In the first 21-lap race Sykes rode from pole position to the win by a margin of 3.613 seconds over Rea, after the rider from Northern Ireland had opted for a different rear tyre from all his rivals and got held up in some of the early laps.
Sykes claimed his third win of 2015 but Rea had to fight for second in the final laps under pressure from another rider. He held on to take his 16th straight podium finish of the year.
In race two there was more of a tussle for all the top riders with Rea overhauling leader Davide Giugliano to take the 25 points. Sykes had more difficulty finding the required traction in race two, and dropped from the lead he held for six laps to finish fifth.
Rea left with a new lap record of 1’34.720 after race two and a championship points score of 375 to Sykes’ 242. Sykes is now 16 points ahead of third place after eight rounds and 16 races. Rea has a new total of 26 WSB career race wins and Sykes 25.
In the manufacturers’ championship Kawasaki leads by 122 points.
The next race takes place at Laguna Seca, in the USA, on July 19th.
JONATHAN REA:“Obviously we have to start to think about the championship now but I wanted to win today. In race two Davide Giugliano was a good marker to understand my pace and then with a few laps left I made a move to pass. We made a great race and I think at the end we are using our rear tyres better than some others. We changed our rear tyre choice from race one and that was always the plan, as the morning was a bit cooler. Kawasaki has given us a bike to win and they proved that today with Tom winning race one and me winning race two. I am so grateful to be in this position and to have the opportunity to fight to wins.”
TOM SYKES:“A lot of people would dream about a weekend with a pole position, a win and a fifth place but we were just not able to do it in race two. I do not think I started very well in race two but from the beginning I was lacking some grip and it was very difficult to recover. When I started fighting with other riders I was not able to be strong where I needed to be but we tried everything we could. I knew both races would be difficult today but we had a great race one. We were just not able to repeat it in race two. We have had positives and negatives this weekend and we will move on to America now.”
Superbike (1000cc) leaderboard after round 8:
At the end of the 19 lap World Supersport race, Jules Cluzel was joined on the podium by PJ Jacobsen and Lorenzo Zanetti.
Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) finished 11thafter crashing out of 3rdon the final lap. The championship leader was lucky to be able to remount and salvage what could, be an important 5 points.
The next round of the World Supersport championship takes place at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia in 3 weeks.
Supersport (600cc) leaderboard after round 8:
|2.||J. CLUZEL||MV AGUSTA||135|
|4.||L. ZANETTI||MV AGUSTA||97|
Toprak Razgatlioglu’s is the 2015 FIM Europe Superstock 600cc Champion after finishing third at Misano. Toprak now has an unassailable lead of 55 points with two races left. The Turkish youngster has won every race in the championship this year except for his most recent 3rd,in what has been an impressive first full season with Kawasaki Puccetti Racing.
The STK600 race was as epic as ever. In the early stages, a group of ten swapped places at almost every turn. With 5 laps to go the leading group was now only 5 and headed by Michael Ruben Rinaldi, who had to settle for 4that the flag after being overtaken on the final two laps firstly by Caricasulo before Niki Tuuli and Toprak Razgatliogliu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) who gave it everything on the final lap to take the win, found their way past, taking 2ndand 3rdrespectively after some incredible racing.
Superstock (600cc) leaderboard after round 8: