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World Superbike Magny-Cours Results 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013
World SBK points leader Tom Sykes cemented his title advantage heading to the season finale with a double victory performance at Magny-Cours. Starting from pole position, the Kawasaki ace bested his leading rivals, Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli, as the factory Aprilia duo shuffled the remaining podium spots – each claiming a second- and third-place finish on the day. Sykes will now arrive at the Jerez finale with a 37-point lead.

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Race 1

Sykes pulled away from the field early in the first race, with Guintoli in tow. The British rider went on to outpace his French competitor. Laverty couldn’t match the two front-runners, piloting his RSV4 to an unchallenged third.

Marco Melandri saw his unlikely title hopes extinguish with a fifth-place result, one spot behind Althea Racing’s Davide Giugliano. Meanwhile, Michele Pirro made the most of his first Alstare Ducati race besting the Pata Honda duo of Michel Fabrizio and Leon Haslam for sixth.

The first SBK race was cut short by the red flag following a Lap 19 crash by Pedercini Kawasaki’s Mark Aitchison.

Race 2

The second SBK race was shortened as well, this time for rain. The premature end came after 21 laps were completed, with Sykes well ahead of his Aprilia rivals. Both factory RSV4 riders went down as the rain brought out the red flag, with the finishing order based on the last completed lap.

Sykes topped the podium, 11 seconds ahead of Laverty and Guintoli – the Irishman seizing second on the rostrum. The double victory is Sykes' third of the 2013 campaign. Davide Giugliano retained another fourth-place finish ahead of a BMW rider, this time Chaz Davies. The second Beemer, piloted by Marco Melandri, placed seventh, one position behind Vincent Philippe – the World Endurance ace filling in for injured FIXI Crescent Suzuki rider Leon Camier.

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"It is great to score a double win here and we made two small changes in the bike to race two," said Sykes in a Kawasaki team press release. "We are always chasing perfection. That is what we spend our lives doing. When you are on the edge all the time you have got very small changes that make a big outcome. The bike was very nice to ride today and the races went very well. When the circuit and conditions suit a bike and rider you have to take the most advantage from it. Magny Cours was generous to me, the bike and all at Kawasaki, so this was great."

Tom Sykes extended his points lead to 37 over his Aprilia rivals with a double victory performance at Magny-Cours.
Tom Sykes extended his points lead to 37 over his Aprilia rivals with a double victory performance at Magny-Cours.
The factory Aprilia duo of Eugene Laverty  58  and Sylvain Guintoli  50  will need to make up 37 and 38 point deficits at the season finale in Jerez.
The factory Aprilia duo of Eugene Laverty (58) and Sylvain Guintoli (50) will need to make up 37 and 38 point deficits at the season finale in Jerez.
Tom Sykes claimed his third double victory of the season during a pair of red-flag shortened races at Magny-Cours.
The 2013 World SBK title is Tom Sykes' to lose at Jerez.
The World Superbike series makes its final stop of the 2013 campaign in two weeks’ time at Jerez. Laverty and Guintoli will be the only riders with a mathematical shot at unseating Sykes, the two needing to make up 37 and 38 points respectively.

2013 World Superbike Magny-Cours Race 1 Results:
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
2. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia)
3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)
4. Davide Giugliano (Aprilia)
5. Marco Melandri (BMW)
6. Michele Pirro (Ducati)
7. Michel Fabrizio (Honda)
8. Leon Haslam (Honda)
9. Ayrton Badovini (Ducati)
10. Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati)

2013 World Superbike Magny-Cours Race 2 Results:
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
2. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)
3. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia)
4. Davide Giugliano (Aprilia)
5. Chaz Davies (BMW)
6. Vincent Philippe (Suzuki)
7. Marco Melandri (BMW)
8. Toni Elias (Aprilia)
9. Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati)
10. Ayrton Badovini (Ducati)

2013 World Superbike Points Standings:
1. Tom Sykes, 411
2. Eugene Laverty, 374
3. Sylvain Guintoli, 373
4. Marco Melandri, 339
5. Chaz Davies, 270
6. Davide Giugliano, 195
7. Michel Fabrizio, 186
8. Loris Baz, 180
9. Jonathan Rea, 176
10. Jules Cluzel, 162
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