Tom Sykes says if he was offered a nine-point advantage for second place in the World Superbike championship before the Magny-Cours round he would have accepted it as he aims to lockdown the clean sweep for Kawasaki.

Sykes helped his Kawasaki Racing Team secure the world teams’ title in race two of the French round, having already seen team-mate Jonathan Rea seal a historic third consecutive world riders’ title in race one, leaving just the manufacturers’ crown remaining in 2017.

With second the target for Sykes in the riders’ championship to secure a clean sweep of top honours for Kawasaki, the British rider is pleased to keep hold of the runner-up spot by nine points from Racing Ducati’s Chaz Davies considering his quick recovery from surgery on a fractured finger and wrist less than two weeks ago.

“I am still second place in the championship, nine points ahead, and if someone had offered me that two weeks ago I would have probably taken it,” Sykes said. “The team has two good riders inside the camp, it is a great team who give us a great motorcycle. It is a big team effort.

“Yesterday it was the Riders’ Championship with Jonathan, today the Teams’ one and if all goes to plan we will get the Manufacturers one as well.”

Sykes concedes his favoured tyre selection for race two at the French track didn’t pay off compared to a softer option which saw his charge from the reversed grid restrained to seventh place.

“We chose a harder rear tyre today which did not quite work for me today in the cooler conditions, but the temperature seemed quite cold for the softer compound,” he said. “After a couple of laps I struggled to get the bike into the turn, and especially out of turns.

“I tried to compensate in other areas but with a few drops of rain I could have done with that softer compound rear tyre.”


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