News 14 Sep 2018

Sykes recovers in time for Portimao WorldSBK

Kawasaki Racing rider overcomes mid-season off-track injury.

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After suffering a sports-related ankle injury during the extensive summer break, Tom Sykes has declared he’s recovered in time to contest this weekend’s 10th round of the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) in Portimao, Portugal.

The injury forced the British ace out of the last month’s test at the venue in an effort to be adequately healed, the decision proving to pay off.

“The group of people working around me, doctors and so on, have done an absolutely fantastic job to make sure I am ready for this weekend,” Sykes explained. “Given the kind of injury I had it could so easily have been in a cast, and taken four to six weeks to heal. But here we are at not even week four and I have been out enjoying some time on my bicycle.

“All things considered, we are doing not too badly. I am really looking forward to getting on the race bike. On the first few laps I will probably just feel my way in and make sure that my body, and especially my ankle, are ready for action. After that I will build the speed and get down to business.”

The Kawasaki Racing Team member currently sits fourth in standings with four rounds still to be run in the world championship.