Magnificent seven for Sykes at Donington
Tom Sykes cruised to a seventh consecutive Donington Park victory this afternoon, beating Ducati’s Davide Giugliano and team-mate Jonathan Rea.
Chaz Davies took the holeshot to lead the early stages with Sykes losing time at the first corner following an aggressive move from Giugliano who moved into second place.
Davies’ lead was short-lived as he crashed at Goddards heading in to lap seven, giving Giugliano the lead with Sykes close on his tail. After stalking the Italian for ten laps, Sykes made his move coming into the final stages of the race immediately gapping the Ducati man to win by 2.869 seconds.
Jonathan Rea was ruled out of a potential victory challenge on lap eight after running on at Goddards, something he would go on to repeat in the latter stages of the race before crossing the line some ten seconds behind his team-mate.
Having rejoined the race after his earlier crash, Davies was making headway in eighth place but his resurgence met an early end as he slipped off on the entry to Coppice on lap 15.
Leon Camier took a strong fourth place ahead of winner last time out Nicky Hayden with Lorenzo Savadori rounding out the top six on the Aprilia.
Jordi Torres took seventh on the Althea BMW ahead of Michael van der Mark and Karel Abraham. Anthony West completed the top ten.