This weekend the World Superbike and Supersport Championship’s drew to a close with the final races at Magny-Cours, France. It was spectacular weekend for SHARK supported riders, with podium finishes galore and high placings in the final championship points.
The World Supersport podium saw a SHARK 1-2 with Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) and Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) dominating proceedings. Cluzel made a break at the front of the field winning his home race by 1.591 seconds ahead of his PTR team-mate Lowes. Fellow SHARK supported Fabien Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step) finished the 22-lap race in fifth. With the final race standings in, the Championship was decided; Cluzel in second place with 210 points (just 21 behind the World Champion), Lowes in third with 172 points and Foret fourth, with 171 points.
Meanwhile in the World Superbike Championship, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing) finished third and won the second race at Magny-Cours but heartbreakingly lost out on the championship by half a point, the closest finish the series has seen in its 25 years. During race one, Sykes was given the opportunity to win the title when provisional leader Biaggi fell not scoring points. In the second instalment, Sykes led the whole race, but Biaggi finished in fifth, which was enough to pip Sykes to the top by just half a point. Sylvain Guintoli (PATA Racing Team), triumphed in the first race storming to victory, and finished third in the second – finishing the season in seventh place.
All riders will now take a well deserved winter break, before the 2013 season commences in February. Next weekend 13-14 October sees the final showdown round of the British Superbike Championship, while the MotoGP Championship continues from Japan.
Jules Cluzel: “I am really happy. I have won at home. I had nothing to prove today as the Championship was already finished so I just tried to enjoy myself. This morning my feeling with the bike was bad, but my PTR team did a great job with my bike so I was able to lead and control the race. It was great with my family and friends here. Thanks to my PTR team, it has been a great year for me. I finished the season strong. I need to learn more about the first five races for next year.”
Sam Lowes: “The conditions were not perfect, but I knew we had a good chance this weekend because I was quietly working for the race. We’ve been a little bit unlucky with the weather today as I had a really good pace in the dry, but the team did an awesome job and again gave me a great bike for the wet today. I’m very happy to get second in the race and third in the championship. Thanks to the team, as the whole squad worked fantastic all year long. We didn’t quite do the job we wanted to do this year, but we’ve managed to get third in the championship and I’m happy with that. »
Tom Sykes: “We were on pole, took a new circuit record, got a podium and then a win and pulled back 30 points on Max Biaggi. Not easy against a rider of his level. Yes, obviously there is a massive disappointment on one hand because we were only half a point from the world championship! But on the other hand, being realistic, we are very happy and we have – by far – overachieved on expectations this year. We have been very strong and I think this weekend we have been particularly strong; partly because of this Joan Lascorz replica helmet I am wearing. I have had massive support here from my family, friends and the Kawasaki fans so to sum up my year it has been fantastic. I really appreciate that Kawasaki, Provec; all the team our sponsors, Motocard, Leo Vince and all of them have put us in the situation of fighting for the world championship. Hopefully next year we can be very consistent from the start.”
SBK Championship final results:
1 / J. Cluzel – PTR Honda | 2 / S. Lowes – Bogdanka PTR Honda | 3 / D. Linfoot – MSD R-N Racing Team India | 4 / K. Sofuoglu – Kawasaki Lorenzini | 5 / F. Foret – Kawasaki Intermoto Step | 6 / A. Baldolini – Power Team by Suriano | 7 / M. Scholtz – Bogdanka PTR Honda | 8 / A. Antonelli – Bike Service R.T. | 9 / G. Talmacsi – PRORACE | 10 / J. Metcher – Rivamoto Junior Team
Final Championship positions:
1 / Sofuoglu 231 | 2 / Cluzel 210 | 3 / Lowes 172 | 4 / Foret 171 | 5 / Parkes 135 | 6 / Morais 96 | 7 / Baldolini 96 | 8 / Quarmby 84 | 9 / Iannuzzo 60 | 10 / Antonelli 60
World Superbike, race one:
1 / S. Guintoli – PATA Racing Team | 2 / M. Melandri – BMW Motorrad Motorsport | 3 / T. Sykes – Kawasaki Racing Team | 4 / M. Berger – Red Devils Roma | 5 / L. Haslam – BMW Motorrad Motorsport | 6 / A. Badovini – BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet | 7 / E. Laverty – Aprilia Racing Team | 8 / D. Giugliano – Althea Racing | 9 / C. Corti – Team Pedercini | 10 / L. Baz – Kawasaki Racing Team
1 / T. Sykes – Kawasaki Racing Team | 2 / J. Rea – Honda World Superbike Team | 3 / S. Guintoli – PATA Racing Team | 4 / E. Laverty – Aprilia Racing Team | 5 / M. Biaggi – Aprilia Racing Team | 6 / D. Giugliano – Althea Racing | 7 / C. Checa – Althea Racing | 8 / C. Davies – ParkinGO MTC Racing | 9 / A. Badovini – BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet | 10 / L. Camier – FIXI Crescent Suzuki
Final Championship positions:
1 / Biaggi 358 | 2 / Sykes 357.5 | 3 / Melandri 28.5 | 4 / Checa 287.5 | 5 / Rea 278.5 | 6 / Laverty 263.5 | 7 / Guintoli 213.5 | 8 / Haslam 200 | 9 / Davies 164.5 | 10 / Giugliano 143