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WSBK Losail: Sykes seeks momentum for 2016 fightback

Tom Sykes says he's going to take his performance in the final race of the World Superbike season as the positive momentum required for the winter.
Tom Sykes says he's going to take his performance in the final race of the World Superbike season as the positive momentum required for the winter break as he plots his way back to the top in 2016.

The Kawasaki rider missed out in the last round scrap with Ducati's Chaz Davies for the runner-up spot in the World Superbike championship after his team-mate Jonathan Rea utterly dominated 2015 to take the crown.

The 2013 World Superbike title winner felt the points deficit to Davies was too great to overhaul in Qatar but says he's still satisfied with claiming third place in the championship, while also taking four race wins and 11 additional appearances of the rostrum in 2015.

“There was too big a gap to bridge after the previous rounds in trying to take second place overall,” Sykes said. “I have to be happy with the third place result, and only being three-tenths of a second off the win in race two, on a circuit that is not my best. That is a big positive to take into the winter.

“In race one at Losail the traction control turned itself all the way up to full and the power was being turned down so that explains why I was losing ground. I tried to compensate but in race two were we close to where we needed to be. The two guys in front made an incredible race, passing each other so close but still able to maintain a lap time.”

Sykes heads into the off-season with the intriguing prospect of getting to grips with the new Kawasaki ZX-10R for 2016 as he looks to take back the ground lost on Rea as well as the resurgence of Ducati.



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Sykes, Qatar WSBK 2015
Sykes, WSBK Race1, Qatar WSBK 2015
Sykes, WSBK Race 2, Qatar 2015
Jonathan Rea, WSBK race2,Thai WSBK 2017
Davies,Thai WSBK 2017
Rea, WSS race, Thai WSBK 2017
Rea, WSS race, Thai WSBK 2017
Davies, WSBK race2,Thai WSBK 2017
Jonathan Rea, WSBK race2,Thai WSBK 2017
Jonathan Rea, WSBK race2,Thai WSBK 2017
Sykes, Jonathan Rea and Melandri, WSBK race2,Thai WSBK 2017
Sykes and Melandri over the line, WSBK race2,Thai WSBK 2017
Melandri and Sykes, WSBK race2,Thai WSBK 2017
Jonathan Rea, WSBK race2,Thai WSBK 2017
Jonathan Rea, WSBK race2,Thai WSBK 2017
Torres and Davies, WSBK race2,Thai WSBK 2017
Torres and Davies, WSBK race2,Thai WSBK 2017
Melandri and Sykes, WSBK race2,Thai WSBK 2017

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Mysticmeg

October 20, 2015 4:11 PM

Rea says hes had some input,influence on the new kawasaki ?,that may suit him,maybe he will be further ahead nxt year,on a bike he likes. Rea spent yrs on a honda that was behind the rest in terms of performance ,and hes the only guy able to win on it,its beginning to look like rea knows what hes doing setting up a race bike,roll on nxt yr



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