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WorldSBK Assen: Sykes wakes up and smells the victory

For the first time this season, Tom Sykes woke up and smelt the victory in race two at The Cathedral of Speed.

Starting from pole position after finishing race one in fourth, Sykes led the 21 lap race from start to finish, never faltering in what could only be described as a flawless performance by the Yorkshireman.

There wasn’t much to write home about as race two returned to its normal form. Jonathan Rea made a stellar start to come through to second, only occasionally coming under fire from home hero Michael van der Mark.

As Sykes was quick to pull a lead at the front, Rea and van der Mark stayed locked together for a few laps, with Rea eventually cutting back in front to ease a two second gap over the Dutchman.

Ducati will be leaving The Netherlands with their heads in their hands after a less than ideal weekend. Although they made it onto the podium with Chaz Davies yesterday, today they weren’t so lucky.

Davies ran steady in fifth with a healthy gap between himself and Jordi Torres in sixth, but ran into tyre wear troubles in the closing laps.

Meanwhile his team mate Marco Melandri was cruising around in seventh, after working his way back up from outside the top ten due to a disastrous first few laps that saw him pushed backwards continuously.

It seems that just as we start to see an exciting couple of races, a race like this comes along.

Today’s race certainly wasn’t as close as we have seen in other races this season, and that’s where the excitement comes from. What do the organisers have to do to make it a little bit more exciting for the fans to watch?

World Superbike returns in three weeks time for the first of two Italian legs in Imola.

World Superbike race two:

  1. Tom Sykes – Kawasaki Racing Team – 33:36.444
  2. Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki Racing Team +5.445
  3. Michael van der Mark – Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team +7.507
  4. Xavi Fores – Barni Racing Team +11.316
  5. Chaz Davies – Aruba.it Racing Ducati +18.953
  6. Jordi Torres – MV Agusta Reparto Corse +22.414
  7. Marco Melandri – Aruba.it Racing Ducati +22.515
  8. Loris Baz – Gulf Althea BMW Racing Team +23.997
  9. Toprak Razgatlioglu – Kawasaki Puccetti Racing +24.245
  10. Lorenzo Savadori – Milwaukee Aprilia +24.653
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