SBK Istanbul Race Two: Laverty Too Good Again


Eugene Laverty confirmed his status as a serious contender for this year’s Superbike World Championship by winning the second race at Istanbul Park, completing his first double victory for two years. The Irishman was once again too strong for Tom Sykes who strengthened his position with second ahead of Sylvain Guintoli.

Laverty’s dominance again came in the second half of the race with the Irishman putting a superb move on Sykes at the final corner on lap twelve before scampering off into the distance. Speaking after his second win of the afternoon, Eugene admitted the result was better than even he had expected and will now head into the final three meetings with renewed confidence.

“My last double win was at Monza in 2011. This two wins today feel particularly good because I wasn’t really expecting them. I’m really pleased, in both races our bike was set up perfectly, especially toward the end of the race when the tyres were starting to deteriorate and that is what let me win with such a big gap. My team was even able to improve after Race 1, so despite a similar pace I was able to ride much more easily. I’m back in the running for the championship, but above all I’ve regained confidence and that makes me hopeful for the coming rounds”.

Sykes comfortably held off Guintoli for third to move eight points clear of the Frenchman while Melandri is now 33 back after finishing an uncompetitive fourth. Chaz Davies had looked set for fifth behind his teammate but lost a second on the final lap to fall behind Toni Elias. Jules Cluzel took seventh ahead of Leon Haslam and Davide Giugliano while Michel Fabrizio ended his first weekend as a PATA Honda rider with a second top ten finish.

 

2013 eni Superbike World Championship
Riders Championship Standings After Round 11: Istanbul
Pos Rider Bike Team Wins Pts
1 ▶ Tom Sykes Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team 6 323
2 ▶ Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team 1 315
3 ▲ Eugene Laverty Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team 6 297
4 ▼ Marco Melandri BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK 3 290
5 ▶ Chaz Davies BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK 3 239
6 ▶ Loris Baz Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team 1 180
7 ▶ Jonathan Rea Honda PATA Honda World Superbike 1 176
8 ▶ Michel Fabrizio Honda PATA Honda World Superbike 168
9 ▶ Jules Cluzel Suzuki FIXI Crescent Suzuki 141
10 ▶ Davide Giugliano Aprilia Althea Racing 139
11 ▶ Leon Camier Suzuki FIXI Crescent Suzuki 114
12 ▶ Ayrton Badovini Ducati Team Ducati Alstare 107
13 ▶ Max Neukirchner Ducati MR-Racing 84
14 ▶ Carlos Checa Ducati Team Ducati Alstare 80
15 ▶ Leon Haslam Honda PATA Honda World Superbike 78
16 ▶ Federico Sandi Kawasaki Pedercini Team 45
17  Vittorio Iannuzzo BMW Grillini Dentalmatic SBK 25
18  Toni Elias Aprilia Red Devils Roma 21
19 ▶ Mark Aitchison Kawasaki Pedercini Team 20
20 ▼ Ivan Clementi BMW HTM Racing 18
21 ▼ Niccolo Canepa Ducati Team Ducati Alstare 11
22 ▼ Alexander Lundh Kawasaki Pedercini Team 10
23 ▼ Fabrizio Lai Kawasaki Pedercini Team 8
24 ▼ Markus Reiterberger BMW Vanzon-Remeha-BMW 7
25 ▼ Glenn Allerton BMW Next Gen Motorsports 6
26 ▲ Tolga Uprak Kawasaki CMS-Eypbike Racing Team 5
27 ▼ Matej Smrz Yamaha Yamaha Motor Deutschland 4
28 ▼ Jamie Stauffer Honda Team Honda Racing 4
29 ▲ Yunus Ercelik BMW Sampiyon 169 Team 3
30 ▼ Kosuke Akiyoshi Honda PATA Honda World Superbike 2
31  Noriyuki Haga BMW Grillini Dentalmatic SBK 2
Next Round: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (September 29th)