In the second race of the FIM Superbike World Championship weekend at Motorland Aragon Tom Sykes (KRT) and Jonathan Rea (KRT) finished second and third respectively. The official Ninja ZX-10R riders are now first and third in the championship, with Rea leading on 131 points and Sykes third overall with 102 – only three points from second place.
From pole position Sykes attacked the lead of race two and held his strong pace even after eventual race winner Chaz Davies had passed him on the second lap. After Rea overtook his team-mate, Sykes continued to follow close behind. He was thus in a perfect position to take advantage when Jonathan ran wide and lost time and track position.
Tom managed his second place to the end and secured 20 points. He finished the Motorland Aragon weekend with two podium finishes to his credit.
Rea was pushing hard throughout race two but was forced wide on lap 15. After taking to the run-off area and rejoining he could not regain ground on his team-mate.
Set-up changes from day one to day two did not have the full desired effect and grip issues did not help his cause in the final result of the second race of the weekend. Rea and Sykes scored identical points totals at Motorland Aragon, with a second and third place finish apiece.
In the current championship rankings Jonathan still enjoys a clear lead, some 26 points ahead of Davies. Sykes, in third, is 29 points from Jonathan and only three points behind Motorland double race winner Davies after three rounds and six races have been completed.
The next round is at Assen in the Netherlands, with races on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April.
Tom Sykes stated:
“In terms of race position it was an improvement on yesterday and that is what we need to focus on. I think the gap to the front is bigger than it should be but it looks like yesterday, after the information we took from race one, our rear tyre was not performing to its best and today we did not have as much spin. We have more information now and I hope we can use this to our advantage. My guys are fantastic and I am lucky to have them but we could not close the gap to the win compared to yesterday. We cannot be downbeat because sometimes it happens that you have a circuit that is great for a certain package and Chaz is always on form here. We will come back in Assen and try to be stronger again.”
Jonathan Rea stated:
“It was a difficult race because straight from the off we did not have so much grip in the rear and I was having to pick the bike up. When I back-shifted going into turn one with a few laps to go the rear locked and I could not stop, that was end of the chance to fight for second position today. Being second or third today is not the issue it is being so far from the fight for the front. There were some areas where we were struggling today. We just need more time with the new bike and it is a step-by-step process. When a tough weekend is second and third it is not so bad!”
Roman Ramos (GoEleven Kawasaki) took a 12th place again, his fourth such finish in a row. He is now 14th overall, on 25 points. Sylvain Barrier (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) crashed out of contention today. Dominic Schmitter was 21st on his Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki, his team-mate Josh Hook a retiree. Saeed Al Sulaiti (Pedercini Kawasaki Racing) placed 21st.
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