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Kawasaki Dominates Aragon As Tom Sykes leaves Spain With Championship Lead

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The second round of the 2014 eni FIM Superbike World Championship was taken by storm by Japanese manufacturer Kawasaki, that claimed the first two steps of the podium in both World Superbike races, as well as coming out on top in World Supersport.

Tom Sykes took the double on the team‰Ûªs home round, in front of the 24,255 spectators attending the event, whilst Loris Baz ended up twice second. The Kawasaki Racing Team pairing are now on top of the riders standings, with Sykes (75 points) leading and Baz just four points shy of his teammate.

The opening race at MotorLand Aragon has been won by Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) after a masterful of performance the reigning World Champion.

Sykes, who led from turn one was never headed, coming home seconds ahead of Baz , with Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) completing the podium.

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 EVO Category best classified 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 1, with Kawasaki Racing Team riders Sykes and Baz dominating in the Spanish sun.

Baz who had been unable to stick with his team mate 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.
Lorizi Baz ensured it was a perfect day for Kawasaki finishing second in both races - Credit: Kawasaki Racing
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 1-2 finish for the second time today. Melandri finished 3rd.

‰ÛÏWe scored two race wins today but after four or five laps of race two it felt far from perfect!" Styke stated. "Race one was very good and we had a good set-up that gave us a consistent pace on a cold track.

"I thought race two was going to be more straightforward in hot conditions so I went for the same SC0 as race one. The two 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," he concluded.

Guintoli was 4th, with race one podium finisher Rea and Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) completing the top 6.

Race 1 EVO best classified Camier was involved in a race long dual with Althea Racing Ducati‰Ûªs Niccolo Canepa and local rider Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team). In the end Salom took 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.

Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Davies , Claudio Corti (MV Agusta RC ‰ÛÒ Yakhnich Motorsport) and Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki) all fell without injury.

The next round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship will take place at the Assen TT Circuit on April 27th.
Race 1 podium - Credit: Kawasaki Racing
WSBK Race Results - Race 1

1. Tom Sykes 33m38.583s GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
2. Loris Baz 4.275 FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
3. Jonathan Rea 8.418 GBR HONDA Pata Honda
4. Chaz Davies 15.715 GBR DUCATI Ducati Superbike Team
5. Eugene Laverty 19.305 IRL SUZUKI Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
6. Sylvain Guintoli 21.998 FRA APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
7. Toni Elias 24.018 SPA APRILIA Red Devils Roma
8. Davide Giugliano 27.894 ITA DUCATI Ducati Superbike Team
9. Leon Haslam 29.077 GBR HONDA Pata Honda
10. Alex Lowes 29.863 GBR SUZUKI Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
11. Marco Melandri 34.820 ITA APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
12. Leon Camier 35.255 GBR BMW BMW Motorrad Italia SBK
13. David Salom 43.975 ESP KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
14. Jeremy Guarnoni 46.721 FRA KAWASAKI MRS Kawasaki
15. Sheridan Morais 56.619 RSA KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN Kawasaki SBK Team
16. Luca Scassa 1'16.469 ITA KAWASAKI Team Pedercini
17. Aaron Yates 1'35.047 USA BIMOTA Team Hero EBR
18. Imre Toth 1'48.427 HUN BMW BMW Team Toth
19. Alessandro Andreozzi 1'51.222 ITA KAWASAKI Team Pedercini
20. Peter Sebestyen 2'01.152 HUN BMW BMW Team Toth
21. Michel Fabrizio DNF ITA KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN Kawasaki SBK Team
22. Niccolo Canepa DNF ITA DUCATI Althea Racing
23. Geoff May DNF USA BIMOTA Team Hero EBR
24. Claudio Corti DNF ITA MV AGUSTA MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich Motorsport
25. Fabien Foret DNF FRA KAWASAKI MAHI Racing Team India
26. Ayrton Badovini DNF ITA BIMOTA Team Alstare
27. Christian Iddon DNF GBR BIMOTA Team Alstare
Race 2 Podium - Credit: Kawasaki Racing
WSBK Race Results - Race 1
1. Tom Sykes 33m37.223s GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
2. Loris Baz 0.338 FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
3. Marco Melandri 0.470 ITA APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
4. Sylvain Guintoli 5.429 FRA APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
5. Jonathan Rea 8.861 GBR HONDA Pata Honda
6. Eugene Laverty 15.986 IRL SUZUKI Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
7. Davide Giugliano 18.206 ITA DUCATI Ducati Superbike Team
8. Leon Haslam 25.513 GBR HONDA Pata Honda
9. Toni Elias 25.823 SPA APRILIA Red Devils Roma
10. David Salom 38.949 ESP KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
11. Niccolo Canepa 39.413 ITA DUCATI Althea Racing
12. Leon Camier 41.486 GBR BMW BMW Motorrad Italia SBK
13. Sheridan Morais 1'02.587 RSA KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN Kawasaki SBK Team
14. Luca Scassa 1'09.720 ITA KAWASAKI Team Pedercini
15. Fabien Foret 1'14.046 FRA KAWASAKI MAHI Racing Team India
16. Alessandro Andreozzi 1'14.233 ITA KAWASAKI Team Pedercini
17. Imre Toth 1'37.781 HUN BMW BMW Team Toth
18. Peter Sebestyen 1'54.547 HUN BMW BMW Team Toth
19. Aaron Yates 1'55.195 USA BIMOTA Team Hero EBR
20. Geoff May 1'57.166 USA BIMOTA Team Hero EBR
21. Michel Fabrizio DNF ITA KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN Kawasaki SBK Team
22. Jeremy Guarnoni DNF FRA KAWASAKI MRS Kawasaki
23. Claudio Corti DNF ITA MV AGUSTA MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich Motorsport
24. Chaz Davies DNF GBR DUCATI Ducati Superbike Team
25. Alex Lowes DNF GBR SUZUKI Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
26. Ayrton Badovini DNF ITA BIMOTA Team Alstare
27. Christian Iddon DNF GBR BIMOTA Team Alstare
Tom Sykes leads the World Supebike Championship field after the opening two rounds of the season Credit: Kawasaki Racing
Championship Standings After Round 2:
1. Tom Sykes 75 pts
2. Loris Baz 71 pts
3. Sylvain Guintoli 64 pts
4. Marco Melandri 49 pts
5. Jonathan Rea 48 pts
6. Eugene Laverty 46 pts
7. Davide Giugliano 43 pts
8. Chaz Davies 30 pts
9. Leon Haslam 25 pts
10. Toni Elias 23 pts
11. David Salom 22 pts
12. Niccolo Canepa 16 pts
13. Fabien Foret 9 pts
14. Alex Lowes 9 pts
15. Leon Camier 8 pts
16. Sheridan Morais 7 pts
17. Glen Allerton 6 pts
18. Jeremy Guarnoni 4 pts
19. Claudio Corti 3 pts
20. Luca Scassa 2 pts

Top Image: Tom Sykes was unstoppable in Spain

Credit: Kawasaki Racing

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