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Tom Sykes takes race 1 win at Donnington

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Tom Sykes takes race 1 win at Donnington
Tom Sykes has taken his seventh straight Donnington victory as the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship season reached the halfway point at the famous Donington Park circuit in the UK.

Ducati's Davide Giugliano followed the KRT rider home followed by team-mate KRT Jonathan Rea.

Sykes‰Ûª win gave the new model Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R its eighth the win of the season and Rea continued his immaculate 100% podium finish record in 2016.

With Sykes having taken his 35th career Superpole success just a few hours before the first race of the Donington weekend he lined up at the head of the front row, with fourth place qualifier Rea one row behind.

From the flag the action started early, with a few hard passes being put in during the first few laps, helping to leave Sykes fourth on lap two. Rea was up to second by lap seven but he ran on, for the first time, after finding a false neutral.

Ducati's Chaz Davies was the early pace setter but he crashed out after a simple front end lose. The Brit did re-mount but once again hit the deck in the final stages of the race and retiring from the race.

As the race progressed Sykes moved forward, despite having some small issues of his own to deal with, and ended up passing long-time leader Davide Giugliano on lap 17. He fought with the Italian rider for a while but extended his pace to win by a clear 2.889 seconds after 23 busy laps.
Tom Sykes takes race 1 win at Donnington
Tom Sykes on his way to the race 1 win
This was Tom‰Ûªs seventh straight win at Donington and his third race victory of the season on the new model Ninja ZX-10R.

Rea ran out third, 9.808 seconds down, after his earlier issues and despite having the pure pace to challenge all the way to the flag.

With championship second place runner Chaz Davies crashing out of the race, Rea has a 58 point lead as he approaches tomorrow‰Ûªs second day of Donington race action, while Sykes is still overall third and now only three points behind Davies at the halfway point of the year.

"I have no real reason why I have won so much at Donington Park but what makes it more rewarding today is that I had to fight for it," Syke said after the race. "I got a good start but a couple of the guys really made some strong passes to get in front. I am sure if we could have had some good steady laps at the beginning we also would have had good pace - but I am happy that I had to fight for it.

"I had some issues myself from the bike, which is unusual, but the good thing is that even considering these I dug deep and came out with 25 points. After six laps I could understand what was going on and I thought it would be very difficult, maybe impossible to win. We kept plugging away and I had to manage the bike a bit differently in some areas to compensate. Overall I am really happy to win and the plan tomorrow is to be stronger, safer and more consistent.‰Û
Tom Sykes takes race 1 win at Donnington
Davide Giugliano almost took his first race win but had to settle for second
Davide Giugliano struggled with tyres but in the end was happy with his second place.

‰ÛÏIt was a hard race, as it was difficult to manage both the tyres and the energy. The battle with Sykes was both fair and fun though. We‰Ûªve been practically tied the whole race.

"I was expecting him to drop the pace a little, but he was faster in the final laps and when I tried to match him I realized that it would have been too risky, so now we‰Ûªll evaluate some small changes to our setup together with the team to improve in the last phase of the race. It‰Ûªs certainly positive to step back on the podium after Malaysia, but we‰Ûªre still not taking advantage of 100 percent of our potential and we don‰Ûªt want to settle," he concluded.

Main Photo: The Race 1 podium finishers

Results Race 1 Donington Park
1 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 34'04.276
2 Davide Giugliano 34 ITA 20 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +2.869
3 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +9.808
4 Leon Camier 2 GBR 13 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +13.747
5 Nicky Hayden 69 USA 11 Honda WorldSBK Honda +14.007
6 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 10 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +14.640
7 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 9 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +16.337
8 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 8 Honda WorldSBK Honda +16.535
9 Karel Abraham 17 CZE 7 Milwaukee BMW BMW +36.874
10 Anthony West 13 AUS 6 Team Pedercini Honda +39.074
11 Markus Reiterberger 21 GER 5 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +41.144
12 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 4 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +41.275
13 RomÌÁn Ramos 40 SPA 3 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +48.094
14 Joshua Brookes 25 AUS 2 Milwaukee BMW BMW +50.125
15 Dominic Schmitter 9 SWI 1 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1'18.008
16 Pawel Szkopek 119 POL 0 Team Toth Yamaha +1'29.605
17 Saeed Al Sulaiti 11 QAT 0 Team Pedercini Kawasaki +1 Lap
18 Imre Toth 10 HUN 0 Team Toth Yamaha +2 Laps
NC Luca Scassa 99 ITA 0 Aruba.it Racing Ducati DNF
NC Chaz Davies 7 GBR 0 Aruba.it Racing Ducati DNF
NC Alex De Angelis 15 RSM 0 IodaRacing Team Aprilia DNF
NC Matthieu Lussiana 94 FRA 0 Team ASPI BMW DNF
NC Cameron Beaubier 6 USA 0 Pata Yamaha Yamaha DNF

Standings after race 1
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 273 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 215 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
3 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 212 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
4 Davide GIUGLIANO 34 ITA 138 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
5 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 133 Honda WorldSBK Honda
6 Nicky HAYDEN 69 USA 126 Honda WorldSBK Honda
7 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 112 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
8 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 86 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
9 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 76 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
10 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 70 Pata Yamaha Yamaha

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