WSBK » Sykes: Great job at a difficult track

Tom Sykes brushes off a 'disappointing weekend by recent standards' as he drops some ground to Max Biaggi in the fight for the title.

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May 29, 2012 9:05 AM

Oh well...

Great damage limitation in the end. Still got solid points from a circuit where he/Kawasaki have never gone well. Now for Misano where they looked quite strong last year (Before the red flag). Then Aragon!!!

Go Tom.

Vilas - Unregistered

May 29, 2012 9:41 AM

Was like this Nick636.. I was tincking that he could be more competitive but tis track is very hard for the Ninja and we really see that Tom was him troubles on that corners he was allways playing defense lines and was not getting the speed he usually has on the exits.. Anyway he dont crash and bring home some points but i dunno about Misano.. Aim a little bit concern about the Evolution that BMW made since Donington its clear that they had evoluted the speed and general perform of the BMW will see

bruno boo - Unregistered

May 29, 2012 1:47 PM

This guy Sykes is so lucky, all the front-pack riders are so better than him and he stills on second place standings. Haslam, Rea, Melandri, Laverty, Guintoli and Checa are all behind him, keep praying to rain every race and he is a title contender.


May 29, 2012 2:35 PM

Hey Bruno

I knew I smelled a Troll.

So when has Sykes had good results in the rain this year? Even his Monza WIN was on drying track before it started raining... And where are the other Kawasaki riders beating him? Oh, wait, they're not. Podium at Phillip Island in the dry!!!

His list this year looks awesome, stop being a troll and comment somewhere else... Your argument is UNFOUNDED!!!

Observer - Unregistered

May 29, 2012 2:47 PM

It looks as though BMW and Rea have found some extra speed from the start of the season. That is making it tougher for Sykes. Kawasaki needs to figure out how to make the tires last. That seems to have been a problem for Kawasaki for years now.

bruno boo - Unregistered

May 29, 2012 2:52 PM

This is a Brit site, off course you all defend your home rider but even in UK there are better riders like Rea, Laverty and Haslam. Sykes is a good pilot, but that's all, not a title contender.

Sam Coleridge - Unregistered

May 29, 2012 2:54 PM

Sykes needs to be more aggressive or more willing not to be passed. Several times he not only loses one position but several and he never attempts to fight and take back the position. But too many times he appears to be a few-laps wonder boy. I like Tom and the Kawasaki and for sure Kawasaki has a bike that can compete and run up front. Something is missing though (maybe it's Lascorz' development input too)and the weight and pressure of the Kawasaki team is now upon Sykes shoulders.

It is early enough days since it is not even mid-point of the season. I think the near future it will be even more competitive with Rea, Checa and now Melandri tied for second. The fight for position will now become more difficult.


May 29, 2012 3:05 PM


You are very ill informed...I am not a brit... But the fact Sykes did with the old ZX10 what noone else got right, and has done really well on the new bikeis testament to how good he actually is. I would rate him better than Haslam and on par with Rea. And considering he is in joint second place with Marco Melandri, ahead of the defending world champ and chasing an ex champ and ahead of both Haslam and Rea and Laverty, I guess he IS a title contender... He's had podiums in the dry this year, many in fact, and is unfortunate not to have gotten full points for his win at Monza, and probably would've won the first race if it happened too... So, I guess you neeed to maybe start WATCHING racing.

Oh, and his race 1 performance had naught to do with tyre wear, his setup was wrong from the start and he drpped back in race 2 after a rather strong pass by Davies that basically dropped him from the tow of the BMW of Melandri and broke his rhythm (Which is quite a real problem to anyone wh


May 29, 2012 3:20 PM

Sam Coleridge

Some very fair points. But I think slightly unfair as the vast majority of testing and development has sat on Tom's shoulders from day one... With Vermeulen unable to put meaningful input in, Lascorz fresh out of Supersports, and Sykes, himself, a relative youngster in the series. He brought the bike a far way spending much time in Japan. Plus, lets take a look back at Kawasaki seasons past, and when last have they had one anywhere NEAR this good? Even last season was better than most. And that was the bike's maiden season... I say don't count chickens... Miller is possibly their WORST track going on past results, and it's notoriously hard to get a setup for. They have some strong tracks coming up.

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