The fourth round of the Superbike World Championship has concluded at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.
After having qualified twenty-second in Superpole, Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Tom Sykes competed in yesterday’s first race of the weekend, crossing the line in seventeenth place, which became sixteenth after a rider ahead of him was disqualified.
Today, under rather cloudy skies, the Englishman competed in the Superpole race and Race 2. In the sprint, Tom again lined up on row eight and was unable to do better than nineteenth given the limited laps available.
The second and final race of this WorldSBK weekend ran in the early afternoon. During the course of lap one, Tom crashed through turn 4, damaging the bike which meant he was unable to return to the track.
The fifth Superbike World Championship round is scheduled to take place on 2-4 June at the Misano World Circuit in Italy.
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – Spain – Superbike World Championship
Superpole Race: 1) Bautista (Ducati) – 2) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 3) Locatelli (Yamaha) – 4) Lecuona (Honda) – 5) Lowes (Kawasaki) – 6) Aegerter (Yamaha) ……. 19) Sykes (Kawasaki)
Race 2: 1) Bautista (Ducati) – 2) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 3) Rinaldi (Ducati) – 4) Lowes (Kawasaki) – 5) Rea (Kawasaki) – 6) Vierge (Honda) ………. DNF) Sykes (Kawasaki)
“The Superpole race was conditioned by my starting position as I wasn’t able to gain much ground over just ten laps, while unfortunately in race 2 a crash forced me to retire already on lap one. Overall, it was a complicated weekend in which we didn’t achieve the desired results. I thank the team for all their hard work here in Barcelona.”