WSBK » New winner Sykes refocuses ahead of Imola

Having courted the headlines during and after the Nurburgring round of the World Superbike Championship, Tom Sykes and Kawasaki are now concentrating on Imola.

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Hand that feeds you! - Unregistered

September 21, 2011 8:03 PM

Seems like Birdy is trying to put something special together and Tom sayin to the press that he isn't going with him? He already walked away from the PBM Stobart team once,Birdy will feel betrayed if he turns his back on him again after all he has done for him (and racing in the U.K also)


September 22, 2011 6:41 AM

@ Hand that feeds

I don't think Birdy would hold it against Tom if he had to look out for his own interests and try keep a factory ride.

They're few and far between at present.

Also, if it wasn't decided that Tom would not be wanted for 2012 by Kawasaki, Birdy shouldn't have said it was. Tom is merely setting the facts straight.

I think there's massive respect there.


September 22, 2011 9:03 AM

@ Nick636

You're spot on there. PB has been in this game long enough to know that young talented riders such as Tom will naturally go for the ride with the best prospects. PB has done a lot for Tom and many other riders (including Stuart Easton, McGuinness, Shakey, etc.) but he doesn't hold grudges when they move on. Its the nature of the business, and besides he will have big names to choose from if and when his new team is formed.

Good luck to Tom this weekend! His performance last year was one of the highlights of the championship.


September 22, 2011 9:23 AM

Indeed IOM

And I hope he keeps doing what he's doing. A lot of people have a lot to say about Bird. But he gave Sykes a chance when noone else would. And I hope he'll be the guy to bring Easton to WSBK when he's ready because that kid is a big talent.

I wish him all the best with his future teams. Good luck to both

trr - Unregistered

September 22, 2011 2:17 PM

On an italian website it is suggested (if the google translator is correct :) ) that Sykes has signed with the PBM-team and they may run Aprilias in 2012 with Camier as well. Hmm, if it is true that means Kawasaki has a big fish for 2012 or they are fools.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

September 22, 2011 10:37 PM

@trr - that news is already out of date - As I posted yesterday on another thread, Paul Bird was due to have a meeting with Aprilia about running a two man satellite WSB squad, but has changed his mind and is now discussing with them the possibility of Aprilia supplying engines for a MotoGP CRT team which he is setting up. The frame is due to be made by GP Motorsports - the firm which made swing arms and other parts for Kenny Roberts team and Carmelo Ezpeleta of Dorna has already pledged his support - interview with Paul Bird on page 86 of yesterdays MCN.

trr - Unregistered

September 23, 2011 4:36 PM

For me the news was that Sykes has already signed with PBM, cause it seems a bit odd. He was negotiating with Kawasaki according to the latest news after last round. Anyhow, good luck to PBM in MotoGP or wherever they go!

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