BMW’s Tom Sykes was unable to add to his Saturday’s WorldSBK podium at Misano but believes another two rostrum spots were well within reach.
Sykes gave the German manufacturer its first podium in nine years at the Italian track but a technical problem and the resulting grid spot for the final race of the weekend just saw two more top threes out of reach.
“It was a little bit unfortunate. I honestly feel that we had three podiums in reach. We were third in the sprint race until the last lap and had a issue which allowed Leon Haslam to come close and then unfortunately we retired,” said Sykes.
“That didn’t help the cause as this meant that I started the last big race from the fourth row which cost me some time in the first few laps.
“The whole BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team did a great job. I feel if we had started from the front row we could have gone away, kept our rhythm and I definitely feel that this would have allowed another podium position.
So a little bit of a shame but on the plus side we’ve had a podium, we finished second this weekend with the all-new BMW S 1000 RR, we are showing its potential. Even in this last race we had very good consistency. We will build on this.”
Team boss Shaun Muir was full of praise for the Huddersfield rider who managed to go from 11th on the grid in race three to within two seconds of the podium.
“We are really gutted for Tom. He has put all his effort in and got very little reward for it in the sprint race when with just half a lap to go he had a mechanical DNF when he could have been on the podium.
“That would also have meant third on the grid for the main race but he had to go from P11 on the grid and we all know that it’s difficult to pass the Ducatis in a straight line.
He came within 1.8 seconds of the podium from 11th on the grid and I think that shows the talent and effort that he put in there.
“So, we apologise to Tom for not giving him the tools today. However, I think we can all see that there has been real progress and he is going to come back strong for sure at Donington.”