Chal­lenger Sykes throws it away

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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.”

Sykes has ad­mit­ted that his wet weather rid­ing is ‘em­bar­rass­ing’

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