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Sykes sure Kawasaki will catch rivals

Tom Sykes shrugs off a solid, if not spectacular, debut for the new Kawasaki ZX-10R as he posts a pair of top ten finishes at Phillip Island.
Tom Sykes says he is happy to come away from his first race meeting aboard the new Kawasaki ZX-10R in eighth position overall, even if he had hoped to have been more competitive at Phillip Island.

There had been much buzz about the hotly-anticipated bike ahead of the weekend, but while Sykes showed flashes of pace during free practice, particularly his run to third in Q2, it was a fairly low profile bow for the bike in the races.

Even so, a pair of top ten results – eighth in race one and ninth in race two – is only the fourth time Sykes has achieved a double top ten feat on a Kawasaki, while he insists eighth in the overall standings after one round is something to be pleased about.

"I'm happy to be eighth in the championship after the first round as you only have to look at the timing sheets to realise there is a real quality field out there” he said. “Less than a second covers something like the first 20 riders in qualifying, so it is quite pleasing in many ways to have been in there.

Touching on the development of the new bike, Sykes maintains it will take time to get on terms with his rivals, but he is 'sure' it will happen.

“I am a racer and I want to progress quickly but this is the first year with the new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and I am sure we can make even more progress very soon. Everybody in my garage is keen to win, that is what this whole project is about, but it is early days."



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rc212v - Unregistered

February 28, 2011 2:51 PM

Dude is so underrated. Probably the most underrated rider in the paddock. Hope Kawasaki solve their problems soon and Tom will fight for victories. Good luck!

Nick636

March 01, 2011 6:37 AM

@ Yamahar1 No one from Kwakka was predicting wins off the bat. They themselves came out and said they want to be competitive this season and fight for the championship next season. A double top 10 finish for Sykes is a WHOLE LOT BETTER than last year or even S1000 or RSV4 debut. People love to jump on the struggling guys. @ RC212v Agree fully. Sykes is hugely underrated and I reckon he'll be fighting for podiums. Oh, and Lascorz had his first race in SBK. Running not 100% fit, obviously an issue (If anyone SAW his crash at Silverstone they'd agree it's not just an excuse. Proud of my team. GO TEAM GREEN!



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