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WSBK Monza: Sykes moved back to third position

Tom Sykes regains his third place finish in the second World Superbike race at Monza after the FIM reverses the stewards' original decision.
Tom Sykes has regained his third place finish in the second World Superbike race at Monza after the FIM reversed the results again following an earlier post-race protest.

Sykes finished third on the road during the second race, but was later judged to have gained an unfair advantage over Sylvain Guintoli when he ran on at the Roggia chicane moments after passing the Frenchman.

Aprilia subsequently submitted a protest and won, with Sykes handed a one second penalty that would reverse the positions in Guintoli's favour.

However, with Sykes insisting he was well past Guintoli before he ran on at the chicane – instead claiming he did it to avoid an early-braking Marco Melandri ahead and not because he out-braked himself -, the FIM would subsequently return the results to their original order.

As such, Guintoli, who was adamant in his post-race comments that a penalty for Sykes was obvious, has seen his lead in the standings is reduced back to 13 points over Eugene Laverty. Sykes is now 18 points behind Guintoli in third place.

Aprilia have the opportunity to counter-appeal again over the next five days meaning the result remains provisional.




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timk - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 12:32 AM

I don't know how anybody thinks it's fair that a rider can run off track (regardless of the irrelevant detail of whether he outbraked himself or miscalculated how close he could follow the rider braking in front of him) and just re-enter the track going less than full speed in front of someone who *didn't* screw up, causing that rider to slow and/or go offline to avoid a collision, and then be awarded with a podium as though he hadn't even run off the track. Complete sham. Guintoli was robbed and I will now be cheering for him to beat Sykes at every opportunity.

Nick636

May 13, 2013 6:16 AM

@ WHHHHHHHHAT (and others) We weren't in the briefing and according to what I heard Tom did what was required. When he rejoined he left plenty space for Guinters to pass, yet Guintoli dropped his pace. If you see how far behind he was by two corners later, you can't expect Tom to slack off that much if he still had an outside chance of finishing in the top two and Guintoli had blatantly dropped his pace. IF THE STEWARDS DEEMED IT LEGAL, I GUESS WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT. I think it's unfair calling him a "Bad Guy!" PS. WHAT AN AAAAAAWESOME DAY'S RACING!!!!!



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