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Sykes turns attentions to Miller

Tom Sykes admits he found it difficult to maintain a strong race pace in the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Kyalami, but was content to post two more top ten finishes.

Sykes had hinted at a strong performance during free practice and qualifying, the Briton reaching the top eight shootout, only to see a lot of his hard work go to waste in race one following a poor start.

Dropping as low as 16th, Sykes gradually forged his way back up the order to cross the line in tenth position, before going on to post a ninth place finish in race two.

However, despite maintaining his perfect finishing record this season, Sykes was disappointed to experience a lack of both grip and power over the course of the weekend

"I got away badly in the first race and initially dropped down to sixteenth which was a shame as I felt I could have been more consistent. The second race I got away ok from the start and was closing in on Checa and a couple of the boys, but the last five laps or so I was really struggling.

“If we could have found a bit more grip it would have been better. We struggled on the power this weekend as well which was tough on this circuit. I'm looking forward to getting to Miller as I think the track will suit the R1 really well, and I want to close the gap and get up into fourth place as I think it's possible."


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Ken - Unregistered

May 19, 2009 7:17 AM

Well, here we have it mates. Sykes complains about the lack of power of the new Yam R1 and all is ducky. Spies has powered this bike to five wins and not complained about the fact that the Ducati's are more powerful track machines. The truth is that Spies has more wins than all of the Britt riders combined, by a comfortable margin at that. I'd take Spies any day over a throw down with Haslam, Sykes, and Rea!

wr86 - Unregistered

May 18, 2009 2:02 PM

We are talking about the same Tom Sykes - the ROOKIE who is 6th in the championship??!!?? You Brits sure hold your own to high standards. I think he's doing a great job and by his own comments he's not satified and looking to improve. If you're this disappointed in Tom what do you think of Shakey??



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