WSBK » WSBK Rider of the Year vote: 1st


You voted in your thousands, but there can only be one winner... This is Crash.net's top ten countdown to the 2012 World Superbike Rider of the Year as voted for by you!

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fairplay - Unregistered

December 30, 2012 8:48 PM

So if he was the best rider why did he not win the championship?. He had a fast bike but was unable to look after or ride with worn tyres. Sorry but Sykes is not in the same class as Biaggi,and is never likely to be, Rememeber Max has has raced and beaten the best for about 20 years.

RG500 - Unregistered

December 30, 2012 9:44 PM

Too many brits voting for their homeboy I'm afraid..... Let's face it Sykes got beat by an OAP!

Good on yer Max, going out in style! No 1 in my book!

TalentFan

December 30, 2012 9:59 PM

@ Fairplay & RG500. Yes, whether or not his personality and antics are popular outside Italy anyone with a brain (Brit or other) would admit that Max is a Class Act.

However - you are overlooking a couple of relevant points, such as..
* the fact that TS made few errors & took a Kawasaki to Poles & Podiums like no-one has managed for a very long time.
* Max was on the Aprilia - a fully developed bike originally designed as a MotoGP bike - would he have taken the title if he was on a Kawasaki?
* Max dropped the ball and made rider errors that nearly threw away his WC (Melandri managed to it away) - Sykes brought the Kwak home always - it took a machine failure or a Badovini for Tom to DNF.
I didn't vote, but I'm happy to see Sykes get the kudos for a phenomenal effort.

Grinner Phan - Unregistered

December 30, 2012 10:16 PM

Glad to see that ppl are noticing Tom talent matched with
Kawasakis engineering is a doable equation of success in wsbk. Expect this campaign to duplicate 2012 with some. Bring it home(championship) as pbm has done in bsb. team green!

professor-x - Unregistered

December 30, 2012 11:37 PM

sorry guys, but Sykes+Kawasaki outclassed the field from round 1, if Pirelli and Bridgestone switched classes I have a feeling a lot of you would question your own existence. The tires are the reason why Sykes didnt win this year, and win by a very large margin.

Ask yourselves, what advantage is there to providing inferior tires to 'lessor' classes??? What would happen if WSS were given some dunlop moto2 slicks??? Time to wake up.

bauli - Unregistered

December 31, 2012 12:00 AM

how can you make tyres that do not fit a single bike, while all other similar bikes are ok with those tyres?
you can't.
(unless it's ducati vs the others for obvious reasons).
but if tyres are ok for Bmw, they should be ok for Kawasaki.
the difference is that Sykes is not Melandri nor Biaggi, he still has to learn how to ride a full dry race at the top without destroying tyres...

so it's Sykes fault, not Pirelli's.

why don't you blame corners next?

professor-x - Unregistered

December 31, 2012 1:37 AM

Tom's bike worked with those tires too, he was able to get the most out of them for a few laps, others couldnt manage Sykes one lap pace on those tires. Saying Sykes couldnt use those tires is mindless.

Saying those tires are weak sauce is completely justifiable because GP bikes with their Carbon brakes and more power load the tires harder for longer (tires=energy sinks), their tires are made to push harder, Pirelli's are not. Go back to last year, and the only one who could make their tires work was Checa/Ducati.

Checa even admits this years tires were made for the fours, because it was getting ridiculous what he could do with those tires and how he could leave people in his dust.

Pirelli has a lot of say over who wins and who doesnt, is this racing?

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