ISTANBUL, Turkey — Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) stole the show today with an outstanding performance in race two at the Intercity Istanbul Park that led to his second double victory of the career.
Laverty rolled to victory in the opener and stormed back to win again in the finale giving him a sweep of the day’s eni FIM World Superbike Championship races. It was his second sweep, the first having come at Monza in 2011.
In race two, the Irishman started his charge on early leader Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and, after spending half of the race chasing the rival, he eventually closed the gap and overtook the factory Kawasaki Rider on lap 12 at turn 14. Laverty then proved he had the pace to stay in the lead and maintained a one-second gap up to the finish line, while Sykes had to settle for second.
Factory Aprilia rider Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) crossed the line a lonely third, as the Frenchman never managed to get in contention for the win. Fourth place Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) had a challenging first part of the race, in which he had to make his way through a pack of hungry opponents: Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia), team mate Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia), who finished fifth, sixth and ninth, respectively.
Laverty took the lead on lap 13 in the opener, beating Melandri to the finish with Sykes taking third. Guintoli and Giugliano rounded out the top five.