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Tom Sykes - Q&A

“Some riders like to go to these tax free havens but I prefer Leamington” - Tom Sykes.
By Christian Tiburtius

An exclusive interview with Kawasaki's World Superbike Championship leader Tom Sykes, who holds a one-point advantage over Sylvain Guintoli with four rounds to go...

Crash.net:
Other riders live in Andorra or Monaco, but you have decided to go for Leamington Spa?

Tom Sykes:
That's correct, yeah. Leamington Spa's a beautiful little town. I'm a bit of a family man; I like socialising with them there. My wife's from nearby in the Midlands and I also wanted to be centrally based for the airports and motorways.

I reckon I've got the best of all worlds there, I've got a lovely town, great countryside and I enjoy where I live very much. Each to their own though, some riders like to go to these tax free havens but I prefer Leamington.

Crash.net:
Are you ever recognised there?

Tom Sykes:
I'm a bit of a people watcher, I enjoy relaxing in the coffee shops there when I'm not doing training or DIY. I've been recognised the odd time, but I'm not recognised a lot. That's the thing with motorcycling, you spend half your time in leathers and a helmet and nobody's really seen you. I'm doing well, I'm certainly not in Valentino Rossi's league for being recognised though.

I enjoy it when I am recognised, of course I do, it's great that you get fans who are so supportive and behind you. They sometimes seem to feel a bit embarrassed as if they feel they're disturbing you, but they shouldn't do because I'm someone who doesn't mind giving time to them.

Crash.net:
Why do you race with the number 66?

Tom Sykes:
There's no real reason, I used to race with 36 and other numbers, I ended up with 66 because it looks symmetrical and it's kind of grown on me and now it's of great value to me.

Crash.net:
Is it true that you tested the Suzuki MotoGP bike before signing for Rizla Suzuki [in BSB for 2008]?

Tom Sykes:
Yeah I did. I think it was just a bit of a gift from Suzuki at the time, something that Paul Denning organised. By the time I'd managed to get a few laps on it it'd gone 5 o'clock in the evening and it was too cold for the Bridgestone tyres for a novice. It was a shame and I would have liked to have got a better opportunity to test it in better conditions. Obviously now I'd like to have a go to see where I stand.

It certainly didn't reflect any offers or plans. I only had about 8 laps, I'd much rather have had a test in better conditions.

Crash.net:
Was your wild-card ride in WSBK which got you your first full time WSBK ride?

Tom Sykes:
I was told I was being considered before that but I think it was my performance in the wild-card rides which put me on the map for the full time ride with Yamaha in 2009.

Crash.net:
Looking back, how do you think you did with Yamaha?

Tom Sykes:


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Sykes, German WSBK 2013
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Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014

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Vilas46

September 09, 2013 9:03 PM

My favorit British rider, simple person and a Professinal rider in every sence!! I have big respect for the riders and bikes from Aprilia and BMW, i think they build a big chanllage to Kawasaki and thats why i think we will only know the winner at Jerez..lol anyway my Vote is for Tom and the Ninja 4 rounds left GO TOM



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