BSB » Q&A: Tom Sykes - EXCLUSIVE.

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Hawkeye - Unregistered

November 08, 2007 11:22 PM

Toms my favourite, so I hope he wins it, especially on board a Suzuki. This could work out better for him than going to WSBK with Birdie, because he needs abit more experience on a superbike before stepping up to world level. And if he has a couple of solid seasons with Suzuki and impresses Paul Denning then he has a good chance of getting a motogp ride without having to do WSBK first. Far too many superbike riders queing up for a Honda motogp ride.

Hawkeye - Unregistered

November 09, 2007 3:08 PM

Isn't Schwantz supposed to be setting up a satellite Suzuki team with spies the number one rider, this would be good news for Tom as Spies wouldn't be in the running for the Rizla seat. Does anyone know if Spies tested at Valencia and if so, how did he get on? I would like to see someone like Spies get a ride instead of yet another 250 whizz kid. :rolleyes:

Marcster chief - Unregistered

November 10, 2007 11:27 AM

Spies did get a run at Valencia but from what i've heard he didn't really get much of a chance to stretch his legs on it as it was in 'Journo test spec' which basically means capped revs and a weird handle bar and footpeg set up. As for the Schwantz team i wouldn't hold your breath, There's been rumours of a third Suzuki since i started watching in 1995 but it's become as mythical in Motogp folklore as the lochness monster is to Scotland!

Chris - Unregistered

November 10, 2007 4:52 PM

I read in that Spies ran a limited number of laps on John Hopkins bike and managed a 1:34.8 with Hopkins settings no changes were made to the set up do to the time constraints. Without track knowledge it's impressive, he's right in the mix.

The consensus seems to positive for Spies. Pictures say a lot, he looks comfortable, if you haven't seen them take a look. I believe he's ready NOW! it's to bad he'll be spending another year in the AMA... It's a waste of his talent.

Get the Yamaha and Suzuki up to speed, both JT and Spies will surely shake the current order. Can't wait!

Hawkeye - Unregistered

November 11, 2007 5:22 PM

Thanks for that chaps. Must admit I don't keep up with AMA, but I have heared a lot of good things about Spies. Just hope he doesn't get the Mladin syndrome and enjoy being a very big and well paid fish in a small pond.

gsxrman - Unregistered

November 12, 2007 7:52 PM

Sykes is a good rider but one year in bsb does not make him a great rider.If he does well in 2008 then he has a great shot at the big time. Lets not forget there is a lot of good rider's out there and not many seats to fill. Good luck to Sykes but lets see where he is at the end of 2008. As for Spies he has the talent but, where would he goe and would he leave yosh suzuki? dont think so he is no1 in AMA for the last 2 years, i have seen most of the races this season he is class. But not proven on the world stage, could not see him leaving big bucks behind to go to a lower team.

Chris - Unregistered

November 12, 2007 9:56 PM

I know for sure though that he has expressed his desire for motogp. My only concern for him or any superbike rider albiet AMA, BSB, whatever series, is they come in at a disadvantage in riding style. Not coming up through the 125s and 250s seems to be key for success in motogp.

Personally, I don't think the riders are that much better, if any, it's just a different series altogether. I'm eager to see how JT will perform, he's a very aggressive superbike rider. How will this translate to the 800s?

In Kevin Shwantz describes how Spies uses the throttle in cornering and what he needs to change.

Good luck to Sykes I hope he achieves his goals, adapts, and moves up!

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