Sykes wins as Rea extends series lead

World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea

Rea has finished in the top three in all WSB races this year

Tom Sykes won the opening World Superbike race at Donington, while third-placed Jonathan Rea moved further clear at the top of the championship.

It was a seventh straight Donington victory for the English rider, who finished 2.8 seconds clear of Italy’s Davide Giugliano after a close battle.

Rea goes into Sunday’s second race with a 58-point advantage over closest challenger Chaz Davies.

Welshman Davies crashed out and is just three points ahead of Sykes.

A mistake saw Sykes drop to fourth but he eventually overtook Giugliano, although the Italian pushed him all the way.

Defending champion Rea started the day with a 42-point lead and the Northern Ireland rider completed the podium, with fellow Briton Leon Camier fourth and American Nicky Hayden back in fifth.

A late error resulted in IodaRacing’s Lorenzo Savadori, who won the STK1000 race at Donington last year and who began on the front row, coming in sixth.

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