WSBK » Sykes ‘proves’ that wind scuppered Aragon hopes


Tom Sykes believes his lap times during testing at Motorland Aragon are indicative of how the high winds affected him during race day around the same circuit.

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Rea fan - Unregistered

July 03, 2012 7:43 AM

Love tom but thats a bit rich in saying that the wind was what contributed to poor results. THe Kawasaki has a inherent problem chewing up the tires.. FACT!. just because he is fast in testing when the competition arent reaaaaly pushing to the max doesnt mean he couldve won. Just look at the rounds before, its been the same story (in the dry) when the bike shoots to the front then gets reeled in by riders/ bikes that have better tire management.

MartinJSUK

July 03, 2012 9:16 AM

JUST six-tenths of a second outside the lap record, although admittedly later in a run? If you lose even half of that every lap in a 20-lap race that's six seconds, as opposed to the eight he lost in race one. The proof of any progress the team have made won't be seen until future races.

xyz - Unregistered

July 03, 2012 9:23 AM

considering his fastest lap was on lap 17 is saying something since his tyres have been flogged after 10 or so so far this season. and it was faster than melandri's fastest from race day.

dunno if you guys ride but the wind can play a massive role in how a bike handles. look at some of the old go bikes that they used to drill holes in the fairings so they didn't get blown around as much. same idea with the tiny seats these days.

Boo - Unregistered

July 03, 2012 9:24 AM

To set a time like that on the 17th lap of a run is more impressive than it looks - in the races Melandri et al were in the high 1.59s towards the end of a 20 lap race.

Of course you can argue you lose time tussling with one another and Sykes lapping in clear air means this isn't definitive proof, but I think he's trying to say the bike seemed more composed over a long distance without the wind.

huff and puff - Unregistered

July 03, 2012 12:36 PM

so whats he sayin? the wind slowed him down,but did not blow on anyone else to slow them down,surely it affected everyone equally,sounds like a bit of an excuse for not being up front and winning, a load of hot air methinks

carboncanyon - Unregistered

July 03, 2012 4:11 PM

I've been enjoying watching Sykes rise up this season... but this is a ridiculous claim. The wind affected everyone, not just Tom. If Kawi and Sykes can figure out how to preserve the tires better I think he's a legitimate contender... otherwise he'll be remembered as that one-lap wonder.

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