Sykes hails 'perfect' weekend

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Tom Sykes has hailed a perfect weekend after taking his eighth consecutive victory at Donington Park in front of his home crowd.

The Kawasaki star shattered the outright lap record to take pole position before securing strong race victory on Saturday before following it up 24 hours later to claim his first double victory since this time last year.

However, it didn’t come easy for the Yorkshireman who had competition in both races, first from Ducati’s Davide Giugliano and then team-mate Jonathan Rea, who looked to have the edge over Sykes towards the end of race two before dropping back with arm-pump.

“Eight in a row at Donington feels fantastic and I am over the moon,” Sykes said after the race. “I had a good start to race two and had good pace. For sure it was not perfect and for sure that is why we had a lot of pressure. We did a very good job and had to fight again, so it is more rewarding when you win like this.

“I am grateful to Kawasaki, Marcel, Danilo and all the boys in the garage because we have won three of the last four races, which is quite promising. We have won on some difficult circuits this year, physically and from a point of view of the types of tracks. Thailand, Sepang and two-times here – which is a circuit of two halves. Consistently, I think we are getting better. I am going to bed tonight thinking we have had a perfect weekend.”

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing