Sykes’ ti­tle bid stum­bles

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

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.

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