WSBK Losail: Sykes aims to secure perfect season for Kawasaki

Tom Sykes wants to give Kawasaki the perfect World Superbike season in 2015 by claiming the runner-up spot in the riders’ championship at the season finale in Qatar. The 2013 World Superbike champion currently trails Ducati’s Chaz Davies by 16 points for second place heading into the last round with his team-mate Jonathan Rea having long ago secured the title and Kawasaki claiming the manufacturer honours.
Tom Sykes

The Yorkshire rider says it would be ideal for both the team and himself to claim the runner-up position to take a clean sweep of the top spots in 2015.

“Ideally the aim is to finish second in the championship,” Rea said. “From a personal point of view it would be nice because in the previous three seasons we have always been inside the top two with Kawasaki, and so close to the championship wins.

The best way to try and finish second overall is to go and win both races, for sure. It is never easy but Qatar is a circuit I am really looking forward to.”

12 months ago Sykes agonisingly surrendered the World Superbike title to Sylvain Guintoli in the final race of the season at Losail but despite his unhappy memories says he relishes the challenge racing under the floodlights provides.

“I really enjoy the whole atmosphere and racing in the evenings,” he explained. “It is quite strange because you are able to relax and enjoy yourself during the daytime but then when everybody starts shutting down for the day we go off and race motorcycles. The circuit itself is such a great venue. Under the floodlights it is quite unique.”