2013 Magny-Cours World SBK Results
Spoiler Alert: 2013 World Superbike results from Magny-Cours in France listed below
The penultimate round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship headed to France this weekend, the action occurring at the 2.74-mile Magny-Cours circuit.
And the man who lost last year’s World SBK championship by a half of point to the now retired Max Biaggi produced a very impressive performance at Magny-Cours. The rider? Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes, who put in a nearly flawless weekend at the French circuit.
In race one, Sykes piloted his ZX-10R Ninja to the win ahead of his two rivals this season, Aprilia Racing Team’s Sylvain Guintoli and Eugene Laverty, respectively. In race two, Sykes again returned to the top, the Brit finishing ahead of the Aprilia duo once again. But in race two, Laverty finished second ahead of Guintoli.
With one round remaining at Jerez, Sykes now has 411 points, 37 ahead of Laverty and 38 ahead of Guintoli.
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R Ninja) says: “It is great to score a double win here and we made two small changes in the bike to race two. 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. It was spitting with rain at the end of race two and that was difficult to manage, even though I had a big gap and not much pressure. I was sliding the rear a lot. We still have some work to do but the good thing is that we have been there or thereabouts all season.”
Following are the race recaps from Magny-Cours.
2013 Magny-Cours World Superbike Race 1 Recap
Following his impressive performance en route to his eighth Superpole of 2013 World SBK, Sykes complete dominated race one.
Sykes got to turn one of 20 first on the French circuit, and led every single lap in the shortened 19-lap contest. The race finished under a red flag due to an accident on lap 19 involving Team Pedercini Kawasaki’s Mark Aitchison.
The only rider to stick with Sykes in the early stages of the race was Aprilia Racing Team’s Sylvain Guintoli. He was able to lap in the 1:38s with Sykes, but towards the end of the race the Frenchman couldn’t keep up with Sykes’ pace.
Guintoli would finish second, ahead of Aprilia Racing Team’s Eugene Laverty, who crossed the line in a lonely third. Althea Racing Aprilia’s Davide Giugliano would finish fourth, ahead of BMW Motorrad GoldBet’s Marc Melandri and Team Ducati Alstare’s Michele Pirro, who took sixth on his maiden World SBK race.
Rounding out the top 10 were Pata Honda World Superbike’s Michel Fabrizio, the Italian’s Teammate Leon Haslam, Team Ducati Alstare’s Ayrton Badovini and Mesaroli Transports A.S. Ducati’s Lorenzo Lanzi.
In the first half of the race Pirro was involved in a spectacular 5-way battle for sixth place, along with Pata Honda duo of Michel Fabrizio and Leon Haslam, Toni Elias (Red Devils Aprilia) and Vincent Philippe (FIXI Crescent Suzuki).
Red Devils Aprilia’s Toni Elias, who made his WSBK debut last month in Turkey, lost control of his Aprilia RSV4 at Turn 13 during the 16th lap, taking out FIXI Crescent Suzuki’s Vincent Philippe, Leon Camier’s substitute rider, in the process. The difficult first race for the FIXI Crescent Suzuki was completed by local rider’s Jules Cluzel crash in the early stages, preceded by the fall occurred to works BMW rider Chaz Davies.
2013 Magny-Cours World Superbike Race 2 Recap
Though race two occurred under slightly drizzly conditions, Sykes again got a perfect start and led the entire race. This allowed Sykes to take his third double victory of 2013 World Superbike.
As Sykes pulled away up front, Laverty and Guintoli fought hard for second. The two crashed at turn five, cuasing the race to be red flagged on the 21st lap. But because the race would end on the red flag, Laverty and Guintoli were awarded second and third, respectively.
Giugliano finished fourth, ahead of Davies, Philippe, Camier and Melandri. Ducati’s scored a encouraging ninth in what has been his WSBK return, behind Elias and Badovini. Technical problems ruled Pata Honda riders Haslam and Fabrizio out of the race, while Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) was able to jump back on his GSX-R, after a crash on Lap 13, to finish 14th.
2013 Magny-Cours World Superbike Race 1 Results:
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 29’38.830
2. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 29’40.976
3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 29’49.473
4. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 29’54.517
5. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 30’02.403
6. Michele Pirro (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale 30’12.678
7. Michel Fabrizio (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 30’16.429
8. Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 30’16.733
9. Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale 30’17.011
10. Lorenzo Lanzi (Mesaroli Transports A.S.) Ducati 1098R 30’30.434
11. David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 30’33.572
12. Federico Sandi (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 30’42.272
13. Vincent Philippe (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 30’46.006
14. Fabrizio Lai (MR-Racing) Ducati 1199 Panigale 31’03.680
15. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 31’05.908
RT. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 30’38.548
RT. Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 25’48.876
RT. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 3’22.383
RT. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 4’07.271
2013 Magny-Cours World Superbike Race 2 Results:
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 34’36.149
2. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34’47.240
3. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34’47.486
4. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34’59.157
5. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 35’01.873
6. Vincent Philippe (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 35’10.911
7. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 35’12.368
8. Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 35’17.106
9. Lorenzo Lanzi (Mesaroli Transports A.S.) Ducati 1098R 35’19.862
10. Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale 35’29.337
11. David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 35’32.400
12. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 35’40.197
13. Federico Sandi (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 35’40.392
14. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 35’46.495
15. Fabrizio Lai (MR-Racing) Ducati 1199 Panigale 36’05.590
RT. Michel Fabrizio (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 21’48.713
RT. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 20’40.188
RT. Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 11’45.088
RT. Michele Pirro (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati 1199 Panigale 3’24.776
2013 World Superbike Championship Point Standings (after 13 of 14 rounds):
1. Tom Sykes, Kawasaki: 411
2. Eugene Laverty, Aprilia: 374
3. Sylvain Guintoli, Aprilia: 373
4. Marco Melandri, BMW: 339
5. Chaz Davies, BMW: 270
6. Davide Giugliano, Aprilia: 195
7. Michel Fabrizio, Honda: 186
8. Loris Baz, Kawasaki: 180
9. Jonathan Rea, Honda: 176
10. Jules Cluzel, Suzuki: 162
11. Ayrton Badovini, Ducati: 127
12. Leon Camier, Suzuki: 114
13. Leon Haslam, Honda: 91
14. Max Neukirchner, Ducati: 84
15. Carlos Checa, Ducati: 80
16. Federico Sandi, Kawasaki: 54
17. Toni Elias, Aprilia: 46
18. Mark Aitchison, Kawasaki: 33
19. Vittorio Iannuzzo, BMW: 27
20. David Salom, Kawasaki: 22
21. Ivan Clementi, BMW: 18
22. Vincent Philippe, Suzuki: 13
23. Lorenzo Lanzi, Ducati: 13
24. Niccolò Canepa, Ducati: 12
25. Fabrizio Lai, Ducati: 11
26. Michele Pirro, Ducati: 10
27. Alexander Lundh, Kawasaki: 10
28. Roger Lee Hayden, Suzuki: 8
29. Blake Young, Suzuki: 8
30. Markus Reiterberger, BMW: 7
31. Glen Allerton, BMW: 6
32. Tolga Uprak, Kawasaki: 5
33. Matej Smrz, Yamaha: 4
34. Jamie Stauffer, Honda: 4
35. Yunus Ercelik, BMW: 3
36. Danny Eslick, Suzuki: 2
37. Kosuke Akiyoshi, Honda: 2
38. Noriyuki Haga, BMW: 2