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Lombok WorldSBK: Sykes returns for final BMW race

BMW’s Tom Sykes hopes to return to action at Indonesia’s Mandalika International Street Circuit, nine weeks after his Catalunya crash.

Having suffered concussion during Barcelona’s triple-header opening round, Sykes has been off his M1000 RR since mid-September, replaced at BMW by Eugene Laverty.

The Yorkshireman has already made the trip to Lombok in preparation for the final round of 2021 - his last with the German manufacturer - and is eager to send the season off on a high, however, his weekend showing is ultimately dependent on medical tests scheduled for after the opening free practice on Friday morning.


“I’m very much looking forward to getting back on my BMW M 1000 RR,” Sykes said ahead of Mandalika.

“It has been a long time since I last raced and obviously we have a little bit of work to do to catch up. But having said that, the excitement of going to a totally new venue is quite something, not only because Indonesia is a great part of the world.

“Everybody looks to be doing an incredible job on the new circuit of Mandalika. What a unique venue, to say the least. On top of that, it is located on a beautiful island so I am really looking forward to it.

“It is new for everybody and I have to say that it is going to be a little bit of a way to finish the season, but that’s another story. In general, it’s a great place to finish the season, and hopefully we can finish it with some strong results to end 2021.”

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