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Old 05-14-2016, 01:30 PM   #1
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WSB 2016 Sepang race one results

Sykes breaks records in race one

KAWASAKI Racing Team rider Tom Sykes has won race one in Sepang from pole position after smashing the lap record as Jonathan Rea took second, Davies third.

The PATA Yamaha of Alex Lowes and Honda's Michael van der Mark were quick off the line with Lowers taking the lead from second on the grid. Van der Mark sliced his way through from tenth to sixth before the Kawasaki Racing Team duo of Sykes and Rea moved through on the Yamaha.

Sepang veteran Nicky Hayden, after initially losing out off the line, soon fought back up into the top 5 to chase down the lead group. Sykes began to eke out a lead on team-mate Rea who was beginning to get caught up by key Championship rival Chaz Davies.

The Yorkshireman also set a new lap record on Lap 2, his first flying lap of the track, on his way to a commanding lead and victory. Rea, on the other ZX-10R, followed his team-mate home to finish second after eventually pulling out a slight advantage from Ducati’s Davies.

Davies was the lead Ducati in Race 1 once again as the Welshman took his machine to yet another podium and team-mate Davide Giugliano, after missing the Round in 2015 due to injury, fought for position in the second group before crossing the line in sixth.

Markus Reiterberger was impressive round the Sepang track for Althea BMW, but unfortunately was forced to retire due to a mechanical problem after charging up into fourth. Team-mate Jordi Torres also found great pace in Race 1 at Sepang as the Spaniard fought to the front of the second group to take fourth.

Lowes, after a run off in the first half of the race, fought back to take fifth and score a good haul of points for PATA Yamaha as the team run only one bike after Sylvain Guintoli’s crash in Imola.

The Honda duo saw America's Hayden suffer towards the end of the race whilst his Dutch team-mate moved up the through the field. After the duo met in the middle on track, van der Mark was able to push through on his veteran team-mate on the penultimate lap to come home just ahead of Hayden in seventh.

Anthony West, riding for injured Sylvain Barrier at Pedercini, moved up in the race from his grid position to come home in ninth - an incredible result after only getting on the bike for the first time on Friday. MV Agusta rider Leon Camier didn't have a good start, but fought back steadily to close out the top 10 and Aprilia duo Lorenzo Savadori, fastest on Friday, and recovering team-mate Alex De Angelis, were both running in the points before being unable to see the flag due to separate incidents on track.

Josh Brookes beat Sepang veteran Karel Abraham over the line in the Milwaukee BMW inter-team battle, ahead of Lucas Scassa, a replacement rider, and Xavi Forés for Barni Racing Team.

Race 2 commences tomorrow at 9am live from Sepang.

Race one results:

1. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R 16 Laps
2. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing Team +5.600
3. Chaz Davies GBR Racing Ducati +8.039
4. Jordi Torres ESP Althea BMW Racing Team +17.666
5. Alex Lowes GBR Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team +18.613
6. Davide Giugliano ITA Racing Ducati +19.871
7. Michael Van Der Mark NED Honda World Superbike Team +24.100
8. Nicky Hayden USA Honda World Superbike Team +25.461
9. Anthony West AUS Pedercini Racing +32.989
10. Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse 1000 +35.464
11. Joshua Brookes AUS Milwaukee BMW +39.437
12. Karel Abraham CZE Milwaukee BMW +39.862
13. Luca Scassa ITA VFT Racing +46.721
14. Xavi Forés ESP Barni Racing Team +52.634
15. Josh Hook AUS Grillini Racing Team +1:10.599
16. Dominic Schmitter SUI Grillini Racing Team +1:19.352
17. Saeed Al Sulaiti QAT Pedercini Racing +1:21.034
18. Gianluca Vizziello ITA Team GoEleven +1:51.315
19. Imre Tóth HUN Team Tóth YZF R1 +1 Lap
DNF. Markus Reiterberger GER Althea BMW Racing Team
DNF. Lorenzo Savadori ITA IodaRacing Team
DNF. Alex De Angelis RSM IodaRacing Team
DNF. Pawel Szkopek POL

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