Former world champion Tom Sykes has signed a two-year extension to his Kawasaki contract, meaning the Team Green line-up will remained unchanged for the next two years.
The Yorkshireman will race alongside current world champion, and series leader, Jonathan Rea in 2017 and 2018, meaning the championship’s two main protagonists will continue their duel for supremacy over the coming seasons.
Many in the paddock had speculated that Sykes’ deteriorating relationship with Rea would mean he would jump ship, and Ducati has openly admitted to courting him , effectively asking him to name his price.
However, Sykes’s resurgent form over recent weeks, and his double win at Silverstone, has given him the belief that he can fight for the title on the Kawasaki, and he has chosen to stay with the team, despite the public animosity between the team-mates.
The news means Ducati will have to reconsider its line-up. Chaz Davies is a virtual shoe in, despite being linked with a Ducati satellite ride in MotoGP, although the future of the fast, but erratic, Davide Giugliano is far from secure.