2014 Aragon World Superbike Race Two Results
As the riders lined up for the warmer second race, they did so on the softer tyre, all apart from Tom Sykes who stuck with the harder rear.
Sykes was followed into the first turn by Loris Baz and Jonathan Rea as Davide Giugliano passed Sylvain Guintoli for fourth ahead of Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri. Those seven riders charged off at the front until Davies lost the front, putting a gap between the Aprilias and Giugliano's Ducati that was quickly closed.
Unlike the first race, Sykes was unable to make a break at the front and Loris Baz was able to keep up with him on the softer tyre while Davide Giugliano looked like the tyre wasn't suitable for his bike while the track warmed up and the Aprilias settled into their rubber.
At the halfway point, Sykes and Baz were losing a little bit of pace as Melandri was able to catch Jonathan Rea and pass him on the tenth lap and focus on closing the gap to the Kawasakis. Guintoli passed Rea, but was too far back to challenge the leaders.
Melandri, however, had a win on his mind, and Loris Baz was far too polite to his teammate, the world champion Tom Sykes, to pass him and blast away. Baz looked like the only Kawasaki man with a tyre to escape from Melandri's charge, but Sykes still had plenty of front tyre to thwart his teammate on the brakes in the safe passing points.
If Baz had been less polite, he may have been able to pass Sykes and throw him into the clutches of Melandri and plan on settling the win between himself and the Aprilia rider. As it was, Sykes had his own plans to just keep the lead for as long as possible.
Two laps from the end, Baz tried to pass Sykes, holding the lead after the long straight for less than one complete corner as Sykes switched back and retained the lead into the last corner, but thus gave Melandri enough momentum to take second place and focus on Tom Sykes who was obviously riding on the wrong tyre.
Marco Melandri seemed to be suffering from a little twitchiness on the rear on the long left sweeper, but on the last lap, the bike behaved perfectly and he had enough drive to chase down Sykes and try for a pass at the end of the long straight, taking the inside track on the brakes, but he was trying from too hard back and he went wide, letting Sykes win the race and Loris Baz squeak past for second place. Melandri took the podium behind a Kawasaki one-two.
Tom Sykes took pole position, lap record, a double victory and led a Kawasaki one-two, all while riding on the wrong tyre. It's good to be the champ.
Kawasaki also took top EVO position with David Salom beating out Niccolo Canepa and Leon Camier, rounding out a very good day where it seemed easy to be green.
|1||1||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'58.089||321,4|
|2||76||L. BAZ||Kawasaki ZX-10R||0.338||1'58.054||324,3|
|3||33||M. MELANDRI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||0.470||1'58.058||324,3|
|4||50||S. GUINTOLI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||5.429||1'58.264||324,3|
|5||65||J. REA||Honda CBR1000RR||8.861||1'58.216||321,4|
|6||58||E. LAVERTY||Suzuki GSX-R1000||15.986||1'58.860||318,6|
|7||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||18.206||1'57.995||315,8|
|8||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR||25.513||1'58.905||318,6|
|9||24||T. ELIAS||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||25.823||1'59.464||320,5|
|10||44||D. SALOM||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||38.949||2'00.377||305,1|
|11||59||N. CANEPA||Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO||39.413||2'00.398||304,2|
|12||19||L. CAMIER||BMW S1000 RR EVO||41.486||2'00.068||307,7|
|13||32||S. MORAIS||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'02.587||2'00.769||295,9|
|14||23||L. SCASSA||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'09.720||2'01.947||301,7|
|15||9||F. FORET||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'14.046||2'02.098||299,2|
|16||21||A. ANDREOZZI||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'14.233||2'02.021||303,4|
|17||20||A. YATES||EBR 1190 RX||1'35.195||2'03.355||288,8|
|18||10||I. TOTH||BMW S1000 RR||1'37.781||2'03.233||309,5|
|19||56||P. SEBESTYEN||BMW S1000 RR EVO||1'54.547||2'04.042||295,9|
|20||99||G. MAY||EBR 1190 RX||1'57.166||2'04.429||291,9|
|RET||84||M. FABRIZIO||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||5 Laps||2'02.812||296,7|
|RET||11||J. GUARNONI||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||8 Laps||2'00.733||300,0|
|RET||71||C. CORTI||MV Agusta F4 RR||12 Laps||2'00.285||305,1|
|RET||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||14 Laps||1'57.982||315,8|
|RET||22||A. LOWES||Suzuki GSX-R1000||16 Laps||1'57.975||312,1|
|STH||86||A. BADOVINI||Bimota BB3 EVO||40.915||2'00.107||305,9|
|STH||2||C. IDDON||Bimota BB3 EVO||7 Laps||2'01.104||307,7|