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Sykes loses time at Imola

Tom Sykes paid the price for his lowly 16th place starting position during the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Imola after managing just a ninth and 12th place finish.

Still reeling from his heavy accident during free practice on the Friday, Sykes found himself at the bottom of the Q2 timesheets during Superpole and with plenty of ground to make up in the races.

Benefiting from various retirements to scale the leaderboard and finish inside the top ten during race one, Sykes was still unhappy with the way his Yamaha R1 was performing.

"I had a good start in race one but still struggled for grip as we have been all weekend with the rear of the bike. We improved it a bit for warm up this morning but in the race I still struggled."

Although happier with his bike in race two, Sykes found himself stymied by the actions of rivals cutting the chicane, which lost him a significant portion of time.

“We made a change for race two but I got a bad start. The bike felt faster and more consistent though but unfortunately I kept getting caught up by a few riders cutting the chicane and I ended up losing a second here and there.

“Towards the end I had one lap where I was having huge slides so I was looking back at the tyre to see if there was anything on it and lost maybe two and a half seconds."


Tagged as: Yamaha , Imola , Tom Sykes

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simon green

September 29, 2009 11:55 AM

You boys really have NO idea. Backmarker, never has a pen name been so appropriate!!! If you had any idea of the level of the competition involved and what Tom has achieved this year, you wouldn't be sitting on your ****s writing bulls**t about something you obviously don't understand. Point one: put up against what his team mate has achieved on the same bike, for sure Tom looks like an under achiever. But remember this- Spies beat Mat Mladin, possibly the hardest motorcycle rider ever and certainly the quality of the AMA, 3 years on the trot on identical bikes. He is being touted as a replacement in Moto GP for JT, himself a 2 time WSB champion. So Ben is obviously something special.



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