WSBK: Round #10 Race One Report - Jerez (Video)

Marco Melandri race action shot

wSBK Press Release:

In one of the closest races of the season so far Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) has taken the win in race one at Jerez after a 20 lap encounter that saw the leading group of eight riders exchanging places at almost every turn in the early stages. Melandri scored his 4th win as factory Aprilia rider and the 17th of his career.

From the start it was the Aprilia duo of Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli who lead the pack with the Frenchman passing his Italian teammate at turn 3.

Loris Baz took the lead at the end of the 4th lap and the two compatriots began to ease away. Not content with 2nd, Guintoli responded and retook the lead on lap 8 with the chasing pack, now led by Davide Giugliano closing in.

2014 WSBK Jerez – Interview with Melandri after Race 1 win:

Giugliano, who had been passed for 3rd by Melandri, crashed out at the start of the eleventh lap while reigning champion Tom Sykes also ran off the track at the end of the long back straight as he attempted to improve from 7th.

After running as high as 3rd on the opening two laps Alex Lowes crashed unhurt from 9th, he was followed a lap later by Loris Baz who went down after making contact with the back of Marco Melandri’s Aprilia.

At the flag it was all smiles in the Aprilia camp with Melandri coming home ahead of Guintoli with Chaz Davies taking the final podium position in 3rd.

Jonathan Rea was 4th with Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty 5th and 6th respectively. Reigning Champion Sykes still leads the standings with now a 35 point advantage on Guintoli.

Sylvain Barrier was just beaten to top spot in the EVO battle coming home in 10th overall just behind David Salom who was 9th. Salom now extends his points advantage in the EVO category to 42 points.

Marco Melandri Jerez wSBK Podium Shot

Results:

1. Melandri (Aprilia) 20 Laps/88.460 km in 34'20.164 average 154.578 kph

2. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1.397

3. Davies (Ducati) 4.283

4. Rea (Honda) 5.705

5. Sykes (Kawasaki) 6.979

6. Laverty (Suzuki) 7.342

7. Haslam (Honda) 14.868

8. Elias (Aprilia) 23.853

9. Salom (Kawasaki) 25.886

10. Barrier (BMW) 26.536

11. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 41.308

12. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 46.672

13. Morais (Kawasaki) 48.742

14. Canepa (Ducati) 50.131

15. Corti (MV Agusta) 1'03.677

16. Rizmayer (BMW) 1'14.881

17. May (EBR) 1'22.832

18. Toth (BMW) 1'35.170

RT. Yates (EBR)

RT. Baz (Kawasaki)

RT. Lowes (Suzuki)

RT Giugliano (Ducati)

RT. Staring (Kawasaki)

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