WSBK » Sykes content with ‘productive’ test

Tom Sykes works on race distance pace at Motorland Aragon in an effort to capitalise on his stunning qualifying form.

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ex-loko.tkc.exe - Unregistered

June 22, 2012 11:22 AM

mmm, good! but i think the others also are improving soo much, that do a near ride, and if Kawasaki can stay to the final of race, or only arrive with tyre in bad conditions... can see a victory in WSBK is expensive,
nobody expects other thing

good races for everyone around the world,
and by my part Cheers for Kawasaki and Suzuki


June 22, 2012 12:35 PM

SBK dot com zazu...

Nice to hear they've found some tyre life. And it's almost certain Tom'll be on pole, after he unofficially smoked the circuit record earlier this year. Let's hope he takes the double!!!



June 22, 2012 1:02 PM

As soon as Tom starts coming forwards at the end of the race rather than gradually fading, he will be unstoppable. There's been a huge improvement since last year but he still seems to have tyre management problems. Perhaps he needs to slot in behind a front runner at the beginning of the race rather than trying to run at the front as much as he can from the start?
Both Biaggi and Checa make a decent start, run at a good pace and preserve their tyres and then push for the front at the end when it counts.


June 22, 2012 1:16 PM


I've seen that suggestion made a few times, but I think, if it was that simple he would. Apparently following is actually a lot harder than getting out front as you start paying more attention to the bike ahead of you than your braking marks and your line... And it gets highly demotivational if you start falling behind... But I think he will get there. To me it sounds like electronics issues that need tweaking (look how well the BMW is lasting now they got their 'lectrics sorted...)

I hope he makes it work. This year is already a MASSIVE MASSIVE STEP from last year and it is still a relatively young bike, so I hope they have some more in the bag. Tom has proved so many haters wrong already, can't wait for them to take that final step.

jimbob - Unregistered

June 22, 2012 2:44 PM

Biaggi 1.58'8 (race tyres), Laverty 1.59'4 (race tyres), Baldovini 1.58'7 (qualifying tyres), Fabrizio 1.59'8 (race tyres),

Sykes (times info from another team) 1.58'2 Quali, 1.58'6 Race tyre.
50+ laps 1st day wet, 80+ laps 2nd day dry

Mack - Unregistered

June 22, 2012 3:10 PM

Frankie Chili on Sykes

"Tom is strong in Superpole, but he seems to fade at 60-70% of the race distance. Perhaps it's a tire problem. He brakes very late and has to restart from zero, so he stresses the tires considerably, and when they start to wear out..."

Perhaps it's the way Tom rides that is the problem here,i have said it the last two years that he needs to be more like Rea and brake earlier+with less force + carry more corner speed+like Jr get on the throttle really early to maximise the Kwak's speed down the straight..

But of course i will be shot down in flames for suggesting this...

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