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Moscow Raceway welcomes World Superbikes for inaugural race

Moscow Raceway is a brand new track, which first opened in July 2012
Moscow Raceway is a brand new track, which first opened in July 2012
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Thursday, 30, Aug 2012 11:07

by Chris Jefferies

British racer Tom Sykes became the first World Superbikes racer to win at Moscow Raceway this week (August 28th), as the Russian track made its debut on the tour.

The Kawasaki rider beat off stiff competition from BMW's Marco Melandri in the first race, before the Italian took first place in the second race of the day.

It was a much less successful day on the track for Northern Irishman Jonathan Shea, who crashed out on his Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR in the first race and could only manage seventh place on a rebuilt bike in the second race.

"It's been quite a frustrating day because we had good pace in both races," he said afterwards. "In race one I was battling for the podium and had a false neutral in turn 16 so, with no engine braking, I lost the front.

"The guys had to build me a new bike from parts in the truck and luckily it felt pretty good for race two."

Rea has been the subject of much attention this week, after it was announced that he would stand in for Casey Stoner at the San Marino MotoGP on 14 September, if the Australian is unable to recover from ankle surgery in time.

However, the real star of the show was the track itself, with Moscow making its first appearance as a World Superbikes venue.

The Russian raceway only opened last month and following a successful opening weekend, it will host two more racing events next month: the GT1 World Championship and the GT3 European Championship.

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