WSBK » Third time lucky as Sykes prevails in Laguna sprint

Tom Sykes makes it count on the third restart to claim a seventh win of the season in a frantic first race at Laguna Seca, ahead of Davies, Laverty, Melandri and Guintoli.

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September 29, 2013 12:38 AM

Once again it was proved that bike racing has little to do with team orders. Chaz has given Tom an unintended helpful hand, by keeping his team mate at bay.
Beside that, karma seems to give Tom a satisfaction for the Moscow episode as for the red flags, yet Tom still had to do the job himself by charging for victory at the third attempt.
However, Guinters has one more try in the bag tomorrow.


September 29, 2013 1:48 AM

re: "Once again it was proved that bike racing has little to do with team orders.

once again what bike racing has proved is the IMPORTANCE of team orders. individual glory seeking at the 11th hour means what a "conflicted" team ultimately ends up with is $hit in one hand, and a wish in the other.


September 29, 2013 1:51 AM
Last Edited 949 days ago

Seemed like the guys who wanted it the most were there at the end of the race, looked like Guintoli had a massive grip advantage in the first two races, Laverty could barely make the corkscrew at the beginning.

Hope the guys get better grip for tomorrow so Guintoli doesnt walk away with it tomorrow. Good race, plenty of room given by Eugene and Marco on the last lap for the final podium, good stuff.

*as for team orders, you cant fault chaz too much, has anyone heard about a ride for him next year? Kinda wish he was mirroring Spies effort from 2008, but that is a tall order given the way WSBK wants to lock down the competition.


September 29, 2013 9:47 AM


"you cant fault chaz too much, has anyone heard about a ride for him next year?"

Ducati are after him to ride the Panigale. I don't know if anything's been signed yet.


September 29, 2013 9:49 AM

Cannot believe every time there is a red flag Sykes manages to get lucky. Portimao race1 last year, Nurburgring race 1 & now Laguna. Highlights the "wisdom"of having desparate wildcards throwing their bikes at the (air) fence


September 29, 2013 1:51 PM
Last Edited 948 days ago

why would chaz want to ride that piece of crap?

hes better off in ama or bsb. Ducati don't know anything about electronics or tires, they have no chance unless Pirelli gift them.

get rid of the electronics and the control tire, or force Pirelli to build Ducati specific tires and they might have a chance. Ducati not running a v4 just for the technical advantage of power control is beyond me, but then again, they would need to steel some Aprilia or Honda techs to work out the electronics.

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