Tom Sykes has continued his dominant performance at this weekend’s round of the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park. As usual the Yorkshire grinner got a strong start to ensure he was the first to head into Redgate from PATA Honda’s Jonathan Rea and the two Aprilias of Guintoli and Laverty. It
|Sykes has dominated at Donington all weekend
Photo: Neil Dethridge
wasn’t as good a start for Leon Haslam who was forced to withdraw from the event prior to the first race due to the condition of his leg injury.
The Aprilia duo started to battle it out for third position, leaving Sykes and Rea to form a little bit of a gap early on. Crescent FIXI Suzuki’s Leon Camier had a difficult start to the race, going straight on at the Fogarty Esses on the first lap and then crashed a lap later at the same place. It seemed as though we could end up with a five-way battle at the front as Sykes, Rea, Guintoli, Laverty and Melandri were all looking strong. This ended quite early for Laverty however who found himself taking a trip through the gravel at the esses, he rejoined in 6th behind Chaz Davies.
It was on lap 11 that Tom Sykes began to build a gap ahead of Northern Irishman Jonathan Rea who started to fall back towards Sylvain Guintoli, who passed him at the esses on lap 13. Rea also lost out to Melandri a couple of laps later. There was a mid-race battle for 5th between Eugene Laverty, Loris Baz, Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano in which Loris Baz got ahead and started to build a gap leaving the two Aprilias and Davies to continue the scrap and in typical Giugliano style he barged past the Irishman with some brash moves at the Melbourne loop.
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A late race surge from Marco Melandri saw him pass second-placed Guintoli at the Melbourne loop on lap 17. A small moment for Guintoli down Craner Curves saw Melandri gain a comfortable gap as he tried to reel in Tom Sykes who was three seconds down the road. Lack of time and the sheer speed of Sykes ensured there’d be no chance of that though, the Italian managed to take seven tenths off the Huddersfield man in the last 5 laps but that still left Sykes won his first race on UK soil by 2.3 seconds.