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Sykes previews Croft BSB round

“I've got to say I enjoy watching BSB with a cup of tea on a Sunday, it all looks pretty hectic out there at the moment!” – Tom Sykes.
Factory Kawasaki World Superbike rider Tom Sykes still follows BSB closely - with a cup of tea - when there is no clash with his world championship events.

The Yorkshireman won three races as a full-time BSB rider during 2007/2008 - then added two more victories as a wild-card on his ZX-10R in last year's Brands Hatch round.

Sykes is sure to be watching this weekend, as round three of an unpredictable BSB season takes place at his 'home' Croft circuit.

Ahead of the event, Sykes said: “Although Huddersfield is about an hour away Croft is still my local track and I've always had mega support there. I like the layout, it's fairly open and is a real 'riders track' like most BSB circuits!

“It's been good to me over the years with podiums in British Supersport and in my rookie year on British Superbike. There's always a great atmosphere and it's a top one to visit for both spectators and riders.”

Sykes also revealed some of the secrets to a good Croft result.

“The important section to link together is the two chicanes and then good drive down to Tower Bend,” he said. “There's also the fast left, right, right into Barcroft where you have to be dead smooth with the direction change. You also have to try and not be too aggressive all race-long or you can lose that last little bit of side edge grip at the close of the race.”

Speaking as a fan, Sykes said he is enjoying the spectacle of BSB 2011.

“I've got to say I enjoy watching BSB with a cup of tea on a Sunday, it all looks pretty hectic out there at the moment!” he said. “Some of the big names have made a couple of mistakes and to be fair that's shaping everything up quite nicely for the Championship.

“That last three rounds game [Shootout points' format] will be where it's at which may well fall into Tommy [Hill's] hands with his injury. I've got some great memories from BSB and that's what helped me get the chance I've got in WSB.”


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Firefly - Unregistered

May 11, 2011 8:04 PM

Way too early to say the bike is crap. For one there's only been three races and it's a new bike. It's not going to win from the outset. For two in BSB it seems to be doing fine with Easton. It has shown flashes of speed and I think Sykes will put that bike on the podium before the season is halfway over.

Nick636

May 12, 2011 8:50 AM

@ Firefly Agree fully. It's a brand new bike, and yes, after all the hype it's been a little disheartening, but look at BMW, that bike's in it's 3rd season, still hasn't won a race, RARELY been on the podium. Look at the Honda, it's ancient and only snapped 2 podiums this year? (And those at their home track) Good luck Tom, JOan, even Vermin, AAAHH, what the hell, Even ol Bird.



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