Tom Sykes



  • Pelumba WorldSBK Racing Chaz Davies telah mengemudi jentera Ducati 1199 Panigale R-nya ke kedudukan pertama atas podium dalam kedua-dua perlumbaan hujung minggu lalu di pusingan Motul Itali.
  • Davies berjaya mengekang kemaraan Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing) di Litar Imola yang telah menamatkan perlumbaannya di tempat kedua untuk kedua-dua perlumbaan.
  • Marco Melandri dan Tom Sykes masing-masing menamatkan perlumbaan di tempat ketida dan keempat di Perlumbaan 1 dan bertukar posisi di Perlumbaan 2.


The WorldSBK scene is considering introducing a standardised electronic package for all bikes competing in the races.

This has been brought into light to make the sport more competitive and exciting for teams and riders taking parts and also for the spectators as well.

The regulated spec-ECU hopes to give a fighting chance for other teams and riders to make it on podium as the first five rounds of 2017 were clearly dominated by only Kawasaki and Ducati.

The WorldSBK has been going through a few evolutions for the past couple of years to make sure that the motorsport is up to date with current times. With the introduction of the new starting line up where the podium finishers in Race 1 will start from the third row in reversed order, the WorldSBK is doing everything they can to make the races as interesting as they can be.

Alex Lowes, Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team

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Now, rumours are floating around the garages that they will be introducing a standard ECU (Electronic Control Unit) for 2018 in hopes that the races will give a fair competition to all manufacturers and teams in the WorldSBK arena. This option has been discussed for a while now to make the race more exciting and competitive for all competitors in the field.

The other reason why some folks are calling out for the unified electronic packages is probably due to the fact that the sport is being dominated by the likes of Ducati and Kawasaki. All 10 races in the past five rounds since the start of the 2017 season has clearly being conquered by Jonathan Rea from Kawasaki Racing Team and Chaz Davies from Racing Ducati squad.

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Actually, the podiums finishes for all of the 2017 races so far are all shared between just four different riders; Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes from Kawasaki, Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri from Ducati. No other manufacturers have stepped up to the podium spot so far.

This is probably due to the fact that Kawasaki and Ducati have the necessary funds and manpower to develop superior electronic packages for their bikes and riders while other manufacturers are somewhat limited in those two aspects. So, we can understand why there’s a calling for a standardised electronic package like MotoGP to even out the playing field.

All in all, there’s one question remains. Will the spec-ECU help the sport or will it affect the overall development of the manufacturer’s products when they go on sale in their respective showrooms? Well, race wins are a good way to promote the brands and products and those participating in the races do want to win.

We will only know in the near future whether the spec-ECU will be implemented in the world superbikes championship as how it is in MotoGP. One thing is for sure, an even playing field offers a much more interesting race instead of just seeing either green or red on crossing the finish lines time and time again.

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Source: Asphalt & Rubber

WorldSBK Racing rider Chaz Davies took his Ducati 1199 Panigale R to the top of the podium in both races last weekend at the Motul Italian round.

Davies managed to fend off Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) at the Imola Circuit who crossed the chequered flag in P2 for both races.

Marco Melandri and Tom Sykes finished in P3 and P4 respectively in Race 1 but switched positions in Race 2.

The fifth WorldSBK round over at Imola saw Chaz Davies dominating the entire field with his Racing Ducati 1199 Panigale R for both races in the Motul Italian Round yesterday. The number 7 rider orchestrated a text book win in Race 1 where Davies started from pole position and was never challenged for the top podium spot throughout the entire race. (more…)


  • Dainese menerima tiga Anugerah Rekabentuk Red Dot di bawah kategori Rekabentuk Produk 2017 untuk rekaan Mugello R D-air® sut perlumbaannya, helmet AGV Pista GP R-nya dan produk perlindungan terbaru Pro-Armor.
  • Mereka juga telah dianugerahkan ‘Excellence of the Year/Innovation and Leadership’ dari Aungerah Le Fonti dalam kategori Pakaian Perlindungan Teknologi Tinggi.


  • Dainese received three Red Dot Design Awards under the Product Design 2017 category for its Mugello R D-air® race suit, the AGV Pista GP R helmet and the latest Pro-Armor protective products.

  • They have also bagged the ‘Excellence of the Year / Innovation and Leadership’ awards from Le Fonti Awards in the Hi-tech Protective Wear category

The Dainese Group has received three awards at the Red Dot Design Awards in the esteemed Product Design 2017 category. The Awards panel gave its seal of approval to the new Dainese Mugello R D-air® race suit, the AGV Pista GP R helmet and the latest generation Pro-Armor protective products, the three items were selected from 5,500 products, submitted from 54 countries.

Dainese Mugello R D-air® race suit

[button color=”” size=”” type=”round” target=”blank” link=””]CLICK HERE[/button] to know more about the Misano D-air® race suit and the AGV Pista GP R helmet.

Dainese was also honoured with another international award at the Le Fonti Awards for Innovation and Human Resources, where the company was presented with the ‘Excellence of the Year / Innovation and Leadership’ award in the Hi-tech Protective Wear category. With a contribution of a community ranging over 40,000 business contacts, Dainese came up on top and bagged the Le Fonti Awards.

Valentino Rossi has protection from Dainese D-air racing suit and AGV Pista GP-R helmet in the MotoGP races

The Italian safety apparel manufacturer is responsible for the world’s first wireless airbag system known as the D-air® that protects world motorcycling figures like Valentino Rossi from MotoGP, Tom Sykes from WorldSBK and Guy Martin from the road racing division like the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. Check out the history of Dainese’s D-air® technology below.

They have also endeavoured into space and beyond by providing space-aged protection apparel for astronaut Thomas Pesquet during his six-month mission at the International Space Station. No other racing apparel provider has even done or even attempted coming up with designs to be utilised outside the planet Earth.

[button color=”” size=”” type=”round” target=”blank” link=””]CLICK HERE[/button] to know more about their suits used in space.

Cristiano Silei with the Le Fonti Award

According to the CEO of the Dainese Group Cristiano Silei, he commented “The Dainese Group has always pursued its mission of advocating and delivery safety in dynamic sports, inspired by the potential of the human being, we study the protection needs of the human body in the most extreme conditions; riding a motorbike on track, downhill skiing, sailing and reaching zero gravity in space. These awards celebrate all the hard work and dedication of the staff put in embracing new challenges and we will continue to raise the bar of innovation.”


  • Chaz Davies meraih kemenangan sulungnya dalam WorldSBK bagi tahun 2017 dalam Perlumbaan 2 di Aragon semalam di atas jentera Ducati 1199 Panigale
  • Kedua-dua penunggang Racing (Davies dan Melandri) mencatatkan kedudukan podium berganda dalam kedua-dua perlumbaan
  • Jonathan Rea menyudahi Perlumbaan 2 di tempat kedua di hadapan Marco Melandri


  • Chaz Davies took his first WorldSBK victory of 2017 in Race 2 at Aragon yesterday on board his Ducati 1199 Panigale R

  • Both Aruba it.Racing Ducati riders (Davies and Melandri) scored double podiums in both races

  • Jonathan Rea finished a close second ahead of Marco Melandri in Race 2

It was a glorious day yesterday for the Racing team where both of their riders, Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri scored double podiums in both WorldSBK races over at Aragon this past weekend. It was an even bigger achievement for Davies who managed to break Jonathan Rea’s winning streak after his Race 1 victory on Saturday. (more…)

  • Rea maintains a perfect record of four straight victories

  • Tom Sykes scored podium spots for both races in Buriram

  • Both Racing team riders scored one podium spot individually

It was a great day filled with drama and events especially for WorldSBK rider Jonathan Rea in Round Two of the 2017 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship. After finishing on top in Race 1 yesterday, the Kawasaki Racing Team rider continued his assault with another victory in Race 2 making a total of four straight victories for the 30 year old Brit rider. (more…)

  • Jonathan Rea dominated Race 2 with new race format

  • Ducati duo Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri completed podium spots

With a win in Race 1, Rea looked to have a challenge laid out for him with the new race format. The new ruling meant that Rea had to start the second race from the back of the third row in P9 but that did not stop him from being victorious. The top spot was fought viciously between four riders; Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri ( Racing) together with Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team). The win also marked Rea’s 40th career victory in WorldSBK. (more…)

  • Rea from Kawasaki Racing Team wins Race 1 from pole position

  • Chaz Davies finished second and Tom Sykes placed third

    From left: Chaz Davies, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes

It was a brilliant season opener for the 2017 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship with Jonathan Rea from Kawasaki Racing Team winning the first race at Phillip Island. Rea won the race from pole position but not without a few great fights from a number of different riders. Chaz Davies came in strong in second with just 0.042 seconds between him and Rea. The other Kawasaki Racing team rider and Rea’s team mate, Tom Sykes, completed the podium in third place. (more…)

A closer look at the new Shark Race R Pro replica edition helmets inspired by the brand’s MotoGP, Moto2 and WSBK riders.


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