Seventh heaven for Sykes as Brit avoids Donington drama to claim landmark win
Tom Sykes claimed a magnificent seventh Superbike World Championship win in a row at Donington Park, as he avoided trouble for his rivals today (Saturday) to further stretch his unbeaten record at the Leicestershire circuit.
Sykes has won every World Superbike race at Donington since 2013, but his record looked in some trouble in the early stages of the first contest of the weekend, as he slipped back from pole position to fourth place at the end of the first lap.
Initially it was the Ducati of Chaz Davies who held the initiative, getting the best start of the front runners to lead the opening laps. But the Welsh rider came unstuck at Goddards early on, losing the front end of his bike and sliding out of the lead. Italian team mate Davide Giugliano took over at the front, with reigning champion Jonathan Rea in hot pursuit. Rea though was the next to have issues at Goddards, encountering technical glitches causing him to run over the grass, promoting Donington specialist Sykes into second place.
Sykes closed the gap to the Italian rider, and tried to make a move at the Melbourne Hairpin but Giugliano was wise to him and slipped back through to retain his lead. But next time around, Sykes made the move stick, and proceeded to pull out a gap of almost three seconds to take another Donington win with Giuliano second and Rea recovering to third.
British rider Leon Camier enjoyed a strong race on his MV Agusta to take fourth place, ahead of former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden. Davies’ race ended in disaster, as he crashed out again, this time for good, at Coppice corner.
The second Superbike World Championship race of the weekend takes place tomorrow (Sunday) at 3pm. It’s going to be an action packed day of racing, with further racing coming from the World Supersport, World Superstock and the young guns of the European Junior Cup, as well as national races from Superstock 600 & 1000, and the Ducati TriOptions Cup.
With the weather so far this weekend being absolutely perfect for racing and spectating, and tomorrow’s weather also looking good, it should be a fantastic day of action tomorrow, and tickets are available for purchase upon arrival at the circuit, priced at £45. For more information, click here.