WSBK » WSBK Portimao: Sykes explains costly race two error

Tom Sykes reveals the circumstances of the unusual crash that eliminated him from contention in the second World Superbike race at Portimao.

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June 09, 2013 7:41 PM

re: "Sykes explains he clipped the inside kerb of turn one, which was higher than he expected, causing him to flip over the front of the Kawasaki ZX-10R, hurt his leg and damage the bike."

if this incident and lav's engine failure don't demonstrate how DAFT it is not having a 2nd bike on station...? then i don't know what does...?

ya know what, i'm willing to allow some of the forthcoming budgetary cuts, if it means we can do away with THAT rule... it's ASININE...!!!


June 09, 2013 9:11 PM

thats funny I thought the new rules are to get people to lease buy crap from manufacturers just like GPs.

Its not about saving money or making the show better, thats for sure. Get rid of Traction Control if you want to save money, the one bike rule for 'world' class racing in bikes is beyond ridiculous.


June 10, 2013 7:01 AM

Tough break Tom.

Showed great heart to still come out again. Pity you're gonna have to make up those points again though. But you can do it.

Once again, as others have said, the one bike rule is PATHETIC and saves NO costs.


June 10, 2013 7:51 AM

Stupid, Stupid, Stupid regulation!

Bring back the 2 bike rule, and if teams can't afford to run two bikes then they can run one if they want. The cost of the bike is almost inconsequential, as usual the technology gobbles up the pennies.


June 10, 2013 4:50 PM

There's no cost saving at all with this stupid rule, as teams do have a second, sometimes even a third bike, in pieces, in the truck. All it does is to create situations like this, that ruin the show by removing a top rider from the grid.


June 10, 2013 10:42 PM

Agree with everyone that has already mentioned the stupidity of not being allowed a 2nd spare bike.
Tom is making it hard for himself and is in a position to fall into the same sinerio as Marco did last year. Beating yourself. Although it's his 1st mistake let's hope he isn't to hard on himself and overstep the mark trying to make amends.
I do feel (as the commentators on FOX also mentioned ) he should have taken his place on the grid and let the team do whatever repairs they could have to improve the damage on the bike. Even if it wasn't perfect he still could have circulated and gained points IMHO.
Go Sykes.


June 11, 2013 8:09 AM

Get rid of electronics!!! They are what cost a fortune and what cause most of the problems! It hasn't done B.S.B. any harm, in fact the racing in that series is brilliant! I think though that once a rider is out of a race for whatever reasons, he shouldn't be able to join in, a few laps down, and mingle with others still racing for points. Also, say others fell or whatever, the rider who is so many laps down should be made to continue and finish the race doing full race distance if it means he can finish with a point or whatever. It kept getting said that Tom had re-joined the race as there could be points on the table, but he was 7 laps behind!!!!!! To me, once you are out, you are out!


June 11, 2013 10:15 AM

@ herewego

But he was in... When he wasn't out of course. And if he managed to get back in, after crashing out, and someone else crashes out and isn't able to get back in, surely that is there fault for crashing out in the first place. If they can then also get back in that is good for them. If not, tough...

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