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Sykes ups the stakes in free practice two at Donington Park

Friday, May 25 2018

Tom Sykes upped the pace in the second MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship free practice session at Donington Park to grab the top spot from his Kawasaki Racing team-mate Jonathan Rea in the dying moments of the session.

As conditions improved at the Leicestershire circuit Sykes was able to fire in a sequence of laps that put him ahead of the opposition and 0.5s ahead of Rea with Alex Lowes climbing the times to move third fastest for the PATA Yamaha team.

Leon Camier was pushing back up the field and the Red Bull Honda rider was able to hold off Loris Baz to claim fourth on the timesheets ahead of the final free practice session this afternoon.

Lorenzo Savadori pushed ahead of Xavi Fores and Marco Melandri to edge ahead of the Ducati contenders with Chaz Davies holding ninth place and wildcard Gino Rea completing the top ten.

Motul FIM Superbike World Championship, Donington Park, Free Practice two:

  1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1m:38.593s
  2. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) +0.513s
  3. Alex Lowes (PATA Yamaha) +0.703s
  4. Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda) +1.293s
  5. Loris Baz (Gulf Althea BMW Racing Team) +1.298s
  6. Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) +1.340s
  7. Xavi Fores (Barni Racing Team Ducati) +1.523s
  8. Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing Ducati) +1.774s
  9. Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing Ducati) +1.972s
  10. Gino Rea (OMG Racing Suzuki) +2.076s

 Adult gate prices for the event are £15 for today's practice, £35 for Saturday and £45 for Sunday with reductions for teens (13-15). Kids under 13 go FREE - for full details click   here.