2013 Magny-Cours World Superbike Race 1 Results: Dry Fast Race

World Superbike race one at Magny-Cours started dry, and was planned for 23 laps.

Tom Sykes took to the front ahead of Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri but as Guintoli tried to pass Sykes, Davide Giugliano overtook Melandri and left him within reach of Eugene Laverty. On the second lap, it looked like Guintoli could pass Sykes into turn one, but the Kawasaki rider was better on the brakes, retaining the lead. Laverty and Melandri swapped places throughout the lap, with Laverty passing Melandri and being followed by Chaz Davies. Unfortunately, Davies lost the front, crashing out and returning the fifth place to Melandri.

As Davies rode his damaged bike back to the pits, Laverty put a move on Giugliano, sweeping round the outside and switching back to the inside to pass him neatly, only to see the duel between Sykes and Laverty was over four seconds ahead of him.

Tom Sykes extended his lead by a tenth a lap as Sylvain Guintoli was left to see the lead escape from him with Eugene Laverty, able to extend his gap from Giugliano, has to watch as his gap ahead just kept extending.

Further back, Toni Elias and Vincent Philippe duelled, but Elias, leading the Frenchman, lost adhesion in a corner, all his own doing, sliding the bike into the gravel and collecting Philippe’s front wheel with his rear. As the two picked themselves up, Elias charged at Philippe, gesticulating wildly, inexplicably blaming the Suzuki rider for his crash. Philippe was able to get back and finish in thirteenth place, while Elias retired from the race.

Tom Sykes kept the pace up and, in what he described as a fast race, he was leading with eighteen laps completed when Mark Aitchison high-sided his Kawasaki that exploded into flame in the middle of the track, ending the race with a red flag and a victory by over two seconds for Sykes ahead of a dour Sylvain Guintoli and equally displeased Eugene Laverty. Sykes takes a 29 point lead over Guintoli to the second race.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R   1'38.345 291,9
2 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2.146 1'38.436 288,8
3 58 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 Factory 10.643 1'38.961 295,9
4 34 D. GIUGLIANO Aprilia RSV4 Factory 15.687 1'39.104 291,1
5 33 M. MELANDRI BMW S1000 RR 23.573 1'39.562 287,2
6 51 M. PIRRO Ducati 1199 Panigale R 33.848 1'40.175 281,3
7 84 M. FABRIZIO Honda CBR1000RR 37.599 1'40.347 279,1
8 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 37.903 1'40.041 276,2
9 86 A. BADOVINI Ducati 1199 Panigale R 38.181 1'40.221 270,0
10 57 L. LANZI Ducati 1098R 51.604 1'40.664 278,4
11 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 54.742 1'41.171 276,9
12 23 F. SANDI Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'03.442 1'40.717 274,8
13 52 V. PHILIPPE Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'07.176 1'40.104 275,5
14 32 F. LAI Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'24.850 1'41.996 282,0
15 31 V. IANNUZZO BMW S1000 RR 2 Laps 1'43.422 272,7
RET 8 M. AITCHISON Kawasaki ZX-10R 59.718 1'41.126 271,4
RET 24 T. ELIAS Aprilia RSV4 Factory 3 Laps 1'39.949 282,0
RET 16 J. CLUZEL Suzuki GSX-R1000 16 Laps 1'40.039 276,2
RET 19 C. DAVIES BMW S1000 RR 16 Laps 2'26.501 271,4


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His reaction was as funny as disappointing. He is really trying hard and nerves came out the wrong way, I guess. Other than that it seemed as if there was no grip at all, everybody sliding everywhere. Hoping for a good 2nd race!