Donington Park had 35,058 visitors over the weekend, a vast improvement over last year, and the British fans did not lack for entertainment.
Tom Sykes, Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea led into the first turn but at the end of the first lap, Rea passed Davies and latched onto the back of his teammate. The next lap, Giugliano caught Davies and tried to pass, but went wide into turn twelve.
Rea set the fastest lap behind Sykes, besting the Yorkshireman's lap record from last year, and the two Kawasakis broke away from Davies. Davies got a bit of breathing space behind him as Giugliano messed up and was passed by three riders, Nicky Hayden, Lorenzo Savadori and Leon Camier. He quickly passed Camier back to take sixth place.
Four laps down, Sykes and Rea had almost a second and a half to Davies who was a second clear of Hayden and Savadori. Three laps later, Camier took sixth back from Giugliano while Sykes and Rea were escaping at the front, Davies staring at almost three seconds of clear track in front and over two seconds behind.
Lorenzo Savadori, the fastest rider in the third timed sector, passed Nicky Hayden, but couldn't escape from him so he set about towing the American towards Davies in third place.
Six laps from the end, Jonathan Rea started looking for a way past his teammate, starting at the Foggy Esses, the chicane at the end of the long strait, then looking for a sweeping fast line round the Melbourne Loop, the right-handed hairpin, to get better drive on the exit leading to Goddards, the left handed hairpin that caused him so much trouble Friday and Saturday. His fast line didn't work as Tom Sykes put his Kawasaki bang on the spot Rea needed to cover for the fast exit, forcing him to match Tom's speed.
A lap later, he tried the same thing. The lap after that, he moved his fast exit to the Esses and drove underneath Sykes into the Melbourne Loop, taking the lead from him. Unfortunately, entering Goddards, the last turn, he missed his braking and went wide enough for Sykes to take back the lead.
Two more laps, Rea tried everything he could, but nothing worked and Sykes put the hammer down. The last two laps, Sykes broke free and dropped his lap times to 1'28.5 for the last two laps to win his eighth race in a row at Donington.
Tom Sykes jubilantly punched the air as he crossed the finish line, taking a dominant almost flag-to-flag victory ahead of a very fast teammate. Chaz Davies finished in third four seconds behind Sykes and two behind Rea but Sykes's domination of the top step of the podium pushed him past Davies in the championship chase and reducing Rea's lead at the top by two points.
Lorenzo Savadori finished in a convincing fourth place ahead of Leon Camier who got faster at the end of the race, passing Nicky Hayden for fifth place.
Cameron Beaubier ended the race in tenth, making up for his unfortunate first race and giving Crescent Yamaha a small ray of sunshine in an otherwise forgettable weekend.
After the first race in the second half of the season, Jonathan Rea leads Tom Sykes by fifty-six points with Chaz Davies two points further back.
|1||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R|
|2||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2.017|
|3||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale R||4.437|
|4||32||L. SAVADORI||Aprilia RSV4 RF||6.423|
|5||2||L. CAMIER||MV Agusta 1000 F4||11.808|
|6||69||N. HAYDEN||Honda CBR1000RR SP||12.455|
|7||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati Panigale R||24.212|
|8||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Honda CBR1000RR SP||25.931|
|9||25||J. BROOKES||BMW S1000 RR||26.512|
|10||6||C. BEAUBIER||Yamaha YZF R1||26.955|
|11||81||J. TORRES||BMW S1000 RR||29.684|
|12||13||A. WEST||Kawasaki ZX-10R||35.433|
|13||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||35.862|
|14||12||X. FORÉS||Ducati Panigale R||39.240|
|15||15||A. DE ANGELIS||Aprilia RSV4 RF||45.790|
|16||21||M. REITERBERGER||BMW S1000 RR||46.252|
|17||99||L. SCASSA||Ducati Panigale R||56.488|
|18||9||D. SCHMITTER||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'18.282|
|19||119||P. SZKOPEK||Yamaha YZF R1||1'23.479|
|RET||11||S. AL SULAITI||Kawasaki ZX-10R||12 Laps|
|RET||10||I. TÓTH||Yamaha YZF R1||17 Laps|
|RET||94||M. LUSSIANA||BMW S1000 RR||18 Laps|
|RET||17||K. ABRAHAM||BMW S1000 RR|