WSBK Misano: Sykes: Hand injury is slowly improving

Kawasaki's Tom Sykes heads back to Misano looking to rebuild his advantage at the head of the 2014 World Superbike Championship standings.
Tom Sykes says the hand he injured in his clash with team-mate Loris Baz is 'slowly improving' as he looks to build on his shortened World Superbike Championship lead at Misano.

Returning to the calendar after a sabbatical in 2013, the Marco Simoncelli World Circuit in Italy represents a challenge for the Kawasaki team, Sykes pointing out that its 'small' layout prevents him from getting the ZX-10R 'rolling'.

Nonetheless, Sykes – who saw his WSBK lead reduced to 13 points after his costly exit with Baz at Sepang -, is certain he can get the Kawasaki working regardless, but admits there remains a question mark over his hand.

“Misano, in general, is a circuit with quite a few corners and is built on a smaller scale than some others. Kawasaki and myself have worked hard to develop a Ninja ZX10R that can be competitive on a mixture of circuits. We have proven that. In the combination of myself, the bike and the team I feel confident that we can be competitive anywhere.

“My hand is slowly improving and we are back on track this weekend, so we will see how we go for the races on Sunday. I will have a good chat with my crew chief Marcel on Thursday at Misano and we will see how I we can arrive at the best possible race scenario on Sunday.

“Misano is not the most enjoyable layout as a rider because it is very small and there is not so much room to let the Ninja ZX-10R get rolling. It is the same for everybody, however, and I feel have ridden well there in the past. Will try to ride well there once more this weekend.”

Last time out at Misano in 2012, Sykes qualified on pole position but finished fourth and seventh

Tagged as: Misano , Kawasaki , Tom Sykes , Sepang , baz

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Sykes, race two, Malaysian WSBK 2014
Guintoli, Melandri, Sykes, race two, Malaysian WSBK 2014
Guintoli, Melandri, Sykes, race two, Malaysian WSBK 2014
Sykes crash, race one, Malaysian WSBK 2014
Sykes crash, race one, Malaysian WSBK 2014
Sykes, Malaysian WSBK 2014
Sykes, Malaysian WSBK 2014
Jonathan Rea, WSBK race2,Thai WSBK 2017
Mahias, WSS,Thai WSBK 2017
Caricasulo,WSS, Thai WSBK 2017
Hayden,Thai WSBK 2017
Davies,Thai WSBK 2017
De Angelis,Thai WSBK 2017
Badovini, Thai WSBK 2017
Kyle Ryde, WSS, Thai WSBK 2017
Tuuli, WSS, Thai WSBK 2017
Mulhauser, WSS, Thai WSBK 2017
Mahias, WSS, Thai WSBK 2017

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


June 18, 2014 6:27 PM
Last Edited 171 days ago

shamarone: re: "Was a Sykes fan since he came to SBK until that post race interview comment on Baz, seems someone has a bit of entitlement now." he holds the #1 plate. if he doesn't get to expect certain things...? who does...? i don't think it's too much to ask that you NOT BE TAKEN OUT BY YOUR OWN FRIGGIN' TEAMMATE during a title defence.
The #1 plate does not entitle you to expect a paved road to the next WC, you have to earn it all over again. The rest really depends on which side of the fence you sit on with regard to the Baz incident. I saw it as a racing incident, not the idiotic death lunge that others make it out to be. Baz has just as much of a right to challenge for the WC, and my feeling is that if he (or others) start beating Tom fair and square, you'll start seeing that nastier side of Tom more often.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.