Tom Sykes says Loris Baz showed 'a lack of respect' to his team and the manufacturer when he opted not to observe an order from Kawasaki to yield second place to his title-challenging team-mate, adding that their coming together in Sepang ultimately cost him the championship.

Having come into the weekend with a 12 point advantage over Sylvain Guintoli in the standings, Sykes would leave Qatar having lost the championship by six points after only managing a brace of thirds compared with his rival's two wins.

However, it is the first race that has courted most controversy after Sykes' team-mate Baz refused to give up his second place on the road to Sykes, despite observing a similar order in Magny-Cours.

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With Baz claiming he owed it to his team not to yield, though an angry Sykes admits the result didn't directly lead to him losing the title, he feels the youngster - who leaves Kawasaki for a ride in MotoGP next season - owes it to the manufacturer that developed him to give something back.

"I lost the championship by six points," he told "OK, race one wouldn't have given us a world championship, but it is not the point.

"It is my own opinion, but he has had some strong years at Kawasaki learning from my data and from the team, but he wasn't in the shout for the championship and the very least he could have done was acknowledge and show some respect to the team, Kawasaki and myself."

Referring to their coming together at Sepang earlier in the year in what would prove to be Sykes' only DNF of the season, the Englishman says he is sad to have been proven right that the incident ultimately cost him the title.

"We have had a great year, but we have had one non-score through another rider's error. Like I said to my team at the time, that could prove costly. I hoped I wouldn't be proved right, but on this occasion I was right.

"I mentioned this in the press and there are many critics that jump on your back, but what I think everybody saw was a lack of respect to not only your team, but your manufacturer."

Despite the disappointment of losing out on the title, Sykes insists he will come back stronger in 2015.

"I am very sad not to regain the world championship. It was a possibility to become one of very few riders to do the double so I am very disappointed.

"I can't turn back the hands of time and I can't be too sad for too long. Unfortunately this circuit it came down to the title decider and we were a little on the back foot compared with our competitor. That's racing. We will try again next year."


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The way I see it is that in the heat of the (post) race I can understand TS comments......however.......

No one wants to see a championship won on 4 races where he's given a position.

It would be like Roy Hodgson phoning Didier Deschamps asking if he would field the Under 15s in the World Cup Qualifiers.

Congrats to Sylvain...its been a long time coming. Commiserations to Tom, better luck next season.

Sykes needs to man up & take it on the chin (at least that part of him is big enough).
Yes he lost points in Sepang but Guintoli also lost points when he had a coming together with Melandri.
Truth is, Sykes had a 44 point lead after Luguna which he let slip. Nobody else to blame, not the bike. Sykes rode like a girl in Magny-Cours when it was wet, and come Losail, Guintoli did exactly what was required whilst Sykes choked.
Ultimately the best man won.
And next year Rea isn't going to pull any punches.

After the second race on french Eurosport Baz made an interview and he said: " i do not want to say details but my team mate was really not nice with me all a long my carreer at Kawasaki. So i just want to say what goes around comes around. I did listen to team orders in Magny Cours, but here i was on the podium and i Did what i thought was right and fair."

Loris is a great guy. Sylvain is a great guy. Not sure for Tom. Karma has spoken.

Great couple of races!! Lots of respect for Sykes but he's gotta quick crying about Baz not 'letting' him pass on team orders!! I'd bet money that Marquez would never complain or need Dani to let him by! Baz was prolly like Screw it, I'm in MotoGP next year!!