WSBK: Tom Sykes to PB Kawasaki?

British racing site Bike Sport News is reporting that soon-to-be ex-Yamaha rider Tom Sykes will partner with Chris Vermeulen at Paul Bird Kawasaki in 2010. Sykes, who currently lies 8th in the point standings, has had a creditable year but has had the misfortune of being paired with the best pure rookie in recent times, Ben Spies, and has perhaps unfairly suffered in comparison. Paul Bird, interviewed on the Eurosport coverage of the Oulton BSB round, commented that there was a good chance that Sykes would be joining the team and exactly who would be occupying the seat would be sorted by the middle of next week. Bird also commented that the team's second rider would be British, which doesn't eliminate Shane "Shakey" Byrne, who has been heavily rumored to join the team.  Bird's statement does, however, confirm rumors that Australian Broc Parkes will not return to the team.

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Can't wait to see what all the pundits have to say when the Magical R1 turns out not to be so Magical after all.

Remember how everyone wanted a Ducati after Stoner won in 2007, because it was just about "the bike?"

Roll Tommy Roll

I doubt Spies can be considered a pure rookie, unless competing in AMA Superbike counts for absolutely nothing.

Spies AMA success indeed counts for nothing in terms of his rookie status in WSB. What Mike means is that Spies has never so much as ridden as a wildcard in WSB - so is as true a rookie as it is possible to be.

He will be a MotoGP rookie too, next year, but not a 'pure' rookie due to his outings with Suzuki in 2008.

the kwaka has once again proven to be the ultimate career killer (broc being just another in a long list). why chris v and sykes &/or byrne would want this ride is beyond me....