The subject of our second installment of the season is 26-year-old Englishman Tom Sykes, who rides the No. 66 Kawasaki ZX-10R for the Kawasaki Racing Team. Tom worked his way up through the hyper-competitive ranks of British Supersport and British Superbike, using two World Superbike wildcard rides at Brands Hatch and Donington Park in 2008 to get noticed. He was teammate to American Ben Spies at Yamaha Motor Italia in 2009, and moved to Kawasaki with Paul Bird Motorsport in 2010. He has stayed with Kawasaki since, now riding for the Kawasaki Racing Team. He claimed his first series win last year at the Nurburgring and has been the surprise of 2012 thus far, claiming pole at both rounds and posting two second-place finishes, a third and a fourth. He currently lies third in the championship.