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WSBK Monza: Sykes penalised, Guintoli moved up to third

12 May 2013

UPDATE: The FIM would reverse the original stewards' decision, with Tom Sykes regaining third place, demoting Sylvain Guintoli to fourth again

Tom Sykes has been demoted to fourth position for the second World Superbike race at Monza after stewards deemed he gained an advantage over Sylvain Guintoli when he cut the Roggia chicane on the final lap.

Sykes was trailing Guintoli coming into the final lap, but nosed ahead on the run to the Roggia chicane after the Frenchman got a poor exit out of the first turn.

However, Sykes would go on to straight line the Roggia chicane, later claiming he sat up to avoid hitting the back of Marco Melandri ahead after the BMW rider braked slightly earlier for the bend.

When he re-joined the circuit, Sykes didn't cede the position back to Guintoli, the Kawasaki rider going on to cross the line in third position. Though Guintoli raised issue with Sykes in parc ferme, the Briton was adamant he was ahead and was duly awarded third place before celebrating on the podium.

However, following post-race examination, stewards would later review their original decision and reverse the spots, promoting Guintoli up into third and moving Sykes to fourth.

The decision has some ramifications for the overall standings as it means the Frenchman's advantage over the Aprilia team-mate Eugene Laverty stands at 16 points (rather than 13).


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