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Michael Guy  says:

Sykes signs for Kawasaki, testing begins on Tuesday

Tom Sykes will ride for the official factory Kawasaki squad in 2011. Sykes’ future has been the subject of huge speculation after the 25 year old was linked with the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team, but MCN understands that the deal wa s finally signed on Sunday afternoon.The British rider will race the all new 2011 ZX-10R alongside Australian Chris...

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Sep 09

Posts: 42

TheFan says:

glad he got a contract just hope he's treated the same he's faster than vermulen anyway

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Aug 02

Posts: 111


Iam confussed ,is Tom The number two rider with Vermulan the #1 and Lascorz in the B team with a lesser spec bike??

or is Tom the #3 rider as reported earlier.

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Feb 09

Posts: 86

Popski says:

Great !.

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Mar 08

Posts: 127

gryczon says:


Vermeulen a big question mark as he remainds me current Neukirchner's stage. I don't know any info about team A & B in Kawasaki PBM (differencies in quality?) but it probably goes to extended management and if it's true then eg. Tardozzi would take it:) so Lazcorz graduated but what surprises me is probably Neukirchner transfer to Pramac in MotoGP! WTF?

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Jul 10

Posts: 5

matey46 says:

Neukirchner to Pramac

Its all about there being no German riders in MotoGP and the German bike market.More than likely would also be taking a load of euros to the team to pay for the ride. He was a huge talent 2 seasons ago,but since the injuries and riding for Ten Kate Honda hes done nothing to earn a crack at MotoGP.

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Oct 07

Posts: 754

windy12 says:


Very interesting what is now coming out in the wash.

Even works bikes are not evenly matched in many cases.

Sykes will be supported by Byrdie, he may have inferior gear, this is why he was not happy on TV.  Terrible for him, a bike all painted up the same but possibly not the same machine, he could look really poor in everyone's eyes. 

It seems that the riders apart from one or two exceptions, Rea and Haslam spring to mind are in their seats due to the rider sponsorship and team sponsorship they bring with them.

This shows that no matter how closely we look at riders we can never be sure who is really the best, even when they appear to be on the same bikes, it is not an even playing field at all.

Recession has just brought this info to our attention as there are more riders then there are seats.

Feel sorry for Guintoli, one crash in BSB and his career looks wobbly to say the least, when in BSB he looked the class of the field and could have carried this on to WSBK, instead he was still recovering early his year then has improved all year.

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Aug 02

Posts: 720

grayzx7r says:



but then money always talks

Shame but thats life


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Jan 10

Posts: 186

Great stuff....

Sykes will impress !  Glad to see Kawasaki didnt let him get away....

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Jun 07

Posts: 1990

mobileenoph says:

good on you tom.good to see a no nonsense down to earth guy getting what he deserves

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Mar 03

Posts: 20

DarkDog says:

Sykes Factory Ride

Great news that Tom has got in the "Official Factory Squad" -you deserve it buddy after great efforts this year !

Good luck with the project development & the 2011 season :)



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