|Laverty heads second Aprilia Racing 1-2 of the day.
A familiar sight of the bright green Kawasaki of Tom Sykes shot into the lead into Doohan’s on the first lap of the second superbike race, from Melandri, Laverty and Guintoli. Guintoli keen to make up on the better start as he moves up to second by the end of the lap, however goes wide losing out to Laverty. By the end of the second lap the Aprilia duo were ahead of the Kawasaki and this is the way it was to remain.
Chaz Davies and Loris Baz had an incident on the first lap, leaving Baz to be stretchered off and Davies with a flat tyre, whilst not definitive it looked possible that Haslam and Camier were caught up in this incident too as they found themselves 16th and 17th respectively. Davies pitted for a new rear tyre and got back out. on lap 3.
Sylvain Guintoli shot past his team mate into Doohan’s on lap 4, the factory aprilia duo running in flying formation for a large number of laps with Melandri close behind. Meanwhile, podium-finisher in the first race Michel Fabrizio had made it past Sykes, Giugliano and Cluzel by lap 6, the fourth Aprilia also managed to get past Sykes within the next lap to make it four aprilias in the top 5 with 8 laps down. Chaz Davies’ luck went from bad to worse as he recieved a ride through penalty on lap 6, the reason unclear. Marco Melandri tried repeatedly to pass Eugene Laverty on the straight however Laverty was much faster into Doohan’s. Melandri finally made a move into Lukey Heights however went slightly wide nudging Laverty with him, giving Guintoli some breathing space, it looked like the Frenchman could well be on for a double. Meanwhile Tom Sykes had found some late race form and re-passed Giugliano for 5th.
It took Laverty a little while to regroup but he eventually got past the Italian on lap 20 as the Irishman decides that the race is his, he then passed team mate Guintoli into Doohan’s on lap 21, setting the fastest lap of the race and a new lap record, 1’31.168. Meanwhile, Fabrizio desperate for another podium made a move onto Melandri into Honda hairpin on the last lap, nearly clipping the back of the Italian’s S1000RR, not satisified he tried once more nearly putting himself on the grass. Laverty crossed the line denying his team mate victory in his 80th world superbike race.
1. E. Laverty – Aprilia Racing
2. S. Guintoli – Aprilia Racing
3. M. Melandri – Goldbet BMW
4. M. Fabrizio – Red Devils Roma Aprilia
5. T. Sykes – Kawasaki Racing Team
6. D. Giugliano – Althea Aprilia
7. J. Cluzel – Fixi Crescent Suzuki
8. J. Rea – PATA Honda
9. L. Camier – Fixi Crescent Suzuki
10. L. Haslam – PATA Honda
13. J. Stauffer – Team Honda Racing
14. F. Sandi – Pedercini Kawasaki
15. A Lundh – Pedercini Kawasaki
– Lap 1 – Loris Baz