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Jeremy Guarnoni has taken a dominant victory in the final round of the 2013 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup at Jerez, though it wasn't quite enough for him to seal the runners-up spot in the overall standings.
With recently-crowned champion Sylvain Barrier absent from the Superstock 1000 class this weekend after being rewarded with a one-off Superbike outing, the attention at Jerez instead focused on the battle for second position with Guarnoni's win at Magny-Cours putting him in range of Canepa by 17 points.
Indeed, to Guarnoni's credit he couldn't have done anything more than he achieved at Jerez, topping every single timed session in the run up to the race before tipping into the opening bend with a lead he would maintain to the chequered flag.
However, though it was an utterly dominant performance by the Frenchman from start-to-finish, Canepa's nondescript run to seventh place – his worst finish of the season – was still enough to stay one point ahead in the overall standings. Notably, the Italian's campaign on the Barni Ducati 1199 Panigale in 2013 yielded not a single win, but six podiums in ten races.
Beyond Guarnoni, Leandro Mercado completed a successful return to the category this season, which included his first SSTK win at the Nurburgring, by finishing in second position, the Argentinian matching the leader's pace but losing too much time initially getting past the fast-starting Kevin Calia to mount a challenge.
An impressive performance by Calia, the CIV Moto3 champion having been drafted in to replace the injured Eddi La Marra at Barni Ducati, the youngster ran second initially before eventually getting swallowed up by the chasing pack.
It meant Guarnoni's MRS Kawasaki team-mate Romain Lanusse picked up is maiden SSTK podium in third position, while an occasionally wild Alessandro Andreozzi also claimed a career-best finish in fourth to make it a Kawasaki 1-2-3-4.
Standing in for the absent Barrier, new German Superbike Champion Markus Reiterberger was punished for a poor start but fought his way up to fifth place on the factory S1000RR, in doing so ensuring BMW secured the manufacturers' crown.
Calia held on for sixth, ahead of Canepa, while Matthieu Lussiana, Ondrej Jezek and Marco Bussolotti completed the top ten.