Laverty bites back with race two win

Undeterred, Laverty maintained close contact with Melandri until lap twenty when he dived up the inside at turn four. Going on to smash the lap record with a time 1min 31.168secs – four tenths faster than anyone else had managed at that point – Laverty quickly found himself back on Guintoli's tail and would waste no time in planting his move, scything by into turn one at the start of the penultimate lap.

Immediately establishing a gap between himself and the race one winner, Laverty would proceed to hold firm over the final two laps to pick up his second victory as an Aprilia rider and his fourth in World Superbikes.

Behind Guintoli, Melandri had to make do with third, though he was fortunate not to be usurped by Michel Fabrizio on the final lap, the race one podium winner mounting a late challenge that would almost take him all the way to the rostrum again.

Further back, Sykes was once again able to recover from a mid-race lull to grab fifth by the chequered flag, ahead of Giugliano and Cluzel, the Frenchman impressing on his first weekend as a WSBK rider after a weekend of technical disruptions.

By contrast, Jonathan Rea's landmark 100th WSBK race was an unhappy one as he struggled for competitiveness on the Pata Honda once again, the Ulsterman well down the order in eighth place.

Fighting back from their opening lap delays, Camier would get the better of Haslam on the line as the duo recovered to round out the top ten.

Behind them, Max Neukirchner took the sole remaining Ducati 1199R to more good points in 11th place, ahead of wild-card riders Glenn Allerton and Jamie Stauffer, while Pedercini Kawasaki pair Federico Sandi and Alexander Lundh picked up the final points in 14th and 15th.

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February 24, 2013 6:55 AM
Last Edited 552 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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