WSBK

Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty take one win each at Assen

Aussies charge led by Adrian Nestorovic in the Superstock 600 class

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The eni FIM Superbike World Championship has put in today another great show as riders from four of the five classes battled out for the best positioning in the respective races in front of an enthusiastic crowd that reached a total of 52.000 spectators over the whole weekend.

Blue skies characterised the last day on track for the joy of all riders, starting from Kawasaki Racing Team'sTom Sykes, who was able to set a new lap record for the Superbike class in race 1 and to win by domination ahead of Jonathan Rea aboard his Pata Honda World Superbike. The previous lap record has been in place since 2010 and was held by Eugene Laverty.

Sykes got the 6th race win of his career and his first of 2013 after a lonely race at the front in race one, thanks to an incredible pace that allowed him to pull away from the chasing pack in the early laps.

The 27 year old from Huddersfield has given Kawasaki the first victory at Assen after 7 long years, with the last Kawasaki win coming from Chris Walker, in 2006.

‰ÛÏThe bike was working well and was very consistent today." Sykes stated. "Race one was great for us and we did all we could.

"To be honest I surprised myself a little but the Ninja ZX-10R is working great. That first race was nice and believe me, to see that pit board gap get bigger every lap is magical for a rider.

"When Eugene came past me in race two I realised it was much easier to follow than to lead round here and it was just unfortunate that exiting the final chicane on the last lap I hit the kerb on the inside when I was trying to pass him, and I was out of the seat," he added.

Jonathan Rea finished with a solid 2nd place after a successful overtaking manoeuvre on Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) at Turn 13. The second works Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty was part of the 3-way battle for 2nd place but had some hard time in the last part of the race.

Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) was 5th at the chequered flag ahead of Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia), who was very competitive in the early laps but couldn't keep the pace of the leaders as the race progressed.

BMW‰Ûªs unlucky race saw Chaz Davies lining-up on the last row of the grid after the warm-up crash that forced his crew to a quick rebuild of his BMW S 1000 RR.

The Welshman made his way up to a 7th place finish after a good start. An unfortunate Marco Melandri, who was supported at Assen by six-time World Motocross Champion and close friend Tony Cairoli, suffered a technical problem on his bike during the warm-up lap and was forced to pull in before the start of the race.
Laverty race to the race two win ahead of Sykes - Credit: Graeme Brown (GeeBee)
Race two saw a close battle between race one winner Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty, who pulled away at the front in the early laps. Sykes stayed on the lead until lap 19, when Laverty decided to take the plunge and made a move on the Brit at Turn 6.

Sykes managed to stay with the Irishman until the end and tried his final shot at the win at Turn 16, with the two riders crossing the line side by side. A 0.089 seconds margin allowed Eugene Laverty to score his 5th career win, the 2nd this year after Phillip Island Race 2.

‰ÛÏThe little time we had with a dry track created a few problems in Race one." Laverty commented at the end of the day. "In fact, before the second race we made some changes to the RSV4, which we usually don't do because of how risky that is.

"Actually the changes made worked really well. Despite feeling very comfortable on the bike I didn't think I would have stayed with Sykes. But in the end I was able to keep up with his pace.

"Four laps from the end I overtook Tom, even pulling away a few metres, but then the wind kept me from being precise so he was able to cling back onto me.

"Winning today was important. We are back in the fight for the championship and we were able to leave the troubles from AragÌ_n behind us.‰Û
Sam Lowes secured a historic first win for his Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha team - Credit https://www.yakhnichmotorsport.ru
After the disappointment of the Aragon round, Sam Lowes racing aboard his Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha and Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki's reigning Champion Kenan Sofuoglu were back at the front for a two-way fight for race win at TT Circuit of Assen.

The two riders shared the lead over the course of the 21 laps, but it wasn‰Ûªt until the last lap that the final battle took place. Sofuoglu overpowered Lowes on the straight that leads to Turn six, but couldn't do much when Lowes got along the inside of him, entering the last chicane to cross the line in 1st place.

Championship leader Fabien Foret (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki) got an important 3rd place finish despite the 7.2 seconds gap from the lead at the chequered flag. The Frenchman looked strong halfway through the race, closing the gap with the front runners before eventually falling back.

Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport) got a terrible start of the race from the 11th grid slot, but was able to make his way through the field to a final 4th.

Florian Marino (Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki), who was a substitute for injured David Salom, rode a great race finish 5th ahead of Roberto Rolfo (ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse), who got his best finish so far in 2013, and Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda), who was an early protagonist of the race before losing a lot of ground.

Wollongong‰Ûªs Mitch Carr took 23rd on the AARK Racing Triumph 675R, while Yves Polzer finished 1 lap down in 25th position racing for Team MRC Austria. West Wyalong‰Ûªs Matt Davies retired after 11 laps.

Other Australians in action over the weekend included, Adrian Nestorovic who after qualifying second aboard his MTM-MVR Racing Team Yamaha R6 in the Superstock 600 class, went on to finish second to his team mate by just 0.182 of a second in the race and currently sits third in the championship standings.

Mike Jones also competed in the Superstock 600 class, at this point in time we are still waiting for full official results to be supplied to see what happened to Jones during the race after a difficult qualifying session.

Michael Pirotta race in the Superstock 1000 class aboard his team Go Eleven Kawasaki and finished in 24th place. In the European Junior cup, a one make class with all riders racing aboard the new Honda CBR500R Australia's Zac Levy finished in 20th position.
WSBK Podium race one - Credit: Kawasaki Racing
World Superbike Round 3: Assen Race 1 Results
1. Tom Sykes 35m35.042s GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
2. Jonathan Rea 8.786 GBR HONDA Pata Honda
3. Sylvain Guintoli 8.792 FRA APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
4. Eugene Laverty 9.225 IRL APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
5. Loris Baz 14.231 FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
6. Davide Giugliano 16.150 ITA APRILIA Althea Racing
7. Chaz Davies 22.570 GBR BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team
8. Jules Cluzel 24.751 FRA SUZUKI Fixi Crescent Suzuki
9. Leon Camier 30.311 GBR SUZUKI Fixi Crescent Suzuki
10. Carlos Checa 35.277 SPA DUCATI Team Ducati Alstare
11. Max Neukirchner 44.355 GER DUCATI MR-Racing
12. Michel Fabrizio 52.580 ITA APRILIA Red Devils Roma
13. Ayrton Badovini 59.736 ITA DUCATI Team Ducati Alstare
14. Ivan Clementi 1'02.010 ITA BMW HTM Racing
15. Mark Aitchinson 1'21.861 AUS DUCATI Team Effenbert Liberty Racing
16. Federico Sandi 1'25.717 ITA KAWASAKI Pedercini Team
17. Vittorio Iannuzzo 1'42.710 ITA BMW Grillini DENTALMATIC SBK Team
18. Marco Melandri DNF ITA BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team

World Superbike Round 3: Assen Race 2 Results
1. Eugene Laverty 35m36.814s IRL APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
2. Tom Sykes 0.089 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
3. Loris Baz 5.848 FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
4. Jonathan Rea 5.890 GBR HONDA Pata Honda
5. Chaz Davies 7.359 GBR BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team
6. Sylvain Guintoli 7.404 FRA APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
7. Leon Camier 21.095 GBR SUZUKI Fixi Crescent Suzuki
8. Marco Melandri 27.267 ITA BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team
9. Michel Fabrizio 30.233 ITA APRILIA Red Devils Roma
10. Carlos Checa 32.401 SPA DUCATI Team Ducati Alstare
11. Ayrton Badovini 39.924 ITA DUCATI Team Ducati Alstare
12. Max Neukirchner 43.904 GER DUCATI MR-Racing
13. Ivan Clementi 1'00.169 ITA BMW HTM Racing
14. Federico Sandi 1'01.853 ITA KAWASAKI Pedercini Team
15. Mark Aitchinson 1'02.664 AUS DUCATI Team Effenbert Liberty Racing
16. Jules Cluzel DNF FRA SUZUKI Fixi Crescent Suzuki
17. Davide Giugliano DNF ITA APRILIA Althea Racing
18. Vittorio Iannuzzo DNF ITA BMW Grillini DENTALMATIC SBK Team

WSBK Championship Standings after round 3
1. Sylvain Guintoli 111 pts
2. Eugene Laverty 84 pts
3. Tom Sykes 83 pts
4. Chaz Davies 83 pts
5. Jonathan Rea 63 pts
6. Loris Baz 58 pts
7. Michel Fabrizio 53 pts
8. Marco Melandri 51 pts
9. Jules Cluzel 41 pts
10. Davide Giugliano 33 pts
11. Leon Camier 30 pts
12. Max Neukirchner 29 pts
13. Leon Haslam 29 pts
14. Carlos Checa 29 pts
15. Ayrton Badovini 20 pts
16. Ivan Clementi 14 pts
17. Federico Sandi 8 pts
18. Alexander Lundh 7 pts
19. Glen Allerton 6 pts
20. Jamie Stauffer 4 pts
22. Mark Aitchinson 2 pts
WSS Podium - Credit: Kawasaki Racing
World Supersport Round 3: Assen Race 1 Results
1. Sam Lowes 34m51.011s GBR YAMAHA Yakhnich Motorsport
2. Kenan Sofuoglu 0.026 TUR KAWASAKI MAHI Racing Team India
3. Fabien Foret 7.228 FRA KAWASAKI MAHI Racing Team India
4. Michael van der Mark 18.927 NED HONDA Pata Honda
5. Florian Marino 19.004 FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres
6. Roberto Rolfo 19.179 ITA MV AGUSTA ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse
7. Jack Kennedy 19.774 IRL HONDA Rivamoto
8. Kev Coghlan 22.501 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team
9. Andrea Antonelli 28.453 ITA KAWASAKI Team GOELEVEN
10. Lorenzo Zanetti 29.027 ITA HONDA Pata Honda
11. Christian Iddon 29.420 GBR MV AGUSTA ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse
12. Vladimir Leonov 34.503 RUS YAMAHA Yakhnich Motorsport
13. Massimo Roccoli 35.421 ITA YAMAHA Team PATA by Martini
14. Riccardo Russo 35.486 ITA KAWASAKI Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
15. Vladimir Ivanov 37.003 RUS KAWASAKI Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team
16. Gabor Talmacsi 38.469 HUN HONDA Prorace
17. Raffaele De Rosa 39.298 ITA HONDA Team Lorini
18. Mathew Scholtz 40.136 RSA SUZUKI Suriano Racing Team
19. Alex Schacht 1'04.922 DEN HONDA Racing Team Toth
20. Kevin Van Leuven 1'05.093 NED YAMAHA United Gebben Racing
23. Mitchell Carr 1'34.972 AUS TRIUMPH AARK Racing
25. Yves Polzer 1 Lap AUS HONDA Team MRC Austria
28. Matt Davies DNF AUS HONDA Team Honda PTR

WSS Championship Standings after round 3
1. Fabien Foret 54 pts
2. Michael van der Mark 49 pts
3. Sam Lowes 45 pts
4. Kenan Sofuoglu 45 pts
5. Andrea Antonelli 29 pts
6. Luca Scassa 26 pts
7. Lorenzo Zanetti 24 pts
8. Jack Kennedy 24 pts
9. Roberto Rolfo 17 pts
10. Massimo Roccoli 14 pts
11. Riccardo Russo 13 pts
12. Vladimir Leonov 12 pts
13. Kev Coghlan 11 pts
14. Florian Marino 11 pts
15. David Salom 11 pts
16. Luca Marconi 10 pts
17. Vladimir Ivanov 6 pts
18. Alex Baldolini 6 pts
19. Christian Iddon 5 pts
20. Roberto Tamburini 4 pts

Top Image: Sykes took the opening race win at Assen
Credit: Kawasaki Racing

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