Sykes Super Class
Apparently Tom Sykes has no opponent capable of cutting it on the Donington circuit. The Kawasaki rider scored his fourth twin-win in a row on the UK track, at the same time regaining second place in the overall standings.
On his home turf in Leicestershire, Tom Sykes didn’t do things by halves. Clocking up the fastest lap times in the practice test sessions, the Kawasaki rider confirmed his domination on the circuit by winning both races over the weekend. The first after getting the measure of Davide Giugliano, the second after getting the upper hand over Jonathan Rea. Handicapped on Saturday afternoon by a minor gearbox problem which forced him to settle for third place, the defending world champion still managed to make it twice to the podium by finishing second on Sunday.
The Kawasaki riders also gave another superb performance in Supersport with Kenan Sofuoglu’s fourth victory and a place on the podium for Randy Krummenacher. After taking pole position, the Turkish rider quickly got rid of Jacobsen to lead the race while his Swiss teammate managed to climb back from fifth place to finish third.
By pocketing fifty points at Donington, Tom Sykes has returned to second place overall and reduced the gap with Jonathan Rea to fifty-six points. The latter, who has never missed a place on the podium since the start of the season, managed to consolidate his leadership with the fall of Chaz Davies on Sunday afternoon. With nine wins in fourteen races, both Kawasaki riders have confirmed their domination of the Superbike World Championship in 2016.
The same applies in Supersport where Kenan Sofuoglu and Randy Krummenacher are continuing to ride it alone. With three wins in his pocket, the reigning world champion now leads his teammate by twenty-six points.
Tom Sykes is continuing to make history on the Donington Park circuit. This year the Kawasaki rider chalked up another twin-win on the Leicestershire circuit, his fourth in a row. Eight consecutive wins on the same circuit is a feat that only Carl Fogarty has achieved before him, in Assen, between 1993 and 1996. Tom tied another record set by the British World Superbike legend by taking his 35th pole position this weekend. The Kawasaki rider has now also taken ten podium places in a row at Donington, a record only equalled by a certain Colin Edwards who, between 1998 and 2002, made it to the podiums ten times on the Monza circuit.
“People often ask me why I’m so good at Donington,” grins Tom Sykes. “To be frank, I have no idea. It’s a circuit I like, but there are others. And it doesn’t feel as if I’m making more effort here than elsewhere.”
It seems his luck in Leicestershire is just part of the sport’s magic.