Defensive Sykes holds off Rea for Race 2 victory in Thailand

Author: Oli Rushby Pics: Gold & Goose Posted: 13 Mar 2016

Sykes won race two

Tom Sykes held off an aggressive attack from team-mate Jonathan Rea to take victory in the second race at the Thai round of the Superbike World Championship.

After losing out in the closing moments of yesterday’s first outing, Sykes darted off the line to take the early lead from Rea and polesitter Michael van der Mark.

Sitting comfortably at the front with Rea never far behind, Sykes controlled the race until the final stages when World Champion Rea launched his attack. However, a mistake for the Northern Irishman soon after taking the lead saw him allow his team-mate back through as well as third-placed Chaz Davies.

Rea regained his composition before slipping past Davies into second before making an assault on the lead in the final two laps. Sykes was having none of it though, with the duo swapping positions corner after corner.

Rea put up a fight

Defensive riding from the Huddersfield man on the final lap left Rea with no way past awarding Sykes his first victory of the year. Davies, who had been sat on the Kawasakis hoping for a mistake, took a comfortable third place.

Michael van der Mark, unable to repeat his early weekend pace, took fourth ahead of team-mate Nicky Hayden with Sylvain Guintoli rounding out the top six after a technical failure for his PATA Yamaha stablemate Alex Lowes.

Althea BMW team-mates Jordi Torres and Markus Reiterberger took seventh and eighth respectively with Savadori and Giugliano completing the top ten.

Rea now leads Sykes in the championship standings by 29 points with van der Mark a point further back in third.  

Race 2 Result