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WSBK Aragon 2013 EXCLUSIVE: Tom Sykes Q&A

Last year you and the Kawasaki surprised most people with your championship challenge. With higher expectations this year do you feel a bit more pressure?

Tom Sykes:
All I can do is the best I can. Last year we caught people by surprise. We went from 13th in the championship in 2011 to second so myself and Kawasaki are happy. It's humbling, I've made a lot of sacrifices to get myself in this position, at this top level. So when the good moments come I'll enjoy it while it lasts and I hope it'll last for a long time.

Crash.net:
What goals have you and the team set for 2013?

Tom Sykes:
I do set myself goals but I won't go into detail how I set those. I have expectations of where I want to be and the team have expectations of where they'd like to be but we all have a good understanding. I know the team will try their hardest and they know I'll do the same. It's a nice environment in the garage. Sometimes we get dealt some bad cards and it's down to us to manage this in the best possible way. Luckily I've got some good guys fighting my corner.

Crash.net:
You mention there being a nice environment in the team. What's it like sharing the garage with young Loris?

Tom Sykes:
I'd like to think I'm quite easy going. Loris is young and excited and it's great for him to have the opportunity to work with a factory team in Superbikes. It's his job to make the most of it. He's learning and getting faster. I'm not sure if Aragon is his favourite circuit, but I'm sure we'll see him have some good rides this year.

Crash.net:
One of the Aragon circuit's defining features is the long back straight. Everyone seems to be struggling to match the speed of the factory Aprilias. Do you have a plan to deal with this?

Tom Sykes:
I play it by ear and have a back-up plan. It's a shame but Kawasaki are working hard and we have made a few steps forward. It's clear the other manufacturers have a straight-line advantage. I give away two-tenths on the straight and it's frustrating, you gain two-tenths on the corners and then lose it again on the straights. That's the way the cookie crumbles though. It's our job to deal with those cards we've been dealt.

Crash.net:
And finally Tom, can you see yourself on the podium on Sunday?

Tom Sykes:
I have expectations of all the rounds and it would be nice to taste champagne at most of them. There are some strong riders but hopefully at the end of the 20 laps on Sunday we'll be one of the strongest, if not the strongest.



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Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014

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shamarone

April 13, 2013 1:52 PM

re: "Tom Sykes: I've made a lot of sacrifices to get myself in this position, at this top level. So when the good moments come I'll enjoy it while it lasts and I hope it'll last for a long time." that's damn right...!



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