Sykes Lays Down Donington Gauntlet

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Tom Sykes topped the charts in World Superbike practice Friday at Donington Park. (World Superbike Photo)
Tom Sykes topped the charts in World Superbike practice Friday at Donington Park. (World Superbike Photo)
Tom Sykes topped the charts in World Superbike practice Friday at Donington Park. (World Superbike Photo)

NORTH WEST LEICESTERSHIRE, England – Defending World Superbike champion Tom Sykes topped the charts during the opening day of practice Friday at Donington Park.

The reigning champion was within half a second of his own outright circuit record and he takes an advantage of almost a quarter of a second into tomorrow.

Behind Sykes, the top ten in the combined three session classification, and therefore automatically into Tissot-Superpole 2 were Davide Giugliano, Sylvain Guintoli, Loris Baz, Alex Lowes, Marco Melandri, Eugene Laverty, Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam and Chaz Davies.

The EVO standings were once again headed by Niccolo Canepa (Althea Racing Ducati) who was 11th overall. Leon Camier (BMW Motorrad Italia) left it until the third practice to show his real potential moving into 12th overall just behind the flying Italian rider.