MONTEREY, Calif. – Eugene Laverty won the second World Superbike race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in spectacular fashion on Sunday afternoon.
After passing Davide Giugliano at turn five with three laps to go, the Irishman made the exact same move on Tom Sykes on the following lap, breaking the spell that was holding the Brit at the front for most of the race.
Sykes, on the other hand, tried everything he could to defend his position under braking, but once he lost the lead he was passed by both Giugliano and Marco Melandri, crossing the line in fourth place. The works BMW rider successfully stayed ahead of the championship leader for third, while Giugliano did the best he could to snatch his first WSBK race win, eventually settling for second.
Sylvain Guintoli did not manage to catch the leading pack to be in contention for the win, but the end result today helped him stay in touch with Sykes in the standings, as he ended up fifth ahead of fellow Frenchman Jules Cluzel, Toni Elias wildcard Roger Hayden and David Salom.
After today’s results, Sykes is still the championship leader with a 23 point advantage over Laverty, who has jumped to second position in the overall standings. Guintoli is now third, a point behind his team mate while Melandri is now 42 points short from the lead.