Istanbul (Turkey), Sunday 15 September 2013 - Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) has won the first race of the day at the Intercity Istanbul Park, after what was a perfect performance by the Irishman. Moreover, it was the first Race 1 win – out of five overall – this year for Laverty, a crucial result for his title hopes. The factory Aprilia got in the lead during Lap 13 by overtaking Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and tenth by tenth he managed to pull away, while the Championship leader lost some ground and was passed by Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) three laps later.
The Italian did an outstanding recovery from the third row on the grid thanks to a strong race pace but, once he managed to move up to second place, it was too late to try and catch Laverty. Meanwhile, Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) began his charge to third place, but Sykes successfully defended his position up to the finish line.
Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Team Aprilia) ended up fifth after a close battle with Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia), that ended up with a collision between the two – with both able to stay upright – at the exit of the last turn. An almost identical situation involved Pata Honda riders Leon Haslam and Michel Fabrizio, with the Brit who managed to secure ninth place ahead of his team mate for the round.
The Honda duo crossed the line behind Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) and Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), who were seventh and eighth respectively. Technical problems forced Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) and Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) out of the race.
Results: 1. Laverty (Aprilia) 18 Laps/96.120 km in 34’57.650 average 164.962 kph; 2. Melandri (BMW) 2.009; 3. Sykes (Kawasaki) 3.432; 4. Guintoli (Aprilia) 3.919; 5. Giugliano (Aprilia) 15.830; 6. Elias (Aprilia) 15.945; 7. Cluzel (Suzuki) 16.921; 8. Davies (BMW) 21.491; 9. Haslam (Honda) 40.186; 10. Fabrizio (Honda) 40.218; 11. Sandi (Kawasaki) 41.700; 12. Iannuzzo (BMW) 1’39.549; 13. Uprak (Kawasaki) 1 Lap; 14. Ercelik (BMW) 1 Lap; RT. Aitchison (Kawasaki); RT. Badovini (Ducati).