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Laverty ends season in style with ninth win

20 October 2013

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Eugene Laverty will end the 2013 World Superbike Championship season with the runners-up spot and a Tom Sykes-equalling nine wins to his name after securing a double success at Jerez.

Following his dramatic last corner victory in race one, Laverty enjoyed a more measured run to victory in the final race of 2013, tailing newly-crowned champion Tom Sykes for 14 laps before grabbing the advantage over the last seven revolutions.

Indeed, Sykes – still on a high from wrapping up the 2013 World Superbike title with his third place finish in race one -, attempted to make a fight for it early on in an effort to end his crowning season in the best possible fashion, grabbing the lead on lap one.

With both Sykes and Laverty proceeding to pull away from the chasing pack – missing Marco Melandri after the race one podium winner decided not to race on his injured ankle -, the pair would circulate in tandem for much of the race.

However, with Laverty seemingly the more comfortable of the two as Sykes battled to maintain the pace, the Irishman's move for the lead into the final corner on lap 14 came as little surprise.

From here, Laverty would simply multiply his advantage over Sykes to cross the finish line almost three seconds ahead of his season-long rival.

A convincing double win for Laverty that brings him up to nine wins in 2013 – the same as Sykes -, the Irishman will end the year with the runners-up spot in the standings, ahead of Aprilia team-mate Sylvain Guintoli.

Though not quite the perfect end to what has been an otherwise incredible year, Sykes was still a delighted second, while Guintoli would finish third to reflect the same position in the overall standings.

Benefitting from the absence of Melandri, Toni Elias made his pitch for a full-time ride in 2014 by claiming fourth on the Red Devils Roma Aprilia, the Spaniard enduring a lonely race to finish well ahead of Chaz Davies – scoring a top five finish on BMW's swansong - and Leon Camier.

Producing another strong effort on the ageing Ducati 1098R, Lorenzo Lanzi notched up a seventh place finish, ahead of Jules Cluzel and Mark Aitchison, the Australian scoring Pedercini Kawasaki's best result of the season at the final time of asking.

Evidently suffering with a sliding rear tyre, Davide Giugliano clung on to reach the finish line in tenth position, ahead of Max Neukirchner and Broc Parkes, while a late tumble prevented Sylvain Barrier from completing his WSBK debut with a top ten finish, the Frenchman recovering to 13th. Michel Fabrizio and Federico Sandi picked up the remaining points.

Elsewhere, there was disappointment for Xavi Fores after a tangle at the first corner saw him crash out, while Leon Haslam and Ayrton Badovini ended their respective seasons with technical problems.


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