WSBK » WSBK Monza: Sykes reinstated to third position

Tom Sykes regains his third place finish in the second World Superbike race at Monza after the FIM reverses the stewards' original decision.

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pp916 - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 1:42 PM

A lot of people gettig their panties in a right tangle over this......suddenly Tom goes from hero to viliian? How fickle Percy Punter is......

The one's in need of vilification here are the officials not the riders, its up to them to correctly interpret the rules and apply them correctly. It would appear that their initial mistake was to only listen to Aprilia's side of the story and act on that without also consulting Kawasaki as they should have done. I can only assume that as a result of finalizing conversations with both parties they have now reached a conclusion in compliance with the rules. That's it, move on kiddies!


May 13, 2013 2:28 PM

Monza races was very good, but Sykes should be penalized because of his last lap move.

Imho the FIM should make new rules to force the riders, who leave the track to return the track only if they doesn't block any other riders and to let the riders (who was behind within 1 or 2 secs in the last timing line)let pass him without blocking them.
The current rules are not fair enough to he riders who didn't make mistakes.

(BTW that is why I hate the asphalt run-off areas. The gravel traps punish the rider/driver errors, but the asphalt didn't)

wjam - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 2:28 PM

If anyone wants to see how much tom Sykes lost as a result of running off track they need only look at the chronological analysis of the results on the superbike web site.

He lost absolutely no time at all in any sector on that last lap. In fact his last 2 laps were in the 1:42s despite the offtrack on the last.. Now that's some going to miss out a chicane and not loose any time at all. Even Guintolli only lost a half second, but it is clear the only person who lost any time was Guintolli. I like Sykes, but that is simply not fair. It that seems like the FIM just set a precedent to carry on across the tarmac runoff for no penalty at all as long as you don't make a significant advantage. I was pretty sure in the past you had to give a place up. If this was allowed then Guintolli would have been better chasing Sykes across the runoff rather than take the slower run through the chicane he was forced into by deciding to keep to the rules and stay on the track.

Dare to Live

May 13, 2013 2:39 PM

The keen MotoGP and World Superbike spectator could not be more spoiled than in 2013, competition could not be better, closer and aggresive. In both MotoGP and WSBK only a few points separate the top four or five riders.... Will it be Pedrosa, Lorenzo Marquez or Rossi or will it be Laverty , Guintoli Melandri Sykes or Davies ... only time will tell Roll on Le mans and Donington

Dare to Live

May 13, 2013 2:46 PM
Last Edited 1088 days ago

I Agree, Sykes had already passed Guintoli then re-joined without any advantage over his latest position. Of course if the runoff was not paved it would have been a different matter. Rules are rules and have been correctly upheld for this incident HOWEVER I disagree with it, I believe that as soon as you run off you should be subject to an immediate penalty. The paved runoff is there for the safety of the riders only.

In theory, once you have left the road you have crashed! (Its Road Racing afterall)


May 13, 2013 3:56 PM

Just look at history.

Sykes has NO history of being unsporting! He's probably one of the best spirited riders on track. He did run up close to Marco and avoided a much bigger "scandal".

At the end of the day, if Guinters wanted to take the position back he could have, easily, but by the next corner he had completely cracked off and I don't see why Tom should COMPLETELY stop to hand the position back. LOOK HOW FAR BACK GUINTERS FINISHED!!!

And I am a MASSIVE fan of both these riders.

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