Ireland‰Ûªs Eugene Laverty was the star of the show in the round 11 of World Superbike Championship in Istanbul over the weekend, taking victory in the world supers and ensuring the title chase heats up for the final three rounds.
Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) made a clean sweep of the competition by winning both races and narrowing the gap to Tom Sykes to 26 points. The Kawasaki Racing Team rider was third and second at the flag and leads the championship on 323 points.
Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) and Italy‰Ûªs Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) got one podium finish each, but lost some ground in the title chase, which sees them now sitting 8 and 33 points short of the leader
‰ÛÏMy previous double-win was at Monza in 2011, but this one has a special meaning because it was totally unexpected," Laverty said. "I am very happy as my bike was perfect, even better in the second race ‰ÛÒ despite the similar pace- as I could make the difference in the final stages. I'm back into contention for the title, but most of all I regained confidence and that gives me great hope for the next rounds.
Championship leader Tom Sykes started from pole and took his KRT Ninja ZX-10R to a third and a second place in the two 18-lap races, extending his championship lead to eight points after 11 rounds.