Superbike World Championship: Tom Sykes takes points lead Donington Park double
Reigning World Superbike champion Tom Sykes repeated his Donington Park double of last year to take the points lead.
Last Updated: 25/05/14 4:50pm
British rider Sykes closed out two victories at his home event to turn a four-point deficit into an advantage of 26 over Jonathan Rea, who could manage only two sixth-place finishes.
The Huddersfield-based Kawasaki rider recovered from a terrible start in the first race to edge out team-mate Loris Baz at Donington Park with fellow Briton Alex Lowes clinching third.
Race two was similarly close until Lowes and Marco Melandri had a coming together at the Melbourne Hairpin, splitting the group and producing a three-way fight to the finish between Sykes, Baz and the Aprilia of Sylvain Guintoli.
On lap 11 Sykes hit the front and within three laps had established a gap of almost half a second over his team-mate, which he had extended to almost two seconds by lap 17 of 23.
Baz had to settle for second with Guintoli joining them on the podium.