News 13 Mar 2016

Sykes gets one over Rea in Thailand WorldSBK race two thriller

Brookes finishes just outside the points at Chang circuit.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes has taken an incredible victory in a three-way fight for the World Superbike race two win at Chang International Circuit in Thailand.

The Yorkshireman was locked in a battle with teammate and reigning champion Jonathan Rea and Racing – Ducati’s Chaz Davies for most of the race, with some of the most electrifying maneuvers of the last few seasons exchanged between the three.

After a strong start from both Kawasaki riders from P2 and P3, the first drama came when Honda rider Michael van der Mark and Ducati’s Chaz Davies made contact on the first lap as they tousled for position.

Van der Mark led them off to chase the Kawasaki Racing Team pair of Sykes and Rea. Davies then pounced on van der Mark, with the Honda rider struggling in some corners, and the Welsh Ducati rider was able to close the gap to Sykes and Rea.

It was Sykes who came out on top, crossing the line just ahead of his teammate Rea, with Davies slotting into third after an extremely tense last lap.

Van der Mark crossed the line in fourth to see himself off the podium for the first time in 2016, with the Dutchman going on a great run at the start of the year.

After a mechanical problem in race one saw his Honda teammate Nicky Hayden retire, the former MotoGP champion crossed the line in fifth to keep both the Fireblades in the top five.

Sylvain Guintoli brought the new YZF-R1 home in seventh for another good result on the Japanese manufacturer’s return to WorldSBK, ahead of the Althea BMW pair of Markus Reiterberger and Jordi Torres.

Rookie Lorenzo Savadori brought Aprilia home in the top ten once again in P9, with that top 10 completed by Ducati rider Davide Giugliano. Australia’s Josh Brookes was just outside the points for Milwaukee BMW in P16.