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WSBK Losail, Qatar: Sykes concedes title race, aims to secure second

Tom Sykes is purely focusing on race wins in order to secure the runner-up spot at the final round of the World Superbike championship at Qatar.
Tom Sykes is purely focusing on race wins in order to secure the runner-up spot at the final round of the World Superbike championship at Qatar.

With an almost impossible 48-point deficit to turnaround on Jonathan Rea with only a maximum of 50 points available, Sykes needs to win both races at Losail and hope Rea scores one or no points across the final race weekend.

Bearing that in mind, Sykes is still targeting wins but with the goal of retaining the runner-up spot in the riders' championship in order to secure a Kawasaki Racing Team one-two in 2016.

“I am relaxed and looking forward to the races in Qatar and my ideal scenario is winning at least one of them,” Sykes said. “I feel we can go there and fight for the wins. It would be nice to finish the year with a win and if we can secure runner-up in the championship, it is not a bad season.”

Sykes feels he ultimately let a stronger title challenge slip away in the wet races, having struggled home in eighth during the wet race two in Sepang and finishing 12th after falling in the wet race two at the Lausitzring. What compounded his results was seeing Rea reach the podium in both races by taking third in Malaysia and a win in Germany.

“Not a great one [season] because I have definitely let myself down in the wet races but after a large part of the season had been completed I was not really expecting to be in a position to take it to the last round,” he said. “Looking to this weekend, I really enjoy the format of the floodlit races and I am a night owl anyway.

“I am also doing the press event to help launch the race weekend on Thursday, which includes some traditional coffee tasting. The weekend will definitely start well and hopefully we can finish it well, with a couple of strong results.”

Sykes holds a 19-point advantage over Aruba.it Ducati's Chaz Davies in the battle for second in the World Superbike riders' standings but the Welsh rider has the moment having won five of the six races since the end of the summer break.



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cassyo

October 25, 2016 10:27 AM
Last Edited 4 days ago

As you've said Tom: grab another win to secure the runner-up spot and spare some time for a well deserved coffee taste. Pushing the title story till the final round means you played your cards much better this season.



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