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Tom Sykes And Jonathan Rea Share Race Wins At Misano

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First Tom Sykes (KRT) and then championship leader Jonathan Rea (KRT) scored race victories at the eighth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship at Misano overnight Rea leaving with an extended lead of 133 points over his team-mate in the overall standings.

In the first 21-lap race Sykes rode from pole position to the win by a margin of 3.613 seconds over Rea, after the rider from Northern Ireland had opted for a different rear tyre from all his rivals and got held up in some of the early laps.

Sykes just counted the fast laps off out front to take his third win of 2015 but Rea had to fight for second in the final laps under pressure from another rider. He held on to take his 16th straight podium finish of the year.

‰ÛÏA lot of people would dream about a weekend with a pole position, a win and a fifth place but we were just not able to do it in race two." Sykes said. "I do not think I started very well in race two but from the beginning I was lacking some grip and it was very difficult to recover.

"When I started fighting with other riders I was not able to be strong where I needed to be but we tried everything we could. I knew both races would be difficult today but we had a great race one. We were just not able to repeat it in race two. We have had positives and negatives this weekend and we will move on to America now.‰Û
Jonathan Rea once again extended his championship lead at Misano
In race two there was more of a tussle for all the top riders with Rea overhauling long time leader Davide Giugliano to take the 25 points. Haslam completed the podium with Davies in Fourth. Sykes had more difficult finding the required traction in race two, and dropped from the lead he held for six laps to finish fifth.

Rea left with a new lap record of 1‰Ûª34.720 after race two and a championship points score of 375 to Sykes‰Ûª 242. Sykes is now 16 points ahead of third place after eight rounds and 16 races. Rea has a new total of 26 WSB career race wins and Sykes 25.

‰ÛÏObviously we have to start to think about the championship now but I wanted to win today." Rea commented. "In race two Davide Giugliano was a good marker to understand my pace and then with a few laps left I made a move to pass.

"We made a great race and I think at the end we are using our rear tyres better than some others. We changed our rear tyre choice from race one and that was always the plan, as the morning was a bit cooler.

"Kawasaki has given us a bike to win and they proved that today with Tom winning race one and me winning race two. I am so grateful to be in this position and to have the opportunity to fight to wins.‰Û
WSBK Race one podium
Race 1 Results:
1 Tom Sykes 33'30.813 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
2 Jonathan Rea 3.613 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
3 Chaz Davies 4.178 GBR DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
4 Davide Giugliano 5.944 ITA DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
5 Leon Haslam 12.155 GBR APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
6 Max Biaggi 12.352 ITA APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
7 Ayrton Badovini 18.145 ITA BMW JR Racing Team
8 Michele Pirro 18.328 ITA DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
9 Sylvain Guintoli 20.088 FRA HONDA Pata Honda
10 Michael van der Mark 20.282 NED HONDA Pata Honda
11 Leandro Mercado 24.195 DUCATI BARNI Racing Team
12 Alex Lowes 26.625 GBR SUZUKI Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
13 Leon Camier 26.719 GBR MV AGUSTA MV Agusta Repart Corse
14 Roman Ramos 31.898 ESP KAWASAKI Team Go Eleven
15 Matteo Baiocco 32.643 DUCATI Althea Racing

Race 2 Results:
1 Jonathan Rea 33'31.716 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
2 Davide Giugliano 1.290 ITA DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
3 Leon Haslam 2.436 GBR APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
4 Chaz Davies 2.514 GBR DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
5 Tom Sykes 5.694 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
6 Max Biaggi 5.911 ITA APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
7 Jordi Torres 7.075 ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
8 Michele Pirro 10.159 ITA DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
9 Sylvain Guintoli 17.476 FRA HONDA Pata Honda
10 Michael van der Mark 17.589 NED HONDA Pata Honda
11 Ayrton Badovini 21.744 ITA BMW JR Racing Team
12 Niccolo Canepa 26.599 ITA KAWASAKI Grillini SBK Team
13 Markus Reiterberger 30.402 GER BMW VanZon Remeha BMW
14 Roman Ramos 36.000 ESP KAWASAKI Team Go Eleven
15 David Salom 36.186 ESP KAWASAKI Team Pedercini

Championship Standings
1 Jonathan Rea 375 pts
2 Tom Sykes 242 pts
3 Leon Haslam 226 pts
4 Chaz Davies 213 pts
5 Jordi Torres 140 pts
6 Sylvain Guintoli 127 pts
7 Davide Giugliano 106 pts
8 Michael van der Mark 97 pts
9 Leandro Mercado 90 pts
10 Matteo Baiocco 88 pts
11 Alex Lowes 85 pts
12 Ayrton Badovini 77 pts
13 Nicolas Terol 54 pts
14 Roman Ramos 51 pts
15 Leon Camier 43 pts

Top Image: Tom Sykes on his way to the race one win in Misano

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