Sykes misses title by 1/2 a point...

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Sykes misses title by 1/2 a point...

Postby MadKaw » Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:14 am

Super Sykes Only Half A Point From The Title On His Ninja ZX-10R!
WSBK, Magny-Cours, France, 7 October 2012
Finishing third and first in the Magny-Cours races Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) only lost the world championship by half a point, in the closest finish the series has seen in all its 25 years. Sykes and his team had to overcome the wet conditions that suddenly showed up on raceday morning with little time for preparations by his crew, but despite this Tom rode his Ninja ZX-10R with style in race one, only giving best to rain specialist Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri. Eventual champion Biaggi fell and no-scored in race one and gave Sykes an opportunity to win the title in race two.

Tom led with conviction and pace for the whole of race two, seeing off an early challenge from Eugene Laverty to record his fourth race victory of the season. Biaggi was fifth in race two and that was enough for the Italian rider to win his second world championship by only half a point.

Sykes, wearing a Joan Lascorz tribute helmet this weekend in honour of his injured team-mate, won the hearts of the crowd with his brilliant determination and spirit to be champion against the odds, having made up 30 points on Biaggi and only losing the chance of overall victory by half a point because of a quirk of the championship scoring rules.

Tom had known after winter testing that he would have the chance to challenge in 2012, but his and the entire team’s performance had exceeded all expectations. He has taken four wins, 13 podiums in total, nine pole positions and three fastest laps.

Loris Baz, Sykes’ team-mate had a tough home weekend, going tenth in race one then falling hard at high speed in race two. He was taken to hospital for tests afterwards but was later released, suffering just extensive bashes and bruises. He finishes his season as a replacement for the injured Joan Lascorz in 13th place, having only joined the series in Donington.

Team Pedercini Kawasaki rider Claudio Corti was ninth in race one, and then 12th in race two, strong results that put him 24th overall after only one round. His Magny-Cours team-mate Alexander Lundh had a heavy crash in practice and injured his T7 and T8 vertebra, although not seriously. He missed the Magny-Cours races as a result.

The title deciding Superstock 1000 FIM Cup race was held in wet conditions on Sunday morning and the race was won by Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki). Bryan Staring (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) lost his outside chance of the world title when series leader Sylvain Barrier finished second and took enough points to win the crown. Staring was fifth in the race after falling early on and working his way back up, and fourth in the championship, one place behind Guarnoni. Leandro Mercado fell and no-scored today.

Tom Sykes: “We were on pole, took a new circuit record, got a podium and then a win and pulled back 30 points on Max Biaggi. Not easy against a rider of his level. Yes, obviously there is a massive disappointment on one hand because we were only half a point from the world championship! But on the other hand, being realistic, we are very happy and we have - by far - overachieved on expectations this year. We have been very strong and I think this weekend we have been particularly strong; partly because of this Joan Lascorz replica helmet I am wearing. I have had massive support here from my family, friends and the Kawasaki fans so to sum up my year it has been fantastic. I really appreciate that Kawasaki, Provec; all the team our sponsors, Motocard, Leo Vince and all of them have put us in the situation of fighting for the world championship. Hopefully next year we can be very consistent from the start.”

Loris Baz: “It was not the kind of home race weekend I wanted but we got a bit unlucky when we lost some track time early in practice. I got sick on Saturday as well so it was not easy to ride but felt a bit better today. I started off confident to have a good result in the wet race one but I just did not have the same feeling as I had in warm-up. Had I not run-on I think I had the pace for about seventh or eighth. Following Max in race two I just hit a slippery patch and had a very big highside crash. I had a bad pain in my back and ribs but nothing was broken and then I developed a sore head. We went to hospital for tests just to check but everything is OK. We have some testing on the bike again soon so it is good to not have any injuries and although I am not 100% fit right now, I will be OK for testing which will really help our preparations for next year.”
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Re: Sykes misses title by 1/2 a point...

Postby young1 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:20 am

Great Season Team Green !!
The boy Youngs disciplinary record this week has been nothing but deplorable.
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Re: Sykes misses title by 1/2 a point...

Postby Frank » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:35 am

The second race was a close one, if it wasn't for a couple of crashes between Sykes and Biaggi Skyes could have won it after Biaggi crashed in the first race. It was interesting to see Biaggi team mate slow down from being ahead of him by over 10sec at one point, obviously team orders were at play and it would have been a shitty way for Sykes to loose the championship, as it was though it didn't need to happen after third place crashed out.Pretty good result though and bring on next year!
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Re: Sykes misses title by 1/2 a point...

Postby stetto » Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:41 pm

Sykesy deserved 1st, Max got lucky. The half points Monza win, those who crashed infront of him in race 2, Guintolli and Melandri beating Sykes in race 1, Sykes got taken out at Aragon, engine blew in Portimao, so many little things and only 1 didnt have to happen for him to win the title.
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Re: Sykes misses title by 1/2 a point...

Postby laidback » Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:40 pm

Bet it has stirred the pot though...bring on next year. A good start to the season should put the green in a great battle for the championship next year.

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Re: Sykes misses title by 1/2 a point...

Postby Six Addict » Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:41 pm

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Re: Sykes misses title by 1/2 a point...

Postby funky » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:37 pm

Second by only 1/2 a point is nothing to scoff at compared to team greens results from the recent past.
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Re: Sykes misses title by 1/2 a point...

Postby triplemaniac » Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:59 pm

Hey the zx600r did win and it would have been a double but for that half point. Well done :kuda:
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Re: Sykes misses title by 1/2 a point...

Postby philbo » Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:26 am

awesome year for kawasaki, makes pulling out of motogp well worth it, unlucky to have not won, but tyre troubles and the previous faults and lascorz's injury, but we have a lot to look forward to next year, the bike has come along way, melandri could have taken it but cracked.

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Re: Sykes misses title by 1/2 a point...

Postby Victor » Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:49 am

:kuda: next year kawi's got a good chance
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