It was the final day of the UK World Superbike championship round, and all eyes turned to Tom Sykes to see whether he could take his 10th consecutive win at Donington Park.
He started in 9th, but made a steady progression through the grid once the race was underway, unlike his team mate Jonathan Rea who shot into 2nd from 10th by the end of the first lap.
The early departure of wildcard Leon Haslam came on lap 2, after a run in with Leandro Mercado as he recovered from his own wobble. As Mercado rode off into the distance, Haslam was left fuming in the gravel. Chaz Davies also got caught up in the incident, as he ran off track but fortunately managed to keep it upright and rejoined in 15th.
It was a pretty straight forward race from there, and the only real ‘drama’ we saw was on lap 9, where Marco Melandri’s chain broke, forcing him to retire from the race.
While all this was going on, Rea was sneaking away at the front and Sykes was desperately trying to catch him. But when all was said and done, it was Rea who took the win, snatching all chances of Sykes adding to his wins at the circuit. After his run off, Davies recovered supremely well to take the final podium spot.
World Superbike race 2 results:
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing Team – 33:53.138
Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing Team + 1.601
Chaz Davies, Aruba.it Racing Ducati + 12.200
Michael van der Mark, Pata Yamaha Official WSBK Team + 12.984
Alex Lowes, Pata Yamaha Official WSBK Team + 18.953
Leon Camier, MV Agusta Reparto Corse + 23.971
Xavi Fores, BARNI Racing Team + 29.892
Roman Ramos, Team Kawasaki Go Eleven + 44.742
Jake Dixon, Royal Air Force Reg. & Res. Kawasaki + 50.622 (wildcard)
Raffaele De Rosa, Althea BMW Racing Team + 51.749
Stefan Bradl, Red Bull Honda World Superbike + 59.459
Riccardo Russo, Guandalini Racing + 1:12.794
Ondrej Jezek, Grillini Racing Team + 1:22.719
Ayrton Badovini, Grillini Racing Team + 5 laps
Lorenzo Savadori, Milwaukee Aprilia – 8 laps
Marco Melandri, Aruba.it Racing Ducati – 15 laps
Leandro Mercado, IODARacing – 15 laps
Jordi Torres, Althea BMW Racing Team – 18 laps
Eugene Laverty, Milwaukee Aprilia – 20 laps
Alex De Angelis, Pedercini Racing SC-Project – 21 laps
Leon Haslam, Kawasaki Puccetti Racing – 22 laps
Randy Krummenacher, Kawasaki Puccetti Racing – 0