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WSBK Assen: 'Confident' Sykes aiming high at Assen

27 April 2013

Kawasaki's Tom Sykes believes he has the set-up that will help him turn his 13th career World Superbike pole position into a much-needed victory at Assen.

The Briton was once again in peerless Saturday form as he topped all three Superpole sessions to lead Jonathan Rea by a clear six tenths of a second, Sykes picking up his 11th pole position in 16 consecutive attempts.

However, while few can question Sykes's ability over a single lap, it remains to be seen whether he can put it together for an entire race distance.

Nonetheless, Sykes is one of the few riders to have completed a race distance in the dry this weekend and having been satisfied with the results, he is aiming high for the races.

“The ZX-10R is working well and I was quite happy with my race pace, so when we put the Pirelli qualifying tyre in it was even better. I am happy to be on the front row and even better to be in pole position. I just hope we can have some dry conditions tomorrow. Our decisions are pretty much made on what settings to run but we do have a little bit of discussion to have later, just to confirm things, but I think we know what to do.

“We put 22 laps on a tyre earlier and were very surprised and happy with the results, so when I am on clear track I can do what I want and I know what's needed. Tomorrow we will be faced with a bit of a fight maybe but if we can have some good luck I am confident.”


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