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With his victory in the first race held on the Nürburgring circuit, Tom Sykes has taken the lead in the overall standings ahead of Sylvain Guintoli.

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GERMANYThe Races
After a good start, Tom Sykes finished the first race shoulder to shoulder with Marco Melandri. Marco had overtaken him three laps before the finish, just before the director stopped the race to evacuate Rea and Camier, both of whom had crashed on a slick of oil. The Kawasaki rider was finally declared the winner ahead of the Italian. The second race was more complicated for the British rider. Handling a bike which was less well tuned than in the first round, he had to settle for fourth place. Loris Baz meanwhile was forced to withdraw after injuring his back in a crash during the warm up. In the Supersport category, Foret made it to the second step of the podium after Sofuoglu abandoned during tenth lap of the race.

The Championship
By finishing ahead of Sylvain Guintoli, Sykes has regained the overall lead in the Superbike overall standings one point ahead of the French rider. Although he scored no points in Germany, Baz is still in sixth place ahead of Jonathan Rea. In Supersport, Sofuoglu is now fifty-four points behind Sam Lowes. Third in the overall standings, Foret is ten points behind his teammate.

The Background
Triple World Supersport champion and defending champion, Kenan Sofuoglu is scheduled to race in the Superbike class next year on a Kawasaki ZX-10R. The Mahi Racing Team India for which he’s riding this season has just announced they want him to quickly move up to the higher category. That is the main reason why Kenan was invited by the official Kawasaki team to try one of Tom Sykes’ bikes on the Aragon circuit in Spain. A first contact lasting three hours which pleased the Turkish rider no end. “It was a real discovery for me,” says Sofuoglu. “It was very interesting, but I realized you need some time to take stock of all the electronics available on this type of machine. You can really adjust a lot of details compared with a Supersport machine.” Pere Riba, the chief mechanic for Kawasaki, enjoyed the first laps of the triple world champion. “He immediately felt comfortable on the bike because his size is similar to that of Tom Sykes,” noted the Spaniard. “He also quickly realized the need to ride it differently from a 600. Because the bike is more powerful, you have to break the turns to properly exploit the horsepower. It takes time to do that well.”

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