Laverty bites back with race two win

Eugene Laverty completes Aprilia's perfect start to the 2013 World Superbike Championship season by beating team-mate Sylvain Guintoli to victory in race two.
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Eugene Laverty has won the second World Superbike race of the 2013 season at Phillip Island after turning the tables on Sylvain Guintoli to deny his Aprilia counterpart a double victory.

The Irishman had to settle for second place behind his new team-mate in the opening race of the season, but would reverse the positions in an absorbing second encounter in Australia by passing definitively with less than two laps remaining.

Securing the factory Aprilia team's second 1-2 result of the day, Laverty's win marks his fourth career success at WSBK level and puts him equal top with Guintoli at the head of the overall leaderboard after the opening round.

Starting from pole position for the first time in his career after original pole sitter Carlos Checa was ruled out of the second race through injury, though Laverty was beaten into the first bend by Tom Sykes, he would move back ahead at the start of lap two, with the fast-starting Guintoli following suit before the lap was out.

The opening revolution, however, would claim its first casualties at the bottom of Lukey Heights when Chaz Davies and Loris Baz tangled in the braking zone. Send both riders off the track and out of contention, the collision would also heavily delay Leon Haslam and Leon Camier.

As such, Laverty and Guintoli would find themselves heading a fairly depleted lead group, with Melandri up to third by lap four, while Michel Fabrizio, Davide Giugliano and Jules Cluzel – a major beneficiary of the dramas ahead of him – would rise to fourth, fifth and sixth respectively over a fading Sykes in the coming laps.

With Guintoli keeping things consistent up front, Laverty settled in behind his team-mate with Melandri also holding station in a close third. As Laverty focused on preserving his tyres and Melandri unable to out-pace the Aprilia down the home straight, a stalemate would keep the top three tight as the race entered its second-half.

However, the encounter would receive a spark on lap 16 of 22 when Melandri unexpectedly planted a pass on Laverty at the bottom of Lukey Heights, a move that seemingly gave Guintoli the breathing space he needed to break the tow.

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February 24, 2013 6:55 AM
Last Edited 587 days ago

Great race by Aprilia both Guinters and Laverty. great to see them both ahead in championship. @Friction at Aprilia can you please tell me where you got the information that Eugene took it upon himself to declare that he is no.1 at Aprilia. i really doubt that is the way it works, but maybe you have some inside information? And by the way was everybody not on their first race of the year or have i missed a round? if you are referring to his first year on the aprilia, this is guintolis 4th+ season in wsbk, not to mention moto gp, bsb, 250 gp. he should be(and is) well up to the job. its not as if Laverty got beat in race 1 by a rookie. sounds to me like you are just one of the many on here who are too happy to try to knock Eugene. well a 1st and second is hard to knock, for both of them.

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