WSBK » Sykes relieved to get Kawasaki renewal


The former Yamaha rider started his third season in the top flight this year after securing a third PBM Kawasaki for 2011.

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Sweeble

April 08, 2011 11:57 AM

There's this terribly frustrating feeling of being almost there with Tom. I just feel that if he could just shove that Kawa onto the podium once, he'd be back in the groove. If only he'd stayed on in the first race at Donny!

Nick636

April 08, 2011 12:59 PM

@ Sweeble.

Agreed fully. I missed the first rece, how far behind 3rd was he when he came off?

I do think it's just gonna take that podium though and shackles could come off. Happy to see both him and Joan competitive, imagine the shock of the haters when they BOTH fighting for podiums??!?!?!?!javascript:insertTextCursor('comment',%20':-o')

do it - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 2:19 PM

good for sykes, he deserves to be treated with respect.

however, i believe joan will be the one to make the kawi a consistent competitor.

chris v and kawi need to re-think his situation

Giancarlo Falappa - Unregistered

April 08, 2011 5:19 PM

By mid year of 2009,I knew that Tom was a bit cursed to come along with Spies.Yamaha simply had too many people contracted for 2010.IMO he performed much better on the Yamaha than JT did.This is merely my opinion and based purely on the results.It is in no way intended to slight anyone,as what they all do is a very difficult task.They all have my respect.GF

Michael Cyprus - Unregistered

April 09, 2011 7:44 AM

Tom is an excellent rider, what was missing in last year quest was luck of self confidence due to Kawi's problems. This year is a different story! He started building his confidence again and eventually he will come up along with Joan Lascorz. Their bike is a leading machinery and they will be rewarded with positive results.

Don-R

April 09, 2011 9:04 AM

@ Giancarlo Falappa

'IMO he performed much better on the Yamaha than JT did.'

Very debatable that, GF, cos despite his awful run of crashes Toseland at least stuck it on the podium a few times including a couple of runner up spots. Tom never even ran in the top 3 all year and never looked like he might. If he'd have bagged at least one podium for Yamaha, or even shown significant improvement throughout the year it would have been difficult for Yamaha to turf him out, but he didn't quite do enough unfortunately. Being given a shot on a factory bike can be career-detrimental if you don't grab the chance and make an impression, and that mediocre year on the R1 is dogging Tom's prospects even now.

ZX10Rob

April 09, 2011 2:24 PM

Don-R you are not factoring into the equation Toseland's wealth of experience and track knowledge. Sykes' season on the R1 was his rookie year and, his first year on the world scene. Taking that into account I have to agree with the former post that Sykes had a better season on the Yamaha.

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