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Sykes wins his first race of the season

Alcaniz (Spain), Sunday 13 April 2014 – The opening race at MotorLand Aragon has been won by Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) after a masterful of performance the reigning World Champion.

Sykes, who led from turn one was never headed, coming home seconds ahead of Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team), with Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) completing the podium. Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) crashed during the final lap whilst in second place, but the Italian rider was able to rejoin, eventually crossing the line in eighth place.

Other factory Ducati rider Chaz Davies was fourth ahead of Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) and Toni Elias (Red Devils Aprilia).

Twelfth place Leon Camier (BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike) was the EVO Category best classified after a thrilling 17 lap race left the crowd enthralled in the Spanish sun, just ahead of local rider and other EVO entrant David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team).

Guintoli still leads the standings, but he is now tied up in points with Baz, whilst Sykes is just one point shy of the French duo.

Results: 1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 17 Laps/90.848 km in 33’38.583 average 162.021 kph; 2. Baz (Kawasaki) 4.275; 3. Rea (Honda) 8.418; 4. Davies (Ducati) 15.715; 5. Laverty (Suzuki) 19.305; 6. Guintoli (Aprilia) 21.998; 7. Elias (Aprilia) 24.018; 8. Giugliano (Ducati) 27.894; 9. Haslam (Honda) 29.077; 10. Lowes (Suzuki) 29.863; 11. Melandri (Aprilia) 34.820; 12. Camier (BMW) 35.255; 13. Salom (Kawasaki) 43.975; 14. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 46.721; 15. Morais (Kawasaki) 56.619; 16. Scassa (Kawasaki) 1’16.469; 17. Yates (EBR) 1’35.047; 18. Toth (BMW) 1’48.427; 19. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 1’51.222; 20. Sebestyen (BMW) 2’01.152; RT. Fabrizio (Kawasaki); RT. Canepa (Ducati); RT. May (EBR); RT. Corti (MV Agusta); RT. Foret (Kawasaki); EX. Badovini (Bimota) 43.934; EX. Iddon (Bimota) 58.222.