WSBK » WSBK Assen: 'Confident' Sykes aiming high at Assen


Kawasaki's Tom Sykes is hoping his 13th World Superbike pole position will yield some luck as he seeks victories at Assen.

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prof-x - Unregistered

April 27, 2013 10:01 PM

His time today would have put him in front of all the CRT bikes and the satellite Ducatis in last year's qualifying session. His time in qualifying today would have put him less than 1/2 a second behind Casey Stoner's fastest race lap (2012 Assen race winner). And this was on a track that was recently 'wet'.

Sure those were Pirelli Qualifiers, but Pirelli doesnt make as good a tire as the GP BStone slicks, even with the nobbling that occurred with the front tire in 2012. Put Sykes on BStones and watch him destroy the CRTs :) I really wish they would wild card him, his crew and his bike at PI and show up the field. Of course that would mean Carbon brakes too, not just the better rubber :)

prof-anity - Unregistered

April 28, 2013 2:12 AM

The superbikes can use a new engine every race if they choose so are in a higher state of tune than a crt bike. As for saying that the bstone tyre is better , well it's better over 20 laps but doesn't have the outright grip over one lap that the Pirelli qualifying tyre has.

prof-x - Unregistered

April 28, 2013 9:37 AM

The superbikes dont have pneumatic valves, expensive motors and prototype chassis to build around the tires which are also superior to wsbk tires. Please guys, you keep harping on about how MotoGP is so much more limited on the motor but I bet you could rebuild a wsbk motor, for 5 or 6 races at a cost that is still lower than the low volume manufactured GP motors/transmissions.

Paaaaleeeease. There is a thing called the length of the bike and it effecting the amount of braking and acceleration, sure the power comes in handy further down the straight, and the carbon brakes make for better performance over a race/hard braking, but to be sure, the diff between a SBK and a GP bike is not as big as you guys think. Especially with the weight limits going up in the GP category.

prof-x - Unregistered

April 28, 2013 10:01 AM

@prof-anity, just because a tire has more grip doesn't mean you can push the tire harder :) The BStones can handle more 'work' / temperature, that is why some of the people were supposedly complaining about having to put heat in to the BS tires.

Your assumption is that the pirelli qualifier provides more grip than the Bridgestone, yet you cannot prove this :) How do you know the Bridgestones do not provide more grip at proper temperatures and last even longer? Because they have to be able to manage higher loading, ergo the compound must be able to grip sufficiently enough to provide the pilot an opportunity to load the tires to that extent.

The tires are the biggest difference between MotoGP and WSBK, and isn't it convenient that both series are using control tires :) What ever is good for business and TV.

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