17 Jun, 2017
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WSBK Italy: Sykes wins after Davies, Rea clash on last lap

Tom Sykes claimed the unlikeliest of wins after Chaz Davies fell from the lead which saw Jonathan Rea run into him on the final lap.

WSBK Italy: Sykes wins after Davies, Rea clash on last lap
WSBK Italy: Sykes wins after Davies, Rea clash on last lap
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Tom Sykes has claimed the unlikeliest of wins after Chaz Davies fell from the lead which saw Jonathan Rea run into him on the final lap in a manic race one at Misano.

After the opening two-thirds of the race were headed up by surprise package Michael van der Mark, only for the Pata Yamaha rider to fall from the lead on lap 15, it ignited a three-way fight for victory between Davies, Rea and Marco Melandri.

At the start of the final lap Melandri low-sided off to drop out of contention on his own, to see Rea hound down Davies. With three corners remaining, Davies appeared to also suffer a low-side fall as he tucked the front end of his Ducati and with the factory Kawasaki rider directly behind him he had nowhere to go but ride into the back of Davies.

With the two leaders off, Sykes swept through to take victory in the most bizarre circumstances with Alex Lowes taking a second rostrum result of the season. Rea managed to remount his Kawasaki and claim the final podium spot, as Davies was attended to by the medical team after being hit hard by Rea's Kawasaki in the accident.

Before the last-lap dramatics, Davies had pulled a hard block pass on Rea for the lead with three laps remaining which also allowed Melandri through for second position.

The Aruba.it Racing Ducati riders initially gapped Rea but the defending World Superbike champion regained his composure to slice down the deficit on the start of the final lap.

Rea got underneath Melandri in the dive into turn one before the Italian rider tucked the front of his Ducati two laps later. With Rea on a charge, he was taken by surprise as Davies washed out the front-end which left the Northern Irish rider nowhere to go.

After remounting and finishing third, Rea went to check on the stricken Davies on his cool down lap. The Welsh rider has been taken to the medical centre as a precaution.




Before the final-lap drama, van der Mark looked destined to be in the battle for victory but on lap 15 the Pata Yamaha suffered his heartbreak when he crashed out at turn 13 having looked to have suffered a tyre issue.

With the shaken-up finishing order Jordi Torres claimed his best result of the campaign in fourth place for Althea BMW with Xavi Fores in fifth for Barni Ducati.

Eugene Laverty grabbed sixth place for Milwaukee Aprilia ahead of Randy Krummenacher and Roman Ramos as Lorenzo Savadori and Raffaele De Rosa completed the top ten.

Leon Camier endured a tricky race for MV Agusta in 11th place with Alex de Angelis in 12th. Ayrton Badovini, Ondrej Jezek and Melandri rounded out the points positions after Stefan Bradl had to pit after the opening lap with a technical issue on the Red Bull Honda.

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7 Comments

  • Motojunky 17 Jun, 2017 14:13:08
    reverse777: Sykes proves he is still has the big ****** inbred in him. Something needs to be done with WSBK as it has become a bit of boredem fest. Kawasaki doesn't enter motogp so it keeps the edge in WBSK and the other major players do not put the money into it except ducati . It needs a revamp sooner than later. Yawn....

    Funny that, you think it's a yawn fest, but still watch. WTF is that about.
  • Shrieker 17 Jun, 2017 16:53:13
    The big bike companies are not putting the money in. .


    So it's Kawasaki's and Ducati's fault for putting the Money in ? Lol.

    And I'm sorry if it's lost its excitement for you. Granted, maybe not as exciting as 2004 was, but still very fun to watch.
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