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WSBK Assen: Laverty hits back to deny Sykes double

Aprilia's Eugene Laverty leaves it late to deny Tom Sykes a double win at Assen, while Loris Baz completes the podium for Kawasaki.
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Eugene Laverty has taken his second World Superbike Championship win of the season with a meticulously plotted triumph over race one winner Tom Sykes.

After finishing a distant fourth in race one, the Irishman came into the afternoon encounter looking to prevent pole sitter Sykes from running away with the victory as he did in the first outing, even if he would allow the Kawasaki rider to run up front for more than three-quarters of the race.

Seemingly preferring to bide his time, Laverty instead settled in behind Sykes as they stretched away from the chasing pack, the Irishman evidently priming himself to launch his attack in the closing stages of the race.

That charge would come with just three laps remaining when, having circulated as Sykes's shadow almost the entire race, dived through into the lead at Ruskenhoek.

Attempting to gap Sykes through the last few laps, Sykes would nonetheless keep himself well in contention aboard the ZX-10R, turning into chaser as they entered the final revolution.

However, despite Sykes's best efforts to respond on the final lap, particularly at the last corner as he attempted to get the overlap in the sprint to the finish line, Laverty would ultimately hold firm to cross the line in front by 0.089s.

A second win of the season for Laverty, it's a result that gives his title hopes a big boost following his double DNF last time out at Aragon. Similarly, Sykes's win and second place lifts him up the order, the Briton now level on points with Laverty and Chaz Davies in second position overall.

Behind the fight for the lead, a four-way tussle for the final spot on the podium went the way of the youngest rider in the quartet, Loris Baz.





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Terminator - Unregistered

April 28, 2013 3:38 PM

Great stuff from Laverty and Sykes, well done to them. Hard and fair racing. As for Ducati, did those who developed the Panigale take inspiration from their MotoGP bikes of current?



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