World Superbike Sepang Results 2014

June 8, 2014
Bart Madson
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Marco Melandri notched his maiden victory aboard the Aprilia RSV4 and followed up with a second as World Superbike made its debut at Sepang. No stranger to the Malaysian circuit, the former MotoGP competitor outlasted his factory Aprilia teammate, Sylvain Guintioli in both races. Championship points leader Tom Sykes redeemed a Race 1 DNF with a third-place finish in the second SBK race. Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Eugene Laverty took the final podium spot in Race 1.



The opening lap of Race 1 proved disastrous for Sykes, who was clipped by his factory Kawasaki teammate Loris Baz. Both went down with Sykes collecting Voltcom Suzuki’s Alex Lowes on the way. All three were knocked out the race, with other riders affected riders, like Jonathan Rea, forced to work their way up from the back of the field in the 16-lap race.

Guintoli avoided the first-lap carnage to take the early lead. The French man was followed by fellow Aprilia rider Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma) and Ducati’s Chaz Davies. Melandri slotted into fourth with his former factory Yamaha teammate, now Suzuki pilot, Laverty, in tow.

Melandri dispatched Elias and Davies to move into second and give chase to Guintoli. At the end of Lap 10 Melandri made his move up the inside of Guintoli, and then motored onto the victory with Guintoli in second.

Laverty was locked into some duels with the Elias and Davies for the final podium spot, before he would get the GSX-R around the Italian bikes. Davies took fourth, with Elias fifth. Meanwhile, the rider most on the move during the race was Rea, who picked his way through from the back of the pack after the Lap 1 incident to get past his Pata Honda teammate Leon Haslam for sixth.


2014 World Superbike Race 1 Results:
1. Marco Melandri (Aprilia)
2. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia)
3. Eugene Laverty (Suzuki)
4. Chaz Davies (Ducati)
5. Toni Elias (Aprilia)
6. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
7. Leon Haslam (Honda)
8. Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
9. David Salom (Kawasaki)
10. Leon Camier (BMW)
11. Jeremy Guarnoni (Kawasaki)
12. Alessandro Andreozzi (Kawasaki)
13. Bryan Staring (Kawasaki)
14. Imre Toth (BMW)
15. Romain Lanusse (Kawasaki)
DNF Alex Lowes (Suzuki)
DNF Loris Baz (Kawasaki)
DNF Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)



The second SBK race proved another successful display of the factory Aprilia team, with Melandri and Guintoli repeating the 1-2 result. Sykes avoided his Race 1 misfortune to register a third-place result, despite the points leader nursing a sore wrist from his opening race crash.

Race 2 was not without incident, however, as the 16-lap race was red flagged after MV Agusta rider Claudio Corti’s bike laid down fluids that required track maintenance. The race was restarted with the running order of the completed third lap, when Guintoli was leading followed by Aprilia satellite rider Elias and Melandri, with the Kawasaki duo of Sykes and Baz rounding out the top five.

Elias snagged the early lead of the 10-lap restart, followed by the factory Aprilias and Kawasakis in tow. The restarted race proved an entertaining battle between the top five, with Guintoli enjoying the lead but Sykes, Melandri and Baz battling behind.

At the mid-way marker, Melandri got around Sykes, and started to give chase to his teammate. Meanwhile, Sykes was left to tussle with his teammate, Baz, who caused all Sykes’ trouble in Race 1.

The closing laps saw the Aprilias enjoy a comfortable lead, with Melandri and Guintoli battling to the win. The final corners featured a number of lead changes, as Supermarco passed his teammate, only to lose position soon after. But Marco got the edge at the line, for the double victory. Sykes held onto third, with Elias nipping Baz for fourth. Rea once again placed sixth.

Despite collecting a goose egg in Race 1, Sykes still retains the points lead. However, his advantage dropped from 24 to 13. And the man closest to Sykes changes too, with Guintoli getting ahead of Rea with his 40-point haul at Sepang.


2014 World Superbike Race 2 Results:
1. Marco Melandri (Aprilia)
2. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia)
3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
4. Toni Elias (Aprilia)
5. Loris Baz (Kawasaki)
6. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
7. Eugene Laverty (Suzuki)
8. Chaz Davies (Ducati)
9. Alex Lowes (Suzuki)
10. Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
11. Leon Haslam (Honda
12. Leon Camier (BMW)
13. David Salom (Kawasaki)
14. Jeremy Guarnoni (Kawasaki)
15. Niccolo Canepa (Ducati)

2014 World Superbike Standings:
1. Tom Sykes, 201
2. Sylvain Guintoli, 188
3. Jonathan Rea, 179
4. Loris Baz, 170
5. Marco Melandri, 147
6. Chaz Davies, 130
7. Davide Giugliano, 96
8. Eugene Laverty, 90
9. Toni Elias, 89
10. Leon Haslam, 89



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