Injury curtails Sykes Yamaha swansong

Tom Sykes finishes his one and only season with Yamaha WSB ninth in the standings, but with no podium finishes to his name
Tom Sykes' disappointing tenure with Yamaha in World Superbikes was brought to a frustrating conclusion in Portugal after he was forced to withdraw following qualifying.

The Briton had been ailing with a shoulder injury all weekend, the legacy of his two accidents last time out at Magny-Cours, causing him to miss out on a position in Superpole.

Indeed, x-rays would later reveal Sykes had a potential crack in the bone that would render him unable to tackle two race distances without considerable discomfort.

A bitter end to a season in which Sykes showed consistency, but was unable to reach the podium at any stage, he was disappointed to exit the title-winning team on such a low note.

"We came here this weekend aware of the injury but still looking to give it everything and end the season on a high,” Sykes, who finishes the season ninth in the standings, said. “Unfortunately further x-rays yesterday at the Clinica Mobile revealed a potential crack in the bone which riding is aggravating further.

“I'm not able to ride to my best ability so unfortunately for my health needed to sit out the last two races. I'm very disappointed for the team as I wanted to repay them for the hard work they have put in for me all year."

Once back to full fitness, Sykes will next be seen in Kawasaki colours after announcing a deal with the Paul Bird Motorsport prepared team in the run up to the final round. He will join MotoGP refugee Chris Vermeulen.

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Edwin Hernandez

October 27, 2009 1:27 PM

I thought Brittish fans were hard core fans? Why is everyone attacking this guy? Spies was just the Alien in this pond. I think him being sacked from the team was down to Cal needing to move up and Toseland needing to move asisde for Spies more than Syke's results. Sykes wasn't too bad for a roockie IMHO. It's hard to see him (or anyone else) doing any better on the Kawi, but who knows...

pp916 - Unregistered

October 27, 2009 5:58 PM

Good on ya Rawdawg, and you're right, Tom has had a hard rookie season but he was always hired for his future potential, not to win races straight off. There's a lot of reasons it hasn't worked out as well as it should have, Spies being one....naturally all the teams attention has been sucked in that direction and Tom has, to some extent, suffered as a result. He will be happier with Paul Bird and if the promised improvements are made to the Kawasaki he will be fine....this year has to be seen as a 'character buiding' season.

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