WSBK » EXCLUSIVE Marcel Duinker (Tom Sykes’ crew chief) - Q&A

"If the rider doesn't trust something in the crew chief, mechanics or bike then they don't open the throttle" - Marcel Duinker.

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August 08, 2013 11:12 AM

As far as I'm concerned, I reckon what Tom has been able to do this season is a pure partnership between Tom and Marcel. Everything seemed to come right when they started working together. He's obviously one clever man, I just wish that he could at least wear a bit of lipstick for when the camera goes to him so as to try to compete with Manuela!


August 08, 2013 1:39 PM

Really interesting article. Was good to get an insight in to how the team work in the back ground over a race weekend.

I like his approach how the team should run like a Swiss watch and keep everything clean tidy and organised. Then in turn this keeps the mental concentration up. Could learn from this apply this in other areas in life.

I think its amazing how much Tom has progressed and grown since his BSB days @ Suzuki. Also was surprised he is the leading Brit I thought that it would have been Laverty


August 08, 2013 2:55 PM

Entertaining and more importantly educational. For any fan of motorcycle racing this type of interview with intelligent questions asked of a frank ad open expert just adds so much to one's enjoyment of the sport. Mr. Duinker certainly has a handle on his role in the team. It must be great to have him as your crew chief!


August 08, 2013 4:07 PM

We know that this is not just music to hower ears, its really a fact that the Team improve a lot and aim glad for all because i never understand why Kawasaki bikes that are well design, with all the good pointst of a racing machine, the bike is skinny and small, the engine is powerfull the material is top qualaty the electronics are from latest generation i mean was obivius that somethingh on the setup of the bike was not clear enaught on the old Kawa Teams... I bealive that if Kawasaki allready have had Marcel Duinker worcking on the 2009 and 2010 project even that model of the Zx10r would had been more competitive that it was... and offcorse like he mention and we have been saying Tom had grow a lot and now he can really show is potencial has a rider, aim very happy for that to i allways enjoy when riders can turn there situacions around and wach this is very nice.. I hope he can be Champion i will be very happy if that happen they has a Team deserve...


August 08, 2013 4:24 PM
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Very good article. These interviews on Crash are top stuff. He wasn´t really impressed with the work that the Paul Bird crew had done in the past!!
I would guess that Paul Bird and his crew will take this as an insult. But result speak for themselves.

But I guess that Kawasaki has also improved the bike it self a lot. It can´t only be the setup. Paul Birds crew can´t be that bad looking at how they are doing in BSB.


August 09, 2013 4:15 PM

Good interview and it's interesting to see the path one takes to get to a top level such as Crew Chief and a successful one at that. I like his approach in terms of keeping a clean area, mechanically sound and the one voice thing to limit rider and staff confusion. Interesting the amount of rider mental management involved.


August 09, 2013 4:17 PM

Agree Einar he did down play the advances and concentration that Kawi has made to make the bike competitive. I'm sure it's much more than he eludes to and taking a bit too much credit as his mastery of suspension setup as key to success. Agree it's part of but not only reason. However, I still like his approach.

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