This weekend the World Superbike and World Supersport Championships continued from Portimao in Portugal, which saw wins and podium places for SHARK’s supported riders in both races.
In the World Supersport race Sam Lowes took his fourth victory this season. It was a difficult race where the young Brit struggled with front grip issues, but managed to keep pace with the rest of the field. Lowes fought off a tough battle with fellow SHARK-man Fabien Foret, then a mistake from the leader on lap 10 saw Lowes take the lead and the race win. Foret finished in second place.
Meanwhile in SBK Sylvain Guintoli stepped onto the podium in both races scoring two-second place finishes. Tom Sykes finished race one on the podium in third place. In race two his luck changed when he hit a kerb on the sighting lap, after fixing the damage he was able to re-start the race. Sykes found problems with the bike and it was brought back to the garage. Eventually finishing seven laps down, Sykes did score a new lap record of 1,42.475. His teammate Loris Baz finished his weekend in fifth and fourth.
The next round of SBK will take place 28-30 June at Imola, Italy. Meanwhile SHARK-riders will be in action this weekend with MotoGP from Catalunya, Spain and BSB from Knockhill, Scotland.
Sam Lowes “It was an incredible race! I wasn’t sure with the front-end, which is why I didn’t push 100% and gave the Kawasaki riders a chance to attack. But with two laps to go I decided to go for it. Thankfully I made it!”
Tom Sykes “I expected the first race to be just as close as it was, and obviously the guys who finished first and second were riding strong, but I was struggling a little bit with race performance. But we made a good podium and scored good points. In race two the fall was my fault because in turn one on my out lap I ran over the kerbstone on the inside. The piece of kerbstone looked quite flat but in the last moment I realised it was a big high kerb and it chucked me over the front of the bike. We had made improvements on the bike for race two and we proved that was the case because we went on to break the lap record.”