Tom Sykes takes the double at Donington

Kawasaki RacingTeam’s Tom Sykes (above) scored his first career double at Donington and in doing so moved to within four points of the championship lead after five rounds. Having set a new track best in Superpole on Saturday Sykes rode brilliantly and almost faultlessly in each 23-lap race at Donington to score not only his first double win, but take a new lap record in race two, a 1’28.074, set on lap four.

This marks Sykes’ first perfect weekend in the premier class and puts him second in the championship, four points adrift of Aprilia’s Sylvain Guintoli.

Race 1
Tom Sykes rode a flawless race up front for 23 laps, displaying pure class and outstanding race craft. Despite a not so easy first part of the race, Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet)  clawed his way back to second place after a successful overtake manoeuvre at the last turn, on lap 16, over championship leader Sylvain Guintoli.

Sylvain Guintoli retains a slim four-points lead in the championship standings.

Following a competitive first part of the race Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike), couldn’t keep up the pace with Sykes and was forced to ride defensively to a final fourth position. The Ulsterman finished ahead of Frenchman Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) – who had an up and down performance in race one – and Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team). The works Aprilia rider had a hard time after running off-track during lap 7 at “Fogarty Esses”, and continued to struggle as the race went by.

Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda) finished fourth in race 1 but a disappointing 11th in race 2.

Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK), was able to stay with team-mate Melandri in the early stages but found it difficult to push hard later on in the race. Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) withdrew early in the race following a crash at “Goddards” on lap 3. Team-mate Jules Cluzel finished ninth ahead of Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma Aprilia).

Ayrton Badovini, Carlos Checa and Niccolo Canepa (Team Ducati Alstare) brought their challenge up to the flag to finish 11th , 12th and 13th respectively.

Race 2
Sykes pulled away from the chasing pack in the early stages and managed a 7 seconds lead up to the chequered flag, finishing ahead of the works Aprilia duo, Sylvain Guintoli and Eugene Laverty.


Melandri (above), ran off the track at ‘Fogarty Esses’ but quickly rejoined the race to end up fifth behind the competitive Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia). Works BMW rider Chaz Davies finished a credible sixth ahead of Frenchman Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team).

A 4-way battle for seventh saw the One Event rider Niccolo Canepa get the better of Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki), Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma Aprilia) and Jonathan Rea.


Canepa (pictured above) was left flying the flag after Carlos Checa’s withdrawal from Race 2 due to left shoulder problems, and Ayrton Badovini’s crash at Turn 2 on lap 19.

The “nightmare weekend” for Leon Camier continued with another low-speed crash at turn 12, with the Englishman able to get back on track for a final 13th place.

After doing his best to line-up his CBR 1000 RR on the grid, Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) was forced to withdraw from the race due to his fitness condition.


Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha), pictured above, won the World Supersport race with an 11 seconds margin over second place Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki). With the exception of the final lap, Lowes lapped consistently within the 1’31 seconds bracket.

Roberto Rolfo (Parkingo MV Agusta Corse) scored a sensational third for the Italian brand, that was last seen on a World Championship podium in 1976: that time was Giacomo Agostini to win the 500cc race at Nurburgring. Rolfo put up an outstanding recovery from a 15th slot start on the grid to give Giuliano Rovelli’s squad the first rostrum finish in Supersport since Portimao 2011.

Inspirational ride and podium finish for Roberto Rolfo.

Fourth place for Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport) ahead of fellow Italian Luca Scassa (Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki). Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda) finished sixth ahead of Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda) and Andrea Antonelli (Team Goeleven Kawasaki).

Results World Superbike Donington
Race 1
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
2. Marco Melandri (BMW)
3. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia)
4. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
5. Loris Baz (Kawasaki)
6. Davide Giugliano (Aprilia)
7. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)
8. Chaz Davies (BMW)
9. Jules Cluzel (Suzuki)
10. Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia) 
11. Ayrton Badovini (Ducati)
12. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
13. Niccolo Canepa (Ducati)
14. Max Neukirchner (Ducati)
15. Vittorio Iannuzzo (BMW)

Race 2
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
2. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia)
3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)
4. Davide Giugliano (Aprilia)
5. Marco Melandri (BMW)
6. Chaz Davies (BMW)
7. Loris Baz (Kawasaki)
8. Niccolo Canepa (Ducati)
9. Jules Cluzel (Suzuki)
10. Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia)
11. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
12. Max Neukirchner (Ducati)
13. Leon Camier (Suzuki)
14. Federico Sandi (Kawasaki)
15. Alexander Lundh (Kawasaki)
16. Vittorio Iannuzzo (BMW)

World Superbike Championship Points
1.  Sylvain Guintoli, 173
2. Tom Sykes, 169
3. Eugene Laverty, 149
4. Marco Melandri, 127
5. Chaz Davies, 112
6. Loris Baz, 95
7. Jonathan Rea, 89
8. Michel Fabrizio, 86
9. Davide Giugliano, 72
10. Jules Cluzel, 55

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