WSBK » Sykes: Badovini’s silly mistake cost me…

Ayrton Badovini and the windy conditions prove detrimental to Tom Sykes during the eighth World Superbike Championship round at Motorland Aragon.

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limbus - Unregistered

July 01, 2012 11:21 PM

After doing 3 tests at Aragon this season, beeing 3rd on the final lap, 8sec. behind Biaggi and Melandri with Badovini, Checa (with speed deficit) and Chaz on his back I think its hard to talk about winning races not mentioning championship.
By comparison, looking at Haslams results this year, mostly close to the podium, it could be said that nothing has really changed in the BMWs garage, except for the fact that Melandri came. And he is winning.

That is what I would like to see in the Kawasaki s garage, they can keep Sykes, nothing on him, but they need somebody like J.Rea, De Puniet, Edwards, de Angelis...

190mph - Unregistered

July 02, 2012 9:47 AM

It's not so much the fact Sykes isn't winning it's that he's not even close to the winner at the end of the race. After declaring he was out to prove the doubters wrong and especially after setting that incredible Superpole lap again we're met with disappointment after the races.

We're at the half way point and Sykes and Kawasaki seem no closer to getting a dry race win despite all the Superpoles. A real shame indeed.

Unless good fortune comes their way the title challenge is over for Sykes (and Rea) with Biaggi consistently bagging podiums and wins.

Limbus has it right - Get Rea on that Kawasaki - a proven fast rider AND winner.


July 02, 2012 11:15 AM

Hard luck there in the first race big guy.

The second race was lacklustre, but I can imagine you might've been sore.

Let's hope the next rounds go better.

Limbus, Tom's results have also been mostly close to the podium... And De Puniet, and Edwards haven't exactly been race winners the last few years.

190mph - Unregistered

July 02, 2012 12:58 PM

hondafan, and it's a damn shame indeed. I had hoped Rea would've been in MotoGP by now but it looks less and less likely. And unless Honda have something up their sleeve for next year I can't see Rea ever taking the WSBK title on that Fireblade.


July 02, 2012 2:44 PM
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Edwards or de Puniet could do more with the Kwaka than Sykes. WSBK may have more exciting races than MotoGP, but the standard of field is lower. Melandri was little more than midpack on a competitive MotoGP bike, now he's a title contender in WSBK, beating a guy we all lauded for finishing second on a geriatric bike 2 years ago (and who has 1 years' extra experience of the team and bike). Likewise Checa and Biaggi, who were past it in MotoGP but dominant in WSBK. And as for Bayliss....

limbus - Unregistered

July 02, 2012 4:08 PM

There is definitely a difference between WSBK and Motogp in terms of drivers capabilities. Just look at Spies, so dominant in AMA Superbike and in WSBK, while now 3rd year on a factory ride (1st year satelite team, factory bike) and he has only few flashes (regarding podium finishes). He was rookie of the year but with the best bike on the grid.
Edwards was 2 time WSBK champion and those titles gave him Motogp ride (and later place alongside Valentino Rossi).
Randy is a fighter, lots of DNFs, but a fighter. :-))
And he was pretty good with that Motogp Kawasaki.

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