Sykes & Laverty Split Superbike Mains

Eugene Laverty (58) leads Tom Sykes during Sunday's second World Superbike race. (WSBK photo)
Eugene Laverty (58) leads Tom Sykes during Sunday’s second World Superbike race. (WSBK photo)

ASSEN, Netherlands — Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty split the two races during round three of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship at Assen Sunay afternoon.

Sykes dominated race one to get the sixth race win of his career and first of the season. The Kawasaki Racing Team rider rode a lonely race at the front thanks to an incredible pace that allowed him to pull away from the chasing pack already in the opening laps.

The 27-year-old gave Kawasaki its first victory in seven years at the iconic Dutch circuit.

Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) finished with a solid second after a successful overtaking maneuver on Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) at turn 13. Second works Aprilia rider Laverty was part of the three-way battle for second, but had some hard time in the last part of the race and finished third.

Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) was fifth at the checkered flag ahead of Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia).

Laverty fought off Sykes to win the nightcap after Sykes led the first 18 laps. Laverty made his winning move in turn six on the 19th circuit.

Sykes stayed close the remainder of the distance as Laverty took his fifth career victory and second of the season. .089 seconds ahead of Sykes.

Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) finished third with Rea fourth. Chaz Davies finished fifth.