WSB: Sykes eying first win of the season at Buriram

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Tom Sykes is looking to bounce back from a tough opening as the Superbike World Championship resumes in Thailand this weekend. 

The 2013 World Champion finished on the podium in the opening race, but struggled fighting through from the third row of the grid in the second outing to cross the line sixth – not where he wants to be if he’s to challenge team-mate Jonathan Rea for the title this year.

Since joining the calendar in 2015, Thailand has been a strong hunting ground for Kawasaki and is one of the venues at which Sykes got the better of his team-mate last year to clinch a strong victory in the second race, something he’s hoping to repeat this time around.


“This round is quite a challenging event because of the heat and the track conditions but I have enjoyed it over the last two years,” said Sykes. “Last season in particular we had some good results on the back of some not-so-strong first round results at Phillip Island.

“Considering what happened at Phillip Island last week, being right there on the podium in race one and then scoring points having to close in on the leaders through the early laps of race two, it definitely gives me confidence going to the Chang International Circuit this weekend.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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