World Superbike and World Supersport 2013
The first FIM Superbike World Championship race of the Laguna Seca weekend took place on Saturday, rather than the more usual Sunday. It was an unlucky day for Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) as he fell during the second of three attempts to complete the scheduled 26-lap race and was not able to make the final restart.
Eventually the third start delivered a checkered flag for the SBK riders after what was a shortened 12 lap sprint in which Michel Fabrizio (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) battled hard to finish 13th. Track temperatures had risen as the eventual restart of the race was delayed until 3.30pm, after the first start at 2pm, making the job of finding an ideal set-up a tough one.
Michel had been involved in a midfield battle but found it tough to compete with his fellow riders as he experienced some of the same front-end grip issues as Haslam. He had to settle for a points score outside the top ten as he, like Leon, now looks for improvements for the second race of the weekend on Sunday.
Full points were awarded despite the short 12-lap race duration with the race being won by Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) from Chaz Davies (BMW) and Eugene Laverty (Aprilia).
Superpole qualifying had taken place shortly before the start of the first race, with Haslam 12th on the grid in what was his first race at Laguna since 2004. Fabrizio was 13th and therefore starting from the fifth row of the grid, which made the start of his raceday challenge a tough one.
The second race of the weekend will take place at 2pm local time in California, on Sunday 29th September.
|1||T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|2||C. DAVIES (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)|
|3||E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|4||M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)|
|5||S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|6||D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)|
|13||M. FABRIZIO (Pata Honda World Superbike)|
|RT||L. HASLAM (Pata Honda World Superbike)|