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WSBK Donington: Sykes revels in 'fairy tale' home win

Tom Sykes revels in claiming a 'fairy-tale' double victory on home soil at Donington Park as he moves onto the cusp of the World Superbike title lead.
Tom Sykes has described his double victory on home soil at Donington Park as a 'fairy tale' after producing a career-best performance that puts him on the cusp of the World Superbike series lead.

The British rider had been in outstanding form in the lead up to the races, topping Q1, Q2, FP2 and all three Superpole phases on the way to a lap record-breaking pole position, earmarking him as a favourite for victory come race day.

And so it proved, Sykes proving equally imperious in both races, leading each of the day's 46 laps and scoring a new race lap record to complete his first-ever WSBK double win – the first by a British rider at Donington Park since Carl Fogarty in 1995 and the first for Kawasaki anywhere since 2000.

A landmark result for Sykes, who has reduced Sylvain Guintoli's lead in the overall standings to just four points, last year's WSBK runner-up was thrilled to produce his best in front of the home crowd.

“I have been in World Superbike for a few years now and I got the first double win on home soil is a fairy tale. One click on the front suspension between races made the difference and we could see that in the second race time, which was better than the first one.

“The Ninja ZX-10R is working well and it has been all weekend so I feel very motivated. We are racing in a World Championship and these guys are as fast as you like and very competitive, so it is not as easy at it looked. Kawasaki is a very close unit and we have worked hard and everybody has seen how much better we are in the races. I got the circuit record yesterday and I got the new lap record in race two so I have the full set.

“I really enjoyed the support from the crowd and I hope they enjoyed the show. No better place to do my first double than at Donington Park. A good weekend and we are closer in the championship, just four points from the top. We're in a strong situation, we have a good base setting and now we are going to some fantastic circuits.”




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KawaSan - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 8:44 PM

I think Sykes has always been awake but the bike has finally been refined properly for him and it it has gone from a tire eater to a formidable race machine. There was no doubt he's fast. GO SYKES! GO KAWASAKI!

Nick636 - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 4:46 AM

@ cassyo I appreciate your opinion, but to say Tom has been asleep is far from accurate. He got a double 5th at Phillip Island with broken ribs and a cracked wrist. He was on for the win in Aragon in race 1, but has brake failure and had to pull out. Since then he hasn't finished off the podium. Fantastic display by Tom, the haters must be going nuts



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