Changeable weather played a big role in the 8th WSBK round’s race day at Portimao’s Autodromo Internacional do Algarve.
An enthralling 20 lap race 1 saw Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) emerge victorious at a cloudy and overcast Portimão to claim his 7th win of the season and the 21st of his WSBK career.
Tom Sykes elevated himself to 2nd despite running off track in the final few moments of the session.
Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano now travel to the Portuguese ‘Autodromo Internacional do Algarve’ for round 8.
After seven of fourteen scheduled rounds, Davies holds sixth position in the general standings, with 143 points, while Giugliano is seventh.
It was the 20th career individual race win and the third double in the season for Tom Sykes.
This is the 19th individual WSBK race win, the first one at Misano, for Tom Sykes.
The Italian rider earned second place on the grid for tomorrow’s races, with his teammate Chaz Davies concluding sevent.
Today’s pole position is the 21st of Sykes’ WSBK career.
Chaz Davies crossed the line in fourth place, before concluding race two in eighth position.
Ayrton Badovini and Christian Iddon made a positive start on the opening day of the sixth round of this year’s championship at Sepang circuit.
Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies completing the first two timed practice sessions of the weekend.
This is the first time that the World Superbikes will race at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.
In the first race, Ayrton Badovini ended 12s in front of the nearest EVO class rider and in race two the margin between him and the next EVO rider was eight seconds.
World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) coming out victorious to take an impressive double in front of his home crowd.
Teammate Chaz Davies lines up in 11th
At the end of three sessions, Christian Iddon and Ayrton Badovinicould not be split – both ended with identical lap times of 1:29.99 !!!
Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies concluded today’s three timed practice sessions in overall second and tenth position.
The reigning Champion was within half a second of his own outright circuit record and he takes an advantage of almost a quarter of a second into tomorrow.