Spoiler Alert: 2014 World Superbike results from Jerez, Spain, listed below
Following a two-month summer break, the 2014 World Superbike Championship continued at the Jerez Circuit for round 10 of 12. This was the third time WSBK raced at the Spanish Circuit, including last season and 1990.
Doing the double Sunday was Aprilia Racing Team’s Marco Melandri. This was his second double of 2014 SBK, his other arriving at Sepang in Malaysia. Besides that, Melandri won one other race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in July.
His teammate Sylvain Guintoli took second in both races, which allowed him to close in on the current points leader – the reigning World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team). Sykes finished third in race 2.
Taking the final podium position in race one was Ducati Superbike Team’s Chaz Davies.
With two rounds remaining, Sykes has a 31-point lead over Guintoli, who set a new fastest lap at Jerez with a 1:42.223. Sykes’ lap record from last season of 1:41.691 stands.
As for the pole man, Kawasaki Racing Team’s Loris Baz, he crashed out of race one and finished seventh in race two.
Following are the official race recaps from World Superbike:
2014 Jerez World Superbike Race 1 Recap
In of the closest races of the season so far Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) has taken the win in race one at Jerez after a 20-lap encounter that saw the leading group of eight riders exchanging places at almost every turn in the early stages.
From the start it was the Aprilia duo of Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli who lead the pack with the Frenchman passing his Italian team mate at turn 3.
Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) took the lead at the end of the fourth lap and the two compatriots began to ease away. Not content with 2nd, Guintoli responded and retook the lead on lap 8 with the chasing pack, now led by Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) closing in.
Giugliano who had been passed for 3rd by Melandri crashed out at the start of the eleventh lap while reigning champion Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) also ran off the track at the end of the long back straight as he attempted to improve from seventh.
After running as high as third on the opening two laps Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) crashed unhurt from ninth, he was followed a lap later by Loris Baz who went down after making contact with the back of Marco Melandri’s Aprilia.
At the flag it was all smiles in the Aprilia camp with Melandri coming home ahead of Guintoli with Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team) taking the final podium position in 3rd.
Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) was fourth with Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty fifth and sixth respectively.
Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia) was just beaten to top spot in the EVO battle coming home in 10th overall just behind David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) who was 9th.
2014 Jerez World Superbike Race 2 Recap
The drama in race 2 at Jerez began almost immediately as best EVO classified rider in race one David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) crashed out on lap one with Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) retiring with a technical problem on lap 2.
At the front Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) led from Tom Sykes, the Kawasaki Racing rider and reigning World Champion making a much better start but as in race one it was Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) who slowly worked his way to the front, eventually passing Guintoli in the final third of the race to take the a double win ahead of his team mate and Tom Sykes who were second and third respectively.
Completing the top six were Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team), Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team), and Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) while the best EVO classified rider was Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia) who finished 11th overall and comfortably ahead of 12th placed Sheridan Morais (Iron Brain Grillini Kawasaki) who scored on of his best results of the year.
There was jubilation for Team Toth BMW who achieved their third point scoring finish of the season courtesy of a 14th place finish by replacement rider Gabor Rizmayer.