Sykes 11th In Race One At A Searing Brno

July 14, 2010

Tom Sykes and Chris Vermeulen fought hard through intensely hot weather conditions this weekend in the Czech Republic, with the highpoint being a strong points scoring ride for Tom in race one.

The Kawasaki Racing Team duo endured air temperatures of over 30 degrees and had to make tyre and set-up choices to match track temperatures that rose to almost 60 degrees, but only Tom was able to score points, posting 11th place in race one.

Tom was involved in a collision with another rider in race two and was forced out after crashing on the first lap.

Chris was looking to make up for a fifth row grid start but got tangled in a three rider crash on lap one of race one and he fell at high speed, hurting his old right knee injury. He gamely fought back to start race two, but retired on the second lap.

In the overall standings, neither rider gained or lost any ground, with Sykes still 16th and Vermeulen 19th.

The next round is home ground for Sykes and his British-based team, Silverstone on 1 August.

Tom Sykes: "Overall it's been a disappointing end to the race weekend. I know we started off quite slow but we had a decent Superpole then tried a few things in the morning warm-up and got a bit better balance with the bike. We had an eleventh in race one which was nothing special as we had a few struggles which the boys managed to put right for race two, so big thanks to them. In race two the bike felt very strong and I got a good start but unfortunately we had a racing incident on the first lap, which spoilt the weekend. I was looking forward to a strong ride as many people dropped out so I think we could have had an eight or a ninth here. Obviously there have been a few ifs and buts this weekend but I'll brush myself off and look forward to my home race at Silverstone."

Chris Vermeulen: "We've had a real struggle here in Brno this weekend. We made up a little bit of pace during practices but like everyone else here we had problems with edge grip. Having to start on fifth row makes life difficult and I got caught up in a rider tangle on turn one and was whipped out of the race. I was optimistic about starting race two but I just could not continue after two laps due to the pain in my damaged right knee. I am obviously extremely disappointed and frustrated with my knee injury, which is holding me back. I will have to discuss with both my team and my doctor this week on how best to move forward."