Sykes satisfied after `tough` test.

Tom Sykes has admitted his return to action with Yamaha Italia was 'tough' after being struck down by a bug that forced him to miss half of the test at Kyalami.

Looking to get more miles on the Yamaha R1 under his belt, Sykes managed just 16 laps on the first day before deciding to sit on the sidelines in recovery.

Although he didn't return to the circuit until half-way through the second day, Sykes made steady progress until the end of the test, eventually emerging with the 12th quickest time.

Despite being 1.6secs adrift of team-mate Ben Spies, an ailing Sykes was pleased with the progress made and hailed the efforts of the Yamaha team for improving the bike every time he went onto track.

“It's been a tough test! I missed one and half days through this bug I've had so was a long way behind with laps. When I got out I still managed to get some good laps in and the team were brilliant, they improved the bike massively every time I came in. I've got a very sore shoulder from falling today but it's nothing serious.”

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Hellboy - Unregistered

December 16, 2008 5:15 PM

Marc - then read the articles! Then you would see that Sykes did only a handful of laps in first two days due to illness, and then on last day was thrown from bike - mechanical failure, not rider error - and he damaged his shoudler and broke his foot (this bit reported subsequently). Agree that Spies is fast but give Sykes a break (no pun intended....) and lets see them back to back when both are fit. He was a true battler in BSB, and whilst he has a real challenge on his hands to be on the podium in WSB, give the guy a chance.

twoddle - Unregistered

December 16, 2008 8:55 PM

I'm afraid Sykes should in no way be on a factory bike, Haslam handed him his backside on a plate and gets a who knows what from stiggy, total knee jerk from Yam after a good showing in one of the british rounds, just top ten if he is lucky...Nori shouldn:t have left.. hopefully spies will pull it out of the bag he appears to be good enough...

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