WSBK – WSBK Italy (1): Sykes hits a – first – big blow –

WSBK Italy (1): Sykes strikes a – first – big blow

WSBK - WSBK Italy (1): Sykes hits a - first - big blow -

Tom Sykes was perhaps surprised by Toni Elias at the start of this first race in Misano, he quickly recovered "his" first place and kept it for 21 laps. Loris Baz and Marco Melandri follow him – from afar – on the podium… First Superbike race Tom Sykes sets off very quickly from his 21st …

Tom Sykes may have been surprised by Toni Elias at the start of this first race in Misano, he quickly recovered "his" first place and kept it for 21 laps. Loris Baz and Marco Melandri follow him – from afar – on the podium…

First Superbike race

Tom Sykes set off very quickly from his 21st pole position while Davide Giugliano remained more glued to his second place on the grid. Toni Elias performs the "hole shot" again and takes the lead ahead of Sykes, Guintoli, Giugliano, Baz, Melandri, Davies, Rea, Laverty, Lowes, Canepa, etc. Syvian Barrier is 19th, Jérémy Guarnoni 20 and Fabien Foret 22.

Sykes takes the lead before the end of the first lap. Baz pushes his way through the peloton and gets into his teammate’s aspi! Elias is passed by Guintoli in the 2nd round, then by Melandri, Giugliano and Davies! The Spanish star confuses speed and haste and multiplies the errors…

In front, the Kawasaki rolls much cleaner: Sykes gets the trunk and grabs three quarters of a second to Baz who himself ahead of the two official Aprilia by one second. But Melandri overtook Guintoli in the 4th loop and tried to reduce this gap … Giugliano is in the wheel of "Guinters". Elias and Davies fight a few lengths behind.

Sykes breaks the lap record, previously held by Checa. He spins two tenths faster than his teammate n ° 76 and a good half second faster than the two RSV4 Factory. 15 seconds behind the leaders, Barrier and Guarnoni fight to get into the points.

In the hunting group, Melandri isolated himself in third position. Sylvain Guintoli let go of Davide Giugliano, but the Italian teammate Chaz Davies comes back like a cannonball! The Welshman is literally in the Frenchie’s rear wheel in the curves but the Panigale struggles to hold the Aprilia in the stretches.

Davies won on the brakes on the 9th lap and jumped to fourth place of our favorite # 50! The new target of the Ducati n ° 7 is the second – first! – Factory RSV4 piloted by Melandri. The n ° 33 is two small seconds…

The halfway mark is crossed. In the lead since the first lap, Tom Sykes maintains his lead of one second over Loris Baz. The French Ninja n ° 9, Fabien Foret, returns to the pits and gives up. The n ° 11, Jérémy Guarnoni, is on the track and has a lot to do to stay ahead of Sylvain Barrier and Ivan Goi !

The battle also rages in the 11th and 12th rounds between Toni Elias and Jonathan Rea. Honda rider # 65 is constantly putting pressure on the private Aprilia rider – financial means perhaps, but no horsepower! – and seeks his 7th place.

In front, "Super Sykes" discreetly increases his lead over "Bazooka" to a second and a half. Still third more than six seconds behind "Number One", Marco Melandri is no longer alone: ​​Chaz Davies has continued his ascent and is now threatening the Italian…

Sylvain Guintoli completed a solo race in fifth position, as did Davide Giugliano who rolled three seconds behind the Frenchman. Toni Elias still resists Jonathan Rea. Leon Haslam and Eugene Laverty are also isolated, and complete the Top 10.

Jérémy Guarnoni lets go on the 16th lap, where the Kawasaki MRS rider appears in 18th position. Sylvain Barrier is still fighting with Ivan Goi and Chris Iddon for the 15th place! The fight for first place Evo takes place a few seconds later: as often, it opposes Salom to Badovini and Canepa.

With five laps to go, Davide Giugliano gets a second wind and returns to Rea. The – future Emperor – Roman dispossesses Johnny of 7th place. The n ° 34 is in turn behind the tenacious Toni Elias … Sylvain Guintoli is too far to be caught now.

Installed on the third step of the podium, Marco Melandri and his RSV4 keep the voracious "Chazie" and his 1199 Panigale at bay. Suddenly, Giugliano appears again in eighth place, two seconds behind Jonathan Rea. It really wasn’t Davide’s race…

This first race in Misano is that of Tom Sykes! The reigning world champion has stunned his competitors, starting with his lieutenant "Bazooka" who rolls four seconds behind him … Marco Melandri retains his third position until under the checkered flag and joins the Kawa ‘boys on the podium.

Chaz Davies and Sylvain Guintoli complete the Top 5. The first Evo rider is again David Salom on the official Kawasaki. Sylvain Barrier finishes his first race of the season in 15th place and scores his first point !

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