WSBK » Confident Sykes 'excited' ahead of Brno


After failing to maximise his potential at Motorland Aragon, Tom Sykes is eager to put the lessons learned in Spain to use at this weekend's Brno round.

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Nick636

July 17, 2012 10:38 AM

His points haul in comparison to recent Kawasaki riders says it all.

Still have high hopes for the pair. My favourite rider on my favourite bike. Come on Tom, get it back to where you were heading before Miller.

Though it will be hard to beat Biaggi around Brno. That circuit is to him what Miller is for Checa.

GO 66!
GO Kawasaki!

step up tom - Unregistered

July 17, 2012 12:04 PM

heard it all before,fastest in every test,found more speed,blistering pole lap times etc,new improvements etc, then come raceday everyone eats his lunch.looks like the spanish honda factory have nothing for rea,so jr should try for a ride with kawasaki wsbk and get some major wins for them

ex-loko.tkc-exe - Unregistered

July 17, 2012 1:02 PM

Sykes is going well after all, but other teams
also refine his pace and then looks some more near everybody, Kawasaki is thinking about
drive-by-wire or ride-by-wire...
but they should improve even more...in every case "chapeau" for Kawasaki this year, they are working hard, cheeers for them

i just hope they convince Randy De Puniet for a third factory Kawasaki next year

...for me JR to Kawasaki is strange and madness...

hope Kawasaki stay high!
lets enjoy races!

(but i also vote for an incoming Yamaha Corser-Haga)

Nick636

July 17, 2012 1:30 PM

@ step up tom

I love how you guys are making it sound like he's been there on a top piece of kit for YEARS AND YEARS... Let me break it down for you:

2009: Factory Yam, but in a team built for / around Spies' title attack.
2010: Factory Kawasaki, on the old dog. In fact a TERRIBLE race bike. Still got some shock results against much stronger machines / experienced riders.
2011: BRAND NEW BIKE, add to that spearheading a team in only his third year...? (Keep in mind 2010 and 2011 were with PBM (Possibly NOT the best team to win with?))
2012: New team, second year of development, MARKED IMPROVEMENT with undeniable pace, but obviously still things to be sorted / developed.

When compared to teams like BMW and Aprilia, they're not looking bad at all. Top 5 at present.

Rossi Lover - Unregistered

July 17, 2012 2:20 PM

@nick636 Love how you dimiss the 2009 Title winning R1. It won the title that year and did excellent in the hands of Melandri the following year. It seems to me that Sykes is very hard on tyres and / or cant make the tyres last a race. Perhaps he could steady his pace at the start of a race instead of trying to win in the first few laps, he obviously has the speed but does he have the skill to ride a bike for a whole race and still have tyres left to fight for a win. On this years results no. That bike in the hands of Melandri or Baggi, maybe Checa would be up there until the end most races. Seen your posts before and feel you dont see the wood for the trees, just my humble non championship winning opinion.

Nick636

July 17, 2012 2:45 PM

Rossi Lover

I do not dismiss the Championship winning R1. But that was his debut season (Yes, I know it was Ben's as well...) But, if you have ever cared to look past crash.net, you would find interviews with Tom where he is asked about the year at Yamaha, and it was like a Ferrari situation. Ben basically had a hand-picked team. Tom was given a crew chief, not allowed to choose his own. His crew BARELY spoke english, and when Tom would make suggestions they were brushed aside, and ignored, he was basically told to ride with Ben's setup... You can't race like that. And yes, Marco did GREAT on that bike, funny, an Italian doing well in a largely Italian team... And besides, Marco's BRILLIANT!!! AND BEEN IN MOTOGP FOR YEARS... Compare apples with apples my friend

Roosi lover - Unregistered

July 17, 2012 3:41 PM

@Nick636 why all the capitals, hard to understand your points you seem to jump from topic to topic, My point was top class riders will ride most bikes fast but they can normally ride them fast in a way to be fast for the whole race. Sykes does not seem to have that ability at the moment. Apples with apples, are they not in the same championship, with your logic Skyes is just filling seats, which I don't belive, he can be a contender if he / or the bike can be made to be consistent for the whole race. As for where a rider is born, do you think that an Italian team would only work well for an Italian, etc etc. I think you are wrong and its a very simplistic view. Again just my humble opinion.

Mason

July 17, 2012 5:37 PM
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@pcxmac

yeah, cuz Spies is doing so well on the champinship winning & leading yamaha. i don't like sykes to much as a person but i gotta say his racing has got better,

Mack - Unregistered

July 17, 2012 6:49 PM


Didnt Laverty win a few races in his first year on the R1 in his first year on a superbike? and finished 4th in the championship or somethin?...and he didnt bring any crew with him..JR also won in his first year(even held spies off at the nurburgring)on a bike not half as competitive as the R1

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