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Sykes cracks top six after Miller charge

1 June 2011

Tom Sykes believes Kawasaki is turning a corner after producing an impressive turn of speed during the two World Superbike races at Miller Motorsports Park.

The Briton qualified a solid tenth in the United States, but failed to make any gains at the start, Sykes instead becoming embroiled in a series of close fights throughout both races.

Sykes made particularly strong progress in race one, picking off six rivals during in the final few laps to cross the line in sixth position – his best result yet aboard the new ZX-10R.

Though an entertaining dice with Jonathan Rea tethered him to tenth in race two, Sykes feels the performance was nonetheless indicative of an improving package.

"Sixth in race one was a positive result and a real improvement on last year's efforts here,” he said. “We were strong at the end of the race and set my best lap time three laps from the end. In the second race we did not make any real set-up changes and I had a lot better launch in race two but unfortunately I got boxed in on turn one.

“The whole race was faster than race one but I ended up in a bit of a dice with Jonathan Rea and that allowed Ayrton Badovini to catch and pass me. I am confident we can go away and make more progress and I really want to thank all the team and Kawasaki. We worked together even tighter as a team and that showed through the weekend."


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