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Qualifying flatters to deceive for Sykes
11 July 2011
Tom Sykes says he will not let a disappointing race day at Brno 'knock' his confidence after failing to capitalise on a strong qualifying performance in the Czech Republic.
Keen to continue the form that had him towards the front of the field at Misano and Motorland Aragon, Sykes did well to crack the top eight in qualifying, though the Kawasaki rider suggests his single lap performance wasn't indicative of his race pace.
Indeed, though Sykes battled hard in both races to lead the chasing pack, he would ultimately fade as the laps wound down, finishing tenth in race one and 14th in race two.
Disappointed with the results, not least because he finished behind team-mate Joan Lascorz who started in 19th, Sykes is hoping to rediscover the balance that took him to top five finishes in Italy and Spain.
“I knew it would not be the easiest of weekends, but when it came to qualifying, with fresh tyres, I could make it count. We got on the second row, which is what we are aiming for each time but in the races - we did not think they would be quite that hard. Still this circuit was not going to suit the problems we are experiencing on the bike set-up and I cannot ride how I want to.
“I'm far from happy with the results, as I am sure most of the team are. Having said that, we are all in it together. I'm not going to let it knock my confidence and I will give it my all at the next race. I just hope that we can find a bit better balance sooner rather than later. If you look at Misano and Aragon we also had a hot track surface and we were strong there.”