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WSBK Assen: Sykes sure of strong Assen

23 April 2013

Tom Sykes is confident he can produce a strong performance at Assen to kick-start his World Superbike title aspirations following an indifferent weekend last time out at Motorland Aragon.

The Kawasaki rider came into race day as the hot favourite after smashing the lap record in qualifying, but a technical issue in race one and a run to third place in race two represented compromised returns from his single lap pace.

Nonetheless, having secured his first podium of the season in Spain, Sykes is looking forward to returning to action in the Netherlands, not least to avenge the disappointment of his 2012 race when he retired from the lead with a mechanical problem.

“I am looking forward to racing at Assen and it is a circuit that the Ninja ZX-10R has gone well at in the past. I will enjoy getting on the bike again. One of the reasons that I am looking forward to this weekend so much is that there are quite a few people from the KME headquarters in the Netherlands coming to Assen.

“This is the first circuit we have gone to this year without having had a test there first. We know the bike well now and in these circumstances we simply focus on setting it up for the two races on Sunday and we don't spend a lot of time fine tuning and trying many different things.

“Assen is a good track to ride at and it's a circuit that has changed a lot over the years. I did not get the chance to ride the longer version they used in previous eras of SBK, with the long loop at the start, but I would have liked to. Only the slow first section is really different from the rest of the current layout, which is still unique in some ways.”

Sykes is currently sixth in the standings, 47 points behind Aprilia Racing's Sylvain Guintoli.


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