This weekend SHARK-riders took to the track at Misano, Italy for the seventh round of the World Superbike and World Supersport Championships. SHARK’s road racers were also in action at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough for the Barry Sheene road race festival.
At Misano, Tom Sykes took his World Superbike wins to 20 after taking the double in both of the 21-lap Superbike races. Sykes also took the Superpole win and set a new lap record, in race one, of 1’35,629.
Hot on Sykes’s heels in both races was his Kawasaki teammate and fellow SHARK-supported Loris Baz, who scored two-second placed podium, finishes. It was also a good weekend for SHARK’s other SBK riders Sylvain Guintoli who finished fifth and fourth and Alex Lowes showed impressive pace in both races finishing eighth in race two, but a crash in race one ended his race early.
The overall championship standings see Sykes leading the way with 251 points – 39 points ahead of Guintoli in second and 41 ahead of Baz in third.
In the World Supersport Championship Pata Honda’s Lorenzo Zanetti was leading the group for the early part of the race and then held a lonely fifth place for 12 of the 19 laps. Zanetti eventually crossed the line in sixth place and moves up to fourth place in the overall standings.
Meanwhile on the roads in Scarborough, Ryan Farquhar enjoyed a successful weekend of racing taking a hat trick of victories to become the second rider to break the 100-win mark around the 2.43-mile circuit. Farquhar was using the meeting as preparation for Augusts’ Classic TT races and was on board a 500cc Paton and 1100cc Harris Yamaha over the two days.
I’m very pleasantly surprised at these results but I knew that the adrenaline and the concentration would give me something extra. I honestly was not expecting to get that much extra but massive credit to all the team. It all went to plan in race one. I knew I had some limitation all weekend and I said that to my crew chief, and what the issues were. After that you need to get on and do the job. The lap times were quite surprising at the start and I was surprised to keep that pace in race one. The front and rear were moving a lot but t he feedback from the bike was fantastic, so I have to thank Marcel and Danilo and all the mechanics who have all worked over time a long time to deal with my fussy requests! In race two it was even more difficult, the bike was moving a lot more and I was over compensating with my left arm. I had to stay focused but at the end the control of the second race was probably a bit more relaxed than in race one.
Next championship rounds:
26 – 28 June – MotoGP – round eight – Assen, the Netherlands
27 – 29 June – British Superbike – round four – Knockhill, Scotland
3 – 4 July – World Superbike – round eighth – Portimão, Portugal