On the weekend Kawasaki unveiled its 2011 World Superbike challenger, Tom Sykes signalled his desire to stay exactly where he is for next year as he posted another top five finish at the Nurburgring.
Capitalising on his and the team's best starting position of the season in seventh, Sykes posted two good starts before valiantly bridging the gap between the front-runners and the chasing pack.
Rewarded with a fifth place finish – his second of the season – and a seventh, his haul of 20 points is Kawasaki's highest since Fonsi Nieto managed 25 at the 2007 season finale in France. In fact, on only four occasions has a Kawasaki broke into the '20s' since Chris Walker recorded the manufacturer's last WSBK win at Assen more than four years ago.
Coming as Sykes makes his pitch to feature in Kawasaki's much anticipated plans for 2011, the Briton praised the team for its efforts over the weekend
“We've had quite a strong performance here at the Nurburgring this weekend from both myself and the Team and I'm very happy with how it's gone. I just wished we could have hang in there a bit more in race two but overall I can't complain as it's our best result for the year.
“We came here with a good base package and worked well with what we new was our setting goal so this meant we didn't need to make big changes, just a few tweaks which ultimately is much easier on a rider. I was able to just focus on fine tuning the bike and the best tyre combinations to get my ultimate setting.
“Overall it's been a massive effort from the Team and Kawasaki and although I'd like to thank every individual, I have to give additional thanks to Johnny my crew chief, and Javier from Showa, for giving me the best package this weekend which I was able to show in the races and come away with some strong results for Kawasaki.”