Tom Sykes also misses Argentine WSBK round

Sykes suffered a “serious concussion” when he collided with Lucas Mahias’s Puccetti Kawasaki in the third race in Barcelona, ​​forcing him to be hospitalized for several days.

This is the third round in a row that Sykes has been sidelined after previously missing the Jerez races that followed a week after Barcelona, ​​as well as the Portimao event earlier this month.

BMW expects Sykes to be fully fit for the final round of the season in Indonesia, which is scheduled to take place at the newly built Mandalika Street Circuit from November 20-21.

Eugene Laverty has been called in again to replace the British rider after taking a trio of top 10 podium finishes last time in Portugal. Michael van der Mark will remain aboard the other works BMW after taking the German manufacturer’s first win since returning to the category two weeks ago.

“I have a lot of things to say and a lot of people to thank for many reasons and I will be doing this on a personal level in the very near future to give more details,” Sykes said.

“But for now all I have to do is speak on behalf of the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team and I want to say that my recovery has been incredible and I’m ready to get back to my passion, which is racing.

“Unfortunately, given the timing of these back-to-back races and the fly-away in Argentina, we were left there with a few questions, so unfortunately we had to make an early decision which meant we had to be out one more lap .

“It’s hard for me because I’ve missed more races in the last four weeks than in my 21 years of racing. Most importantly, we are looking to return to racing and enjoy the final round of the WorldSBK Championship.”

Chaz Davies, Team GoEleven

Chaz Davies, Team GoEleven

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While Sykes sits out the Argentine races, Chaz Davies returns aboard the Go Eleven Ducati after recovering from his own crash in Barcelona.

The 32-time race winner suffered two broken ribs in an incident during the Superpole race, forcing him to miss the next two rounds in Jerez and Portimao.

This weekend’s Argentina event and next month’s Tour of Indonesia will mark Davies’ final races in the WSBK.

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