Round 6 Race 1 Sepang
The first race of the FIM Superbike World Championship weekend in Malaysia belonged to front running winner Tom Sykes.
On a day when the top two Kawasaki riders and the Ninja ZX-10R proved to be untouchable the front-running tactics of Tom worked to perfection as he won his second race of the year and narrowed the gap to the second place rider in the championship to 23 points.
Tom led across the start line on every single lap, setting a new lap record of 2’03.637 to go with his new track best of 2’02.246 which he had set to win Superpole just a few hours before the first race got underway. Tom now has 34 career Superpole wins, and 28 race wins, to his credit.
Overall, the all-new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R has won seven of the 11 races run so far in 2016. Kawasaki’s lead in the Manufacturers’ Standings has grown to 43 points.
“I really enjoyed the race. The bike was giving me plenty of warning, well in advance. We were able to respond in some laps in a good way and overall I am very, very grateful for all the hard work from Marcel, Danilo and all the mechanics. They have worked overtime. We have struggled to some degree over 12 months now, and this is the first time we have come a bit closer. The fact is that we were able to be consistent for race distance, which is very nice. We need to look to try and improve in some areas for tomorrow, because the other guys are fast. We had a bit of a gap today but everybody will aim to improve and we need to be one of those who also improve.”