2013 Portimao World Superbike | Results

Kawasaki's Tom Sykes

2013 World Superbike Results

Spoiler Alert: Results from the 2013 Portimao World Superbike listed below

Following his double at Donington Park two weeks ago, Tom Sykes gained some momentum in the points race, closing in to within four points of leader Sylvain Guintoli.

And when round six began at Portimao this weekend, the British ZX-10R Ninja rider was the favorite, and began quickly. He eventually took the Superpole win Saturday, qualifying in the number-one spot for Sunday’s double header.

But others were also quick, including Aprilia Racing Team’s Eugene Laverty, who finished Superpole a mere 0.001 of a second back, and Pata Honda World Superbike’s Jonathan Rea.

When race one got underway, only one of these riders would make it to the podium. Sykes would take third, behind Guintoli and the surprise winner, BMW Motorrad GoldBet’s Marco Melandri, who began Portimao SBK on top of the second row.

In race two, Laverty returned to the top of the podium, the Irishman taking his fourth race win in 2013 World SBK. Joining the RSV4 rider on the podium was teammate Guintoli and Rea.

Following are the race recaps.

2013 Portimao World Superbike Race 1 Recap:

After a close battle with Guintoli towards the end of race one, Melandri was able to take the victory 0.007 of a second ahead of the Frenchman. This was the fourth smallest victory ever in a World SBK race.

Melandri piloted his BMW S1000RR to a perfect exit on the final corner to take the win. As for Guintoli’s teammate, Laverty suffered a technical issue aboard the RSV4, forcing him to retire from the race.

Although Sykes was up front with Melandri and Guintoli in the beginning of the race, he began to lose time as the race progressed. He would hold on to take the final podium position.

FIXI Crescent Suzuki’s Leon Camier had his best finish of the season, taking fourth aboard the GSX-R 1000. Following him to the line was Kawasaki Racing’s Loris Baz, BMW Motorrad GoldBet’s Chaz Davies and Red Devils Roma Aprilia’s Michel Fabrizio.

Camier’s teammate Jules Cluzel finished eighth, ousting Ducati Alstare 1199 Panigale R rider Carlos Checa. Rounding out the top 10 was Team Pedercini Kawasaki’s Federico Sandi.

As for Rea, he was also forced to retire aboard the Honda CBR1000RR due to technical issues. Also retiring was Rea’s teammate Leon Haslam, who lost feeling in both of his arms. Haslam is still recovering from a broken leg at Assen.

2013 Portimao World Superbike Race 2 Recap:

The Irishman Laverty was  back on the podium after one round of absence, and managed to score his fourth victory of the season. Of the seven wins achieved so far in his WSBK career, six of them came in the second race.

The only rider able to keep up with the winner, at least in the first half of the race, was Rea. The Ulsterman was edged out of 2nd place in the closing stages by Guintoli, who completed the third one-two for the works Aprilia team in 2013 after the total domination of the season opener in Phillip Island. Thanks to his podium finish number 9 in the season, the Frenchman is still the Championship leader with 209 points ahead of Tom Sykes.

The Kawasaki Racing Team rider, who had a very early crash on the sighting lap, at Turn 2, managed after several attempts to make his way back to the pits, from where he started the race. Towards the end of Lap 1 the Englishman had to pull in again but, after returning to the track for the third time, with no chances left for a top-15 finish, Sykes showed an incredible pace and even set the new lap record in 1:42.475.

The Kawasaki Racing Team had something to cheer anyway, as Loris Baz finished fourth ahead of Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), a tenacious Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) and Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki).

An excessive rear tire wear forced Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) to ride defensively to a 12th place at the flag. The issue that hampered the performance of the Italian rider is currently under investigation by Pirelli. A technical problem is the reason behind the withdrawal from Race 2 by Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) on the twelfth lap.

With his 2-2 finish, Guintoli retains the points lead, having 213. Sykes trails Guintoli by 28 points, with Laverty a further 39 points behind the leader.

The 2013 World Superbike Championship now breaks for three weeks before resuming at Imola in Italy for round seven of 15.

2013 Portimao World Superbike Race 1 Results:

1. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 38’12.447

2. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38’12.454

3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38’16.671

4. Leon Camier (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 38’21.926

5. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38’24.504

6. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 38’29.057

7. Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38’33.797

8. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 38’34.784

9. Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 38’36.109

10. Federico Sandi (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 39’39.442

11. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 39’39.566

12. Ivan Clementi (HTM Racing) BMW S1000 RR 39’41.543

13. Max Neukirchner (MR-Racing) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 38’36.153

RT. Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 33’35.596

RT. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 19’02.014

RT. Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 16’03.234

RT. Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 13’51.476

RT. Alexander Lundh (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 10’48.699

RT. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 8’43.052

2013 Portimao World Superbike Race 2 Results:

1. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38’02.051

2. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38’06.158

3. Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 38’07.904

4. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38’17.357

5. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 38’19.603

6. Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 38’20.417

7. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 38’31.443

8. Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 38’40.410

9. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38’41.372

10. Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38’46.654

11. Max Neukirchner (MR-Racing) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 38’47.390

12. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 38’47.480

13. Federico Sandi (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 39’18.361

14. Alexander Lundh (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 39’18.426

15. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 39’20.354

16. Ivan Clementi (HTM Racing) BMW S1000 RR 39’26.310

NC. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38’22.688

RT. Leon Camier (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 19’11.662

2013 World Superbike Championship Point Standings:

1. Sylvain Guintoli, Aprilia: 213

2. Tom Sykes, Kawasaki: 185

3. Eugene Laverty, Aprilia: 174

4. Marco Melandri, BMW: 156

5. Chaz Davies, BMW: 133

6. Loris Baz, Kawasaki: 119

7. Jonathan Rea, Honda: 105

8. Michel Fabrizio, Aprilia: 101

9. Davide Giugliano, Aprilia: 79

10. Jules Cluzel, Suzuki: 72

11. Leon Camier, Suzuki: 62

12. Max Neukirchner, Ducati: 53

13. Carlos Checa, Ducati: 50

14. Ayrton Badovini, Ducati: 45

15. Leon Haslam, Honda: 29

16. Federico Sandi, Kawasaki: 23

17. Ivan Clementi, BMW: 18

18. Vittorio Iannuzzo, BMW: 13

19. Niccolò Canepa, Ducati: 11

20. Alexander Lundh, Kawasaki: 10

21. Fabrizio Lai, Kawasaki: 8

22. Glen Allerton, BMW: 6

23. Jamie Stauffer, Honda: 4

24. Kosuke Akiyoshi, Honda: 2

25. Mark Aitchison, Ducati: 2