WSB: Sykes: "We are still in the running"

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Tom Sykes has refused to rule himself out of the fight for the 2016 World Superbike Championship despite sitting 47 points behind team-mate Jonathan Rea.

Should Rea leave Magny Cours with more than 50 points, he would put himself in prime position to become the first rider to win back to back World Superbike titles since Carl Fogarty in 1999.

However, as a dramatic two races at the Lausitzring showed – Rea’s lead is not insurmountable. One mistake from the Ulsterman similar to his race one issue in Germany and Sykes can begin to close the gap with 150 points still on the table.

“Magny Cours is a track that we have had great results at in the past but the thing is that now we can go to every track knowing we have the potential to win,” said Sykes.


“Magny Cours is one venue that has stood out in the past, so we are going there to utilise the best of our potential. We have seen already this year how fast things can turn on their heads. In Germany on one day it all went for me and then on the second day it went against me. We can see how fast things can change in racing. We still have a long way to go and we are still in the running. Kawasaki riders are 1-2 in the championship so obviously we are doing something right! We have some good ideas, if the weather is wet, to change things up to give me what I need.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing