Sykes on top after first day of World Superbike action at Donington Park
Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes staked his claim for another Donington double win, after setting the fastest times in practice for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship today (Friday), with British riders enjoying a successful day.
Sykes is unbeaten at Donington since 2013, having taken six World Superbike wins in succession at the circuit, and was the fastest man in both free practice sessions, but only marginally ahead of reigning champion, team mate Jonathan Rea, with just 0.036 of a second separating them.
Italian Davide Giugliano was third on his Ducati Panigale machine, ahead of Derby man Alex Lowes, showing encouraging form on his Pata Yamaha, despite nursing a broken collarbone. Lowes had to pass a fitness test on the injury to confirm his participation for the remainder of the weekend, and was just over half a second off the outright pace.
Lowes was ahead of another British rider, Chaz Davies who endured a more troubled afternoon, with his Ducati dramatically catching fire midway through the second session, forcing a temporary halt to proceedings. The final Brit in the field, Leon Camier, was sixth fastest on his MV Agusta. With close times between all the riders, all indications point towards a very competitive and exciting qualifying session for World Superbikes tomorrow afternoon.
The line-up of world class motorcycle racers were able to enjoy near perfect conditions as the sun shone on Donington Park throughout the day, with the weather set fair for the remainder of the weekend.
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