This weekend, the second part of the British Superbike Showdown as well as the penultimate round of the 2021 season takes place at Donington Park. Interest revolves around the battle between the trio of Tarran Mackenzie, Jason O’Halloran and Tommy Bridewell separated by just nine points, but also in the rider transfer market. There are rumors from 2022 that Tom Sykes is set to return to UK first class for the VisionTrack PBM Ducati team.
The horse riders’ market takes center stage
Although the action ends in a few weeks at Brands Hatch, the driver’s side activity for the next season is picking up speed. According to the latest rumors, Borgo Panigale has a strong interest in the 36-year-old, who was recently dumped by BMW in World Superbike. Still recovering after the serious accident in Barcelona, despite a passage offer to the Bonovo MGM Racing satellite team, Sykes prefers to have official treatment similar to Scott Redding and Michael Van der Mark. So it seems legitimate to look around British Superbike would represent a valid reality to relaunch his personal career on his soil, where he had already behaved well during the 2004-08 five-year term in SS600 (2006 finalist) and in SBK.
Sykes-PBM and not only
The 2013 SBK world champion is also an appealing name for BMW itself in the UK, however, the most concrete offer seems to come from the team led by Paul Bird, currently with two-time champion Josh Brookes and Christian Iddon. Rumors have been running since mid-September at Silverstone and have been taking shape for a few hours. While waiting for developments in this direction, one thing is certain: Sykes would have an excellent technical package in his hands, namely the Panigale V4-R which has propelled Redding and Brookes to victory over the past two years, further assisted by a team that can boast eight unmatched titles in the series. Without forgetting the direct support of the parent company. In short, the winter market promises to be quite exciting, especially for BSB, which could also welcome a second “old fox” of the caliber of. Leon Haslam thanks to the HRC’s decision to focus on youngsters Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge.