Like everyone else on here I like Sykes, still not quite sure why he got the ride above other though, but he did, maybe Yamaha were paying so much on riders wages they had to cut back somewhere.
The position he is in fairly much as expected.
I do not think he has thought through properly his position, maybe he has a clause which says he will keep his seat if he finishes above a certain position, but not forever. Now he has settled in he needs to think about hiting that position but also about helping Spies win the title, he had his chance to get in front of an injured Haga and assisting Yamaha with the title, he needs to think of both, even if he fought with Haga in a tough battle but lost, it helps Spies as it holds back Haga.
So if Fabrizio or Haga end up behind him, with a bad start or whatever he needs to try and keep them behind him no matter what as if it was for the title, that will win favour with Yamaha, look at their direct and none direct stable of riders, Camier leading BSB, Walker, Cal leading World supersport, Spies ex AMA multiple champion, Toseland ex WSBK champion, Edwards ex WSBK champion, Rossi possibly one of the best riders ever, Lorenzo giving him a hard time and so on.
They like racers who are thinking podiums and championships.