Kawasaki's Tom Sykes has hit out at World Superbike rookie Michael van der Mark after a pass by the Pata Honda rider left him with no option but to run off the track in race one at Phillip Island.

Van der Mark drew alongside Sykes as the pair prepared to tip into Doohan Corner as they battled for fourth place, but Sykes was forced to pick his bike up and was pushed out wide, dropping down to tenth place.

Last year's championship runner-up managed to battle his way back to sixth, finishing one place behind van der Mark, and later claimed the Honda rider could 'easily' have left me some room.

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"In race one I was given no room going into turn one and had to run wide. It was one of those things and he could have easily left me some room, but he didn't," said Sykes.

"It changed the outlook of my race but we have come away with some points on the board."

Sykes, who started from eighth place on the grid after missing out on a fast time when Superpole was cut short on Saturday, finished fourth in race two after a lack of front-end feeling curtailed his chances of battling for the rostrum.

"In race two we made some changes to the bike set-up and I was able to be with the leaders in the beginning of the race but unfortunately we had some limitation with the front feeling," he explained.

"I was not quite able to put the bike where I wanted it and suffered a little but in the middle to exit of the corners. Jonathan did a great job for Kawasaki and that was good to see.

"Now we will leave Phillip Island with a lot more information and I hope we can use this to be stronger in the next rounds."

Sykes is sixth in the championship table after round one on 23 points, 22 behind team-mate Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam, who are tied at the top after taking a victory and runner-up finish apiece.


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Tom has a limited memory which allows him to put his mouth in gear before selecting his brain.
He needs to cast his mind back to Silverstone 2008 where a kamikaze move on Leon Haslam resulted in a race disqualification as well as a grid penalty for the following race.
I was at Woodcote and could see his rediculous speed into the corner, this move was far worse than the one by Van der Mark.

A lot of "I don't like Tom, so anything he says is rubbish" people posting on here. Well VDM's comment about his own move rather shows them up for what they are - blinkered idiots. I'm no fan of Sykes, but what he said was correct about that move.