Aprilia Racing Team’s Marco Melandri took the win in World Superbikes Championship race one at Jerez after a 20 lap encounter that saw the leading group of eight riders exchanging places at almost every turn in the early stages.
The drama in race 2 at Jerez began almost immediately as best EVO classified rider in race one David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) crashed out on lap one with Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) retiring with a technical problem on lap 2.
At the front Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) led from Tom Sykes,
the Kawasaki Racing rider and reigning World Champion making a much better start but as in race one it was Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) who slowly worked his way to the front, eventually passing Guintoli in the final third of the race to take the a double win ahead of his team mate and Tom Sykes who were 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Completing the top six were Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team), Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team), and Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) while the best EVO classified rider was Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia) who finished 11th overall and comfortably ahead of 12th placed Sheridan Morais (Iron Brain Grillini Kawasaki) who scored on of his best results of the year.
There was jubilation for Team Toth BMW who achieved their third point scoring finish of the season courtesy of a 14th place finish by replacement rider Gabor Rizmayer.