superbike Aragon Race 1 Results 2014
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
2. Loris Baz (Kawasaki)
3. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
4. Chaz Davies (Ducati)
5. Eugene Laverty (Suzuki)
6 Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia)
7. Toni Elias (Aprilia)
8. Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
9. Leon Haslam (Honda)
10. Alex Lowes (Suzuki)
11. Marco Melandri (Aprilia)
12. Leon Camier (BMW EVO)
13. David Salom (Kawasaki EVO)
14. Jeremy Guarnoni (Kawasaki EVO)
15. Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki EVO)

Race 2
Sykes made another strong start in Race 2, taking the lead in the opening turns trailed by Baz, Rea and Giugliano. Davies, Melandri and Guintoli were hooked up with the lead pack as well. Track temperature was higher than the morning’s contest which contributed to better tire performance for a number of riders, and a much closer competition out front.

Some didn’t get the chance to compete for long, however, as Laverty’s teammate Alex Lowes suffered an off in the opening laps. Davies tucked the front soon after and was also forced to retire. MV Agusta’s Claudio Corti also slid off track in Race 2, leaving the Yakhnich rider with 2 DNFs at Aragon.

Sykes and Baz started to break away from the field early on, but Melandri was keen to keep sight of the Kawasaki riders and started weaving his way up the ranks. Baz remained right on Sykes’ rear tire for most of the race and as the final laps approached Melandri was in the mix as well. The 3-rider battle for the lead saw Melandri and Baz swap position near the end and challenge Sykes for the front. The British rider closed the door though, maintaining a slim 3-tenths advantage at the line.

“It was very important to put in this kind of performance after the first weekend in Phillip Island,” said Sykes. “We scored 2 race wins today but after 4 or 5 laps of Race 2 it felt far from perfect! Race 1 was very good and we had a good set-up that gave us a consistent pace on a cold track. I was expecting more of a drop off in that race but it was good to the end. I thought Race 2 was going to be more straightforward in hot conditions so I went for the same SC0 as Race 1. There was a change in temperature in Race 2 on the starting grid and I had to dig extra deep and try to make the best of the changing situation. The 2 guys behind me for sure had more grip than me but we were for sure able to put the Ninja ZX-10R on the pieces of tarmac those guys were looking for. I had a plan on the last lap to keep them behind me – and it worked. If someone had have made the pass and made it stick they would have deserved the win.”

Guintoli held to 4th, crossing over 4 seconds behind Melandri, followed by Rea in fifth and Laverty in sixth.

Both Team EBR riders avoided incident in Race 2, with Yates taking 19th and May finishing 20th.

Sykes leaves Aragon with 75 points overall, leading the series by 4 over Baz in second. Guintoli is third, 11 adrift of the leader while Melandri is 4th.

World Superbike Aragon Race 2 Results 2014
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
2. Loris Baz (Kawasaki)
3. Marco Melandri (Aprilia)
4. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia)
5. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
6. Eugene Laverty (Suzuki)
7. Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
8. Leon Haslam (Honda)
9. Toni Elias (Aprilia)
10. David Salom (Kawasaki EVO)
11. Niccolo Canepa (Ducati EVO
12. Leon Camier (BMW EVO)
13. Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki EVO)
14. Luca Scassa (Kawasaki EVO)
15. Fabien Foret (Kawasaki EVO)

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