The 2013 WorldSBK championship title winner will remain with BMW for 2021 WorldSBK season being joined by new signing Michael van der mark in a revised line up.

Sykes joined BMW in its factory WSBK return last year from Kawasaki earning four podiums with the all new BMW S1000RR ranking eighth in all the standings.

The 2020 WorldSBK championship has only three rounds complete in a revised eight-event schedule, Tom Sykes’ deal extension and van der Mark signing shows that BMW has already prepared for 2021.

“Tom has been part of our WorldSBK team from the very start and is an important pillar of this project” said BMW motorsport director Marc Bongers.

“We are pleased to be able to continue along the common path in 2021 which we embarked upon with the first tests back in December 2018.”

“This gives us continuity, which is very important for the successful development of a project. We have already achieved a lot together, and the goal is now to definitively close the gap to the front-runners.” the director added.

“Tom’s extensive knowledge of the BMW S 1000 RR and his input will play a key role in achieving this.”

The brit is yet to get his first win with the BMW team having his 50th career pole position at the Phillip island opener.

The announcement comes as bad news for 13 time WorldSBK and ex-MotoGP rider Eugene Laverty, who has been dropped from the factory racing squad less than half-way through his current deal.

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