Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 24 May 2015
Tom Sykes took his first victories of the 2015 season today at Donington Park, beating teammate Jonathan Rea and Ducati’s Chaz Davies in both races to take the top spot.
Sykes took the holeshot in the first race as the injured Leon Haslam forced his way in between the two factory Kawasakis. The local man then barged past Sykes into the old hairpin to take the lead.
Having passed Sykes by the end of the first lap, championship leader Rea shot past his teammate into Redgate on lap two.
Pushing hard, Rea had a huge moment on the final corner as a three-way battle ensued at the front, with Ducati’s Chaz Davies closing in on the trio in fourth.
Sensing his teammate itching to get away, Sykes took second from Haslam on the fourth lap as Alex Lowes moved into fifth place ahead of Giugliano.
A mistake from Rea into the old hairpin allowed Sykes through on lap six but the Northern Irishman fought back to re-take the lead. Having none of it, Sykes returned the favour at the Melbourne loop. Rea tried to lunge up the inside into Goddards but went wide, re-joining just ahead of Haslam in second place.
Locked in battle, the duo touched as they came round Goddards with eight laps to go, with Sykes coming off the worst. Acknowledging his error, Rea conceded the place at the first corner.
Davies moved passed Haslam into third on lap seventeen, the Aprilia man tried to fight back down Craner Curves but the Welshman maintained the advantage.
Ayrton Badovini took fifth place from Alex Lowesin the closing stages, with the Brit then losing out on a chance to take the position back with a small mistake into the esses.
By the final lap, Sykes had extended his lead to an impressive 3.6 seconds to cross the line to take his first victory of the year. Rea maintained his strong start to the season taking his ninth consecutive podium with Chaz Davies completing the podium. Haslam was fourth ahead of Badovini on the BMW with Lowes completing the top six.
Sykes took the lead at the start of race two, again ahead of Haslam and Rea. A near highside from Jonathan Rea at Coppice on the second lap saw him pushed back to seventh position. Leon Camier crashed out at the Foggy Esses on lap three.
Alex Lowes and Davide Giugliano were deep in battle for third place on lap six allowing Davies and Rea to reel them in. Passing his teammate at the esses, Davies took third from Lowes into the Melbourne loop and looked to have the speed to build a gap on the scrapping trio behind.
By the eigth lap, Rea had moved in to fourth position and began to chase down third-placed Davies. At the front, Sykes had built up a commanding 4.1second lead.
Looking strong, Rea moved into third on lap 14 and locked on to the back of Haslam’s Aprilia. The move came on lap sixteen, with Haslam then losing third to Davies just a corner later.
Sykes crossed the line to complete his third Donington double some nine seconds ahead of Rea. Davies once again completed the podium.
Haslam salvaged another fourth placed finish ahead of Giuliano with Alex Lowes completing the top six.
World Superbike – Donington Park – Race 1
World Superbike - Donington Park - Race 2