Monday, September 16


KAWASAKI'S Tom Sykes extended his lead in the Eni Superbike World Championship to eight points after 3-2 finishes at Intercity Istanbul Park on Sunday.

For the 11th round of the series, Sykes again qualified fastest to win yet another Tissot watch, his 18th in his Superbike career so far and the seventh this year.

Out of the blocks Sykes led away in the first race and remained there until five laps from the finish when Aprilia's Eugene Laverty shot past and slowly stretched away to win.

With two laps to go, Marco Melandri (BMW) also nailed Sykes to snatch second place while behind the Kawasaki man his main title rival Sylvain Guintoli made a late charge but came up half a second short in fourth place.

That gave Sykes another three points over the Frenchman with the second race to come.

Race two was almost a repeat, Sykes leading early while Laverty again came from further back, getting by the Aprilias of Davide Giugliano and Guintoli to give chase to the Kawasaki.

Laverty stuck at his task while behind him Guintoli settled into a comfortable third place, which he maintained to the end.

The action was back in the field with Melandri making a run from sixth to fourth while former Moto2 champion Toni Elias, racing the Red Devils Aprilia after the team dumped Michel Fabrizio, engaged in a torrid battle with Chaz Davies on the second BMW.

Elias won that battle.

A few seconds behind that pair, Jules Cluzel on the Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Leon Haslam on the leading Pata Honda CBR1000 went at it for most of the race, Cluzel gaining the upper hand.

Out front, Sykes once again slowed as the race entered its final third and again Laverty swooped to scoop his second win of the day.  That double netted him 50 championship points and moved him up to third in the title chase, 26 points behind Sykes with three rounds and six races to go.

For full race one results, click here

For full race two results, click here

For the current World Championship positions, click here