Sykes: The smartest team will win in Russia

Tom Sykes is hoping he can get an edge on his rivals by getting his head down during Wednesday's official group test at the Moscow Raceway prior to the inaugural race weekend.
Tom Sykes believes it will be the 'smartest team', as well as the fastest rider, that will prevail on the World Superbike Championship's maiden foray to the new Moscow Raceway, and he is confident Kawasaki can adopt that status.

Continuing to hold down third place in the overall standings, despite a frustrating weekend last time out at Silverstone, Sykes is looking forward to travelling to Russia, where he will be competing on the brand-new Moscow Raceway for the first time.

Prior to the race weekend getting underway, an official group test has been arranged on the Wednesday to allow the teams additional track time, something Sykes is keen to make the most of.

Indeed, the Briton feels the unknown nature of the Moscow Raceway could shake up the order and reward those that take best advantage of the extra running.

“I am looking forward to the Moscow race and it will be a new adventure for everyone. I am particularly looking forward to the one-day test to try and put some more miles under the belt and improve our race weekend.

“I think that this coming round will be very interesting and I am quite sure it will not only be the fastest rider but also probably the smartest team that wins.

“I am confident in Kawasaki and all of the team and I am sure we can have a good weekend. I have not heard much about the racetrack but I have seen a little video of it. I will go in there with an open mind. It is a new part of the world to me so I hopefully it will give me good memories to take back home.”

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Boo - Unregistered

August 21, 2012 2:02 PM

Unfortunately being fast in qualifying can often bring into focus your race performances (Crutchlow suffered something similar in 2010), but Sykes really has done an outstanding job this year. I mean, really, who would have expected him to get the results he's had pre season? It amazes me that people criticise him when he is 3rd in the championship and been on the podium 8 times, and more so when they compare him to his team-mate as if there is only one rider per team... Baz has done brilliantly in a short time, but Sykes has been a linchpin for the whole project, so criticising him for not winning every race from pole - which isn't really that important in WSBK racing anyway - is a bit rich!


August 21, 2012 10:09 AM

Good luck Grinner, Loris and Team Green in general. Silverstone was a bump in the road, but I hope you can bag some podiums and hopefully a win and close the gap to MM and MB. This team is going from strength to strength.

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