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The world superbike season returned to Italy over the weekend, for the Riviera di Rimini round at the Misano world circuit. The action on the circuit was off to a flying start even in the qualifying rounds, with Tom Sykes taking pole position for both races thanks to his snap wins in both Superpole sessions.

 

Race one saw Sykes hang on to his lead until the end, earning his third win of the year and the 25th of his career, tying his number of career wins with his Kawasaki Racing Team teammate Jonathan Rea. Rea has stormed the competition so far this year, and is the only person for whom a second place could be seen as a disappointment, although earning his fifth of the season to go with his ten wins is still an amazing feat!

 

Chaz Davies took the final podium spot for Aruba.it, while teammate Davide Giugliano and Aprilia Racing's Leon Haslam took fourth and fifth respectively.

 

Race two saw Rea regain first place for his eleventh win of the season, while Giugliano delighted the home crowd by stealing silver by a split-second – Haslam pushed hard throughout and finished in third, while Davies and Sykes rounded out the top five.

 

The tournament continues to be dominated by the fearsome British foursome of Rea, Sykes, Haslam and Davies – despite good performances from Torres and Giugliano, they've been unassailable at the top.

 

1 J. REA KAWASAKI 375
2 T. SYKES KAWASAKI 242
3 L. HASLAM APRILIA 226
4 C. DAVIES DUCATI 213
5 J. TORRES APRILIA 140
6 S. GUINTOLI HONDA 127
7 D. GIUGLIANO DUCATI 106
8 M. VD MARK HONDA 97
9 L. MERCADO DUCATI 90
10 M. BAIOCCO DUCATI 89
11 A. LOWES SUZUKI 84
12 A. BADOVINI BMW 77
13 N. TEROL DUCATI 54
14 R. RAMOS KAWASAKI 51
15 D. SALOM KAWASAKI 43
16 L. CAMIER MV AGUSTA 43
17 X. FORES DUCATI 38
18 R. DE PUNIET SUZUKI 22
19 M. BIAGGI APRILIA 20
20 S. BARRAGÁN KAWASAKI 17

As the season reaches the final five rounds, the teams head stateside for the GEICO US round on the 19th of July at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Who will be victorious this time around?

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