Melandri edges out Guintoli for the win in Race 2

Davide Giugliano and Jonathan Rea crashed spectacularly

Magny-Cours (France) – In similar conditions to the opening race of the day, Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) has won Race 2 at Magny-Cours as he crossed the finish line with a 2.6 second advantage over Sylvain Guintoli. Thanks to his sixth win in the last twelve races, Melandri elevates himself to third place in the standings, whilst his teammate further narrowed the gap to series leader Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) down to 12 points.

Earlier leaders Davide Giugliano and Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) both crashed spectacularly, before remounting only to retire to the pits. Rea’s crash left the Aprilia pairing of Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri to dual it out for the victory with the Italian getting the better of his French teammate this time out.

Leon Haslam rode superbly aboard his Honda overhauling reigning champion Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) in the closing stages to take his first podium since Misano 2012 and his first since joining the Pata Honda World Superbike team.

Behind the top four, Lorenzo Lanzi (3C Racing Ducati), and his teammate Max Neukirchner completed the top six.

EVO class

In the EVO fight, top honours went to Niccolò Canepa (Althea Racing Ducati). Best classified EVO rider in race one Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia) crashed twice, the second signalling the end of his race. He was uninjured.

For Team Toth BMW it was a race for real celebration as both of their riders scored points in the same race for the first time in their short WSBK career.

Results

1. Melandri (Aprilia) 19 Laps/83.809 km in 36'25.402 average 138.058 kph; 2. Guintoli (Aprilia) 2.669; 3. Haslam (Honda) 16.450; 4. Sykes (Kawasaki) 20.759; 5. Lanzi (Ducati) 46.689; 6. Neukirchner (Ducati) 58.490; 7. Baz (Kawasaki) 1'03.100; 8. Corti (MV Agusta) 1'24.699; 9. Davies (Ducati) 1'27.899; 10. Canepa (Ducati) 1'51.706; 11. Foret (Kawasaki) 1 Lap; 12. Rizmayer (BMW) 2 Laps; 13. Toth (BMW) 2 Laps; RT. Staring (Kawasaki); RT. Laverty (Suzuki); RT. Fores (Ducati); RT. Guarnoni (Kawasaki); RT. Rea (Honda); RT. Barrier (BMW); RT. Morais (Kawasaki); RT. Giugliano (Ducati); RT. May (EBR); RT. Lowes (Suzuki); RT. Yates (EBR); RT. Elias (Aprilia); RT. Salchaud (MV Agusta); NS. Andreozzi (Kawasaki).

Standings (Round 11 of 12)

1. Sykes 378; 2. Guintoli 366; 3. Melandri 312; 4. Rea 301; 5. Baz 282; 6. Davies 195; 7. Haslam 176; 8. Giugliano 162; 9. Laverty 154; 10. Elias 151; 11. Lowes 126; 12. Salom 95; 13. Canepa 65; 14. Guarnoni 45; 15. Barrier 38; 16. Camier 37; 17. Corti 25; 18. Morais 24; 19. Andreozzi 21; 20. Foret 20; 21. Lanzi 19; 22. Neukirchner 17; 23. Scassa 16; 24. Staring 14; 25. Rizmayer 7; 26. Allerton 6; 27. Bos 5; 28. Toth 5; 29. Goi 5; 30. Russo 5; 31. Pegram 2; 32. Fabrizio 2; 33. Lanusse 1. Manufacturers: 1. Aprilia 418; 2. Kawasaki 395; 3. Honda 317; 4. Ducati 269; 5. Suzuki 220; 6. BMW 79; 7. MV Agusta 32; 8. EBR 2.

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Series World Superbike
Event Magny-Cours
Sub-event Sunday Race 2
Track Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours
Drivers Marco Melandri , Tom Sykes , Leon Haslam , Sylvain Guintoli , Lorenzo Lanzi , Max Neukirchner , Niccolo Canepa , Jonathan Rea , Davide Giugliano , Sylvain Barrier
Article type Race report
Tags aprilla, bmw, honda, kawasaki, suzuki