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Sykes 'very annoyed' with race two debacle

Tom Sykes is disappointed that it took several crashes on a contaminated circuit for race direction to halt the second World Superbike race.
Tom Sykes says he was 'very annoyed' that his attempts to get the World Superbike second race at Silverstone stopped earlier were ignored after he and several other riders crashed on fluid at turn 18.

The Kawasaki rider had started the second race from the pit lane after deciding to change to wet tyres, but was making steady progress up the order in the treacherous conditions when he fell on lap ten.

Furiously gesticulating to marshals that there was fluid on the circuit at the final turn, several riders would take a tumble in the same position, prompting the race to be stopped.

However, Sykes said he spent two laps waving for the race to be stopped and was frustrated it took for him to crash for the race to eventually be halted. Even so, the Kawasaki rider was still classified 12th to go with the eighth he managed in the similarly tricky first race.

“The general conditions in race two I was very annoyed about,” he said. “For sure there was some contamination on the track, it was very greasy and I saw it for two laps and had tried to get the race red flagged. Lots of people crashed and it was red flagged on the lap I crashed.

“Now, lots of people have been put in the results from previous laps. It could have been worse today but I am disappointed that we did not come away with more points when we could have done. We are still third in the championship so we will just forget this one and move on.”

With his team-mate Loris Baz finishing first and second ahead of him, Sykes remains third in the overall standings, two points ahead of Carlos Checa.


Tagged as: Silverstone , Kawasaki , Tom Sykes

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Nick636

August 06, 2012 9:06 AM

RTP10R Another keyboard warrior that probably didn't watch the races. It was a weather effected weekend. And where Sykes has got results in the dry as well as the wet, Baz is new and has only gotten results in changeable weather conditions. Now, I'm not saying anything negative about Loris, as his performances are STUNNING thus far. But Sykes has been through plenty and got brilliant results. Maybe you should learn a little bit about these things before criticising so easily. By your logic, Biaggi is not showing the potential of the Aprilia after yesterday, Checa is not showing what the Ducati can do (Though he is the defending champ)...



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