Success in Spain
The Kawasaki’s swept the podium on the Aragon circuit. With a twin-win in the Superbike category by Sykes and Baz, and victory for Sofuoglu in the Supersport world championship, it was a historic day for the green bike brand.
On a circuit that was far from being successful last year, and in the wake of the disappointing first event in Australia, Tom Sykes set the record straight in Spain by signing his first twin win of the season. The current world champion didn’t mess around, taking the chequered flag four seconds ahead of Loris Baz, his young teammate. Sykes repeated his success in the second race, but this time had his work cut out to keep Baz behind him. The French rider finished only 0.3 seconds behind the Brit. David Salom meanwhile confirmed his status as a favourite for the place as best Evo rider. Finishing thirteenth in the first race, the Spaniard was back in the top ten in the second. In the Supersport world championship, Kenan Sofuoglu had his first win of the season despite a modest sixth place on the starting grid.
With two solid victories on Spanish soil, Tom Sykes has taken control of the championship with a four-point lead over Loris Baz. In so doing, the title holder has confirmed he’s still the best contender for his own succession. In Evo, David Salom also consolidated his leading position in the category. The Spaniard is now in eleventh position in the world championship. After returning from Australia with zero points on his counter, Kenan Sofuoglu recovered well in Spain. With the win, the Kawasaki rider has moved back up to fourth place in the Supersport World Championship six points behind the leader, Britain’s Kevin Coghlan.
Right on target! The Kawasaki team had a field day on the Motorland track in Aragon. In the Superbike category, Tom Sykes began by winning his twentieth pole position, making him the fourth best “performer” in the history of the discipline. The Brit is now only one pole position from his compatriot and legend Carl Fogarty. Sykes drove the nail home the next day with two wins in the second round of the season, taking command of the championship. During the during the practice test sessions and the race, the reigning world title holder stayed ahead of his young teammate, who confirmed his own excellent start to the season. With two second places, Loris Baz has also reinforced his second position in the world championship. And as if that was not enough, Kenan Sofuoglu swept away his opponents in the Supersport category, riding to his first win of the season. The official Kawasaki team won’t forget a memorable April 13, 2013 for a long, long time.