Sykes keen to make 'drastic improvement'

Tom Sykes says a 'drastic improvement' is to be made in the way he works over a World Superbike weekend following a disappointing performance at Miller Motorsports Park.

While Yamaha WSB team-mate Ben Spies romped to pole position and a double victory, Sykes was left down in 22nd position after qualifying, even if he was able to record two better finishes in 13th and ninth during the two races.

Maintaining his run of points finishes so far this year – albeit now not inside the top ten – Sykes was satisfied with his results from his lowly grid slot.

“We still had some issues with the bike and, obviously, the starting position didn't help matters much. We got off the line fairly well in race one but got boxed in on turn one and lost position a bit.

“A difficult first race but the red flag helped me restart further up the grid and I managed to run some consistent race times. For race two we made a bit more of a change and found another half a second. During the first lap I came from 22nd to 14th which was pretty good.”

Looking ahead to the future, Sykes is desperate to begin 'delivering the goods' and has embarked on a new strategy to improve the set-up of his Yamaha R1.

“Overall it's been quite a difficult weekend with a couple of things but the team and I have sat down and put our heads together and we've made a drastic improvement to the set up and the way we work, we're going to be stronger as a team and I'm confident I can now repay the team and deliver the goods."

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wr86 - Unregistered

June 02, 2009 1:18 PM

Kids in a tough spot. Can't imagine what it's like to be a rookie trying to make an impression and across the garage is Spies. If you look at all the coverage Maio is always on Ben's side of the garage, hell in one article they even called him Tom Spies. I still think he's doing well and it's not fair to compare the two as Tom didn't go to the Mladin school of tough racing. I think he'll get there it will just take some time.

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