WSBK » Faulty hose clip washes away Sykes victory dreams

Tom Sykes misses out on the chance to assume the World Superbike Championship lead after retiring from the front of the first race at Assen.

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April 22, 2012 8:42 PM

Such a shame, he probably would've won in the atrocious wet conditions like last year.

His rear tyre was awful in race 2, he had absolutely no grip.

The wins will come, and he's still well in the hunt in the championship. Go Kawa!


April 23, 2012 7:14 AM

Ahhhh, Tom.... If it weren't for BAD luck...

My fiance thought we had a burglar in the house or something as I was sscreaming and swearing at the TV when I saw the puff come out the back of his bike. I don't think Melandri was catching him as much as he was just managing tyres to avoid past mistakes.

Then the bad tyre choice in race 2. Such a tough break.

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April 23, 2012 11:12 AM

Tom Sykes described the errant part as 'costing 50p' having owned several Kawasaki's I'd like to know where he gets these bargain price parts! I remember being quoted over 3 quid for a fairing bolt the size of my thumbnail.


April 23, 2012 2:20 PM

" I don't own a bike but i'm pretty sure the kwak racing team don't buy the parts from there local dealer, they will get trade price not shop price. Posted by Mason"
No zhit, Sherlock! Yes, they'll probably go to Partco or Brown Bros or Halfords.
Or how's this for an outlandish suggestion, they check the teams imprest (look it up) stock, write out a requisition, email it to the Kawa factory, and the factory sends the stuff to the Team.
There's also usually a stall in the paddock selling consumables (I bought some fuel pipe from them at Monza).


April 23, 2012 3:21 PM

Sykes and Kawasaki can really challange for the title by the looks of it, which is fantastic both for him and kwak. I do wonder however, whether Sykes is following the wrong tactic or not by trying to pull a gap at the start every time. So far it doesn't seem to be working for him, maybe he needs to keep his cool until half way through the race and save tyres for later on ?

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