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Rea and Sykes share Thailand wins

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KRT's Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes shared the wins at round two of the FIM Superbike World Championship race at Buriram in Thailand with Rea winning the opening race on Saturday and Sykes taking Sunday's second race.

Sykes lead both races for the majority of the laps with Rea taking the race one win on the final lap. Race two Sykes once again lead all the way except for a few small challenges from his team-mate that never stuck.

Commenting on his opening race win Rea said, "The pace was fast; I did not expect it to be so fast as all weekend we have been slower than last year. So it was a good, fast race. I put my head down and with four laps to go I got a small gap of about 0.7 or 0.8 seconds on Tom. On the final laps I got caught out in the first turn by another rider but it was not so much.

"I had done all my work by then as I had completely emptied my tank with about four laps to go to try and get away. I am a little bit tired now because I went full gas in those last four laps. We were able to capitalise on that work and I feel like I rode for a stronger win than I have had for a long time. Tomorrow.‰Û
Pole winner Michael van der Mark blew the start in race one but finished with a 3-4 wekend
With his win in the second race Sykes stopped Rea's winning streak at three.

‰ÛÏThe first win of the year for me and I really had to fight for it," Sykes reflected. "I am happy because Jonathan is at an incredible level in this circuit and we have much such a big step from last year - so I really have to thank all of the boys. They have worked really hard in the winter and even now we are still learning.

"It was a great race, a great battle. It makes it more satisfying because from about lap six I was struggling with understeer from the front so my corner speed was lower than I wanted. I saw on the big screens at one stage that there were some great riders behind, giving me great pressure, so I had to re-think how to manage the race. To hold on to the win after so-so long is such a great feeling.‰Û
Chaz Davies mounted a strong comeback in race two to finish within millimeters of the KRT duo in third
Chaz Davies, in race two, managed to mount a spectacular comeback and, at half-way, got himself in third position and progressively cut the gap to the leading KRT duo. In the last five laps, the Welshman fought tenaciously, albeit without finding an opening, and closed in third place, only three tenths behind the winner.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm happy with the progress we‰Ûªve made since yesterday," Davis said after his third in race two. "Thanks to the team, we solved a couple issues and I could fight at the top again, but we missed a little something to try to go for the win. We still need to improve on the engine side, but this track was probably the most difficult both for me and the Panigale R and still I leave it with a smile on my face. This podium gives me a lot of confidence ahead of the next races.‰Û

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