Misano WorldSBK: Melandri takes first win of 2017

SBK Melandri We're all very close

SBK Melandri We're all very close

In the first World Superbike race of the weekend at Misano, Sykes enjoyed victory to reduce Rea's lead in the title race to 46 points. The Huddersfield man closed Rea down on the last lap but just couldn't find the final two-tenths he needed for second.

Dutchman Michael van der Mark crashed out and retired seven laps before the end having led most of the race.

Laverty picked up fifth place as a result of other riders' incidents and his team-mate Lorenzo Savadori was one place and six seconds further back.

Raffaele De Rosa (Althea BMW Racing Team) placed seventh, Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) eighth.

Starting from pole, under the 2017 race two grid rules, long time leader Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) was on for a definite podium at least until his bike quit on him with a couple of laps to run.

With 10 laps to go Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) went down at Turn 2 and he was unable to finish the race.

Only 12 riders finished the race at the Misano World Circuit "Marco Simoncelli", with the likes of Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), Xavi Fores (BARNI Racing Team) and Roman Ramos (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) all retiring with technical problems.

The WorldSBK riders will next be in action at the Geico US Round over the 7th to 9th July weekend.

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