Sykes takes a surprise win as rivals crash
Tom Sykes looked more than capable of winning both Misano races after a recent test and, sure enough, he took Superpole (his 40th) with a new track best of 1m 33.662s.
Despite starting from pole he was toiling in fifth place, then fourth, until his luck took a series of upswings on the very last lap when first Melandri crashed and then Davies and Rea collided. Sykes said: “I could not believe it. When I saw Marco go down I thought, ‘ok, let’s take third position.’ I was all set, coming round the last lap. Already the adrenalin was going, but I had settled for third and I was already thinking about Sunday.”
“I came round the right-hand curve and saw two bikes. I may come from Yorkshire - but three minus two still means one! Here we go!” Sykes passed the aftermath of the Davies/rea incident to win, putting Alex Lowes second and the recovering Rea third.
After he saw the crash on the trackside cameras he was concerned for Davies, and hoped that he would be back fighting for wins very soon. “It is a massive disappointment for Chaz and I wish him a speedy recovery.
“It is a straight 50 points from Jonathan now, a disappointment, but this is still in one of Jonathan’s best circuits. He has won here on the Honda, which proves how good he is here. Anything is possible.”
‘I may come from Yorkshire, but three minus two still means one’ TOM SYKES