Tom Sykes took a hard fought victory in the British Junior Superstock class at Donington last weekend - but it wasn't enough to prevent the crown going to rival Craig Jones.

It was always going to be close between Sykes and Jones, with Sykes needing to win by a margin greater than five points to prevent Jones taking the title due a greater number of wins.

Sykes went for it right from the off, but Jones went after him and the two GSX-R600s would battle it out in one of the finest races of the season - in any class. Sykes appeared to be the quicker of the two - smoother and more agile - and for every move Jones had Sykes responded in kind and the final attack would be by the Tech2 bike.

In the last few bends Sykes moved in for the kill. The championship may have gone to Jones but Sykes would take the final win.

"It has been a tough year," Sykes admitted afterwards. "However, I'm glad to get the win for me and the Tech2 team. We deserve it after all the hard work we have put in."

Meanwhile, teammate Cal Crutchlow had a relatively quiet race. Initially, he watched Sykes, Jones and James Buckingham fight it out, then caught and overhauled the slowing Buckingham. With no chance of catching the duelling duo up front Cructhlow settled into a comfortable third.

"I got a good start," Cal said. "I saw the Craig, Tom and James fighting it out and thought I'd settle in behind them. I didn't want to upset Tom's chances. Soon James dropped back and I passed him. Then it was just settling into a rhythm and waiting for the chequered flag. I would like to have a bit more of a battle in my last race but I'm glad to get the podium. It's a good end to the season for me and Tech2 Racing."

 

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