WSB: Sykes working on change of style ahead of Phillip Island

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Tom Sykes is hoping for a significant turnaround in performance in this year’s Superbike World Championship after a change of focus during the winter has seen him attempt to adapt his style to suit new series rules.

The dampening down of technical regulations has had a big impact on how well Sykes’ style of aggressive braking and acceleration works in the world series, leading him to try and change his style after two difficult seasons where he’s been overshadowed by team-mate Jonathan Rea.  


“There has been a lot of work and preparation put in during the off season, but it is now getting to that time where we will be flying to Australia soon,” Sykes said. “It is all going to start happening very fast. I am hoping to go to Phillip Island and be very competitive in the opening round. I have been trying my hardest in the winter to adapt to the bike. I would like to arrive strongly in the first round in Australia.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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