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World Superbike Monza Results 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013
BMW Motorrad GoldBet’s Marco Melandri and Aprilia Racing’s Eugene Laverty each took wins in Round 4 of the 2013 eni FIM Superbike World Championship at Monza. Melandri prevailed in Race 1 after one of the closest battles seen yet this season and Race 2 proved just as exciting, as Laverty faced heavy pressure from multiple challengers in the final laps of the contest.



Race 1


Melandri’s Race 1 win marks his first ever at Monza in World Superbike, which he earned just 0.085 seconds ahead of Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes. Laverty finished on the podium in third, one-tenth of a second off Melandri’s pace. The three riders were essentially side-by-side as they crossed the finish line after a memorable final lap battle that saw positions change a number of times.

Melandri, Sykes and Laverty each spent time at the head of the pack through the contest, with the Aprilia ace claiming the lead through the opening seven laps. His teammate, Sylvain Guintoli, mixed it up with the front-runners for much of the race as well, leading three laps of his own before Melandri pushed to the top on Lap 11.

The Italian rider sought to open a gap through the next four laps, but couldn’t shake the hard-charging Sykes and Laverty and briefly lost the lead with four laps remaining when Sykes pushed up from third. Sykes’ stint out front was short-lived though, and Laverty gained the lead on the penultimate lap.

Melandri was third entering the final lap, but he quickly made a move on Sykes in the first turn, moving up to second. Soon after he got the best of Laverty and gained the lead, only to see the Irishman answer back a soon after. In the final corner Melandri found a line inside which got him just far enough ahead of Laverty to secure the victory. Sykes powered though the final turn as well, getting enough speed before the finish to best Laverty for the runner-up spot.

Guintoli settled into a comfortable fourth-place during the final laps, finishing well ahead of Melandri’s teammate, Chaz Davies. Red Devils Roma’s Michel Fabrizio ended Race 1 in sixth while Sykes’ teammate, Loris Baz, grabbed seventh-place.

Pata Honda’s Jonathan Rea finished in eighth, though was battling with Davies for a top-five position mid-race before incurring a penalty for running off track in the chicane. Officials forced him to drop back two positions as a result of the infraction. FIXI Crescent Suzuki’s Jules Cluzel was also penalized for cutting a corner. He was battling inside the top-10 but then dropped back to last-place after completing his ride-through.

Cluzel’s teammate, Leon Camier, finished in ninth, followed by Althea Racing’s Davide Giugliano in 10th.

World Superbike Monza Race 1 Results 2013:
1. Marco Melandri (BMW)
2. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)
4. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia)
5. Chaz Davies (BMW)
6. Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia)
7. Loris Baz (Kawasaki)
8. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
9. Leon Camier (Suzuki)
10. Davide Giugliano (Aprilia)
11. Ayrton Badovini (Ducati)
12. Max Neukirchner (Ducati)
13. Fabrizio Lai (Kawasaki)
14. Kosuke Akiyoshi (Honda)
15. Federico Sandi (Kawasaki)
16. Mark Aitchison (Ducati)
17. Jules Cluzel (Suzuki)



Race 2

Aprilia commanded the front for all of Race 2, with Laverty and Guintoli swapping the lead a number of times before the finish. Laverty came through with the win ahead of Melandri while Sykes rounded out the podium. Guintoli, while in podium position for the majority of the race, fell back to fourth on the final lap.

Laverty opened things up once again, holding the lead through the first seven laps. Guintoli was back in sixth after the Lap 1, but managed to push his way through the pack and gain the front on Lap 8. Melandri and Sykes were close at hand, the two assuming the number two and three spots through the first portion of the contest. Once Guintoli had the lead, he and Laverty duked it out in a back-and-forth battle for the advantage, with Melandri ever-present in third just a fraction of a second back. Guintoli led through Lap 16, but then slipped back to third-place as Laverty and Melandri moved past. Sykes, who was holding in fourth, made his move soon after, pinching a podium finish from Guintoli on the last lap.

The battle for fifth-place was also close, with Fabrizio, Giugliano and Camier running close through the latter portion of the race. Davies was in the mix as well until crashing out of competition. Fabrizio ended ahead in fifth, with Giugliano following in sixth and Camier in seventh. Baz secured eighth ahead of Badovini in ninth. MR-Racing’s Max Neurkirchner rouned out the top-10.

Along with Davies, Cluzel also crashed out of the race, as did Pata Honda replacement rider Kosuke Akiyoshi. Rea pulled out after entering the pits mid race, as did Team Effenbert Liberty’s Mark Aitchison.

Guintoli remains the overall points leader in the series, but Laverty has inched closer, sitting just 13 points back in second. Sykes is third an additional five points back while Melandri jumped up to fourth ahead of Davies, in fifth.

World Superbike Monza Race 2 Results 2013:
1. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)
2. Marco Melandri (BMW)
3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
4. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia)
5. Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia)
6. Davide Giugliano (Aprilia)
7. Leon Camier (Suzuki)
8. Loris Baz (Kawasaki)
9. Ayrton Badovini (Ducati)
10. Max Neukirchner (Ducati)
11. Fabrizio Lai (Kawasaki)
12. Vittorio Iannuzzo (BMW)
13. Federico Sandi (Kawasaki)

World Superbike Championship Points 2013:
1. Sylvain Guintoli, 137
2. Eugene Laverty, 124
3. Tom Sykes, 119
4. Marco Melandri, 96
5. Chaz Davies, 94
6. Loris Baz, 75
7. Michel Fabrizio, 74
8. Jonathan Rea, 71
9. Davide Giugliano, 49
10. Leon Camier, 46

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World Superbike Racer Bios
Tom Sykes
Tom Sykes earned his first World Superbike championship title in 2013 and he returns with Kawasaki in 2014 to try for the top-spot once again. Read more on the Tom Sykes bio page.
Leon Haslam
Son of the legendary Ron Haslam, Leon Haslam is poised to make his own mark on motorcycle racing history as a leading contender for the World Superbike Championship. Read more on the Leon Haslam bio page for career highlights, pictures, and news.
Eugene Laverty
Following a successful stint in World Supersport which included back-to-back runner-up finishes, Eugene Laverty is quickly building a reputation in the premier world championship. Learn more about the Irishman on the Eugene Laverty bio page.

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Scottydoo   May 17, 2013 11:00 AM
Sure sounds like an awesome race. Would be nice to be able to watch them in Canada......anyone heard of a way to do so yet?