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Tom Sykes Secures 2013 World Superbike Championship at Jerez Finale

Eugene Laverty Ends Season on a High with Double Win at Jerez

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Tom Sykes Secures 2013 World Superbike Championship at Jerez Finale
Kawasaki Racing Team's, Tom Sykes took his first Superbike World Championship title overnight as the first Kawasaki rider to take the top prize in production-based racing since Scott Russell in 1993.

Sykes knew that at the test track of most of his rivals he would have his work cut out to win but he also knew that he did not have to take race victories to take the championship title.

In race one Tom rode to a solid third place and in doing so he took a large enough advantage to make his championship win safe. He received his trophy for the title win after this race but he still had a second 21-lap race, in warm conditions, to complete.

Tom gathered his concentration and pushed on to lead 13-laps of the second race and finished second in the race, with a final championship advantage of 23 points. Tom also took the new lap record at Jerez with a 1‰Ûª41.691 in race two. Sykes also led for 255 laps over the whole season, more than twice the total of the next best rider.

The championship win was particularly sweet for the entire Kawasaki Racing Team as they missed out on the title with Tom by only half a point in 2012.
Tom Sykes Secures 2013 World Superbike Championship at Jerez Finale
Tom Sykes is the 2013 World Superbike Champion - Credit: Kawasaki Racing
In 2013 season Tom has scored nine race wins, 18 podiums of all kinds, eight pole positions and 13 fastest laps.

‰ÛÏWords cannot describe how I feel." Sykes commented. "I am very level headed but since Magny Cours there are moments where my mind started dreaming. When I was dreaming I had goose bumps and it was magical to even dream I could be world champion.

"But that was maybe 2% of what I am feeling now after winning the title," he added.

"In race two it was my intention to do well, even though it would be difficult to top race one as all my energy had kind of gone after the first one. I hoped to be closer to the front but I did not expect to win. I think this was just Eugene‰Ûªs race, although my Ninja ZX-10R was working very well.

"All things considered I have to be very happy today. World Champion, podium in the races and it has been an absolute pleasure to race with these guys this year. It was good for the championship that it got decided at the final round again, especially at this beautiful circuit, with these great fans.

"My team is mostly Spanish so it is a home round for them. The championship win has not fully sunk in yet but it will do soon, I‰Ûªm sure," the British racer concluded.
Tom Sykes Secures 2013 World Superbike Championship at Jerez Finale
Eugene Laverty celebrates his double win at Jerez - Credit: Apriliaracing.com
While the championship belonged to Sykes, Aprilia's Eugene Laverty finished his season off on a high, winning both races at Jerez on his way to finishing in the runner up spot in this years world championship and with his team mate Sylvain Guintoli finishing third in the championship, Aprilia were able to secure the 2013 Manufactures trophy.

‰ÛÏTwo wins that came in different ways, as the second one was kind of easier because I was able to pull away from Tom once I got passed him." Laverty said regarding his win in the second race after also winning the day's opening race.

"I'm happy with this double-win that extended our podium streak in the final part of the season. It's a shame that we lost some points early on in the year, but I'm not the type of guy who likes to make excuses. Second place overall is a great result, as well as the Manufacturers' title," he added.

Australia's Mark Aitchison racing for the Kawasaki Team Pedercini team made great improvements at the final round of the year after coming in as a replacement rider late in the season, finishing tenth in race one and ninth in race two, for 18th in the championship.

Aussie Broc Parkes also raced the final round of the year for the Yamaha Monster Energy Yamaha - Yart team finishing in 18th place in race one before improving to a very impressive 12th in race 2.
Tom Sykes Secures 2013 World Superbike Championship at Jerez Finale
Jerez Race 1 Podium - Credit: Kawasaki Racing
World Superbike Jerez Race one, Results:
1. Eugene Laverty 36m00.919s IRL APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
2. Marco Melandri 0.218 ITA BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team
3. Tom Sykes 6.681 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
4. Sylvain Guintoli 9.327 FRA APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
5. Toni Elias 20.446 SPA APRILIA Red Devils Roma
6. Davide Giugliano 27.633 ITA APRILIA Althea Racing
7. Chaz Davies 28.621 GBR BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team
8. Leon Camier 29.548 GBR SUZUKI Fixi Crescent Suzuki
9. Xavi Fores 29.964 ESP DUCATI Team Ducati Alstare
10. Mark Aitchinson 36.981 AUS DUCATI Team Effenbert Liberty Racing
11. Jules Cluzel 37.008 FRA SUZUKI Fixi Crescent Suzuki
12. Sylvain Barrier 43.179 FRA BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team
13. Ayrton Badovini 47.260 ITA DUCATI Team Ducati Alstare
14. Max Neukirchner 52.154 GER DUCATI MR-Racing
15. Lorenzo Lanzi 52.912 ITA DUCATI Mesaroli Transports A.S.
16. Federico Sandi 54.414 ITA KAWASAKI Pedercini Team
17. Michel Fabrizio 1'02.109 ITA HONDA Pata Honda
18. Broc Parkes 1'02.568 AUS YAMAHA Monster Energy Yamaha - Yart
19. Vittorio Iannuzzo DNF ITA BMW Team Grillini Dentalmatic
20. Leon Haslam DNF GBR HONDA Pata Honda

World Superbike Jerez Race Two, Results:
1. Eugene Laverty 36m05.989s IRL APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
2. Tom Sykes 2.711 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
3. Sylvain Guintoli 5.710 FRA APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
4. Toni Elias 15.509 SPA APRILIA Red Devils Roma
5. Chaz Davies 21.830 GBR BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team
6. Leon Camier 26.558 GBR SUZUKI Fixi Crescent Suzuki
7. Lorenzo Lanzi 30.840 ITA DUCATI Mesaroli Transports A.S.
8. Jules Cluzel 33.056 FRA SUZUKI Fixi Crescent Suzuki
9. Mark Aitchinson 36.299 AUS DUCATI Team Effenbert Liberty Racing
10. Davide Giugliano 40.867 ITA APRILIA Althea Racing
11. Max Neukirchner 44.308 GER DUCATI MR-Racing
12. Broc Parkes 52.483 AUS YAMAHA Monster Energy Yamaha - Yart
13. Sylvain Barrier 53.674 FRA BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team
14. Michel Fabrizio 1'20.316 ITA HONDA Pata Honda
15. Federico Sandi 3 Laps ITA KAWASAKI Pedercini Team
16. Leon Haslam DNF GBR HONDA Pata Honda
17. Ayrton Badovini DNF ITA DUCATI Team Ducati Alstare
18. Xavi Fores DNF ESP DUCATI Team Ducati Alstare
19. Vittorio Iannuzzo DNF ITA BMW Team Grillini Dentalmatic
20. Marco Melandri DNF ITA BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team
Tom Sykes Secures 2013 World Superbike Championship at Jerez Finale
Jerez Race 2 Podium - Credit: Kawasaki Racing
World Superbike 2013 Final Championship Standings:
1. Tom Sykes 447 pts
2. Eugene Laverty 424 pts
3. Sylvain Guintoli 402 pts
4. Marco Melandri 359 pts
5. Chaz Davies 290 pts
6. Davide Giugliano 211 pts
7. Michel Fabrizio 188 pts
8. Loris Baz 180 pts
9. Jonathan Rea 176 pts
10. Jules Cluzel 175 pts
11. Leon Camier 132 pts
12. Ayrton Badovini 130 pts
13. Max Neukirchner 91 pts
14. Leon Haslam 91 pts
15. Carlos Checa 80 pts
16. Toni Elias 70 pts
17. Federico Sandi 55 pts
18. Mark Aitchinson 46 pts
19. Vittorio Iannuzzo 27 pts
20. Lorenzo Lanzi 23 pts
33. Glen Allerton 6 pts
36. Jamie Stauffer 4 pts
37. Broc Parkes 4 pts

Top Image: Tom Sykes celebrates his 2013 World Championship as he crosses the line to finish race one in Jerez

Credit: Kawasaki Racing

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