Motorsport

Drama in both SBK races

2014-04-27 19:37
Jonathan Rea (Gallo Images)
Assen - Sylvain Guintoli claimed the victory in Race 1 when red flags halted the charge of the fast-closing Tom Sykes.

Despite the grey clouds overhead and earlier rain leaving a few damp patches on the track, Race 1 was declared a dry race with the riders hoping it would remain that way throughout the 21 laps.

Pole-sitter Loris Baz made a fabulous launch but was overhauled into the first corner by Guintoli, Jonathan Rea and Sykes. Davide Giugliano, Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies were fighting for fifth.

However, it was quickly over for Giugliano on the opening lap when he ran wide, touched a damp spot and found himself down in the gravel. He was the first of several crashers.

Easily the quickest rider in the early stages, Guintoli built up a lead over Sykes, who - having overtaken Rea on lap 2 - pulled away from the PATA Honda rider and Baz.

Sykes' race almost ended on lap 4 when he hit a wet patch and ran off the track. The reigning world champ kept his composure but not his position, dropping to fourth behind Rea and Baz.

With Sykes almost immediately closing back up, Baz made his move on Rea for second and it wasn't long before his teammate also jumped ahead of the Ulsterman with Sykes then taking Baz two corners later. The Brit was 4.9s behind Guintoli when he returned to P2.

As the laps counted down, Sykes set about hunting down the race leader, eating into his advantage a few tenths at a time. With eight to go the gap was halved and at five to go it was just 1.2s.

That, though, was where it all ended as the red flag was thrown when Geoff May's engine went, dropping oil on the track.

The result was declared with Guintoli the winner, 1.259s up ahead of Sykes, while Rea completed the podium ahead of Baz.

Toni Elias won a thrilling battle for fifth, beating Melandri, Davies and Leon Haslam. Alex Lowes and Niccolo Canepa completed the top ten.

There were several crashes during the race including Eugene Laverty, Peter Sebestyen, Aaron Yates and Michel Fabrizio.

RACE 2

As the weather dominated Sunday afternoon at the Cathedral of Speed, Jonathan Rea clinched the victory in a rain-shortened Race 2.

As the riders toured the track on slicks for the formation lap it began to drizzle with several heading into the pits for a change of tyres. Although the rest formed the grid, Race Control opted to delay the start, allowing everyone back into the pits.

Declared a wet race, Race 2 began late with Sylvain Guintoli taking the lead into the first corner.

Loving the rain, the Aprilia rider was a comfortable three seconds up on the field led by Rea when, in the worsening conditions, he put up his hand.

Race Control noticed and red flagged the race, sparking an hour-and-a-half wait for the conditions to improve.

Finally, two hours after the scheduled 13:10 start, a completely new 10-lap Race 2 got underway on a wet track but in somewhat improved conditions.

This handed Loris Baz a reprieve as earlier the pole-sitter had dropped outside the top ten in the first attempt at Race 2.

But, like earlier, Baz was unable to hold onto the lead into the first corner as his teammate Tom Sykes led ahead of Rea and Marco Melandri.

Rea, though, didn't take long to make his move while Guintoli sliced his way through to climb to second ahead of Melandri and Sykes.

Rea and Guintoli began to pull away while Sykes retook third off Melandri. Davide Giugliano was up to fifth ahead of Alex Lowes, Toni Elias and Chaz Davies.

Guintoli's charge came to an end on lap 3 when the Frenchman was thrown from his Aprilia, landing heavily. He ran back to his bike and rejoined the race in 18th place. Moments later Elias lost the back end of his RSV4 on entry and crashed out of eighth place.

While the carnage and fighting went on behind him, Rea etched out a five-second lead the chasing pack, which was led by rookie racer Lowes. The Suzuki rider had worked his way to second, showing impressive pace as he cut through the field.

Lowe, though, was not able to close the gap enough to fight for the lead and Rea claimed an unchallenged victory 2.2s ahead of the Suzuki rider. It was his fifth win at Assen.

Giugliano completed the podium when, on the penultimate lap, his nearest challenger Melandri ran wide and off the track. Sykes was fourth ahead of Leon Haslam and Melandri.

Guintoli, meanwhile, recovered to finish inside the top ten in ninth place.

There were also crashes for Ayrton Badovini, Jeremy Guarnoni, Alessandro Andreozzi, Claudio Corti, Leon Camier and Eugene Laverty.

RACE 1 RESULTS

01 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory
02 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R +1.259
03 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR +4.116
04 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R +4.459
05 T. ELIAS Aprilia RSV4 Factory +23.728
06 M. MELANDRI Aprilia RSV4 Factory +25.478
07 C. DAVIES Ducati 1199 Panigale R +26.533
08 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR +26.696
09 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 +27.971
10 N. CANEPA Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO +33.479
11 L. SCASSA Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO +40.689
12 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO +40.803
13 L. CAMIER BMW S1000 RR EVO +41.086
14 C. CORTI MV Agusta F4 RR +41.410
15 J. GUARNONI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO +41.977
16 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO +1'08.454
17 A. ANDREOZZI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO +1'19.067
18 K. BOS Honda CBR1000RR EVO +1'19.076
19 G. MAY EBR 1190 RX +1'29.475
20 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1'41.909 +1 Lap
RET M. FABRIZIO Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO +7 Laps
RET C. IDDON Bimota BB3 EVO +8 Laps
RET E. LAVERTY Suzuki GSX-R1000 +10 Laps
RET A. YATES EBR 1190 RX +10 Laps
RET P. SEBESTYEN BMW S1000 RR EVO +14 Laps
RET D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1199 Panigale R +21 Laps

RACE 2 RESULT

01 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR
02 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 +2.222
03 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1199 Panigale R +4.955
04 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R +13.089
05 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR +13.639
06 M. MELANDRI Aprilia RSV4 Factory +18.041
07 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R +21.837
08 C. DAVIES Ducati 1199 Panigale R +26.919
09 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory +32.766
10 N. CANEPA Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO +37.965
11 K. BOS Honda CBR1000RR EVO +44.141
12 L. SCASSA Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO +1'23.769
13 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO +1'45.062
14 M. FABRIZIO Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO +1 Lap
15 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO +1 Lap
16 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 2'05.474 +1 Lap
RET E. LAVERTY Suzuki GSX-R1000 +3 Laps
RET C. CORTI MV Agusta F4 RR +4 Laps
RET L. CAMIER BMW S1000 RR EVO +4 Laps
RET A. ANDREOZZI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO +6 Laps
RET T. ELIAS Aprilia RSV4 Factory +8 Laps
RET F. FORET Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO +8 Laps
RET J. GUARNON Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO +10 Laps
SH C. IDDON Bimota BB3 EVO +10 Laps
SH A. BADOVINI Bimota BB3 EVO +10 Laps

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