World Rallycross News 2017 World Superbike News 2017

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Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson took a heroic victory at Team Verksted World RX of Norway, round six of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy – his win made even more impressive considering the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden racer was driving with a badly injured right foot. Kristoffersson’s second victory of the year has extended the Swede’s lead in the overall driver standings - he is now eight points ahead of Mattias Ekstrom [EKS] who finished fourth this weekend.

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud finished runner-up in front of an elated home crowd, while Frenchman Sebastien Loeb took the third podium spot at the wheel of his Peugeot 208 WRX Supercar.  Petter Solberg won the fourth qualifying session but missed out on the final after finishing fourth in his semi-final. Solberg finished Hell RX seventh overall and remains third in the driver standings, 17 points adrift of his team-mate and series leader Kristoffersson.  PSRX Volkswagen Sweden continue to dominate the teams’ standings – 81 points clear of second-placed Team Peugeot-Hansen.

The next round will be held at Holjes in Sweden, 30 Jun-2 Jul 2017

 

 

 

Dramatic victory for Sykes in Rimini sunshine 
Sykes wins Race 1 at Pirelli Riviera Di Rimini Round, with Lowes and Rea also on the podium as Davies and Melandri crash on last lap

A breathtaking Race 1 at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” on Saturday afternoon saw Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) take advantage of three big crashes ahead of him to secure maximum points, with Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) also on the podium.
 
In the final stages of the last lap Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) crashed out of the lead and was hit by Rea, with Rea able to pick up his bike to finish third, behind winner Sykes and second placed Lowes. Moments before that incident Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) also crashed out when fighting for a podium finish and he would ultimately finish 15th.
 
Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) also spectacularly crashed out at turn 13 with 7 laps to go, with Rea close by, after the Dutchman had led for most of the race. Van der Mark took over at the front from provisional leader Rea in the early stages and had built up a big lead at one stage before his advantage decreased and then he went down.
 
Behind Sykes, Lowes and Rea the top five also featured Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) and Xavi Fores (BARNI Racing Team).

 

Marvelous Melandri takes 100th Italian victory at Misano
Dramatic WorldSBK race two as Kawasaki complete the podium

 

At the Pirelli Riviera Di Rimini Round on Sunday it was home rider Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) who took a stunning first win of 2017, with Kawasaki Racing Team pair Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes also on the podium.
 
Responding positively to his last lap crash in Race 1, Melandri came from tenth on the grid to return to winning ways with a +1.113s victory over Rea. It was Melandri’s first WorldSBK win since 2014 and the 100th victory for an Italian rider in the top class of the championship.
 
The second place result for World Champion Rea strengthened his title defence as he now leads the standings by 50 points after seven rounds. It was also a successful weekend for Sykes as he followed up on his Race 1 win with another podium result to continue his excellent recent form.

Championship Standings after Race 2, Round 7
1. Jonathan Rea (GBR) Kawasaki (276 points)
2. Tom Sykes (GBR) Kawasaki (230 points)
3. Chaz Davies (GBR) Ducati (185 points)