Sykes’ title bid stumbles
Tom Sykes missed a golden opportunity at Assen to close the gap on Kawasaki team-mate Jonathan Rea.
In race one a mistake backshifting just seconds after being passed by Rea saw him crash out. In race two, a mix-up with his team saw him race on an Intermediate rear tyre, when he wanted a slick.
He still somehow managed to fight at the front and take a strong second place. Heroics it may have been, but these were two open doors that Sykes slammed in his own face. He said: “Saturday was a stroke of bad luck and even at the end of Sunday, to fight with Jonathan on intermediates when he was on slicks is not too bad.”
Of the tyre mix-up with his crew in race two he said, “It was just a big shame that my crew chief Marcel could not hear my voice. I was shouting and even with my strong Yorkshire tones the rain system on the Shark helmet was a bit too effective in the pitlane. The intermediate was not too bad but on the rear we were giving away pure traction everywhere.”
Sykes is now third in the championship, but a giant 59 points behind Rea.