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Honda 2022: Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies show great interest

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Tom Sykes bescherte BMW seit der Saison 2019 einige Erfolge © BMW Motorrad Tom Sykes brought BMW since the season 2019 Some successes

with 347 racing starts is Tom Sykes one of the most routine WSBK pilots. At the weekend, the career of the charismatic British comes to an end at the season finale of the Superbike World Cup in Indonesia. After the Sykes leaned out in the BMW plant team, a change into the Private Bonovo-BMW team and is expected to start in the BSB 2022.

lacked the past events sykes. After a fall in Barcelona, ​​he missed the races in Jerez, Portimao and San Juan and was replaced by Eugene Laverty. "It has passed some time since he has violated in Barcelona, ​​so we look forward to returning Tom and the season can complete the team," notes team boss Shaun Muir.

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"We are pleased that Tom is back, and will give everything to give it a successful last race weekend with the BMW team," commented BMW Motorcycle Sport Director Marc Bongers. "Our goal is to conclude the 2021 season with other strong results for Tom and Micay (Michael Van der Mark)."

farewell to a completely new route

The Superbike World Cup drives for the first time on the newly built course on the holiday island of Lombok. The route is 4.310 kilometers long and has 17 curves. "I'm really looking forward to rising back to my BMW M1000RR," explains Sykes. "It's a long time since I've been racing for the last time, and we have some work in front of us to catch up with the missed."

"But the tension to take on a brand new route is something great. Not only because Indonesia is a great country. All involved in the new route in Mandalika make an incredible job. What a unique racetrack! In addition, it is on one Beautiful island ", blacks Sykes.

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"So I'm really looking forward to it. The course is new for all, and that's a somewhat unfamiliar way to finish the season. But overall it is a great place for the season finale, and hopefully we can agree 2021 with some Exit severe results, "explains the World Champion of the WSBK Season 2013.

No route knowledge and changeable weather: threatens chaos?

Which manufacturer will be competitive on the new course in Indonesia is difficult to answer before the first training. On Friday, the teams and drivers need to use the training time in the best possible way to go to the new course. The weather could provide for chaos.

"The weather forecast is, typical of this region, very changeable," commented team boss Shaun Muir. "It's very hot with high humidity, but there is a high level of rain for every day. Therefore, we will prepare for all eventualities. Overall, we look forward to the final and hope for a great last race of the season."

Why Michael van the Mark does not worry

Michael van der Mark travels as a World Cup sixth and thus with a distance of best BMW pilot to the season finale. "It's fantastic to drive in Indonesia. It is always nice to have a new route in the calendar, especially in Asia. I like traveling there," explains the Dutch.

"It's also incredible that it's already the last race weekend of the season. I can not wait to try the track in Mandalika, because what I have seen so far, really looks great," says Van der Mark.

"To get to know a new route is not too difficult. That comes from itself when you turn his laps," describes the BMW pilot. "I think it will be a great seasonal finale. We had some strong weekends this year, and we would like to finish the season as well."

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