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Sykes rereleases statement about Kawasaki future

"It is clear from Tom and also Kawasaki that there is a strong desire from both parties for there to be an ongoing relationship…"
Tom Sykes has released a statement suggesting that his Kawasaki career is far from over, despite the news that the PBM team has lost its factory contract for 2012.

Just hours after Sykes handed Kawasaki its first WSBK win since Chris Walker in 2006, in a soaking wet second race at the Nurburgring on Sunday, team owner Paul Bird announced the following:

"Having learned this morning [Sunday] that we wouldn't be running the Kawasaki team next year was a massive blow and the team responded magnificently with our strongest performance of the season. As well as us, Tom was told his services would not be required next season so what better way of proving a point than giving the factory its first victory in five years, but you have to say they make some great decisions don't they?"

However, a statement from Sykes released today [Tuesday] makes clear that his negotiations with Kawasaki are continuing and that 'there is a strong desire from both parties for there to be an ongoing relationship'.

The statement read:

"In response to recent events, and as the sole appointed party responsible for negotiating Tom Sykes' ongoing contracts, we can confirm the following:

"Tom remains a fully committed Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM) team rider and will continue to do so for the duration of his current contract. For the remainder of the season Tom's primary focus is to produce the best possible results for PBM and Kawasaki, as his recent win at the Nurburgring would confirm.

"It is clear from Tom and also Kawasaki that there is a strong desire from both parties for there to be an ongoing relationship that can reap the full benefits of the work done to date. Discussions regarding this matter are in progress at this time.

"Once Tom's plans have been finalised, these will be communicated via ourselves in the usual manner. In the meantime Tom will continue his role as a professional WSBK rider, doing his utmost to represent PBM and their associated sponsors, Kawasaki, and his own personal sponsors in the best possible way at all times."

Provec Motocard.com, which runs the Kawasaki team in World Supersport, has been tipped to take over from Paul Bird Motorsport.

Bird signed Sykes on a personal contract for the 2011 season after Kawasaki's decision to retain Chris Vermeulen and honour a long-standing agreement with Joan Lascorz.



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matto3227

September 06, 2011 11:35 AM

Think Tom should take this opportunity to get out & get as far away as possible from the Kawasaki garage. How many times can the same company dump on one guy? If the rumours of potential offers from BMW, Suzuki & Ducati are true then he should do the wise thing and get out and take his pick of decent rides. Kawasaki have treated him poorly before and they will do it again... Staying will only give them the chance to do so again.

trr - Unregistered

September 06, 2011 12:06 PM

Very glad to read this, I think Sykes deserves another chance and I would like to have him in the green garage. Lascorz better on a superbike or not, we dont know it yet but what is sure that Sykes rides with his heart till the end and gave the Kawasaki-fans something to cheer about in the last two years. As a ZX-owner I would be sad if he would leave the greens. If he had to find a new home, hope he avoids BMW (Haslam can not get podiums on that bike) and Suzuki (no matter that the new gixer comes or not, that company has absolutely no real commitment to racing nowadays). The 1199 will be strong for sure but still a totally new bike with a new monoque frame and side rear spring so absolutely different from the present modell, that is a bike which starts with 0 data. 2012 could be Kawasakis year if the new team grows up to the challenge.



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