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Russia: PICS: Sykes' race comes to fiery halt

Britain's Tom Sykes lost the lead of the World Superbike Championship after his Kawasaki ZX-10R suffered an engine failure on the third lap of Sunday's race at the Moscow Raceway in Russia.

Sykes had powered through to fourth place after starting from ninth position on the grid before his race came to a sudden halt.

The race, which ended in driving rain, was won by GoldBet BMW's Marco Melandri from team-mate Chaz Davies with Aryton Badovini finishing third.

Aprilia's Sylvain Guintoli finished sixth to move back to the top of the World Superbike summit by four points following the eighth round of the series.

See below for more pictures of Sykes' dramatic blow-up...



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jchaves001

July 23, 2013 5:37 PM

Was I the only one who thinks that Tom Sykes grenade his engine on purpose while coasting off the Moscow SBK race 1? You can see him twisting the throttle on and off, perhaps in an attempt to "clear its throat" but then he held it wide open seconds before the thing exploded in a ball of fire. It's no secret that he has been unhappy with his technical team latest blunders and most likely that DNF exacerbated the situation. From my point of view, his body language showed disgust as he tossed the burning bike down to the ground. Yes, the thing was on fire but, to me, he was too pissed to worry about that.

Motarde

July 23, 2013 4:45 PM

If you look carefully at the photos or watch a video you can see he actually wrenched the throttle wide open when he realised the engine had blown, ensuring it was completely trashed and that the mechanics would have difficulty diagnosing what the problem had been. Not sure how much his team appreciated that little gesture.



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