WSBK » Kawasaki to drop PBM, Sykes for 2012


The decision was made just before Sykes completed the manufacturer's first WSBK win since 2006.

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Midlife - Unregistered

September 04, 2011 7:36 PM

Excellent news that green is out, be nice to see the team on something good again to go back to their proven winning ways. Good Luck !! look forward to seeing PBM back up the front where ever they end up.

kwikkwak - Unregistered

September 04, 2011 7:37 PM

Typical.Walker was sacked too after giving Kwak their best results for years.Why make that decision after just the first year of development of the new bike?give it another year at least,then review.Why not drop Vermuelen and keep the rest as it is for next year?In some ways i hope PBM keep the Kwaks,develop it their own way and kick the factory teams ****s next year.After all they have all the data from testing and races alread,or does that go away with the factory?

trr - Unregistered

September 04, 2011 7:43 PM

Sorry to hear that especially on the day of their first win but after the big scandal this year I thought that the japanese will drop them.
However they should not have let Sykes go, he is the best Kawasaki rider for years (I expected Vermeulen to be that one, big mistake it was) he deserved to be kept. If they get Melandri (and Dosoli) than it may be understandable cause Lascorz and the also spanish Provec team have their ties already so there was no room for Sykes. In case getting De Puniet, I am not sure if he would be a better choice as Sykes. I hope Tom will find a competitive ride for next year, Aprilia anyone? :)

GIXXER - Unregistered

September 04, 2011 7:52 PM

Probably for the best for Sykes and PBM in the long run, get a set of decent bikes and run them instead, after what they did to walker and now sykes kawazaki arnt gaining many fans in the UK.

Ben1 - Unregistered

September 04, 2011 7:57 PM

Paul Bird is very proud of this win, but this is Sykes' succees, not Kawasaki's or PBM's. He is riding great in the wet, he would have taken victory on a Liberty Ducati, Ten Kate Honda or even on a Supersonic Ducati, its nothing about the competiveness of Kawasaki. The performances in the dry show what the bike is worth.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

September 04, 2011 8:25 PM

Wrong Ben1 - It is a team sport - yes Sykes had to ride brilliantly, but he wouldn't have won without a superb wet setup and that comes from having excellent people in the pit such as Phil Borley.

Sorry to hear this news - maybe PBM will run the Yamahas next year?

Constantinos - Unregistered

September 04, 2011 8:49 PM

In my opinion the factory is acting normally.
I understand the british guys,especially after this win but the fact remains,the bike is capable for more.
Sykes IS the nicest guy but this is not enough.
The rest of the championship will show that during dry races the team is going to straglle.
Also the Japs cannot forget the drugs issue.
The best revenge will be the remaining races...
Vermeulen has to leave the team NOW!
Melandri+Dosoli is the best option.

oldtimerMKII - Unregistered

September 04, 2011 9:10 PM

I hope PBM & Sykes can stay together and carry on racing in WSBK. Paul has been great for bike racing over many years, both as a team owner & a sponsor of riders. Best of luck to them in '12.
Much as I admire the rider, I hope Mark Aitchison doesn't get a works Kwakker ride, I don't think I could stand listening to Jack B. telling us "I told you so" every 5 minutes.

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