Out of the 5 World Superbikes outings this year, Tom Sykes on the works Kawasaki ZX10R took the Super Pole 4 times but none of them have converted to victory. However he did finish in third place in both the races at the Donington Park round of the World Superbike Championships. This year’s Donington races will be etched in the annals of BMW Motorrad forever. While the first race produced their first ever victory in World Superbikes in the hands of Marco Melandri and second place also being sealed by the second factory BMW S1000R of Leon Haslam, the second race turned out to be a nightmare for the Bavarian manufacturer with both bikes being involved in a controversial last corner accident that saw Haslam limping across the finish line a full one minute after the winning Honda CBR1000RR of Jonathan Rea had crossed it. It is very much evident though that BMW is quite happy at finally breaking the duck and taking its first victory in World Superbikes after having been around for more than a couple of seasons. Jonathan Rea took fourth position in the first race while Max Biaggi on the Aprilia RSV4 Factory and Carlos Checa on the Ducati 1198 rounded of the top six.
In the second race, victory went to Jonathan Rea while Max Biaggi took the second position with Sykes in third place yet again. Leon Camier on the Crescent Fixi Suzuki, Sylvain Guintoli on the Liberty Racing Ducati and Ayrton Badovini on a BMW rounded off the top six positions in the second race which was marred by the last corner incident that lead to the demolition of the factory BMW squad, though Leon Haslam took the last and final point scoring position of 15th.
Biaggi is at the top of the points table in the World Championship despite not having won a race and Tom Sykes, thanks to his consistent podium finishing performances has moved into the second place on points. Biaggi has a total of 128.5 points while Sykes has 123.5 and Jonathan Rea has a total 108 points so far while reigning champion Checa is in fourth position with 105.5 points while Marco Melandri and Leon Haslam are in 5th and 6th positions with 97.5 and 89 points respectively.
In the constructors points table however it is Ducati which leads with 161.5 points while Aprilia and BMW are in second and third position with 139 and 131 points. Kawasaki is hurting because there is no rider matching Sykes and their cause has been harmed immensely by the accident that has badly injured Joan Lascorz and Kawasaki have not yet found a proper replacement for him. They are in fourth position on 129.5 points.