2013 WSBK: Historic Double Win for Tom Sykes and Kawasaki
It's been 13 years since Kawasaki last won both races in a Superbike round, and this time it really looks like 13 was a lucky number. Sykes finished the first race 2.379 seconds ahead of BMW Goldbet rider Marco Melandri, who was followed closely by standing leader Sylvain Guintoli of Aprilia works, and Pata Honda's Jonathan Rea. The other Kawasaki piloted by Loriz Baz completed the top 5 in the first race.
High on success, Sykes ride even better in the second leg, getting ahead of the pack quite rapidly and finishing 8 seconds ahead of Guintoli. The other Aprilia factory rider, Irishman Eugene Laverty squeezed into third, with Althea Racing (Aprilia) Davide Giugliano in 4th and Melandri's BMW in 5th.
It's Sykes' maiden double win, and he managed to get 4 points behind the provisional leader of the series, Sylvain Guintoli, who has 173 points. Laverty sits in 3rd with 149, Melandri in 4h with 127, while his team mate Chaz Davies occupies the 5 position with 112 points.
Next round of the 2013 World Superbike will be at Portimao in Portugal, in less than a fortnight.
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