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jasonlewis - Unregistered

November 28, 2012 1:08 AM

Without question Mr. Sykes stands alone in 2012. Good job by Max, but if you know anything about this sport it was Tom Sykes all the way. Poles and wins on a Kawasaki would be a shocking achievement in the AMA much less WSB!! Awesome,amazing,incredible performance!

Pizdoff - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 1:44 PM

Bl00dy odd argument to my mind that Sykes amy not have been best because he didn't win any dry races.

Assuming Spratinthepie is correct .... and its certainly close if its not absolute - sod how the race was 'technically' classed, what matters is was the track wet.

Surley that's an argument supporting the point Sykesy is a class act....
Its HARDER in the wet innit?

Been more than a few good riders on not as good as the best bikes given the chance to shine over the years when rain evened the odds a bit.
Hell, look at the last Moto GP race even.

spiritinthesky - Unregistered

December 06, 2012 5:56 PM


1. yes it matters, genius. rain/mixed rain riding is
a very specific talent, that on average has a marginal matter on a rider overall value and performance. it's not harder, it's different from average. and 2012 was wet for half races, something you probably will never see for the next 20 years...
2. wet tracks allowed sykes to solve his main problem for all year that was tyre conditions on the last laps of a rice, his style he's so aggressive that he destroys tyre unless... yes, unless there's rain.
3. "assuming you are correct" you say, means you don't know that i'm correct..., but i am. that's just facts, not opinion. so you either didn't follow the season or you have memory/brain problems, this means your opinion is worthless


December 07, 2012 5:34 AM

@ spiritinthesky

The two facts you seem to constantly push aside and are very relevant is that the Kawasaki is BY FAR the youngest bike on the grid. And say what you like, that makes a MASSIVE difference. Other teams (BMW, Ducati, Aprilia, Honda and Suzuki) have had their current model of bike from 2008 / 2009. That is two extra years to work on tyre wear.

The second fact is that Sykes was fast in both wet and dry. At Brno he had the most epic battle of the year (Between himself nd Marco in race 2) where he pushed a MotoGP race winner on a much more developed bike to the limit right to the end.

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