Tom Sykes has achieved his first ever double race win at his home round of the World Superbike championship at Donington Park. The Yorkshire Grinner took off from the line as in race one, heading into Redgate for the first time ahead of Rea and the two Aprilias. Rea didn’t stay there too long however, a series of mistakes saw him fall backwards quite early on.
|Sykes took his first double victory today at Donington
Mirroring the first race, Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli would spend the first couple of laps battling it out as to who would lead the chase of Tom Sykes, this time won by Laverty. A pass from Davide Giugliano on Jonathan Rea at the Melbourne loop saw three RSV4s in the battle for the podium. Sykes took advantage of the battles behind to steadily build a gap, breaking the lap record (set by Rea in the first race) twice along his way. Further mistakes from Rea saw him lose out to the BMWs of Melandri and Davies in the battle for 5th. Guintoli moved through on team mate Laverty at the old hairpin on lap 5 as the gap to the Aprilias was significantly being reduced by Giugliano and Melandri. Leon Camier’s weekend went from bad to worse as he fell from his Suzuki at Goddards on lap 6. Guintoli started to pull a gap on teammate Laverty, as Giugliano and Melandri were right on the back of the Irishman. Jonathan Rea ran on at the Esses on lap 17 whilst battling with Cluzel and Fabrizio for 9th position.
Marco Melandri was keen to repeat his first race podium and passed Giugliano and then Laverty within the space of a couple of laps. Having announced that Carlos Checa wouldn’t race, Alstare Ducati’s weekend only got worse as Badovini crashed out at Hollywood on lap 19. Not wanting to see another podium slip away, Laverty took the challenge to Melandri in the last few laps and successfully passed him on lap 21. The Italian tried to retaliate on the last lap but over-cooked it into the Esses losing a further position to Giugliano. Chaz Davies finished 6th from Kawasaki’s Loris Baz. Niccolo Canepa put in an impressive performance to achieve the Ducati Panigale’s best ever WSB result in 8th whilst Cluzel and Fabrizio round out the top ten. Camier remounted and finished 13th.