Tom Sykes took his second win of the 2016 World Superbike season in dominant style at Sepang on Saturday.

The Kawasaki star dived past early leader Alex Lowes at the end of the opening lap, then rode away into the distance.

There had been suggestions that Sykes might suffer from tyre wear late in the race. Instead he increased his advantage almost every lap, winning by an eventual 5.6s over team-mate Jonathan Rea.

The reigning world champion and 2016 title leader spent much of the race being shadowed by Ducati's Chaz Davies, breaking clear in the closing stages.

The fight for fourth was more fluid, with Marcus Reiterberger and Jordi Torres working their way through the field from eighth and ninth respectively on the opening lap.

However young rookie Reiterberger's efforts went unrewarded when he raised his hand on the run down to the final corner on lap 12 of 16, signalling a terminal technical problem.

Torres then took over the position, which he held by just under one-second from Lowes at the chequered flag. Davies' team-mate Davide Giugliano claimed sixth, with Michael vd Mark heading the Honda challenge in seventh - Nicky Hayden slipping from fourth in the middle stages to eighth.

Pedercini Kawasaki's Anthony West and MV Agusta's Leon Camier claimed credible ninth and tenth places on a day when Brookes, Abraham, Scassa, Fores and Hook completed the points' scorers.

Rea now holds a 39-point lead over Davies and 62-point lead over Sykes.

Race two takes place on Sunday afternoon.

 

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