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WorldSBK San Juan: Sykes remains on sidelines

BMW's Tom Sykes will again be replaced by Eugene Laverty for the San Juan WorldSBK round as he continues to recover from a head injury sustained in Catalunya.

Sykes spent time in ICU following the crash and hasn't ridden since but is intent on taking part at the inaugural Mandalika round next month, should it take place]]

“I have many things to say and many people to thank for many reasons and I will do this in the very near future on a personal level to give more detail," said the Huddersfield rider.


"But for now I just need to speak on behalf of the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team and I want to say that my recovery has been incredible and I am at the position to be ready to go back to my passion that is racing. Unfortunately given the timing of these back to back races and the fly away in Argentina it just left us going there with a couple of questions, so unfortunately we had to make an early decision which meant we have to be out for one more round.

It is hard for me because I have missed more races in the last four weeks than I have missed in my 21 years of racing. The main thing is we are looking at the return to racing and look to enjoy the last round of the WorldSBK championship. Thanks again to all, it is really appreciated."

It will be Laverty's third outing on the works M1000RR and the Irishman has a good relationship with the Argentine track.

"I really enjoy the Villicum circuit layout and I’ve enjoyed good results here in previous years. We made progress last time out at Portimão finishing in the top 10 in all three races and slowly but surely the bike is beginning to feel more like my bike.

"We’ll continue working on the chassis setup to improve braking and turning during Friday practice as we aim to make another step closer towards fighting for that top six this weekend.”

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