Tom Sykes has successfully challenged the decision to strip him of third place and have it awarded to Aprilia’s Sylvain Guintoli after the incident at Della Roggia on the last lap of the second World Superbike
|Turns out Sykes was meant to be on the podium, after all…
Sykes overshot the chicane (which he claims was due to an early braking manoeuvre by Marco Melandri) and rejoined the circuit ahead of Sylvain Guintoli, treading carefully as not to gain a time advantage. However, Guintoli claimed that the Kawasaki man slowed him upon re-entry to the circuit and after a bit of a faff which saw 4 bikes trying to take 3 places in parc fermé the original result stood. Guintoli later challenged this and won, seeing Sykes stripped of third place and the trophy being given to the Frenchman however it has now been revealed that Sykes has appealed successfully therefore re-claiming third place.
After the races, Sykes commented: “Today I put it all out there for everybody to see. I could not give any more. Race one was a great race, a great battle although I was like a sitting duck at the back for a time. I was waiting to see where those guys were strong, and they have some speed, so I used that to my advantage and it led to a very exciting last lap. I tried to lead after lap 15 and pull a gap but it was not to be, because they reeled me straight back in. The last lap was great, it was almost a third to first run from the last corner, but I did not want to do anything stupid, so to have the Kawasaki working like that here makes me very motivated. Monza was going to be one of the most challenging circuits we would visit this season but we have come away with pole position, a new circuit record, a lap record and two podiums, so I am happy!”