Round 7 Race 1 UK
As the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship season reached the halfway point today there was reasons for celebration for at Donington Park race one winner Tom Sykes.
Toms’ win gave the new model Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R its eighth the win of the season.
With Tom 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.
From the flag the action started early, with a few hard passes being put in during the first few laps, helping to leave Tom fourth on lap two.
As the race progressed Tom 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.
This was Tom’s seventh straight win at Donington and his third race victory of the season on the new model Ninja ZX-10R.
“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. 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.”