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WSBK Monza: Sykes 'motivated' for Italian showdown
7 May 2013
Tom Sykes is aiming to carry his momentum from Assen into round four of the World Superbike Championship this weekend at Monza.
Sykes enjoyed a strong weekend at the Dutch TT circuit, taking a victory in race one and a runner-up finish in the second race on the Kawasaki ZX-10R.
The British rider was a winner at Monza last year and travels to Italy highly motivated to bridge the gap to series leader Sylvain Guintoli, who tops the standings on 111 points.
Sykes, who is 28 points behind – tied in second place with Eugene Laverty and Chaz Davies – said: “I am obviously very motivated off the back of the Assen weekend.
“It was so enjoyable there because I went there thinking it was not going to be our strongest point in the season but I almost had the full set of two wins and Superpole.
“Our bike is working great and the changes made to the bike this year look like they are having the desired effect across the board,” he added.
“The wet session in Assen was nice because it ticked off a box that used to have a question mark in it.
“Moving to Monza now, I am looking forward to it because I won the only race there last year.
“It is a circuit I enjoy because of some good past results and it is nice to ride as well because it has a great history.”
Sykes is unconcerned by the 'unusual' appearance of the championship points table at present, preferring to focus instead on maintaining his 'momentum'.
“The Ninja ZX-10R is a very well balanced package and we are going there to do a job now.
“The championship position is very unusual with three riders on the same points in second place, although I am not too concerned with the championship placings at this stage,” he said.
“I'm just looking forward to keeping up momentum and improving things again in a couple of areas.”
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