Sykes takes a sur­prise win as ri­vals crash

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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

Sykes kept his head down in race one

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