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Tom Sykes completes stellar weekend with double win

Kawasaki Racing Team

Tom Sykes made a clean sweep of the French Round thanks to a dominant win in Race 2, that completes the third double-victory for the Kawasaki Racing Team rider this year. The Championship leader got a perfect start out of pole and steadily pulled away, to place a considerable gap between himself and the chasing duo of Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli.

As slight drizzle started to fall on the French circuit, the factory Aprilia riders was battling hard for second place, when both crashed on their own at Turn 5 causing a Red Flag situation, that led to an early end of the race. Laverty and Guintoli successfully made it back to the pits and, as final results were based on the last lap completed by all riders - the 21st - they finished second and third respectively.

Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia) ended up 4 ahead of Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), Vincent Philippe (FIXI Crescent Suzuki), substitute rider for Leon Camier, and other works BMW rider Marco Melandri. Lorenzo Lanzi (Mesaroli Transports A.S. Ducati) scored a encouraging ninth in what has been his WSBK return, behind Toni Elias (Red Devils Aprilia), with Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) to complete the top-10.

Technical problems ruled Pata Honda riders Leon Haslam and Michel 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 fourteenth.
With the season finale to be held at Jerez on October 18-20, Sykes further extended his lead in the standings to 37 points over Laverty and 38 on Guintoli.

Tom Sykes wins first race in dominant fashion

Sykes and Guintoli

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) has scored victory in the first World Superbike race of the day, leading the way from lights to the Red Flag that was waved during Lap 19, following the crash suffered by Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini Kawasaki). The Brit was able to pull away from the rest of the field, except for Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), in the early stages of the race, with the duo able to lap consistently in the 1'38s barrier. Sykes' pace, though, was too fast even for the Frenchman, as the KRT rider managed to put a safe margin between himself and the rival as the race progressed.

Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) crossed the line a lonely third to complete the top-3 ahead of Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia), very competitive in the opening laps before losing ground from the top, Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) and Michele Pirro (Team Ducati Alstare), who rode an incredible maiden race in the series to end up 6th.

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). Elias, who made his WSBK debut last month in Turkey, lost control of his Aprilia RSV4 at Turn 13 during the sixteenth lap, taking out Philippe 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.

The Championship situation after Race 1 sees Tom Sykes extending his advantage to 29 points over Sylvain Guintoli and 32 on Eugene Laverty.

Supersport: Sofuoglo wins as Lowes in the new World Supersport Champion


Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) has clinched his first ever World Title today, after the second place finish achieved in the WSS Race behind winner Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki). The indomitable 23 year old from Lincoln, Great Britain, rode a superb race with no tactics involved, even though he just needed to finish in the points to be awarded the new World Supersport Champion.

The race was red-flagged during the final lap following the crash suffered by Christian Iddon (ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse), who high-sided while running in third place. The English rider was able to make it back to the pits within the time limit for his maiden podium in series, as final results were based on the previous lap.

Lowes, Sofuoglu and Iddon put up an incredible show for the win, while Fabien Foret (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki) took the most out a 5-way fight for fought that also involved Sheridan Morais (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki), Pata Honda riders Michael van der Mark and Lorenzo Zanetti, and Roberto Tamburini (Team Honda Lorini). Zanetti, along with other two riders - Matthieu Lagrive (Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki) and Lee Johnston (PTR Honda) - had a crash on the final lap, but he was only one of the three who successfully rode back, to claim seventh.


Superstock 1000:  Guarnoni wins, Barrier retains title

Sylvain Barrier

Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki) has won on home soil in the FIM Superstock 1000 cup race for a repeat performance of his last year's maiden victory in the series. The Frenchman led the entire race, that was reduced to 9 laps following the horrific crash sustained by Christoffer Bergman (BWG Racing Kawasaki) that, along with the oil on track caused by Sebastien Suchet's (Team BSR Honda) following incident, brought to a Red Flag situation. The Swedish rider is undergoing a CAT scan at the local hospital, but he is awake and has full body movement.

While Niccolò Canepa (Barni Racing Ducati) and Lorenzo Savadori (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) completed the podium, fourth place Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) successfully retained the STK1000 title at the end of a tactical race with no risks taken.

Superstock 600: Nocco dominates the STK600 race

Superstock 600

Alessandro Nocco (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) has won the STK600 race in dominant fashion today at Magny-Cours. The 16 year old Italian, at his third race victory of his rookie season, pulled away in the opening laps to cross the line 6 seconds ahead of his nearest rivals. Christian Gamarino (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) and Nocco's team mate Franco Morbidelli put up a great show in the final stages of the race, swapping positions several times before the chequered flag.

In the end it was the current Championship leader to snatch second place for just 0.005s, an important achievement for Morbidelli who holds now a 10-point advantage in the standings on both Gamarino and Nocco. Bastien Chesaux (EAB Ten Kate Junior Honda) finished 4th ahead of Federico D'Annunzio (Pata by Martini Team Yamaha), Marko Nekvasil (Lexware-Skm by and Kyle Smith (Agro-On Racedays Honda), who made his way up to 7th from 21st place on the grid.

Fernandez wins PATA European Junior Cup

Photo courtesy of Vaclav Duska Junior

The penultimate round of the PATA European Junior Cup lived up to its reputation after a titanic battle which raged until the final lap saw Augusto Fernandez, Peter Sebestyen and Javier Orellana finish on the podium at the end of a shortened 5 lap race.

The race, which initially started after the World Supersport race was stopped on safety grounds following an incident involving Guillaume Raymond (France), Kevin Manfredi (Italy) and the unfortunate Jake Lewis who was collected in the crash.

At the restart championship leader Lewis and his two closest rivals Robin Anne and Guillaume Raymond (both from France) were unable to take part meaning a tense time for the Kiwi who was watching from the pit lane.

Sebestyen (Hungary) looked like he was going to win by a margin but as is usual with the EJC, the swarming pack of CBR500cc Honda machines soon closed ranks, ensuring the enthusiastic fans were treated to a thrilling final 2 laps.

James Flitcroft (Great Britain) and Hannes Soomer (Estonia) crashed on the final chicane leaving Valter Patronen (Finland) who was wildcarding this weekend to finish 4th ahead of Swede Jesper Hubner and female competitor Sabrina Paiuta from Brazil who claimed a superb 6th.

Paiuta managed to defend several attacks on the final lap leaving Miguel Aranda (Spain), Ricardo Filippini (Italy), Kevin Manfredi (Italy) and Marcel Schultheiss (Germany) to complete the top ten.

Stefan Hill (Great Britain) was 12th claiming his first points of the year, while local wildcard rider Renald Castillon took a credible 13th.

Connor London (New Zealand) and the second female competitor Amelie Demoulin from France also claimed their first points of the season in 14th and 15th positions respectively.

Today’s result leaves the top two positions overall unchanged with Lewis still holding the advantage with 76 points, four ahead of Robin Anne. Fernandez’s victory moves him to 3rd only 5 points behind the leader as the championship moves to the season finale in Jerez, Spain in a fortnight.

Augusto Fernandez:  "I am very happy for the result. It’s my first victory and was a great fight. The next race in Jerez and I will do my best to win again in front of the local fans.”

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