WSBK » EXCLUSIVE Tom Sykes - Q&A


Crash.net sits down with defending 2014 World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes to discuss the achievements of the past few months, the season ahead and his rather candid views on the new regulations...

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Nick636

February 01, 2014 3:40 PM

Very nice read.

Tom raises a very valid point about evo. The BEST riders want to go FASTER and faster. (Kinda what I said the other day about wanting to see records, wanting to see them go faster...) To do that they used to go to motogp. But now it is no longer the best riders who graduate but the most well-sponsored... so wsbk got faster and the motogp fraternity,teams, riders and fans threw a fit.

The world of PAY RIDERS created a need for wsbk bikes to get faster in a sense.

shamarone

February 01, 2014 4:33 PM

re: "where have improvements to the bike come from?"

"Kawazakee". (grinner accent)

re: "the gearboxes for me are stupid. I don't understand why they'd do it. You've still got three gearboxes and at the end of the day, if you've still got a small selection why not have an open selection? It's very strange."

they're dumb.

re: "It's more like a Superstock class. We've had a great Superstock series for years in World Superbikes.

and there it is. the influx of a few teams is NOT an indicator that Dorna is doing anything great. they were free to join Superstock at any time. smart man this sykes. a lot like s1 he is, and he's Worl' Champeen, go figure...? :)

shamarone

February 01, 2014 4:49 PM

re: "Superbikes has always been quite open rules. It's still production based."

World Superbike, parking kick a$$ kit in your driveway since 1988...!!!

re: "They are taking away nice tools from the best riders."

I know right...? juuurrkks.

re: "We're just the clowns that ride the bikes..."

...and now you're part of an actual CIRCUS. crazy innit...?

re: "everyone is maybe forgetting that Grand Prix is a fantastic philosophy, but it was always two-strokes."

no maybe about it.

shamarone

February 01, 2014 4:56 PM
Last Edited 328 days ago

re: "The Superbike championship has always been 600cc Supersport and 1000cc Superbikes. It's actually Grand Prix that's moved."

re: "Grand Prix have gone exactly towards Superbikes: 1000cc four-strokes and Moto2 is 600cc, basically Supersport. They've almost stepped on the toes of Superbike and now it's under the same management Superbike has been penalised to try and make Grand Prix stand out again."

the missus calls him hubby, the babies call him daddy, others call him World Champion (that's Mr. World Champion to you)... I call him GENIUS.

RSMick

February 01, 2014 7:06 PM

Tom and Shamorone, you might want to read your history a bit, GP was 4 stroke for 20 years before the 2 strokes came along, so you could say it its a fantastic philosophy but it was always for 4 strokes. You might want to add that it was also first tuned road bikes followed by prototype chassis with tuned roadbike engines (yes CRT), so in theory WSB trod on its toes first.

And WSB was what they are returning to, until FGS got hold of it.

Tom if you want to ride the bikes you say you do, get a ride in GP, oh I forgot, no one asked. He sounds a little like Edwards used to be and a lot like Corser.

ProfessorX

February 01, 2014 7:42 PM
Last Edited 328 days ago

Dorna's business model is pumping idols like Marc and Rossi, WSBK actually has (had?) close action, multiple (not just 1 or 2) make bikes winning races. Marc can be told to slow down for Jorge in 2014, but the guys in WSBK are actually trying to win the race and doing so much more successfully.

Switch Bridgestones/Carbon brakes w/ WSBK and vice versa and you will see WSBK times faster than MotoGP times.

It's an illusion, the difference in bike weights is less than the difference between Marc and Dani, or Marc and Jorge. Just hope the new engine leasing rules don't ruin WSBK and make it more costly for new entries and give priority to factory sponsored teams.

ps. I would rather watch Edwards or Corser than Rossi or Marc, any day.

The ironic thing is Dorna has a big opportunity to capitalize on WSBK, because if the CRTs were coming in to WSBK, the series would be so much better, rather than filling the GP grids with backmarkers.

shamarone

February 01, 2014 8:17 PM
Last Edited 322 days ago

re: "Tom and Shamorone, you might want to read your history a bit, GP was 4 stroke for 20 years before the 2 strokes came along"

yes we know, but we're talking modern era. big bikes. ya know, something not filmed in black and white...? something you could get arrested on. many 4T's from back then still show traces of steam residue from their previous life.

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