Tom Sykes took the 2013 World Superbike championship for Kawasaki and looks like he’ll win again this year (he has a 44-point lead right now). So, Kawasaki has figured it’s best to keep him around.
Yesterday, Kawasaki and Tom Sykes announced they’d signed a deal to keep him on their WSBK factory team until the end of the 2016 season. He’s had a very successful career so far with the team, winning a record 23 Superpole victories and winning 22 races. All his WSBK wins have been aboard a Kawasaki Ninja.
“This is my fifth year as a rider with the brand, my fourth year with the current model of the Ninja ZX-10R, so for me it was an easy decision to continue.
I have put so much work into the bike I would not want to give my baby to someone else,” Sykes said.
“At this moment we are very committed to continuing our dominance in Superbike racing and Tom is the man to help Kawasaki do just that,” said Steve Guttridge, Kawasaki Motors Europe’s racing manager.