The World Superbike Championship resumed for its second round after a six-week break from the season-opener in Australia. Back in Europe at Motorland Aragon in Spain, Fabien Foret won the World Supersport race while compatriot Sylvain Guintoli secured a brace of runner-up finishes in the Superbike category, and now leads the championship after two rounds by 22 points from Englishman Chaz Davies. Pole-man Tom Sykes retired with mechanical trouble in race one and finished third in the second race.
Sylvain Guintoli “In the first race I was a bit worried – confessed a smiling Sylvain Guintoli – because I was really struggling, as I had been throughout the weekend. Aragon is perhaps my most dreaded track, so two second places are a really great result. I must thank the Aprilia Team, the engineers and my crew chief, Aligi Deganello, because thanks to them I was able to ride very well in Race 2. The changes we kept making to the RSV4 worked as they should have even if Chaz was really impossible to beat. I’m going to Assen with a lot of confidence. The results today are a perfect way to announce the arrival of my fourth child!”
In the UK, the second round of the British Superbike Championship took place at the super-fast Thruxton circuit. SHARK-protected Alex Lowes followed up his strong start to the season with a third and second place in the races respectively leaving him second in the championship behind reigning BSB Champion Shakey Byrne, and some 10 points ahead of third place man, Josh Brookes.
Popular Aussie Dave Johnson won the shortened Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race that was red-flagged before full distance. In the Supersport Championship Ben Wilson secured a third and second place in the two races, which sees him hold fourth in the championship after two rounds. In the Moto3 Championship Joe Francis finished second and holds second place in the championship.
Finally in the National Superstock 600 Championship SHARK riders hold the championship first and second spots with Sundays race-winner Tim Hastings in second place overall and Jordan Simpkin – who has finished the first two rounds in second position – now leads the championship with 40 points.