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2013 Imola World Superbike Race 1 Results

World Superbike race one, started on a warm day, with Sylvain Guintoli holding an unassailable lead in the championship with 28 points. At the very best, Tom Sykes could only hope to close the gap as passing him would be a mathematic impossibility.

Sykes fumbled his start while Jonathan Rea took the lead ahead of Davide Giugliano and Sylvain Guintoli, but all this would change at the second chicane when Rea ran off the track and into the gravel, dropping him back to 12th place. Sykes settled into third place ahead of Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri.

2013 Imola World Supersport QP2 Results: Another Red Flag

In a session plagued with crashes, including a red flag for Marconi's second crash, eventually the grid was decided.

Sam Lowes was able to manage to break his own outright lap record, half a second faster than Kenan Sofuoglu could manage. The front four riders were in a different class, with fifth placed Lorenzo Zanetti 1.3 seconds behind pole position.

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2013 Imola World Superbike FP2 Results: Rea Makes His Mark

Jonathan Rea is the first rider of the weekend to record a 1'46 lap, leading the session ahead of Tom Sykes, in spite of an early crash. The Aprilias of Sylvain Guintoli and Eugene Laverty were recording similar times to their qualifying times, but reliability on the part of other riders allowed them to climb in the list. Noriyuki Haga was the slowest in the session as Alex Lundh didn't take part.

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2013 Imola World Supersport FP2 Results: Lowes A Close Lead

As predicted, the riders closed in to Sam Lowes's times from yesterday, but not even Lowes could beat his own qualifying time. He was still fastest overall, but Riccardo Russo continued his onslaught in second place. Kenan Sofuoglu has also started closing in to the fast times he needs to challenge Lowes. 

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2013 Imola World Superbike QP2 Results: Jonathan Rea Sits At The Top

With few riders matching their times from yesterday's timed qualifying, it came to Jonathan Rea to grab provisional pole from the King of Saturdays, Tom Sykes. Just over half the field were able to improve on their times from yesterday, but the Aprilias are still not yet on the pace. Davide Giugliano went faster than Sykes today, but was unable to beat his Friday time.

Noriyuki Haga crashed, luckily without injury, and was unable to qualify for Superpole.

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2013 Imola World Superbike Friday Roundup: Sykes Leads While Lowes Dominates

Imola, the Italian track remembered as the scene of the thrilling climax to the 2002 World Superbike season. If we are to see a repeat of the duel between Colin Edwards and Troy Bayliss, we could need to look no further than to to Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea. These two are the riders who have been consistently able to post fast laps, dodging a field of Italians getting single hot laps in front of their home crowds.

2013 Imola World Superbike QP1 Results: Sykes And Rea Continue Form

While the factory Aprilias of Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli are lacking pace, struggling to qualify as high as the customer options of Michel Fabrizio and fellow Italian Davide Giugliano, Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea continue their mornings' progress. Ayrton Badovini, another local man, took the struggling Ducati Panigale to a provisional fourth place while old favourite Noriyuki Haga's return has him languishing two spots from the bottom. 

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2013 Imola World Supersport QP1 Results: Lowes A Session Ahead

As the rest of the field starts to put laps in approaching Sam Lowes's morning times, he sets times that it will take until tomorrow for the rest of the field to catch up to. While his lead over second place was merely 0.7 of a second, that was to Riccardo Russo, the only other man to put in a 1'51 lap all day. Michael Van Der Mark completes the provisional front row, while Fabien Foret and Kenan Sofuoglu are on the third and fourth lines, respectively. 

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2013 Imola World Superbike FP1 Results: Sykes Fends Off Giugliano And Rea

Tom Sykes, as is his way, took early control of the timing sheet, beating his own pace-setting time four times in succession, and setting a pace that would take some matching with six laps under 1'49. The only other rider to record more than one sub-1'49 lap was Jonathan Rea whose provisional second place was snatched at the flag by Davide Giugliano.

2013 Imola World Supersport FP1 Results: Lowes Almost A Second Clear

Sam Lowes sat at the top for most of the session, at one point holding a 1.4 second gap over Kenan Sofuoglu, but the gap between the title fighters was filled by Lorenzo Zanetti, Luca Scassa and Kev Coghlan. The session was clouding and cold, yet Lowes was still able to get within half a second of the fastest time recorded in qualifying, a time set by Lowes himself last year.

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2013 Portimão World Superbike Sunday Roundup: Of Engines, Electronics, Tyres, Injuries and Mistakes

Racing first came to the undulating Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in 2008, opening for business with the last World Superbike race of the year, just before the global economy collapsed. Since then, its appearance on the calendar has danced around the calendar, sometimes early in the year, other times late, and it was very nearly removed from the calendar last year through financial concerns, but luckily for fans of racing, even though so few of them actually turn up at the circuit, racing continues there.

2013 Portimão World Superbike Race Two Results: One Duff Tyre

As the riders, apart from Leon Haslam who decided to sit the race out, lined up on the grid, Tom Sykes was missing. He had crashed on the sighting lap, but he got his Kawasaki towed back to the pits with ten minutes for his team to rebuild the front cowl. If his bike were put back in the garage, that would be his race over, so his team brought their tools and mechanics out to the pit lane to frantically try to get his bike ready. As it was, he had to start from the pit lane, hoping that the small grid would allow him to score a couple of points.

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