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Sykes satisfied with Kawasaki progress

The Briton scores three points on his debut for Kawasaki, although he feels there is more speed to come from the package
Tom Sykes feels he has a good base from which to progress despite enduring a troublesome debut for Kawasaki at the 2010 World Superbike Championship season opener in Australia.

The former Yamaha rider had set his sights on a top ten challenge at Phillip Island, but problems with set-up left him struggling for rear grip during race one before a mechanical issue ruled him out of race two contention early on.

Nonetheless, Sykes, who would leave the opening round with a sole 13th place finish in his pocket, was satisfied with his lap times over the course of the weekend.

"I was happy enough with our qualifying result and felt we had a good setting coming into the race,” Sykes, who out-qualified Chris Vermeulen, said. “The morning warm-up started well and we changed a few settings which seemed to work well but didn't pay off in race one. I struggled with rear grip towards the end of the race and had to push hard to maintain a position in the points.

“In race two I was amongst a lot of traffic and was forced out to 16th position and also suffered a problem with the bike which forced me to enter the pits. I rejoined the race and was happy with my lap times considering but came across the problem again.

“Overall we are making good steady progress with the bike and I'm really happy with the effort the team and Kawasaki are putting in. I am confident and am looking forward to Portimao and hopefully being able to close the gap with the guys in front."


Tagged as: Kawasaki , superbikes , Tom Sykes

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Paramaniac - Unregistered

March 02, 2010 11:53 AM

Blah, I just wasted 10 minutes watching the youtube clips. He reckons the Kwak was good, the Suzuki crap! Running around 5-6 secs a lap off the pace all bikes feel OK. I raced for 6 years at club level in the UK, I bought a bike off a UK champion & could not get within 3 sec a lap of what the bike could do. The bike was super smooth for me, but always looked very flighty when ridden by its former owner, the point is tha tif you dont run race pace any comparison is of little value.

kwikkwak - Unregistered

March 02, 2010 11:23 AM

Once again i repeat,everybody knows the bikes not the best but they are trying to get the best out of what they can.Next year will be an all new bike,although the excuse that its an all new bike could be used as a reason for being uncompetetive if results dont go well again in 2011.......and as a previous comment from me saying that Vermeulen isnt a crasher,i hope that was just a blip :p



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