News 27 Sep 2017

Sykes to undergo medical check prior to Magny-Cours practice

WorldSBK contender hopeful of lining up this weekend.

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Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes will be forced to undergo a medical examination prior to Friday’s practice at Magny-Cours’ 11th round of the 2017 FIM World Superbike Championship (WorldSBK) in order to receive clearance to race the weekend.

Sykes suffered a practice crash at the previous round in Portimao, Portugal, where he suffered multiple fractures in his left hand and wrist, with a nasty break in his little finger requiring immediate surgery.

The British ace said he’s endeavouring to make the injuries as comfortable as possible in the lead-up to the weekend, revealing the French circuit is one he generally enjoys on the world calendar.

“I had a successful operation and now we are doing things on the medical side to make it as comfortable as possible for me to ride this weekend,” Sykes commented. “We will play it by ear and on Friday we’ll try to build up to the full weekend of racing.

“Magny Cours is a circuit I generally enjoy. It is not a flowing circuit in terms of lots of lean angle, but it is a circuit where it changes direction though chicanes and has some stop-and-start areas.”

Sykes currently sits second in the championship standing despite missing the last round, sitting 121 points behind teammate Jonathan Rea.