Long gap between rounds helping Sykes’ recovery

The Grinner has recovered from his injuries well

Photo: KRT

Tom Sykes has said his physical condition has recently shown much improvement and spoken of how the
long gap between round 1 and round 2 of the World Superbike championship has been helpful in the recovery process.

The Kawasaki Racing man fell heavily during pre-season testing in Australia and suffered a cracked left wrist and three broken ribs. He took a few days off testing however returned to the track for the race weekend and took 5th in both races. Now Sykes will head to Spain with the Kawasaki Racing Team, where he will undergo some final X-rays before devising a plan for testing at Aragon next week alongside other main players in the championship. It is expected Sykes will ride three days of the test.

The Huddersfield Grinner said: “In the past few days there has been a real improvement in my physical condition. I will have some final X-rays on my wrist and ribs when I get to Spain and see how we need to play the testing. I am looking forward to the test and we have some new items to try, which should be interesting. I like Aragon because it is enjoyable to ride, exciting, and we have three days there. I am looking forward to getting back onto the Ninja ZX-10R because it has been a long layoff since Australia. The break between round one and round two could not have come at a better time for me because I have had time to recover from my injuries.”

Sykes’ team mate, Frenchman Loris Baz is looking forward to getting back out on his ZX10R, “I spoke with my team about this test recently and it appears we have a few more things to try, more or less in the same direction as Phillip Island. I am happy about that because we made a good step there. Motorland Aragon is one of the best tracks to learn because you have more or less everything there; fast and slow corners, a long straight; many different things.”


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