Sykes & Rea Split Misano Double

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Jonathan Rea (65) scored his 11th victory of the World Superbike season on Sunday in Italy. (WorldSBK Photo)
Jonathan Rea (65) scored his 11th victory of the World Superbike season on Sunday in Italy. (WorldSBK Photo)
Jonathan Rea (65) scored his 11th victory of the World Superbike season on Sunday in Italy. (WorldSBK Photo)

MISANO ADRIATICO, Italy – Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea split Sunday’s World Superbike doubleheader at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

The opening race of the day at the Misano World circuit Marco Simoncelli was won by Sykes, who converted his 27th pole position into his 25th career win.

Leading from the start, Sykes led all 21 laps, coming home ahead of teammate and championship leader Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies, who delighted the Italian fans around the circuit with an incredible final lap duel for second. Davies lunged past Rea into the final corner only to run wide, being passed again on the run to the flag by Rea.

Davide Giugliano put the second official factory Ducati into fourth, the Italian running second for the majority of the 21 lap encounter before being overhauled by the British pairing of Rea and Davies in the final two laps. He did however claim a new lap record, which he set on lap three.

Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) was unable to show the pace he had in qualifying coming home fifth ahead of the returning Max Biaggi, who had a steady ride to finish sixth. The six time World Champion survived a heart stopping moment on the opening lap when he collided with Sylvain Guintoli.

The second race of day was won by Rea after a race long fight with Giugliano. Giugliano took the lead on lap seven, where he stayed until being passed by Rea with five laps to go. Rea was kept under constant pressure by the Italian, but held on to record his 11th win of the year by 1.290 seconds. Rea’s double podium finish equals the record set by Troy Corser in 2005 of 16 consecutive podium finishes in a season.

Behind the first two, Leon Haslam got the better of Davies on the second factory Ducati after their own personal race long duel to claim the final podium place.

Race one winner Sykes was strong for the first half of the second race before dropping back to fifth at the checkered flag. The former champion finished just ahead of Biaggi and Jordi Torres, the Aprilia Racing pairing swapping places throughout the 21 laps.