2013 World SBK Championship ResultsSpoiler Alert: 2013 World Superbike results from Silverstone in the UK listed below
The 2013 World Superbike Championship headed to the UK this weekend for round nine of 15 in the championship.Although the favorites heading into Silverstone WSBK were the two top runners in points – Aprilia Racing Team’s Sylvain Guintoli and Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes – neither rider took a win Sunday.Instead, two separate riders made it to the top spots for the first time this season at races held under rainy conditions. Pata Honda World Superbike’s Jonathan Rea won race won, the Northern Irishman joined on the podium by the pole sitter, Aprilia Racing Team’s Eugene Laverty, and FIXI Crescent Suzuki’s Leon Camier.In race two, Kawasaki Racing Team’s Loris Baz took the win ahead of FIXI Crescent Suzuki’s Jules Cluzel and Laverty.Following are the race reports.Silverstone World SBK Race One RecapReah won Race 1 of the eni FIM Superbike Championship at Silverstone in spectacular fashion. The CBR1000RR rider got back on the top step of the podium after more than a year, as his previous win dated back to 2012 (Donington Park Race 1). Rea pulled away from the chasing pack on lap 7, as the rain started to fall heavier on the track.The race was reduced by one lap due to the delayed start and was characterized by intermittent conditions, that played a key factor and brought to constant and unpredictable position changes throughout the 17 laps.Laverty managed to get back in contention for the podium in the closing stages, to edge Camier from second place during the final lap. Camier delivered his and FIXI Crescent Suzuki Team’s first podium of the season on his 27th birthday.Guintoli, 4th at the flag, managed to extend his leadership in the points up to twelve points, as his main rival for the title Sykes, who ended up 11th behind BMW Motorrad GoldBet duo of Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies. Guintoli was able to defend his position from fellow Frenchmen Baz and Cluzel, both able to stay with the front runners and to battle for the podium.Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda CBR1000RR Superbike) says: “Race one was probably one of the sweetest victories of my career because to ride out-front in those conditions was quite scary. I was so happy for the whole team and our sponsors, but I had to be very cautious. I also had to be smart and, as I saw the gap heading into the last few laps, I didn’t want to be throwing away that kind of lead.“My team gave me a great bike after we pulled something out for Superpole that worked in the dry. We made a good change for race two and got up to fourth after I got stuck behind Tom Sykes for a few laps. I lost way too much time at the beginning but I was happy to do a 2m05s lap in the later stages. The race two result was OK but we can go into the summer break happy enough that we’ve got an overall package that can challenge for podiums.”Silverstone World SBK Race Two RecapBaz won an epic World Superbike Race 2 at Silverstone. The Frenchman was leading during the final lap when the red flag was waved, as the rain suddenly increased and two riders fell off at Stowe corner.One of the two involved was Cluzel; the GSX-R1000 rider managed to rejoin and make it back to the pits, sealing a fantastic maiden podium finish as the results reverted back to the previous lap, when he was running second. Baz, on the other hand, was able to shine again on the English track, that saw him getting his first ever WSBK win one year ago (Race 1).Laverty ended in third place, ahead of Rea and Camier, who had his shot at the lead before losing several positions, during the incredible 7-way battle that characterized the second part of the race.Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R Ninja) says: “After race one I was really disappointed because I was fighting for the podium but maybe I was thinking too much about this and made a lot of mistakes, so I finished fifth. In race two I said to myself, ‘OK, this one is mine.’“In the first part of the race, even in the dry, I had good pace and I pushed at the front. I tried to control the pace from the front but there were some fast people behind me and it was difficult to go away. Every time somebody tried to pass me I passed them back and at the end the conditions were really wet and I nearly fell. I want to say thanks my team because they are making a really good job with this bike for not just Tom or me but for both riders. Now I feel really comfortable. I also want to dedicate this victory to Andrea Antonelli’s family.”Guntoli, thanks to a sixth place finish in race two ahead of Championship contender Sykes, keeps the lead in the standings with a 13 point gap over the Brit. Potential podium finisher Davies had to retire from the race due to a technical problem on Lap 15, when he was in the mix up front.The 2013 World Superbike Championship now breaks for a month ahead of Nurburgring Aug. 30 through Sept. 2.2013 Silverstone World Superbike Race 1 Results:1. Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 37’16.058 2. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 37’19.131 3. Leon Camier (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 37’19.538 4. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 37’19.666 5. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 37’20.198 6. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 37’21.717 7. Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 37’22.501 8. Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 37’26.602 9. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 37’30.075 10. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 37’30.225 11. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 37’30.238 12. Max Neukirchner (MR-Racing) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 37’42.594 13. Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 37’59.619 14. Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38’02.431 15. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38’49.682 16. Federico Sandi (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 39’26.033 17. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 38’38.584 RT. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 26’04.5042013 Silverstone World Superbike Race 2 Results:1. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 33’46.622 2. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 33’47.231 3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 33’47.491 4. Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 33’48.767 5. Leon Camier (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 33’48.851 6. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 33’48.996 7. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 33’52.413 8. Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 34’06.748 9. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 34’06.831 10. Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 34’07.251 11. Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34’07.391 12. Max Neukirchner (MR-Racing) Ducati 1199 Panigale R 34’08.029 13. Federico Sandi (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 34’31.637 14. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 34’32.560 15. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34’32.658 16. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 35’08.829 RT. Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 34’06.566 RT. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 29’33.6692013 World Superbike Championship Point Standings (after nine of 15 rounds):1. Sylvain Guintoli, Aprilia: 262 2. Tom Sykes, Kawasaki: 249 3. Eugene Laverty, Aprilia: 226 4. Marco Melandri, BMW: 221 5. Chaz Davies, BMW: 180 6. Loris Baz, Kawasaki: 180 7. Jonathan Rea, Honda: 176 8. Michel Fabrizio, Aprilia: 138 9. Leon Camier, Suzuki: 114 10. Jules Cluzel, Suzuki: 113 11. Davide Giugliano, Aprilia: 100 12. Ayrton Badovini, Ducati: 91 13. Max Neukirchner, Ducati: 77 14. Carlos Checa, Ducati: 68 15. Leon Haslam, Honda: 51 16. Federico Sandi, Kawasaki: 36 17. Ivan Clementi, BMW: 18 18. Vittorio Iannuzzo, BMW: 15 19. Niccolò Canepa, Ducati: 11 20. Alexander Lundh, Kawasaki: 10 21. Fabrizio Lai, Kawasaki: 8 22. Glen Allerton, BMW: 6 23. Mark Aitchison, Kawasaki: 5 24. Jamie Stauffer, Honda: 4 25. Kosuke Akiyoshi, Honda: 2 26. Noriyuki Haga, BMW: 2
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