Challenger Sykes throws it away
Having made up huge amounts of ground on Rea in recent rounds, Tom Sykes chucked it all away with a crash in Germany.
Second in race one, Sykes defied the lack of testing compared to his peers at the German track and his crew pulled out a solid gold set-up so see him bag 20 points.
But the race will probably be remembered more for Sykes’ Sunday crash than Saturday’s podium. It is all down to a wet weather set-up that Sykes cannot get nailed on the 2016 Ninja.
“Honestly we need to find a small set-up improvement in the dry but in the wet I am terrible, quite embarrassing, to be honest,” said Sykes after race two. “That is bad in one way but I know I can win races in the wet.”
The problem was explained by Sykes in some detail, also admitting that there is also a general difference in style between Rea and himself. “I feel that I probably request a bit more throttle, a bit more brake than Jonathan, and perhaps in the wet this is not good.
“I made a slight mistake on the first lap. The problem is in braking I slightly released it, braked again and the front wasn’t loaded. There was no warning. I was lucky to get back on and get some points.”