Sykes claims World Superbike Championship

BRITAIN’S Tom Sykes sealed the World Superbike Championship in Spain yesterday, coming third in the opening race of the final round. The 28-year-old, who races for the Kawasaki team, said the emotion of the occasion was overwhelming. “I was shedding a few tears on the slowing down lap, I was shaking,” Sykes said. “I’m absolutely over the moon, so emotional. There have been lots of sacrifices to get here. Finally we are here – and what a feeling.” Northern Ireland’s Eugene Laverty won yesterday’s race at Jerez.