March 14th

Brits to the fore in World Superbikes

British riders dominated the World Superbike Championship in 2015, and the story looks set to continue in 2016 if the opening four races are anything to go by.

Reigning champion Jonathan Rea has continued in the same style he ended 2015, and won the first two races of the year at Australia’s Philip Island.

Last weekend (12-13 March), the second round of the championship was held in Thailand, and despite Dutchman Michael van der Mark securing superpole, it was another British double success, with Rea taking his third successive win of the year in race one, and team mate Tom Sykes battling to victory in race two.

Rea and Sykes battled for glory in the opening contest, with the pair swapping the lead before Rea made a decisive move with four laps remaining, taking the flag just over a tenth of a second clear of his team mate.

Sykes got his revenge in race two, engaging in a race long scrap with his team mate. A last lap move from Rea looked to have secured his fourth straight victory, but Sykes fought back a few corners later to claim his first win of the year.

Rea’s almost perfect start to the year means he leads the way in the standings with 95 points, with Sykes in second on 65, but only a point clear of van der Mark. Chaz Davies, Sylvain Guintoli, Davide Giugliano, Jordi Torres and former MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden complete the top-eight in the championship at this early stage, with the Pirelli Aragon Round next up at the start of April.

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