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By finishing twice ahead of Sylvain Guintoli, Tom Sykes has strengthened his lead in the Superbike World Championship.

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TURKEY2The Races
Third in the first race and second in the second, Tom Sykes had a very good weekend for his debut in Turkey. Especially since unlike Laverty and Melandri, both of whom had already ridden on the Istanbul circuit when they raced in the Grand Prix category, the Kawasaki rider, starting in pole position was racing on the track for the first time. His teammate, however, will have to wait until next season to try out his wheels. After injuring his back at Nürburgring, Loris Baz was absent from the Turkish round of the Superbike World Championship. In Supersport, Kenan Sofuoglu was well up to the expectations of his home crowd. The triple world champion won his fourth win of the season after taking pole position. Fabien Foret was less successful, however, and suffered a fall.

The Championship
With two new podiums, Tom Sykes has confirmed his leading position in the Superbike World Championship. The Kawasaki rider now how 323 points on his counter. Pocketing 25 points in Istanbul, Kenan Sofuoglu meanwhile still has hopes of retaining his World Supersport champion title, even if with two races to go, Sam Lowes only needs one more point to succeed Turkish rider. Despite his DNF, Fabien Foret continues to share the third place overall, 14 points ahead of the fourth place.

The Background
Built near the village of Akfirat on the eastern shore of the Bosphorus, the Istanbul circuit played hosted for the first time this year to a round of the World Superbike Championship. With a hilly track, 5.3 km long, turning anticlockwise and with seventeen bends, the Turkish circuit is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular in the world. For Bernie Ecclestone, the great financier of Formula 1, Istanbul Park is simply “the most beautiful circuit in the world”. Inaugurated on 21 July 2005, the Turkish track had previously hosted only two MotoGP Grands Prix, in 2005 and 2006. Its inclusion in the World Superbike calendar is obviously great news for Kenan Sofuoglu, the triple Supersport world champion, who surprisingly enough had never had the opportunity to ride in front of his home crowd. It gave the Kawasaki rider a chance to measure his popularity. “It’s really great to race in front of your own people,” grinned Sofuoglu before he took pole position and the win. “It made things easier for me, even though I didn’t know the circuit as well as my opponents, having never ridden on it.” »

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