2014 Sepang World Superbike Race Two Results: Race Restarted After Burning Bike Brought Out Red Flag
World Superbike race two started at 16:30 local time, with the schedule being shifted for the main markets to be able to see the racing.
The race started with Toni Elias taking the lead into turn one from an excellent start, with Sylvain Guintoli pushing past a few turns later when Elias wobbled out of a corner. Tom Sykes, with his wrist injured in the first race, was third until Marco Melandri passed him, setting up an Aprilia 1-2-3 ahead of a Kawasaki 1-2 tailed off by Baz.
On the fourth lap, Guintoli started eking out a lead from Elias but the red flags were brought out after Claudio Corti's MV Agusta leaked fluids onto the track and caught fire, much to Corti's surprise.
The paddock was then introduced to the Quick Restart rule, catching some teams out as they missed the one-minute window for which the pit lane was open, but the ten-lap restart went without incident, with the front row filled with Aprilias ahead of Kawasakis and Davide Giugliano's Ducati.
Toni Elias got the good start again ahead of Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli and Guintoli took second at the end of the first lap and first at the end of the second.
With Guintoli leading, Melandri determinedly tried to take second place but lunged from too far back and pushed himself and Elias wide, letting Tom Sykes and Loris Baz past.
Melandri did pass Elias in his lunge, and he then passed Loris Baz, but the lap after, Baz passed him back. At the end of the fourth lap, Melandri was able to make a pass on Baz stick and the lap after, he passed Tom Sykes and set about reducing the second and a half gap to Sylvain Guintoli.
For the next three laps, Melandri chopped off tenths here and there, finally looking like he trusted his front end enough to push it hard into the corners, a weapon that Melandri has been lacking all year and one he relied on heavily in previous seasons on different bikes. As he closed down his teammate, the race behind them settled, as if to let us focus on the Aprilias duelling.
Marco Melandri took the lead from Sylvain Guintoli, but Guintoli took it back, leaving the last corner as the final chance. Melandri didn't disappoint and took the chance while Guintoli left him room, and he grabbed the race win with both hands.
Marco Melandri, the spent force, the uncomfortable rider wasting an opportunity on the fastest bike on the track, took the double victory and silenced his critics the only way he knows how.
Tom Sykes took third place behind Sylvain Guintoli, in what he referred to as damage limitation, while Toni Elias came good at the end and passed Loris Baz for fourth. Guintoli's second place puts him second in the championship, thirteen points behind Sykes while Jonathan Rea's fifth keeps him in third place, ahead of Baz.
Leon Camier took the Evo victory ahead of the unclassified Ayrton Badovini and David Salom.
|1||33||M. MELANDRI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||2'04.991||308,9|
|2||50||S. GUINTOLI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||0.166||2'05.252||306,3|
|3||1||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2.689||2'05.361||302,9|
|4||24||T. ELIAS||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||5.386||2'05.633||306,3|
|5||76||L. BAZ||Kawasaki ZX-10R||5.514||2'05.453||299,5|
|6||65||J. REA||Honda CBR1000RR||7.073||2'05.805||301,2|
|7||58||E. LAVERTY||Suzuki GSX-R1000||7.476||2'05.724||297,8|
|8||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||11.057||2'05.811||303,7|
|9||22||A. LOWES||Suzuki GSX-R1000||15.866||2'06.519||297,0|
|10||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||16.206||2'05.713||299,5|
|11||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR||16.488||2'06.443||296,2|
|12||19||L. CAMIER||BMW S1000 RR EVO||23.820||2'07.294||288,3|
|13||44||D. SALOM||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||30.653||2'07.764||284,5|
|14||11||J. GUARNONI||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||31.266||2'07.843||283,0|
|15||59||N. CANEPA||Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO||43.009||2'08.288||285,2|
|16||67||B. STARING||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||46.127||2'09.088||283,0|
|17||32||S. MORAIS||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||58.167||2'08.790||283,0|
|18||10||I. TOTH||BMW S1000 RR||1'00.017||2'10.300||295,4|
|19||56||P. SEBESTYEN||BMW S1000 RR EVO||1'03.574||2'10.798||283,0|
|20||20||A. YATES||EBR 1190 RX||1'13.522||2'11.839||268,2|
|RET||98||R. LANUSSE||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||5 Laps||2'08.871||282,3|
|RET||21||A. ANDREOZZI||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||8 Laps||2'09.057||291,4|
|RET||9||F. FORET||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||2'07.081 276,5||14||17|
|STH||86||A. BADOVINI||Bimota BB3 EVO||29.094||2'07.738||284,5|
|STH||2||C. IDDON||Bimota BB3 EVO||36.354||2'08.059||286,0|