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Tom Sykes has claimed an historic eighth win in a row at Donington Park but was made to work for it by Kawasaki team-mate Jonathan Rea.

The Kawasaki duo produced a stunning battle for the lead from lap two after Chaz Davies ran wide at Goddards to let Rea through for second with Sykes out ahead. The championship leader notched up a new lap record to catch his team-mate and despite his best efforts could only grab the race lead for all of one turn.

The Northern Irish rider made a bold move down the inside at Melbourne Hairpin with four laps to go to nip ahead but in the blast to the final corner Goddards he hit a false neutral again with the Kawasaki which forced him to run wide and let Sykes back through.

The move was motivation enough for Sykes who then put in consistently hot laps to gap Rea and ensure there was no last-lap charge. Sykes has claimed his eighth victory in a row at Donington Park in World Superbike to equal Carl Fogarty's all-time record of most consecutive wins at one venue (Fogarty's eight in a row coming at Assen between 1993-96).

In a rather lonely third place Davies completed the rostrum finishers 4.4 seconds off the winner with Lorenzo Savadori claiming his best result of the season with fourth place on the IodaRacing Aprilia.

Leon Camier enjoyed a brilliant weekend on home turf with fifth place ahead of Nicky Hayden while race one runner-up Davide Giugliano finished a lowly seventh.

Michael van der Mark claimed eighth place while Josh Brookes grabbed a positive finish to a difficult race weekend with ninth ahead of Pata Yamaha stand-in Cameron Beaubier on his rookie World Superbike event.

Jordi Torres took 11th for Althea BMW with Anthony West continuing to impress as a stand-in with 12th place. Roman Ramos, Xavi Fores and Alex de Angelis completed the points-paying positions.

At lights out, Sykes produced the dream getaway with Davies skipping up his front tyre off the grid but the Welsh rider was able to recover his start to keep second with Rea moving into third.

At the end of the first lap, in similar style to race one, Sykes and Davies ran wide at Goddards with the leader maintaining his position but Rea crept past the Ducati rider for second. A lap later Giugliano lost two places in one corner as Hayden and Savadori sneaked past at Coppice.

Out front Rea stalked his Kawasaki team-mate and set a new lap record at Donington Park with a 1m 27.605s but was unable to find a pass on Sykes in the opening half of the race. Davies eked out a gap to the chasing pack but found himself being cut adrift of the leading Kawasakis.

At the end of lap 17 Sykes pulled out half a second on Rea but the reigning World Superbike champion duly responded by eating up the time and came mighty close to catching the rear wheel of Sykes after having a heart-in-mouth slide.

With just over four laps to go Rea made his move up the inside at the Melbourne hairpin but carrying extra speed into Goddards he ran wide to let his team-mate back past.

That sparked Sykes into action as he blasted away from Rea to grab an historic eighth win in a row at his home event and with it second place in the championship title race.

 

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