This weekend SHARK-men took to the track in Aragon, Spain for the MotoGP and Moto2 Championships, and Laguna Seca, America for the World Superbike Championship. With only a few rounds left of the 2013 seasons, SHARK’s supported riders collected valuable last minute points and a race win.
Tom Sykes stormed to victory in the first SBK race at Laguna Seca on Saturday. In Sunday’s race Sykes led for most of the 26-laps, but was passed on the final few and settled for a solid fourth place finish. Sykes leaves America still leading the overall championship with 361 points and a 23-point lead, with just two rounds remaining. Meanwhile Sylvain Guintoli finished fifth in both SBK races and is currently third in the standings, 24 points behind Sykes. The championship continues from Magny-Cours, France 4-6 October, where the World Supersport Championship will return after not racing this weekend.
Meanwhile in Aragon, Spain for Moto2, Scott Redding finished his weekend in fourth place. After starting from the fifth row of the grid, Redding got to work immediately and pushed his way past eight riders on the opening lap. In the second half of the race Redding struggled with a speed disadvantage and crossed the line in fourth. Redding still leads the overall championship standings by 20 points. Johann Zarco finished his weekend in seventh place.
In MotoGP Michael Laverty had a mixed weekend on his CRT machine. The SHARK-man was 14th in free practice and qualified 20th. During the race Laverty crashed, unhurt, on the opening lap and did not finish the race. Laverty is 24th overall in the championship.
It was great to win yesterday and I led for a long time today but that was the first time we have struggled with grip all weekend. We were six or seven tenths off our best times in the same track conditions and we have to think about why that was. We know what our potential was here again today. Overall, we have extended our championship lead but it would have been nice to taken that second podium! We can keep improving and we have a couple of good circuits coming up so we will move on with confidence. In less than a week’s time we will be in France and doing it all over again. We have worked hard and well all race weekend and took a win on Saturday.
Today the plan was simple; attack and keep fighting. I knew I had to fight today, for a result and for the championship, and that’s what I did. I got a clean run through the field from the start and managed to get a good run onto the back straight on the first lap and pass some more people. The problem was that when there was nobody to slipstream on the back straight I was losing too much time and that’s what gave Pol the final podium position today. It was a little disheartening, to work so hard throughout the race, trying to make it perfect, trying to block the line and yet they still come past you on the straight. I did my best today, but the straight was our downfall. After the problems in qualifying we can be happy that we limited the loss to just three points today.