[Kawasaki]SBK Rd.12 Race1 Kawasaki Wins Manufacturers’ Championship After Double KRT Podium

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Tom Sykes and his fellow Kawasaki Racing Team rider Jonathan Rea secured second and third place finishes in race one at Jerez today.

As a result Kawasaki won the Manufacturers’ Award for the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship season – for the second year in succession.

Both Kawasaki Racing Team riders knew they would have strong opening races after Sykes had scored his eighth Superpole of the year this morning, with Rea just one place behind him on the grid. In the warm and dry opening race neither was able to keep the pace of eventual winner Chaz Davies for all 20 laps.

Rea took an early lead but Sykes passed before the end of the first lap, and held his lead until lap four. Despite Tom setting the fastest lap of the race on lap three, Davies passed him one lap later and eased away to a lead that would become a win.

Rea ran behind Sykes for a time but as the race unfolded Sykes eased out an advantage that grew to 3.8 seconds at the flag, closing up the gap somewhat to Rea’s championship lead. Third in race one was still positive progress for Rea, as he had never secured a podium finish at Jerez before today.

After race one Tom is 44 points behind, with one more Jerez race left to run and two more to come in the final round in Qatar in two week’s time.

The headline success today, for all involved from KHI and KRT, was securing the Manufacturers’ Championship with three points scoring races left to run. With three races and a possible 75 points up for grabs still, Kawasaki is an unassailable 80 points ahead in the manufacturers’ standings.

Kawasaki riders – either Rea or Sykes in each case – have already taken 14 race wins in 2016, with eight 1-2 finishes. There have been 38 individual podium finishes for the official Ninja ZX-10R riders.

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