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Michael Guy  says:

Sykes signs for Kawasaki World Superbike team

Tom Sykes will ride for the factory Kawasaki World Superbike team in 2010. The 24 year old Brit signed a deal last week that will see him line up alongside Australian Chris Vermeulen in the British run squad onboard the fast developing Kawasaki ZX-10R. Sykes currently holds eighth in the World Superbike championship standings with one round of the series remaining....

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Oct 08

Posts: 83

sorry to sound shallow but hows sykes guna improve when the ri so kicked the zx10s arse if you carnt perform  on one of the best bikes how can you progress on a bike which has makes me wana grab kawasaki brass by the necks why pull technitions out of the failed but impressive for this yr motogp project then  state an aggressive attack nxt yr and for the yr after if only to get a has been and a not been there yet god sake buy so quality and proven riders dohhhhhhhhh  

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Apr 09

Posts: 139

jonmx says:

I just hope for both riders sake that this Kawasaki is going to be as good as promised.It`s going to be hard enough in WSBK next season as it is with such depth of talent.I would hardly call Vermeulen a has been though-he is a great rider,his bike has underperformed more than he has this year and I reckon he can still cut it with the best IF his bike is good enough-thats a big IF! I would also like to see Tom do well at world level,I know he`s hardly set the world on fire this year,but he has had his share of bad luck.Whatever happens, I think we are all in for a treat next year in Superbikes-should be some great battles and great racing- and may the best man win at the final round of this years championship.

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Jun 07

Posts: 486


hope he does better on this cos he`s done fuk all on the r1

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Aug 08

Posts: 7

rmushet says:

Another site reported this over a week ago. No doubt MCN will be claiming it as yet another exclusive story... I think Grinner could be alright on a standard 4 cylinder. He's been overshadowed by Spies' meteoric performances and Haslam's showings on the cash-stripped Stiggy bike. There's no doubt he can ride - just look at the battles with Byrne, Haslam, Crutchlow and Camier in the domestic series on the GSXR. Shame he didn't get signed to another Suzuki team, but Kawasaki are reportedly putting plenty of money into the superbike. After Lascorz's season on the ZX6, it shows they can produce a decent bike, so why not a decent litre sportsbike?

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Jun 09

Posts: 851

Say what you like about Bird - he can spot talent

I think Sykes will go very well on the Kawasaki in his second year in WSB. Say what you like about Paul Bird, he can spot talent! And this is the second time Bird is signing him which tells you everything. If Sykes had had some rubish team mate this year (like last year) we would all be saying how well he had done. In my opinion Yamaha have invested in Sykes and Kawasaki will now benefit.

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Mar 09

Posts: 112

ejppower says:


yes, bird can spot talent ok but the problem is that the talent has allwready signed up for other teams. i agree that tom did well in bsb, but this is wsb and a totaly different playing field, if tom wants a chance of wining he should return to bsb. sorry if this offends but these are my thoughts.

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Aug 02

Posts: 191

mike27 says:

another chance

Great to see that Tom has recovered from a very awkward 2009 season.  As has been mentioned, the boy can ride a bike alright - he had a couple of strong years in BSB before moving to WSB.

The truth is he has been one of those most exposed by Spies' meteroic year.  That guy has made a mockery of the entire WSB field this year, he's that far ahead of them.  He is quite rightly now going to get his chance in motogp.

Kawasaki is a good call for Sykes and his new team mate will be a good yard stick for him - beat Vermeulen and Sykes' career is very much back on the up.  Just hope the team have the resources to put a decent 2 bike campaign together.  TS is one of the good guys - really hope he has a belting 2010 season!

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Nov 07

Posts: 94

matto3227 says:

Good move???

My main thought in all of this is what... what about Shakey??? What's next for him seeing as it seemed almost certain a couple of weeks ago that he had already signed up for Birdy and Kawasaki... Fingers crossed for him. Maybe that Aprilia ride is on the cards...

Good news for the Grinner though, at least its another factory team and he should learn alot from Chirs. However i do agree with ejppower... he would have been better coming back to BSB to gain some more experience, maybe get a title or 2 under his belt, build up a stronger relationship with a manufacture... maybe Suzuki again or Honda and taken it from there. I can't see the Kawasaki being a race winner next year. it will still be behind the Ducati's, the Yamaha's and the Honda's... and with it being Suzuki's special year they will struggle to beat them too... However we shall see

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Jason Hall


Aug 02

Posts: 129

Jason Hall says:

Ben Spies

So Spies has made a mockery of the World Superbike paddock has he?

Remind me now - who is still leading the championship?

He has had an amazing first season over here, but he hasn't won it yet and with Haga's recent form it doesn't look so certain that he will do.

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Sep 09

Posts: 712


I hope it works out for him!

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