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Tom Sykes has given his 2013 World Superbike Championship title hopes a significant boost with an utterly dominant performance during the first race at Assen.
Starting from his 13th career pole position, Sykes briefly ceded the lead to Jonathan Rea at the opening bend, but after quickly retaking the position at turn two, he was never challenged thereafter.
Quickly extending his lead over the opposition, Sykes would lap consistently faster than the opposition as he multiplied his lead, even becoming the first-ever rider to go under 1min 36secs in a race environment aboard a Superbike.
A sixth career WSBK victory for Sykes, though only the third time he has won from pole position, the result gives his title aspirations a significant boost following a frustrating start to the year.
With Sykes galloping away out front, the fight for second place would instead consume attention, with Jonathan Rea, Sylvain Guintoli and Eugene Laverty all taking turns at running in the position.
Rea would initially hold second over the first portion of the race only for Laverty to move through on lap eight, before Guintoli would get the better of both of them by lap fifteen.
Undeterred, Rea fought back to pass both Laverty and Guintoli to run second with three laps remaining, before Guintoli reassumed the position at the beginning of the final revolution.
Nonetheless, having already pulled off two impressive passes at the high-speed Hoge Heide kink during the race, Rea would save his best until last, scything past Guintoli with two corners to go and holding firm to the chequered flag for his and Honda's first podium of the year.