WSBK: Tom Sykes Signs for Two More Years with Kawasaki

08/19/2014 @ 3:51 pm, by David Emmett4 COMMENTS

WSBK: Tom Sykes Signs for Two More Years with Kawasaki tom sykes wsbk kawasaki jensen beeler 635x421

Tom Sykes will be staying on with Kawasaki for two more seasons. Kawasaki today announced that the Yorkshireman has signed a contract to remain with the Japanese factory in World Superbikes for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

The announcement does not come as a surprise. Sykes has known great success with Kawasaki since leaving Yamaha after his first year in World Superbikes. All of Sykes’ wins in the class have come aboard a green machine, and the Yorkshireman won his first World Superbike title with Kawasaki last year.

Currently leading the 2014 championship by 44 points, his second successive title is within grasp. The Kawasaki ZX-10R remains a highly competitve package, and Sykes is a good fit inside the team.

Unlike many of his fellow WSBK riders, Sykes was never in the frame for a MotoGP ride. Sykes had shown little interest in making the jump to MotoGP, unless he could be on top-flight machinery.

With all of the factory bikes tied up, and the satellite slots largely spoken for, there was little room for Sykes, even if he had been interested in a move. Instead, Sykes preferred to stay on in World Superbikes, and chase more WSBK titles.

“I am very excited to re-sign and the decision was quite easy,” said Sykes. “I am looking forward to another two years with a great manufacturer. Kawasaki and I already have quite a good history. This is my fifth year as a rider with the brand, my fourth year with the current model of the Ninja ZX-10R, so for me it was an easy decision to continue.

I have put so much work into the bike I would not want to give my baby to someone else! We have been in discussion for a while but we have had really good success in recent years and continuing our relationship gives us an opportunity to take the story forward again. I sat at home and went through the pros and cons, like you do with a lot of things in life, and the pros for re-signing were almost endless.

I am very happy because Kawasaki and I have a high level of mutual respect and trust. The team is doing a great job so it is great to have two more years of continuity. I am relaxed now I know that I am moving on again with a great brand and a great team around me. I feel proud to have been involved in helping the development direction of the Ninja, so I am very happy to be staying where I am.”

Source: Kawasaki Racing Team; Photo: © 2014 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

Comment:

  1. Bill says:

    Finally someone who gets it. Stay in a competitive series with a good bike and enjoy racing. You know who else gets this? Shane Byrne. MotoGP is great if you are on Yamaha or Honda, otherwise finish 5th or worse. WSBK you have multiple manufacturer winners this year, BSB has multiple manufacturer winners this year. Lot’s of fun to watch and lots of back and forth racing.

  2. L2C says:

    Well, this year Bradley Smith (Yahama M1), Stefan Bradl (Honda Rc213V), and Alvaro Bautista (Honda RC213V) are all having a very tough time finishing in the top ten. Neither machine is an automatic silver bullet, clearly.

  3. L2C says:

    Not to mention the hard time Jorge Lorenzo (Factory Yamaha M1) has had this season. He has wished for an automatic silver bullet, machine and/or tires, for most of the season.

  4. Well, this year Bradley Smith (Yahama M1), Stefan Bradl (Honda Rc213V), and Alvaro Bautista (Honda RC213V) are all having a very tough time finishing in the top ten.

    Not to mention the incredible pressure the factories place on satellite riders to achieve results. It is not at all uncommon for a factory to whine about a lack of podiums for a satellite rider despite the fact that the podiums have been full of naught but factory riders.

    Glad to see Sykes signing. I always enjoy listening to his interviews.