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Tom Sykes at the 2016 World Superbike British round


May 302016

There is a distinctly British flavour to WorldSBK in this current day and age so it was fitting that the 2016 series found its next stop to be Donington Park in the UK and that the Union Jack would fly highest on the podium once again for what was the seventh round of thirteen in the contest. Taking full honours was ‘Donington Dominator’ Tom Sykes on the works Kawasaki ZX-10R. The diverse blend of corners at the midlands circuit (the fast sweeps of Craner and the Old Hairpin to the switchbacks of Melborne Loop and Goddards) is well known to the Superbike contingent and motorcycle racing in general in the UK. It was at Donington in 1988 that WorldSBK was launched and with the two inaugural races won by Italians. Since 2012 the venue has been owned by Rea and Sykes; mostly the latter who equalled Carl Fogarty’s haul of four pole positions (the 35th of his career) with intent.