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WSBK Misano: Sykes masters Misano with dominant double

Kawasaki's Tom Sykes completes a spectacular double WSBK win at Misano to multiply his advantage in the overall standings to 39 points.
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  • Tom Sykes claims another imperious race win to complete the WSBK double at Misano
  • A sixth victory of the season sees Sykes extend his championship lead to 39 points
  • Baz soaks up intense pressure from Melandri to make it another 1-2 for Kawasaki

Tom Sykes has strengthened his status as the favourite for the 2014 World Superbike Championship title by completing an imperious double victory at Misano.

Following his comprehensive win in race one, the Kawasaki rider was mostly untroubled en route to his second win of the day once more, holding firm in second place initially to the jump-starting Davide Giugliano before moving ahead when the Italian was called in for his inevitable ride-thru.

From here Sykes simply eased out his advantage over the competition, with team-mate Loris Baz enduring a busy afternoon of defensive riding as he worked hard to keep the Aprilias of Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli at bay.

Indeed, with Sykes circulating alone up front, the fight for second occupied much of the attention as Melandri tried countless times to snatch second place off the young Frenchman.

Nonetheless, despite three attempts to pass through turn one and two, Baz would respond each time before finding just enough in reserve to fend off any last lap lunge from the Italian.

Completing Kawasaki's second 1-2 of the day, Sykes' win sees him multiply his advantage at the head of the standings to 39 points over Guintoli – the largest margin it has been all season -, while it also does wonders for Kawasaki's chances in the manufacturers' standings.

Indeed, Guintoli would end his day off the podium, the Frenchman fading as the race wore on to finish fourth. Though he remains second in the standings, he is now just two points ahead of Baz.

A disastrous race for Ducati, Giugliano's drive-thru penalty was compounded by a crash for Chaz Davies whilst in the podium hunt in fifth, his exit allowing Jonathan Rea to claim the position following an entertaining scrap with Toni Elias on the Red Devils Roma Aprilia.

Reportedly riding with a fully broken foot after snapping the existing fracture during race one, Eugene Laverty soldiered on to seventh after prevailing in his own inter-team battle with fellow Suzuki rider Alex Lowes, ahead of a recovering Giugliano.

Completing the Misano clean sweep for KRT, David Salom sneaked into the overall top ten to claim another EVO victory, the Spaniard denying Sylvain Barrier a marvellous win on his return to WSBK competition as the BMW rider nonetheless completed a strong ride to 11th.

A faller in the race, Leon Haslam got going again to cross the line in 12th, while Ivan Goi, Riccardo Russo and Alessandro Andreozzi picked up the remaining points available.
by Ollie Barstow



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