Tom Sykes was victorious at P1 in Sepang, leaving the reigning champion and his teammate Jonathan Rea behind to enjoy the second place. The first race of round 6 of the FIM Superbike World Championship weekend in Malaysia rightfully landed in his pocket. The Kawasaki Team Rider was able to take away an incredible win after giving the best lap in Tissot-Superpole.
Tom led across the start line on every single lap, setting a new lap record of 2’03.637 to go with his new track best of 2’02.246 which he had set to win Superpole just a few hours before the first race got underway. Tom now has 34 career Superpole wins, and 28 race wins, to his credit.
He had to thank all the fans for their support which he did via Twitter,
Really pleased and grateful to see so many nice messages from you all. The superpole and Race1 went to plan and I had a nice feeling......— Tom Sykes (@TheRealTomSykes) May 16, 2016
After the win, he told, “I really enjoyed the race. The bike was giving me plenty of warning, well in advance. We were able to respond in some laps in a good way and overall I am very, very grateful for all the hard work from Marcel, Danilo and all the mechanics. They have worked overtime. We have struggled to some degree over 12 months now, and this is the first time we have come a bit closer. The fact is that we were able to be consistent for race distance, which is very nice. We need to look to try and improve in some areas for tomorrow, because the other guys are fast. We had a bit of a gap today but everybody will aim to improve and we need to be one of those who also improve.”
However in a wet second Superbike World Championship race at Sepang he came eighth.His overall championship ranking is third.
After the second race, he tweeted,
...Unfortunately we just didn't make the correct setting for the wet so had a struggle in Race2. We will learn from this and start again. ????— Tom Sykes (@TheRealTomSykes) May 16, 2016