2013 Donington World Superbike Race Two Result: Checa Sits It Out

The ever-reducing grid was dealt another blow for race two as Carlos Checa decided, after his poor performance this morning, to sit the second race out, joining Leon Haslam on the scratch bench.

Tom Sykes dragged Jonathan Rea to the first corner again, but the Aprilias of Sylvain Guintoli and Eugene Laverty once again prised the Honda off second place, dumping him back to 4th. As Laverty took second place from Guintoli, the third Aprilia of Davide Giugliano slipped past Rea and Sykes set the lap record.

Sykes once again was given a clear track upon which to ply his trade, and two laps later, he again set the lap record. That would be the last anyone saw of him as he ticked off the laps, one after the other, without making a mistake. The days of the Kawasaki using too much tyre towards the end of the race look well and truly behind the boys in green.

Sylvain Guintoli got into his rhythm a few seconds behind Sykes, able to build a small gap behind him that was enough for him to not need to ride defensively, but he didn't have enough pace to close the distance to the hot-lapping Sykes. Eugene Laverty and Davide Giugliano were joined by Marco Melandri who, like in the first race, made a late charge for the fighting pack. Melandri's first target was Giugliano, who became a victim of a typical late lunge from the BMW rider. Luckily, Melandri didn't cause a crash and he was able to sneak up on Laverty and plan the same sort of hard pass. it took a few laps for Melandri to be able to pass Laverty, with a lunge into the Melbourne Loop, but Laverty must have expected it as it didn't change his pace and he was able to stick with Melandri and pass him back four laps later.

While Tom Sykes read "+7 Guintoli" on his pit board, Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty swapped places back and forth, with Melandri on the last lap making an ill-advised passing attempt at the Esses, that forced him to take to the run-off and fall back in behind a surprised Davide Giugliano.

Tom Sykes won his second race of the day, adding the double victory to his lap record and pole position on his weekend's list of achievements. Sylvain Guintoli retained his championship lead with his second place, and Eugene Laverty rounded out Aprilia's points haul, keeping himself in contention.

While the races were dominated by one rider, the action behind the leader kept the crowd interested. Tom Sykes leaves his home round looking every bit the championship contender, even as Sylvain Guintoli refuses to relinquish the title lead.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R   1'28.074 268,2
2 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 8.035 1'28.589 268,2
3 58 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 Factory 10.738 1'28.550 270,2
4 34 D. GIUGLIANO Aprilia RSV4 Factory 12.257 1'28.607 265,6
5 33 M. MELANDRI BMW S1000 RR 15.976 1'28.493 272,3
6 19 C. DAVIES BMW S1000 RR 16.475 1'28.843 266,9
7 76 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 27.524 1'29.109 270,9
8 59 N. CANEPA Ducati 1199 Panigale R 30.186 1'29.505 264,3
9 16 J. CLUZEL Suzuki GSX-R1000 30.501 1'29.547 266,2
10 84 M. FABRIZIO Aprilia RSV4 Factory 30.885 1'29.686 262,3
11 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 31.529 1'29.310 267,5
12 27 M. NEUKIRCHNER Ducati 1199 Panigale R 46.782 1'30.096 260,4
13 2 L. CAMIER Suzuki GSX-R1000 54.509 1'29.316 264,9
14 23 F. SANDI Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'05.789 1'30.317 261,7
15 5 A. LUNDH Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'20.431 1'31.658 256,7
16 31 V. IANNUZZO BMW S1000 RR 1'20.719 1'31.243 257,3


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Grim. If ever a series needed the return of the wildcards then this is it. Surely its time to normalise the rules with BSB.

You mean BSB to normalize it's rules with WSBK. It's ridiculous that a off the shelf street bike has more advanced electronics than BSB bikes. I don't want to see that in WSBK. May as well make them ride bicycles just because a few guys are much quicker than the rest.

is probably what it will end up with if WSBK don't reduce cost.
It would be great to say that WSBK was the highest technology, but that isn't why I watch racing (even MGP). I want to see who is fastest around a circuit with the same kit. Winning because you have the best technology takes the riders skill away , or at least demotes it to second place, when the key thing is budget in a series which is supposed to be about 'equal competition'. The current position isn't and the cost is pushing teams towards other classes/series.
I don't know if BSB type rules are what the manufacturers want (it has to be attractive to them at a regional level at least)but the present costs are not sustainable and the electronics definitely skew the results.
Personally I would be pretty impressed by riders who could junk all that anti-stuff that I need on the road/track and use their bodies to replace the tech wiz.

I almost said that I would be happy to see electronic suspension due to the trickle down benefits - then membered that's already happened without racing.
No-one has been screaming out for that, so why not get back to basics and junk most of the rest too?

Sounds like you either want to watch club races or something like Moto2. WSBK is the pinnacle of what production motorcycles can be. They come with electronics so they should keep them. What do you want next, for them to go back to carburetors cause one teams fuel injection is too fancy and may give them an advantage?

No need for put-down comments.
I'm just expressing an opinion.
My personal view is that current top level WSBK (and perhaps WSS) are so far removed from production specification that to say they are production-based is about as far as you can go.
The issue is cost - if the series can afford those specs. then fine. But it doesn't look that way.

They don't keep the electronics they come with - that's the whole point. If they really rode those bikes as they come out of the showroom, with just a few race-type mods and suchlike they would be called Superstock.

The question around WSBK specs. at the moment is what can be afforded, without losing the top-level nature, whilst being able to attract sufficient teams and bikes. Keeping the current 'almost anything goes' approach is not looking like a realistic approach.