“I really appreciate that Kawasaki, Provec; all the team our sponsors, Motocard, Leo Vince and all of them have put us in the situation of fighting for the world championship. Hopefully next year we can be very consistent from the start.”
Kawasaki's best WSBK finish since Scott Russell won the title back in 1993, Sykes notched up four wins, nine pole positions and six circuit records during his remarkable 2012 campaign.
However, 'the Grinner' was particularly candid about where he felt he lost out on the title this season, pointing out in the post-race interview that his collision with Ayrton Badovini whilst running third on the final lap at Motorland Aragon would prove ultimately pivotal…
“It is times like this when I am cursing Ayrton Badovini, especially when he doesn't apologise. It has proven costly.”
Sykes will remain with Kawasaki for the 2013 season, where he will be joined again by Loris Baz.