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eni FIM Superbike World Championship in Jerez

Superbikes:  Laverty wins Race 1 as Sykes clinches the title

SBK Race 1

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) is the new eni FIM Superbike World Champion. The 28 year old from Huddersfield, England, rode a smart race and crossed the line in third place, a result that allowed him to clinch his first-ever World Title, in his fifth year of racing in the series. Sykes also brings the title back to Kawasaki after 20 long years - the last one dated back to 1993 and was won by Scott Russell.

Today's first race was won by Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) after a superb final lap overtake on Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrrad GoldBet), on the outside, at the last turn. The two riders pulled away in the early laps, with Laverty leader for most of race until the penultimate tour, when the Italian passed the Irishman at Turn 6.

Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) finished a lonely fourth, ahead of Toni Elias (Red Devils Aprilia) and Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia), both unable to repeat on the race distance the competitive lap-times set in free practice and qualifying. The Top-10 for Race 1 was completed by Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki), Xavi Fores (Team Ducati Alstare) and Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini Kawasaki).

Superbikes: Eugene Laverty gets double win in Sykes' dream day

SBK Race 2

The eni FIM Superbike World Championship season drew to an end today after the last race of a spectacular year, with many protagonists in the spotlight and, above them all, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), who achieved an historical milestone for both himself and the Japanese manufacturer. The British rider grabbed his first-ever World Superbike title today and completed an outstanding record of 8 Tissot-Superpole and 9 race wins with his 17th podium finish of the year, a second place in Race 2 behind Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team).

The Irishman battled out with Sykes throughout the first half of the race, eventually overtaking the Brit at the of the thirteenth lap and pulling away, to claim his second double-win of the season and the ninth race victory - same number of wins as the new Champion. Other works Aprilia rider Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) completed again the podium by crossing the line a lonely third, ahead of Toni Elias (Red Devils Aprilia), Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) and Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki).

Lorenzo Lanzi (Mesaroli A.S. Ducati) finished his weekend on a positive note as he ended up 7th, followed by Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki), Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) and Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia). Local Xavi Forés (Team Ducati Alstare) crashed out of Turn 1 right after the start of the race, due to a collision with another rider, while Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) did not line up on the grid due to the injured ankle that bothered him also in the first race.

Pata European Junior Cup:  Jake Lewis wins race and the title

European Junior Cup

Jake Lewis (Jake Lewis Racing) has won the 2013 Pata European Junior Cup, powered by Honda after a thrilling race, that saw the Kiwi rider take the best out of an 8-way battle up to the finish line. Title contender Augusto Fernandez (DS Junior Team) missed the final victory for only 0.036 seconds, while Josh Harland (Easy Barber Racing) completed the podium in the final race of the year.

Supersport:  Sam Lowes wins his last Supersport race

Sam Lowes

Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) put the icing on the cake of his title-winning season by crossing the line victorious after the 20-lap World Supersport final race of 2013. The Englishman had his last, successful battle, with Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki): the Turk did his best to keep the lead after several overtaking manoeuvres, but Lowes managed to pass him once more, with two laps to go, and pulled away for the win.

Roberto Rolfo (ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse) had the better of Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport) for third, whilst other Pata Honda rider Lorenzo Zanetti ended up fifth with a 23-second gap from the winner. Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) edged Kev Coghlan (DMC-Lorenzini Kawasaki) to finish in sixth place and Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda) did the same on Vladimir Leonov (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) for eight position.

Superstock 1000:
  Guarnoni wins in great fashion

Superstock 1000

Jeremy Guarnoni has scored a dominant win in the last race of the season for the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup at Jerez, the second in a row for the Frenchman after the one achieved on home soil two weeks ago. The MRS Kawasaki rider pulled away in the early laps to cross the line with a 4.3 seconds over Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini Kawasaki).

Romain Lanusse (MRS Kawasaki), Alessandro Andreozzi (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) and Markus Reiterberger (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) battled out for the remaining podium place, with the young Frenchman to edge the two rivals at the chequered flag. Kevin Calia (Barni Racing Ducati), at his second race in the series, managed to finish sixth ahead of team mate and STK1000 regular Niccolò Canepa, who secured the second place in the standings for just one point over Guarnoni. Tough day for Lorenzo Savadori (Team Pedercini Kawasaki), who ended up 24th after crashing out twice in the first half of the race.


Superstock 600:
  Smith wins but Mordidelli is the new Champion

Franco Morbidelli

Franco Morbidelli (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) has won the 2013 European Superstock 600 Championship title after finishing second in today's last race of the season. The youngster from Rome could have settled easily for third after the technical problem suffered by Christian Gamarino (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) on the second lap, but he closed the gap on team mate Alessandro Nocco, passed him and even tried to take the lead in the closing stages.

Kyle Smith (Agro-on Racedays Honda) led from lights to flag to win the race after a blistering start from fourth place on the grid, in what was his third-ever STK600 round. Smith, who was born in England but has been living in Valencia since he was seven years old, can very well consider this one a victory on home soil.

Bastien Chesaux (EAB Ten Kate Junior Honda) got the better of Stefano Casalotti (VFT Racing) for fourth, after an intense battle with the Italian halfway through the race.