2014 Misano World Superbike Race Two Results: The Heat Is On

The track heated up for the second race and so did the racing.

Davide Giugliano led from the start with Tom Sykes and Toni Elias scrapping for second place, a fight that was unsurprisingly won by Sykes, then again by Loris Baz. Then Marco Melandri passed Elias, as did Sylvain Guintoli and Chaz Davies. Giugliano was drawing out a lead over the Kawasakis, setting the fastest lap of the race, as he got told that he had jumped the start and had to pull in to the pits for a ride-through penalty. As he pulled in at the end of the third lap, Sykes and Baz were formation flying ahead of the Aprilia pair of Melandri and Guintoli.

As is his style, Tom Sykes ticked off the laps at a solid pace, slowly increasing his lead by a couple of tenths a lap as Loris Baz, Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli carved out a space for their own battle ahead of the third group.

At the midway point, Sykes had a four second lead as Baz, Melandri and Guintoli had a clear seven seconds from Jonathan Rea, Toni Elias and Eugene Laverty, Chaz Davies having crashed out of that battle.

Further back, the returning Sylvain Barrier tussled with David Salom for the Evo lead, but a track infraction led to Barrier getting told to drop a place, ending the fight and handing the Evo win to Salom.

At the front of the race, Tom Sykes was untouchable and he again held a five second lead over the battle behind him, leading to his twentieth World Superbike and another double victory.

Second place, however, wasn't decided at all, and Marco Melandri, finally having an Aprilia he trusts enough to corner the way he likes to, made an attempt to pass Loris Baz with six laps left, with Baz able to get the switch back as Melandri surged past into a chicane. As Baz crossed the line, his pit board had "RESPIRER" (breathe in French) at the top in an effort to calm him down.

A second pass on Baz came on lap nineteen of twenty one, and again Baz fought back, reclaiming his place, riding very defensively but quick enough for the gap to Sykes to close by a few tenths and for Sylvain Guintoli to drop off the fighters.

On lap twenty, Melandri passed Baz once more, with a stabbing lunge on the kerb of a chicane, an old-school Melandri pass, and once again, Baz was able to drive out of the corner past Melandri, with a polite parry and a strong riposte. Once Baz knew he could hold Melandri off, he settled his bike and made a run to the flag, and took second place with Melandri on his coat tails for third.

Tom Sykes extends his lead to thirty-nine points over Sylvain Guintoli, whose fourth place kept Loris Baz from catching him in the title chase, but only by two points.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 1 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R   1'36.146 268,4
2 76 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 3.083 1'36.273 264,5
3 33 M. MELANDRI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 3.413 1'36.369 270,4
4 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 5.092 1'36.349 271,1
5 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 18.975 1'37.012 267,1
6 24 T. ELIAS Aprilia RSV4 Factory 19.365 1'36.997 268,4
7 58 E. LAVERTY Suzuki GSX-R1000 20.177 1'37.091 267,8
8 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 20.439 1'37.178 263,9
9 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1199 Panigale R 33.820 1'36.033 265,8
10 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 42.156 1'38.213 260,1
11 52 S. BARRIER BMW S1000 RR EVO 43.581 1'38.278 257,6
12 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 51.993 1'37.072 270,4
13 112 I. GOI Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO 53.714 1'38.657 262,0
14 48 R. RUSSO Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 59.316 1'38.785 257,6
15 21 A. ANDREOZZI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'00.914 1'38.855 262,0
16 59 N. CANEPA Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO 1'01.839 1'38.932 258,2
17 71 C. CORTI MV Agusta F4 RR 1'07.178 1'38.776 258,9
18 67 B. STARING Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'13.510 1'39.324 254,6
19 56 P. SEBESTYEN BMW S1000 RR EVO 1'31.715 1'39.858 258,2
RET 11 J. GUARNONI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 4 Laps 1'38.377 259,5
RET 99 G. MAY EBR 1190 RX 5 Laps 1'41.132 245,4
RET 7 C. DAVIES Ducati 1199 Panigale R 6 Laps 1'36.687 267,8
RET 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 11 Laps 1'39.035 257,6
STH 86 A. BADOVINI Bimota BB3 EVO 43.176 1'38.278 258,2
STH 2 C. IDDON Bimota BB3 EVO 19 Laps 1'39.028 255,8

Fabien Foret and Matteo Baiocco did not start.

Round Number: 
7
2014
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