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Zero to hero for Sykes at Silverstone.

Tom Sykes was in a buoyant mood after following up his faux pas in the first race at Silverstone with a podium finish in the second British Superbike outing from 17th on the grid.

With an eye on snatching back second place in the BSB standings from Leon Haslam, Sykes was running third in the early stages of the first race when he attempted a move down the inside of the chicane at Brooklands.

However, the Rizla Suzuki rider came in too quickly and clashed with Haslam in a collision that was enough to bring both riders down.

Although both got going again, Haslam finishing 11th with Sykes 12th, stewards would later decide to disqualify Sykes for the move, as well as move him back three rows on the grid to 17th for the second race.

“In the first race I wanted to go for the win and on lap three I made a pass which didn't work out. I was forced wide and hit Leon (Haslam). The organisers penalised me. I won't be dwelling on it.”

Despite being on the back foot, Sykes did a fine job of working his way back into contention, rising up to sixth by the third lap before picking off his rivals to eventually cross the line in third place, much to his delight.

“I am really happy to have delivered another podium to Rizla Suzuki. Race two was never going to be easy starting from 17th but I was determined to come through. It was a little too much to give away to go for the win but the podium is a just reward for the team.”

However, with Haslam winning that race, Sykes now heads into his final race for the Suzuki team with an 18 point deficit to make up on the Honda rider in order to take the runners-up spot.

Team manager Jack Valentine, meanwhile, has hailed Sykes' charge in the second race, even if he admits the penalty imposed on him was 'difficult to argue'.

“For Tom to make up 14 places from his start position in race two is simply incredible, there are not many riders capable of doing that. It would have been great to see how he could have fared if he had started from his normal grid position, I am sure he would have diced with Leon Haslam for the victory.

“Race one for Tom was a disappointment. It was early on when he collided with Leon and that effectively ended his chance for success. The penalty imposed by the Clerk of the Course was difficult to argue against and Tom took it on the chin, which is credit to him.


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Tommy Bridewell, Bennetts Suzuki, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Tommy Bridewell, Bennetts Suzuki, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
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