World Superbike Aragon Results 2013

April 14, 2013
Byron Wilson
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BMW Motorrad GoldBet’s Chaz Davies now has three career SBK wins to his credit thanks to his sweep at Aragon. While fortune smiled on the Welsh rider, others weren’t so lucky, particularly Aprilia Racing’s Eugene Laverty and Kawasaki Racing’s Tom Sykes. Both riders were forced to retire from Race 1 with mechanical issues in the opening laps. Laverty made an early push for the front in Race 2, but a crash took him out of competition in that contest as well. Laverty’s teammate, Sylvain Guintoli, who entered the round tied mathematically for the overall lead, maintained a strong, consistent pace and took home a 2-2 result which was enough to give him the outright championship advantage, 22 points ahead of Davies in second.

Race 1

Laverty led the opening laps of Race 1, fending off pressure from Sykes and Davies. After the third lap Laverty veered off track and, though he attempted to rejoin, soon after went to the pits with bike issues. Sykes assumed the front for the next lap, but then he too was faced with a mechanical problem and had to retire. Davies was quick to capitalize, moving to the head of the pack on Lap 5 and holding there to the checkers. Guintoli slipped into second and held off pressure from Davies’ teammate, Marco Melandri, to finish in the runner-up spot. Melandri rounded out the podium.

Davies now has a list of professional milestones achieved at the Aragon circuit, as it was the site of his first career Superbike podium in 2012. This year’s event saw him make the front row for the first time in the premier class, earn his first double race win in Superbike and grab his first-ever victory on the S1000RR.

Sylvain Guintoli giving fans a bit of a show following his 2-2 finish at Aragon.
Sylvain Guintoli gives fans a show after going 2-2 in Aragon and assuming the outright World Superbike points lead.
Carlos Checa  7  went 7-8 at Aragon while Eugene Laverty  58  took DNFs in both races.
Carlos Checa (7) went 7-8 at Aragon while Eugene Laverty (58) took DNFs in both races.

Behind Davies, Guintoli and Melandri maintained a close race for the runner-up spot until the final laps of the contest. Melandri had to overcome a third-row start, which saw him back in ninth through the second lap, but he charged ahead and was up to third by Lap 5. He kept the pressure on Guintoli until Lap 13 when he moved into second. The Italian’s stint in the number two spot was short lived though, as a mistake three laps later saw him drop down to fifth. He quickly recovered, moving past Pata Honda’s Jonathan Rea and Althea Racing’s Davide Giugliano, assuming the final rostrum position three laps from the finish. Giugliano had an especially frustrating finish, falling out of fourth-place on the penultimate lap due his own mechanical failure and earning a DNF.

Rea ended Race 1 in fourth followed by Sykes’ teammate, Loris Baz in fifth. FIXI Crescent Suzuki’s Jules Cluzel grabbed sixth and was followed by Team Ducati Alstare’s Carlos Checa in seventh. Red Devils Roma’s Michel Fabrizio ended in eighth while Rea’s teammate, Leon Haslam, took ninth and Checa’s teammate, Ayrton Badovini, rounded out the top-10.

World Superbike Aragon Race 1 Results 2013:
1. Chaz Davies (BMW)
2. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia)
3. Marco Melandri (BMW)
4. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
5. Loris Baz (Kawasaki)
6. Jules Cluzel (Suzuki)
7. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
8. Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia)
9. Leon Haslam (Honda)
10. Ayrton Badovini (Ducati)
11. Max Neukirchner (Ducati)
12. Federico Sandi (Kawasaki)
13. Ivan Clementi (BMW)
14. Vittorio Iannuzzo (BMW)

Race 2

“For me it is just an amazing day,” said Davies after his Race 2 win. “I cannot explain how happy I am. What a weekend! My first victory with BMW and then the double win – this is something I was hoping to achieve this year but I did not expect it to happen this early. In Race 1, the DNFs by Tom and Eugene definitely made it easier. In Race 2 it seemed that I had a comfortable lead, but to be honest I had to push a lot.”

Davies nabbed that lead early from Sykes, who led through the first lap, but the BMW ace and Guintoli got the best of the British rider on Lap 2, moving into the first and second spots, where they would remain to the finish. Sykes dropped down to fourth and had to find a way past Melandri, which he did on Lap 6. Sykes remained stalwart in third-position to the checkers, earning his first trip to the podium this season.

Race 2 was delayed at the start when Cluzel raised a hand to indicate a problem with his bike and was subsequently shortened from 20 laps to 19. The French rider couldn’t find neutral and his bike began to roll because the clutch was getting so hot, so he returned to the pits to address the issue. The delay was cited by Laverty as a main reason for his early crash. The Irishman shot off the start once competition was underway and grabbed the holeshot, but within the opening turns went down when he lost grip. 

“Race 1 was truly disappointing,” said Laverty. “I was in the lead and had a good pace, but I had already noticed that something wasn’t working properly on the bike. I had to stop in the pits which cost me six laps, but I knew I could make a comeback in Race 2. Instead, the double starting procedure created some problems for me because the tires cooled off a bit. In fact I lost the rear first and then the front which caused me to crash.”

Giugliano made up for his frustrating results in Race 1, getting ahead of Melandri on Lap 9 and holding in fourth to the finish. Melandri finished in fifth, followed by Baz in sixth and Cluzel in seventh. Checa grabbed eighth with Haslam and Badovini in ninth and 10th respectively.

Guintoli leaves Aragon as the championship points leader. Davies drove past Laverty to assume second overall, while the Irishman sits a tenuous third, just two points ahead of Melandri in fourth and three points ahead of Fabrizio in fifth.

World Superbike Aragon Race 2 Results 2013:
1. Chaz Davies (BMW)
2. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia)
3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
4. Davide Giugliano (Aprilia)
5. Marco Melandri (BMW)
6. Loris Baz (Kawasaki)
7. Jules Cluzel (Suzuki)
8. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
9. Leon Haslam (Honda)
10. Ayrton Badovini (Ducati)
11. Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia)
12. Max Neukirchner (Ducati)
13. Alexander Lundh (Kawasaki)
14. Ivan Clementi (BMW)
15. Jonathan Rea (Honda)

World Superbike Championship Points 2013:
1. Sylvain Guintoli, 85
2. Chaz Davies, 63
3. Eugene Laverty, 45
4. Marco Melandri, 43
5. Michel Fabrizio, 42
6. Tom Sykes, 38
7. Jules Cluzel, 33
8. Loris Baz, 31
9. Jonathan Rea, 30
10. Leon Haslam, 29