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SPAIN (Jerez)12.02.2014

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By finishing on the podium in the penultimate race of the season, Tom Sykes has won his first world champion title. For Kawasaki, it’s their second Superbike title after that obtained by Scott Russell in 1993.

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NT0006E18AThe Races
Second on the grid, Tom Sykes did not try any tricks at the start of the first race in Andalusia. Leaving Laverty and Melandri fight it out for victory, the Kawasaki rider wisely settled for third place, for him synonymous with winning the world title. Free from any pressure, he was back on the podium in the second race, finishing second this time. Although he thought he’d be able to participate in the final round of the championship, Loris Baz had to settle for spectator sport. Judging the vertebra he fractured in Germany to have insufficiently set, the medics refused to allow him to get back on his ZX10R. In the Supersport category, Sofuoglu ended the championship in second place after another long fight to finish with Sam Lowes, who has taken over as leader in the discipline. Foret ended his career in Supersport with a tenth place.

The Championship
When he arrived in Jerez, Tom Sykes only needed thirteen points to be certain of winning the world championship title. So the twenty points he scored at the end of the first race were enough for him to succeed Max Biaggi in the list of World Superbike champions. Because he could not race in Spain, Loris Baz was unable to defend his chances at the end of the season. The French rider nonetheless finished eighth in the 2013 championship. In the Supersport category, the final event did not change the overall standings. Sam Lowes having won the title at Magny-Cours, Kenan Sofuoglu finished the 2013 championship in second place, just ahead of his team-mate Fabien Foret.

The Background
Twenty years after the title won by Scott Russell in 1993, in Spain the Kawasaki Factory Racing team won their second World Superbike championship title with Tom Sykes. After finishing the 2012 season in second place half a point behind Max Biaggi, the Brit rider has taken the final step to fame. At 28, the Kawasaki rider has won his first world title at the end of a season he had under control from beginning to end. With eighteen podiums including nine wins, Sykes settled for third place in the first of the two rounds of the last event held on the Jerez circuit in Spain, and got glory into the bargain.

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