The two races on the Laguna Seca circuit allowed Tom Sykes to increase his lead in the World Superbike standings.
Superbike Laguna Seca
Since there is no Supersport World Championship event in California, the Superbike riders had to make the show at the spectacular Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Tom Sykes did not need to be asked twice, winning Saturday’s race and finishing at the foot of the podium for the race organized on Sunday. “I led for 21 of the 26 laps of the second race,” admits the Kawasaki rider. “Unfortunately, in the last miles, my rear tire lost a lot of grip and I couldn’t stop Laverty, Giugliano and Melandri from overtaking me in the last few laps. Otherwise I’m satisfied with the weekend.” After fracturing a vertebra at the Nürburgring, Loris Baz entrusted the handlebars of his Kawasaki to David Salom for the trip to Laguna Seca. The Spaniard proved worthy of his confidence, finishing ninth and eleventh in the two races.
Pocketing thirty-eight points during the weekend at Laguna Seca, Tom Sykes has more than consolidated his overall lead. With a capital of 361 points, the championship leader now has a 23-point lead over Eugene Laverty, who has moved from one point ahead of his teammate Sylvain Guintoli. “It’s not bad, but there’s no need to get carried away: there are still one hundred points to go,” cautions the Kawasaki rider on the eve of the event at Magny-Cours.
There are as many types of fuel as there are needs. The rule holds true for competition whether for the Superbike or the MotoGP championships. “We adopt the fuel according to the needs of the automotive engineers,” says Jacky Hutteau, the man in charge of the marketing of Elf products on world motorcycle championships. “That is especially true for the MotoGP championship where we really do formulate the fuel in relation to each manufacturer’s specific requirements.” Optimizing power, controlling consumption, promoting flexibility to help control, are all parameters to be taken into account by the chemical engineers. But as Jacky Hutteau rightly points out, “a fuel defined for a prototype engine is not necessarily the most suitable for a Superbike machine, where the engine is derived from the production series. Which is also why the motorcycles in the Superstock class use the cheapest fuel.” And that’s also why Elf products apply to such a wide range of performance characteristics.