WSBK » Sykes: May the smartest team win…


Tom Sykes is hoping he can get an edge on his rivals by getting his head down during Wednesday's official group test at the Moscow Raceway prior to the inaugural race weekend.

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Nick636

August 21, 2012 10:09 AM

Good luck Grinner, Loris and Team Green in general.

Silverstone was a bump in the road, but I hope you can bag some podiums and hopefully a win and close the gap to MM and MB. This team is going from strength to strength.

Painless

August 21, 2012 11:34 AM

Kawasaki deserve everything they get and it is great to see the "WORLD Superbike Championship" adding another venue. Unlike the "4 races in Spain, 2 at go-kart tracks in the USA and a few somewhere else" of that other series.

Nick636

August 21, 2012 11:50 AM

Painless

What about Italy? They also have plenty rounds... But I would love to see Suzuka, Sepang, Kyalami and COTA added (along with Argentina / Brazil, and then having the Italian and Spanish rounds rotating turns. Maybe grow the season to 15 rounds and then only allowing one round per country per year? Maybe 2?

That would be a TRUE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!

PS. Please don't hate on small details here, I am justr typing as I think, but I think that would be great.

PPS. PLEASE CUT MILLER!!!

Painless

August 21, 2012 12:04 PM

@Nick
Sounds good. I don't think any country should have more than one round. But as it stands that means two races would be lost. I think the Supers should go back to a more production based format so that the National Superbike classes can be closer related to the world series. We don't have Yamaha R7s, Honda RC45s, Ducati SP3s anymore and that is a great loss. Those homologation bikes are truly the classics of tomorrow and we have lost that.

Nick636

August 21, 2012 12:44 PM

Painless

The problem is, on one hand, you have the current format where WSBK is expensive, but for the guys involved, not ridiculously priced like "the other championship". On the other hand (Homologation bikes) you have SUPER expensive road bikes that only the rich and famous can afford anyway. I think Italy and Spain could have two rounds as bike racing is just so massive in those countries and they do have so many great tracks, but then the UK should also have two rounds (Which I'm happy with, 16 works too).

I also kinda get a secret little spike of joy when you see these guys getting close to MotoGP lap times.... hahaha

ze truth - Unregistered

August 21, 2012 12:49 PM

no chance of sykes winning anything except pole,a super fast bike that kwack,but sykes cant dig in and win,he gets overtaken in a race, then he folds easier than a well read newspaper, i will expect baz to win again before sykes ,hes a real fighter and wont give in the way sykes does

Nick636

August 21, 2012 1:38 PM

@ ze truth

What happened at Brno?

I am still shocked at how harshly people judge him. 2010, SH1T bike, 2011, current bike's first year, this year, first time with a decent team running Kwak. He battled Rea and won at PI, he battled a bunch of guys at Brno and came off best after Melandri cleared off, then fought Melandri ALL the way in race 2. I don't see anyonegiving Haslam hell for coming NOWHERE on the BMW (Which has twice as much development) or Laverty on the Prilla? Last year people wrote Sykes off and he came back and is sitting third, yet people think he's somehow lucked his way there above "Legends" like Rea, Checa, Haslam, Laverty etc. ALL with more experience and ALL on more developed bikes!

Boo - Unregistered

August 21, 2012 2:02 PM

Unfortunately being fast in qualifying can often bring into focus your race performances (Crutchlow suffered something similar in 2010), but Sykes really has done an outstanding job this year. I mean, really, who would have expected him to get the results he's had pre season?

It amazes me that people criticise him when he is 3rd in the championship and been on the podium 8 times, and more so when they compare him to his team-mate as if there is only one rider per team...

Baz has done brilliantly in a short time, but Sykes has been a linchpin for the whole project, so criticising him for not winning every race from pole - which isn't really that important in WSBK racing anyway - is a bit rich!

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