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Sykes dominates truncated race, half-points awarded

Sykes dominates from the start, but is prevented from taking it to the chequered flag.
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Tom Sykes has won his first World Superbike Championship race of the season at Monza, but he will receive just half points for his efforts after the race was halted at the midway point.

The Kawasaki rider was cruising to a dominant victory during the second Monza race as he put seconds per lap over the competition, but the arrival of rain after eight of the 16 laps would force organisers to deploy red flags and call the result.

A frustrating end to a chaotic day at Monza following the cancellation of the first race on safety grounds, there were fears the second race wouldn't get underway either as riders returned from the warm-up feeling dissatisfied with the dry, albeit patchy, conditions.

After around 15mins of discussion, the race did eventually get underway, but without pole sitter Sylvain Guintoli who, along with Michel Fabrizio, would suffer cruel technical issues on the new warm-up lap to prevent them from starting.

Inheriting an effective pole position, Sykes stormed into the lead at the first turn and proceeded to scythe away from the opposition, the Briton's margin growing by a second with every lap to leave the competition floundering in his wake.

However, with dark clouds looming overhead and threatening to deposit their contents on the Monza circuit, the inevitable eventually occurred on lap eight, organisers immediately drawing the red flags to prevent any incident.

Coming after race one was cancelled due to the riders' concerns over the sodden track surface and the quality of the wet Pirelli tyre around the high-speed circuit, just 8 laps and 14mins of Superbike racing would take place on the weekend the series celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

With not enough of the race completed to award full points, Sykes instead only receives 12.5 points, rather than a full 25 points. Although it remains an impressive result for a rejuvenated Kawasaki, Sykes will rue the fact that he would have possibly stood to take the championship lead had the race gone full distance.



Tagged as: Kawasaki , Monza , Tom Sykes

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190mph - Unregistered

May 06, 2012 3:33 PM

Get rid of that stupid one bike rule and get back to flag to flag racing. And Pirelli need a good kick up the ar$e for exacerbating the problem with their pi$$ poor tyres. Well done to Tom Sykes though, a fine win.



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