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Tom Sykes Takes Crucial Double Win On French Soil

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The battle for the ultimate prize in world superbike is still open after a resounding double victory to Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) at the penultimate round at France‰Ûªs Magny Cours held over the weekend of the 5th and 6th of October.

Sykes double victory now gives him a 38 point lead over Eugene Laverty and 38 points over Sylvain Guintoli, with just one round remaining in the 2013 championship.

Sykes scored victory in the first World Superbike race of the day on Sunday, leading the way from the start to the red flag that was waved during lap 19, following the crash suffered by Australian rider Mark Aitchison.

Sykes was able to pull away from the rest of the field, except for Guintoli, in the early stages of the race, with the duo able to lap consistently in the 1'38s. Sykes' pace, though, was too fast even for the Frenchman, as the Kawasaki rider managed to put a safe margin between himself and his rival as the race progressed.

Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) crossed the line a lonely third to complete the podium ahead of Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia), who was very competitive in the opening laps before losing ground from the leading riders.

Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) finished 5th, while Michele Pirro (Team Ducati Alstare), who rode an incredible maiden race in the series to finish 6th.

In the first half of the race, Pirro was involved in a spectacular 5-way battle for sixth place, along with Pata Honda riders Michel Fabrizio and Leon Haslam, Toni Elias (Red Devils Aprilia) and Vincent Philippe (FIXI Crescent Suzuki).

Elias, who made his WSBK debut last month in Turkey, lost control of his Aprilia RSV4 at Turn 13 during the sixteenth lap, taking out Philippe in the process.

The difficult first race for the FIXI Crescent Suzuki was completed by local rider Jules Cluzel‰Ûªs crash in the early stages, preceded by a crash for works BMW rider Chaz Davies.
Tom Sykes made it two from two in France -
Credit Kawasaki Racing
Sykes made a clean sweep of the French round thanks to a dominant win in race two, that completed the third double-victory for the Kawasaki Racing Team rider this year. The championship leader got a perfect start out of pole and steadily pulled away, to place a considerable gap between himself and the chasing duo of Laverty and Guintoli.

‰ÛÏIt is great to score a double win here and we made two small changes in the bike to race two." Sykes stated "We are always chasing perfection. That is what we spend our lives doing.

"When you are on the edge all the time you have got very small changes that make a big outcome. The bike was very nice to ride today and the races went very well.

When the circuit and conditions suit a bike and rider you have to take the most advantage from it. Magny Cours was generous to me, the bike and all at Kawasaki, so this was great. It was spitting with rain at the end of race two and that was difficult to manage, even though I had a big gap and not much pressure.

"I was sliding the rear a lot. We still have some work to do but the good thing is that we have been there or thereabouts all season.‰Û
Race two Podium -
Credit Kawasaki Racing
Magny Cours Race 1 Results - Round 13:
1. Tom Sykes 29m38.830s GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
2. Sylvain Guintoli 2.146 FRA APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
3. Eugene Laverty 10.643 IRL APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
4. Davide Giugliano 15.687 ITA APRILIA Althea Racing
5. Marco Melandri 23.573 ITA BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team
6. Michele Pirro 33.848 ITA DUCATI Team Ducati Alstare
7. Michel Fabrizio 37.599 ITA HONDA Pata Honda
8. Leon Haslam 37.903 GBR HONDA Pata Honda
9. Ayrton Badovini 38.181 ITA DUCATI Team Ducati Alstare
10. Lorenzo Lanzi 51.604 ITA DUCATI Mesaroli Transports A.S.
11. David Salom 54.742 ESP KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
12. Federico Sandi 1'03.442 ITA KAWASAKI Pedercini Team
13. Vincent Philippe 1'07.176 FRA SUZUKI Fixi Crescent Suzuki
14. Fabrizio Lai 1'24.850 FRA KAWASAKI Pedercini Team
15. Vittorio Iannuzzo 2 Laps ITA BMW Team Grillini Dentalmatic
16. Mark Aitchinson DNF AUS DUCATI Team Effenbert Liberty Racing
17. Toni Elias DNF SPA APRILIA Red Devils Roma
18. Jules Cluzel DNF FRA SUZUKI Fixi Crescent Suzuki
19. Chaz Davies DNF GBR BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team

Magny Cours Race 1 Results - Round 13:
1. Tom Sykes 34m36.149s GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
2. Eugene Laverty 11.091 IRL APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
3. Sylvain Guintoli 11.337 FRA APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
4. Davide Giugliano 23.008 ITA APRILIA Althea Racing
5. Chaz Davies 25.724 GBR BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team
6. Vincent Philippe 34.762 FRA SUZUKI Fixi Crescent Suzuki
7. Marco Melandri 36.219 ITA BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team
8. Toni Elias 40.957 SPA APRILIA Red Devils Roma
9. Lorenzo Lanzi 43.713 ITA DUCATI Mesaroli Transports A.S.
10. Ayrton Badovini 53.188 ITA DUCATI Team Ducati Alstare
11. David Salom 56.251 ESP KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
12. Mark Aitchinson 1'04.048 AUS DUCATI Team Effenbert Liberty Racing
13. Federico Sandi 1'04.243 ITA KAWASAKI Pedercini Team
14. Jules Cluzel 1'10.346 FRA SUZUKI Fixi Crescent Suzuki
15. Fabrizio Lai 1'29.441 FRA KAWASAKI Pedercini Team
16. Michel Fabrizio DNF ITA HONDA Pata Honda
17. Vittorio Iannuzzo DNF ITA BMW Team Grillini Dentalmatic
18. Leon Haslam DNF GBR HONDA Pata Honda
19. Michele Pirro DNF ITA DUCATI Team Ducati Alstare

Championship standings After Round 13:
1. Tom Sykes 411 pts
2. Eugene Laverty 374 pts
3. Sylvain Guintoli 373 pts
4. Marco Melandri 339 pts
5. Chaz Davies 270 pts
6. Davide Giugliano 195 pts
7. Michel Fabrizio 186 pts
8. Loris Baz 180 pts
9. Jonathan Rea 176 pts
10. Jules Cluzel 162
11. Ayrton Badovini 127 pts
12. Leon Camier 114 pts
13. Leon Haslam 91 pts
14. Max Neukirchner 84 pts
15. Carlos Checa 80 pts
16. Federico Sandi 54 pts
17. Toni Elias 46 pts
18. Mark Aitchinson 33 pts
19. Vittorio Iannuzzo 27 pts
20. David Salom 22 pts
31. Glen Allerton 6 pts
34. Jamie Stauffer 4 pts

Top Image: Tom Sykes on his way to a double win in France
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