Melandri, Sykes split wins at Laguna Seca

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Last weekend marked the second year of World Superbike’s return to action at Laguna Seca, with Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing) splitting the pair of races on Sunday.

Sykes led early on in Race One, but a mistake at the Corkscrew allowed Aprilia teammates Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli through by the end of lap one. The three then gapped the pack, with Melandri proving too much for his teammate to match. Guintoli finished 0.905 seconds back in second, while Sykes settled for third, 6.627 seconds behind.

Race Two was red flagged twice, and after the final restart Tom Sykes was fastest on the seven-lap sprint. Sylvain Guintoli was second, 1.014 seconds back, with Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda) snatching third, 2.793 seconds adrift. For full results from Laguna Seca, click here.

Tom Sykes adds to his lead in the overall standings, now sitting with 325 points. Sylvain Guintoli is second overall with 281 points, and Jonathan Rea moves into third with 261.

The next round of WSBK is September 7 in Jerez, Spain.

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