Tom Sykes

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK rider, Tom Sykes, has to remain in the hospital for further observation after suffering a severe concussion.

The British rider was involved in an accident during Race 2 in Barcelona and taken to the medical centre for assessment before being sent to the Barcelona hospital for further evaluation.

In a new development, BMW Motorrad has revealed that the 36-year-old rider will need to remain in the hospital for further examinations.

“We are in constant contact with Tom.

“He is in good spirits and is back to his usual self, cracking jokes. We are delighted that he has come through this accident relatively well. He remains under observation due to the severe concussion, but no further injuries have been determined.

“We now have to wait and see what this coming weekend will look like. We will provide more information as soon as we get it.

“We would like to thank the track marshals, the medical staff at the circuit and in the hospital, and everyone who helped Tom so well after his accident and who are continuing to help him,” said Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director.

As things stand, Sykes will likely discharge from the hospital on Wednesday.

This weekend will be the first round of the WorldSBK 2020 season where BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team is ready to take on the championship battle with their race-spec 2020 BMW S 1000 RR. After successfully completing their final pre-season testing at Phillip Island, Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty will be throwing it down with the rest of the field at the same circuit this Saturday and Sunday. (more…)

  • BMW Motorrad WorldSBK will continue with Tom Sykes in the 2020 WorldSBK season.

  • The rider took the new BMW S 1000 RR to four podiums in its debut season.

  • He will be joined by Eugene Laverty next year.

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team and rider Tom Sykes will continue their cooperation into 2020 WorldSBK Championship (FIM World Superbike Championship).

While the tie-up has yet to yield a win this season, Sykes had done well to put it on the podium at Misano, Italy; Donington Park (UK); and Laguna Seca (USA).

Those results were truly impressive, considering that BMW Motorrad announced their intention to join the championship with the new BMW S 1000 RR in November 2018. That left the factory, Shaun Muir team, and riders only a few months to prepare.

2013 WorldSBK Champion Sykes will be joined by Eugene Laverty next year, replacing Markus Reiterberger.

BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Marc Bongers welcomed Sykes’s continuation with the team as it provides stability. “Continuity and stability are critical factors for the success of the project,” he said. “Tom Sykes has consistently moved in a forward direction with the new S 1000 RR.”

Continuity would mean that the bike will follow a steady and somewhat predictable development path as opposed to swapping riders all the time. As different riders have different riding styles, there will be too many variables to consider. There is no luxury of time for such ventures in world championship racing.

  • Tom Sykes and the Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) WorldSBK have announced their split at the end of 2018.

  • Months of speculation and drama between Sykes and teammate Jonathan Rea have led to the decision.

  • Sykes has gathered 34 wins, 106 podiums, and one championship crown during his nine seasons with KRT.

After nine great seasons together in WorldSBK, Tom Sykes and the Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) will be parting ways at the end of the 2018 season. After months of speculations and slightly hostile environment between Sykes and his teammate Jonathan Rea, the decision to leave wasn’t really a surprising one. (more…)

  • Pusingan pembukaan WorldSBK 2018 telah menyaksikan Marco Melandri merangkul kemenangan berganda dalam kedua-dua perlumbaan di Australia.
  • Melandri berjaya menangkis serangan kedua-dua penunggang pasukan Kawasaki Racing Team dalam Perlumbaan 1 dan Perlumbaan 2 untuk memenangi perlumbaan-perlumbaan tersebut.
  • Tom Sykes dan Chaz Davies melengkapkan podium dalam Perlumbaan 1 manakala Jonathan Rea bersama dengan Xavi Fores pula melengkapkan podium bagi Perlumbaan 2.


The first opening WorldSBK round of 2018 saw Marco Melandri took home a double win for both races in Australia.

Melandri managed to fend off both Kawasaki Racing Team riders in Race 1 and Race 2 for the wins.

Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies completed the podium in Race 1 whereas Jonathan Rea together with Xavi Fores completed Race 2.

Those who say that “old dogs can’t learn new tricks” obviously are not into the world of motorcycle racing as 35-year-old Marco Melandri ( Racing – Ducati) won both races in the 2018 WorldSBK opening round at Phillip Island, Australia this past weekend. (more…)

  • Kawasaki Racing Team, atau singkatannya, KRT, dengan secara rasminya telah memperkenalkan jentera perlumbaan mereka bagi siri WorldSBK musim 2018, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR 2018.
  • Kedua-dua penunggang pasukan tersebut, Rea dan Sykes, akan mempertahankan kejuaraan dan kemenangan perlumbaan mereka di atas jentera dengan kemasan grafik yang serba baru.
  • Motosikal ZX-10RR telah merangkul begitu banyak kemenangan perlumbaan serta kejohanan sejak diambil alih oleh kumpulan yang bertapak dari Barcelona, Provec, pada tahun 2012.


The Kawasaki Racing Team or KRT has officially unveiled their WorldSBK 2018 challenger that is the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR.

Both Rea and Sykes are looking to defend their titles and race wins with brand new bikes and liveries.

The ZX-10RR has been gaining a lot of race wins and championships ever since Barcelona-based Provec outfit took over in 2012.

The Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) has officially launched their 2018 WorldSBK title challenger in the form of the super competitive 2018 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR. The unveiling by KRT was held at the KRT headquarters located near Barcelona together with their star riders, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes. (more…)

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  • Jonathan Rea yang menunggang jentera Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR WorldSBK 2018-nya itu telah menetapkan catatan masa terpantas pada sesi ujian hari Jumaat di Jerez, Sepanyol pada minggu lalu.
  • Juara WorldSBK tiga kali itu lebih pantas daripada ke lapan-lapan orang penunggang MotoGP yang lain yang telah mengadakan ujian jentera masing-masing pada hari Jumaat itu.
  • Sesi ujian empat hari itu berkesudahan dengan Rea mencatat masa keempat terpantas yang hanya 0.323 saat di belakang Andrea Dovizioso yang menunggang jentera Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP-nya.


Jonathan Rea and his 2018 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR set the fastest time in Friday’s testing session in Jerez, Spain last week.

The three-time WorldSBK champion was faster than all eight other MotoGP riders who were testing their machines on Friday as well.

The four-day testing session concluded with Rea as the fourth fastest which was only 0.323 seconds slower than Andrea Dovizioso and his Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP bike.

Jonathan Rea (Image source: WorldSBK)

It was only last week when the Jerez circuit was full of action from both the MotoGP and WorldSBK teams testing out their latest machines for the 2018 season. The last day of the testing sessions concluded last Friday and the results are quite astonishing. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) and his factory Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR set the fast time at 1:37.986. (more…)


  • Sesetengah pihak telah mengatakan bahawa format grid terbalik yang terkini dalam WorldSBK tidak membuahkan hasil seperti apa yang telah diharapkan.
  • Rancangannya adalah untuk meletakkan para penamat di atas podium bagi Perlumbaan 1 dalam kedudukan terbalik dari baris yang ketiga dengan harapan yang ianya akan memberikan peluang kepada pasukan dan penunggang namun ianya tidak berjaya.
  • Hampir 94% daripada kedudukan podium setakat ini telah diisi oleh Jonathan Rea dan Tom Sykes dari Kawasaki Racing Team dan juga Chaz Davies dan Marco Melandri dari Racing – Ducati.



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