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Tom Sykes takes an action packed race two at Laguna Seca

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Tom Sykes takes an action packed race two at Laguna Seca
Tom Sykes has taken victory in Race 2 of round 9 of the FIM Superbike World Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, heading the Ducati duo of Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies over the line in a race that would have been impossible to script.

With a slight wheelie off the line from Jonathan Rea alongside, KRT rider Tom Sykes kept the lead from pole as Davide Giugliano benefitted from third and slotted in behind the Yorkshireman; Chaz Davies and Nicky Hayden the closest challengers behind.

The first few laps of the Race saw Michael van der Mark a high profile casualty, with the impressive Dutchman running on and losing control of his Honda before rejoining down the field. Leon Camier then shortly suffered a technical problem that saw the MV Agusta Reparto Corse rider forced to retire, followed by IodaRacing rider Alex De Angelis.

Giugliano took the lead on Lap 3, with the two Aruba.it Ducatis sandwiching the KRT pairing of Sykes and Rea, before a fall for Pawel Szkopek brought out the Red Flag. With the restarted Race set for 21 laps, the quick restart procedure soon saw bikes back on track, with Giugliano on pole for the restart from Sykes and Rea, with van der Mark able to restart, but from the final row.

The Italian lost the lead off the line to Sykes, before standing the Yorkshireman up and taking it back, with Hayden able to take Rea and move himself up into third. The reigning Champion fought back however, and set off to hunt down the leading duo. Lorenzo Savadori was a high profile casualty soon after, as the impressive Italian rookie lost his Aprilia and crashed out on lap 3.
Tom Sykes takes an action packed race two at Laguna Seca
Winner Tom Sykes leads Davide Giugliano (34) and Chaz Davies in the final laps
An incredible tussle down the Corkscrew then saw the Kawasaki duo attack Giugliano and fight it out, before a lap later Jonathan Rea went wide at Turn 6 and ran on ‰ÛÒ out of the frontrunning battle as he then stopped on track with a technical problem.

The lead trio of Sykes, Giugliano and Davies ahead and away, a six bike train of Hayden, For̩s, Lowes, Torres, van der Mark and Canepa battled over P4, with positions swapping and the Corkscrew hosting another classic moment as For̩s took the inside line after running a little deep, and Hayden refused to be overtaken.

An three-way fight for the win ensued with the two Ducatis fighting it out in a modern classic behind Sykes as the laps ticked down, with the Yorkshireman standing firm in the face of incredible pressure from the two red machines behind.

‰ÛÏThat was quite exciting and I had a lot of pressure from the Ducati riders all race long,"Sykes sais. "We struggled with edge grip today so I had to change my style a little bit to defend my line. It destroyed the lap time but gave us the 25 points.

"Overall, it was good race for the spectators and a close one between three riders," he continued, "I am happy enough but it was a difficult race in some ways. The restart was one more thing to think about and we made some changes, making the best of the situation. We never had the perfect set-up but I feel we made a good compromise. We have made a good weekend, with pole position, a second place and a win. We will go into the summer break on a high and try to learn from the information we took from the previous Misano round and this one, and then try to put the jigsaw together for the last part of the season.‰Û
Tom Sykes takes an action packed race two at Laguna Seca
Davide Giugliano (34) and Chaz Davies chased Sykes all the way to the line
As the three crossed the line almost together after the incredible fight, last corner drama ensued for those behind, with Alex Lowes trying to take teammate Niccolo Canepa and sending both off ‰ÛÒ with Canepa able to at least see the line quickly.

ForÌ©s came home fourth for Barni Racing, ahead of home hero Nicky Hayden in fifth, with Torres on the Althea BMW in sixth. Michael van der Mark staged an incredible comeback to cross the line seventh, ahead of Pata Yamaha‰Ûªs Niccolo Canepa as the Italian managed to shoot over the line after the interruption. Anthony West was ninth for Pedercini, ahead of Roman Ramos who completed the top ten for GO EVELEN.

Raffaele De Rosa ended his WorldSBK debut in P11, ahead of Karel Abraham for Milwaukee BMW, Grillini‰Ûªs Dominic Schmitter and a re-mounted Alex Lowes in fourteenth. Saeed Al Sulaiti took home his first point in fifteenth.

WorldSBK now heads into the summer break, before the grid get back on track at Lausitzring in September for the final four-Round showdown of the 2016 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship.

Race 2 results - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
1 Tom Sykes - Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 29'35.285
2 Davide Giugliano - Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.209
3 Chaz Davies - Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.786
4 Xavi Fores - BARNI Racing Team Ducati +11.379
5 Nicky Hayden - Honda WorldSBK Honda +12.219
6 Jordi Torres - Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +12.465
7 Michael van der Mark - Honda WorldSBK Honda +13.705
8 NiccolÌ_ Canepa - Pata Yamaha Yamaha +20.449
9 Anthony West - Team Pedercini Honda +29.153
10 RomÌÁn Ramos - Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +33.013
11 Raffaele De Rosa - Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +39.910
12 Karel Abraham - Milwaukee BMW BMW +40.059
13 Dominic Schmitter - Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +49.211
14 Alex Lowes - Pata Yamaha Yamaha +51.347
15 Saeed Al Sulaiti - Team Pedercini Kawasaki +54.783
16 Peter Sebestyen - Team Toth Yamaha +63.249
17 Gianluca Vizziello - Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +85.191
NC Jonathan Rea - Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki DNF
NC Lorenzo Savadori - IodaRacing Team Aprilia DNF

Race 1 results - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
1 Jonathan Rea - Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 35'18.180
2 Tom Sykes - Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.819
3 Nicky Hayden - Honda WorldSBK Honda +12.296
4 Michael van der Mark - Honda WorldSBK Honda +13.067
5 Alex Lowes - Pata Yamaha Yamaha +13.335
6 Lorenzo Savadori - IodaRacing Team Aprilia +13.816
7 Xavi Fores - BARNI Racing Team Ducati +15.541
8 Jordi Torres - Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +15.838
9 Alex De Angelis - IodaRacing Team Aprilia +19.999
10 NiccolÌ_ Canepa - Pata Yamaha Yamaha +22.832
11 Leon Camier - MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +24.065
12 Anthony West - Team Pedercini Honda +28.902
13 Joshua Brookes - Milwaukee BMW BMW +39.957
14 Karel Abraham - Milwaukee BMW BMW +46.552
15 RomÌÁn Ramos - Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +55.791
16 Dominic Schmitter - Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +59.021
17 Peter Sebestyen - Team Toth Yamaha +1 Lap
18 Pawel Szkopek - Team Toth Yamaha +1 Lap
NC Gianluca Vizziello - Team Go Eleven Kawasaki DNF
NC Saeed Al Sulaiti - Team Pedercini Kawasaki DNF
NC Davide Giugliano - Aruba.it Racing Ducati DNF
NC Raffaele De Rosa - Althea BMW Racing Team BMW DNF
NC Chaz Davies - Aruba.it Racing Ducati DNF

Championship Standings
1 Jonathan REA - 368 Points
2 Tom SYKES - 297 Points
3 Chaz DAVIES - 244 Points
4 Michael VAN DER MARK - 176 Points
5 Davide GIUGLIANO - 165 Points
6 Nicky HAYDEN - 162 Points
7 Jordi TORRES - 145 Points
8 Lorenzo SAVADORI - 110 Points
9 Leon CAMIER - 110 Points
10 Alex LOWES - 92 Points
11 Xavi FORES - 84 Points
12 Markus REITERBERGER - 68 Points
13 Sylvain GUINTOLI - 58 Points
14 Joshua BROOKES - 58 Points
15 Alex DE ANGELIS - 56 Points
16 RomÌÁn RAMOS - 54 Points
17 Anthony WEST - 43 Points
18 Karel ABRAHAM - 28 Points
19 NiccolÌ_ CANEPA - 22 Points
20 Matteo BAIOCCO - 12 Points
21 Lucas MAHIAS - 9 Points
22 Cameron BEAUBIER - 6 Points
23 Luca SCASSA - 3 Points
24 Mike JONES - 2 Points
25 Joshua HOOK - 2 Points
26 Sylvain BARRIER - 2 Points
27 Dominic SCHMITTER - 2 Points
28 Pawel SZKOPEK - 1 Points
29 Matthieu LUSSIANA - 1 Points

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