Pretty much agree with what you said.
Sykes performance was outstanding considering his relative little experience, not oustanding full stop, it was too big a jump in one go, I suppose that shows how a promising career can be derailed with to good an opportunity to soon.
Cal has won two lots of supersport and had a third, two thirds in BSB then been part of the WSBK circus with World Supersport so he has much more experience both of winning, the tracks and the WSBK life, so more will be expected. Like Soflu, a World Supersport champion is expected to deliver in WSBK.
However he has to gain an extra 30 points above some of the riders in the top 5 to get himself in the top 5 over the last 7 races, not impossible but a big ask of someone with his lack of consistency. He has had about 3 DNFs and a 14th, two ninths and 8 and a 7, I think, already in 7 races so to make up an additional 30 points in another 7 wont be easy, and steal them from the likes of Camier (who is more succesful on a SBK), Corser, Toseland, Haga, Checa, Biaggi, Haslam and Rea!!! great if he did though, nothing against the lad. Toseland only needs additional 9 points (over some of the top 4 riders) to get himself in the top 4, and he is a double WSBK champion so that looks potentially achievable.
Yamaha have only had two riders outside of the top 5 championship standings in the last 5 years, Pitt when they first upped their game again to contend with the Ducatis, who was retained for the next year and Sykes who got the push (9th) both were in the top 10, so I dont see why Cal would be special if he didnt get in to the top 5 by the end of the season.
However we will see.
You can maybe now see my point. I cant see less than 5th keeping a seat at Yamaha WSBK no matter what is said in the season unless it was due to an accident keeping someone out when they were on their way to the top. Just an opinion.