Sykes takes maiden 2015 win in Donington opening raceSykes has won the opening 23 lap WorldSBK race at Donington Park in dry but cold and overcast conditions after a race long fight with his KRT team mate Jonathan Rea. The pair swapped positions for virtually the whole race after getting the better of early leader Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils).
Sykes has now won the last 5 WorldSBK races at the Leicestershire circuit and is one win short of 6 Donington wins, an accolade held by countryman Carl Fogarty.
The final podium place went to Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) who also passed Haslam, who finished 4th, with 6 laps to go.
Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia) showed incredible pace in the closing stages to snatch 5th at the flag from Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) who was a solid 6th.
Jordi Torres (Apriilia Racing Team – Red Devils) finished 7th on his Donington race debut ahead of reigning champion Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team), Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and David Salom (Team Pedercini) who were 8th, 9th and 10th respectively.
The final point scorers were Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing), Nico Terol (Althea Racing), Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven), Randy de Puniet (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), and Niccolo Canepa (Grillini SBK Team).
Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) crashed out early on while Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) made an unscheduled pit stop to change tyres, the Italian, who started on the front row finished 17th and out of the points.
Donington, 24 May 2015, Superbike - Results race 1
1 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R
2 65 J. REA GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R
3 7 C. DAVIES GBR Aruba.it Racing-Ducati SBK Team Ducati Panigale
4 91 L. HASLAM GBR Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils Aprilia RSV4
5 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR
6 22 A. LOWES GBR VOLTCOM Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
7 81 J. TORRES ESP Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils Aprilia RSV4
8 1 S. GUINTOLI FRA PATA Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR
9 2 L. CAMIER GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta 1000
10 44 D. SALOM ESP Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R