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Double points for Sykes in Spain

Double points finish for Tom Sykes on a tough weekend for Kawasaki in Spain
Tom Sykes secured a double points finish on a difficult World Superbike Championship weekend for the Kawasaki team in Spain.

With Chris Vermeulen ruled out for the weekend, the team brought in Simon Andrews for the third round of the season, but the BSB regular suffered a broken ankle in a heavy accident in the second race.

While things didn't go to plan for Andrews, team-mate Sykes was at least able to trouble the scorers in both races, taking the flag in eleventh in race before battling an electrical issue to finish 15th in race two.

"I got a good start in race one and was happy enough with eleventh as we found some good consistency with lap times,” he said. “I was hoping to stay inside the top ten but we struggled a bit to sustain grip over the entire race distance but we got some points back on the board for the team. For race two I had another good start but unfortunately had a hiccup on the electronics and was then pushed back down. We then had a red flag so I had to start way back in 22nd place on the grid. The restart was difficult as I got a face full of cement dust and had something in my eye the whole race.

“It's a shame because I had really good pace and was lapping faster than in race one and feeling confident that I could move ahead. I got into a battle with the people in front of me who were doing slower laps which damaged my own lap times. Overall we've taken away some points this weekend and we'll keep chipping away and prepare for a good race with more luck in Assen."


Tagged as: Kawasaki , Spain , Tom Sykes

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muggs - Unregistered

April 13, 2010 6:42 PM

Can't blame the rider when the bike is just not competitive. The only time kawi ever won a Championship was with Rob Muzzy and Scott Russel. Kawi just can't figure out how to make a superbike or a motogp bike. They are fine in the Supercross and Supersport dept so go figure.

jasper - Unregistered

April 13, 2010 6:16 PM

Seems the only way for sykes to score points is just to ride around for a finish and hope a lot of guys crash out. Think it will be the usual paul bird sacking at the end of the year. When was the last time bird kept a rider for more than one year?



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