Sykes savours double British Superbike victory

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Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes made a triumphant return to the British Superbike Championship with a double victory at Brands Hatch.

The Yorkshireman took a break from the World Superbike series to dominate yesterday's races after coming fifth in Saturday's opening race won by Alastair Seeley aboard the Relentless Suzuki.

Sykes twice beat off the determined Ryuichi Kiyonari of Honda to take the spoils while the Japanese moved into the lead of the riders' championship standings.

"It's good to be back, good to race here, and to be out front in this race," said Sykes. "We made big changes to the bike after Saturday's race, so fair play to the team who worked so hard. This victory is a thank-you to them. It was hard and challenging but I loved it. [That] has helped us so much – now for the rest of our season in the world championship. It was the boost that we all wanted."