Kawasaki Racing’s Tom Sykes earned his first double win in World Superbikes in sensational style this weekend at a sun-drenched Donington Park, bringing home the first double win for the Hammamatsu-based manufacturer since countryman Hitoyasu Izutsu at Sugo back in 2000.
|Sykes took his first ever WSBK double win
The Grinner was blisteringly quick all weekend, topping all qualifying sessions before breaking his own lap record from last year by nearly four tenths in Superpole. Race day under the same bright blue sky as Saturday qualifying was the constant factor in the Kawasaki man’s dominance of proceedings, Sykes won the first race by a considerable margin and then, after making a small adjustment to his front suspension setting for race two, the Yorkshireman was able to set a new race lap record on his way to winning by an even bigger margin.
The 2012 World Superbike runner-up leaves round 5 of the championship in second place, just four points behind leader Sylvain Guintoli. Naturally, Sykes was grinning from ear-to-ear after the ‘full house’ weekend: “I have been in World Superbike for a few years now and I got the first double win on home soil is a fairy tale. One click on the front suspension between races made the difference and we could see that in the second race time, which was better than the first one. The Ninja ZX-10R is working well and it has been all weekend so I feel very motivated. We are racing in a World Championship and these guys are as fast as you like and very competitive, so it is not as easy at it looked. Kawasaki is a very close unit and we have worked hard and everybody has seen how much better we are in the races. I got the circuit record yesterday and I got the new lap record in race two so I have the full set. I really enjoyed the support from the crowd and I hope they enjoyed the show. No better place to do my first double than at Donington Park. A good weekend and we are closer in the championship, just four points from the top. We’re in a strong situation, we have a good base setting and now we are going to some fantastic circuits.”