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Germany WSBK: Sykes wins as huge accident ends race early

Tom Sykes scores his sixth World Superbike win of the season on countback after a huge accident for Jonathan Rea and Leon Camier forces an early end.
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Tom Sykes has been awarded victory in the first World Superbike race of the day at the Nurburgring after a huge accident for Jonathan Rea and Leon Camier forced a red flag stoppage with just over a lap to go.

Sykes, who had led from the opening lap, had just been overtaken by Marco Melandri as the race entered its penultimate lap, but two separate crashes for Rea and Camier at turn nine would force out the red flags.

A dramatic conclusion for Rea and Camier, who fell after hitting oil deposited by Federico Sandi's expired Pedercini Kawasaki, the pair crashed heavily into the barriers but were seen to be conscious and moving afterwards.

With the results counted back to the end of lap 18 – moments before Melandri made his pass -, the ill-timed conclusion would ultimately prove frustrating for the Italian having spent much of his race biding his time behind Sykes before launching an attack with just two laps remaining.

Getting the jump on slow-starting pole sitter Ayrton Badovini, Melandri had led into the first bend, but was shuffled back down to second place by a charging Sykes in the end of the opening lap.

Even so, the pair, together with the fast-starting Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea, would form a four-strong lead group that would circulate in tandem for the opening half of the race, well ahead of a chasing pack led by series leader Sylvain Guintoli and Eugene Laverty, though the latter would see his hopes of a strong finish ruined on lap four when he low-sided off.

Up front there would be little movement until a small mistake by Melandri at turn ten on lap 13 would allow Davies to get in front into second position for the first time.

However, the Welshman couldn't take full advantage and found himself bumped down to third position again on lap 15 when Melandri planted a robust pass through the NGK Chicane.





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