Double delight for Tom Sykes in World Superbikes at Donington

Tom Sykes.
Tom Sykes.
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TOM SYKES made it six wins in a row to equal Carl Fogarty’s record at Donington as the Kawasaki rider claimed a double at the British Grand Prix.

The 29-year-old from Huddersfield has won every race at the Leicestershire circuit in the last three years in World Superbikes and he cemented his reputation as a master of the 2.5-mile course by beating its best lap time.

Sykes triumphed in the day’s thrilling opening World Superbike race after a tense scrap with team-mate, fellow Briton and championship leader Jonathan Rea.

Sykes started from pole position but was bumped down to second on the opening lap when Donington-supported Leon Haslam slipped into the lead at the Old Hairpin, after making a great start from fourth on the grid, before Rea took charge.

Sykes found his way past Haslam on lap four, and then set his sights on Rea. Under pressure, Rea ran wide at the Old Hairpin and Sykes took the lead to see out the win, despite Rea snatching the lap record along the way.

The second race was a more comfortable affair, with Sykes dominant throughout and winning by 9.7 seconds. He also claimed back the lap record by clocking a fastest lap of one minute and 27.64 seconds.

“It’s been a perfect weekend,” Sykes said.

“We dug deep in race two as I saw Jonathan claimed the lap record in race one so I pushed hard to get that in race two and take the fastest lap.

“We were beaten at Imola but it’s been a great weekend and the whole of Kawasaki has done a great job with one-twos in qualifying and both races.

“I’m really pleased and I feel I’ve turned the corner and we can now focus on the rest of the season.”

It was a good day all round for British riders, with championship leader Rea finishing second in both races, while Ducati’s Chaz Davies was third both times.