Factory Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes picked up his third double-win of the season after coming out the victor in both World Superbike races at round seven of the series on Sunday at Italy’s Misano World Circuit. With this set of victories, the reigning World Champion increased his lead in the overall championship points standings to 39 over second-place Sylvain Guintoli.
In the day’s first 21-lap race, Red Devils Roma Aprilia’s Toni Elias got the holeshot but pole-sitter Sykes overtook the lead before the end of the opening lap. Although the battle behind the leader was fierce, when the dust had cleared it was Sykes’ Kawasaki teammate Loris Baz and factory Aprilia’s Marco Melandri rounding out the podium.
The day’s second race podium was a replica of the first, with Sykes again taking the win after getting around early-race leader Davide Giugliano on his Ducati. Kawasaki teammate Baz and Aprilia’s Melandri again turned in a ferocious battle, swapping spots back and forth before finally settling back into the same finishing order they held earlier in the day – Baz in second and Melandri in third.
“I knew Davide would be fast at least half race distance so I wasn’t prepared to push,” Sykes said on Cycle News. “But when he pulled over, you know, happy days. Then I got on about setting me own race, my own rhythm…"The ZX-10R has been working well all weekend," Sykes continued. "I knew when it came to the races the adrenaline would give me something extra. Another fantastic race for Kawasaki and I’m really happy with the performance this weekend. I’m looking forward to relaxing for two weeks now.”
Following the Misano round of the World Superbike Championship, Sykes leads the standings. Aprilia’s Guintoli, who finished fifth in race one and fourth in race two, sits in second. Sykes’ Kawasaki teammate Baz trails Guintoli in third by a mere two points.Tags: Aprilia, Davide Giugliano, Kawasaki, Loris Baz, Marco Melandri, Misano World Circuit, Motorsports, Sylvain Guintoli, Tom Sykes, World Superbike Championship