Sykes returns to WorldSBK with Puccetti Kawasaki for 2023

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Former WorldSBK Champion Tom Sykes will be back in the World Championship for 2023 after inking a deal with Puccetti Kawasaki.

After a turbulent year in British Superbikes with MCE Ducati, Sykes returns to the world stage next season on the ZX-10RR which took him to the 2013 title, this time in the satellite squad headed by Manuel Puccetti.

One of the most experienced of the Superbike field, Sykes kicked off his full-time career in 2009 after enjoying wildcards on UK soil. 13 seasons and 349 races later, The Yorkshireman had secured 51 pole positions, 114 podiums and 34 victories - the latter all on Kawasaki machinery - before taking a sabbatical back on home shores for 2022.

“I’m really happy to be joining Kawasaki Puccetti Racing and returning to the WorldSBK paddock,” Sykes said on the announcement. “For years, I’ve been impressed by the way in which Manuel Puccetti manages his team and by the mentality with which he goes racing, as well as the team’s infrastructure of course.

“All aspects that mean I’m highly motivated ahead of the 2023 racing season.

“I also have another opportunity, in that I’ll be part of the Kawasaki family once more, building on a relationship that has always been very solid. I can’t wait to get started on this project and get to know the whole team.”