Confident Sykes hoping for better at Assen

Tom Sykes wants to turn pace into results at Assen after a missed opportunity to Donington Park.
Tom Sykes is hoping to take the positives from his Donington Park performance and apply them towards scoring better results in the third round of the World Superbike Championship at Assen.

The Kawasaki rider impressed on home soil by qualifying third on the grid, but he crashed out whilst challenging for a podium in race one before struggling with mechanical issues in race two.

Nonetheless, with team-mate Joan Lascorz posting a top five result at Donington Park, Sykes is confident he can be similarly fast around the Dutch circuit.

“I am looking forward to Assen partly because Donington was a bit unfortunate for me, but there were a lot of positives to take away about the ability of the new Ninja ZX-10R. I really enjoy racing at the Assen circuit and we were not too shabby on the older model last year.

“I never got to sample the real old Assen layout, but judging by the sections that remain the full old circuit would have been interesting to ride.

“To be honest most circuits on the WSBK calendar are fun to ride, especially with this new bike that is able to work at each circuit. It is pleasing to ride. As long as the bike works at every track I am happy to ride at every track, but Assen is still one of my favourites.”

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Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) and Noriyuki Haga (PATA Aprilia), Donington Park WSBK, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Tom Sykes, Kawasaki, WSBK 2011, Donington Park [pic credit: Jack Bateson]
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VD Mark and Sykes, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
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Jonathan Rea, Sykes and Melandri, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
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April 14, 2011 3:38 PM

At the moment Tom's racing in WSBK has been very scrappy but is always showing potential. But he's absolutely got to get something in the bag. He needs to get a podium to boost his confidence so that he can consistantly go with the front runners, but he has to at least stay the top Kawa man. Having Lascorz beat him at Donny did him no favours (I know there were reasons, but that's just how racing goes). I really want to see that grin on the podium!

Pizdoff - Unregistered

April 14, 2011 10:40 PM

You're right - You really DON'T have it. Sometimes Sykes will beat Lascorz and sometimes Lascorz will beat Sykes and sooner or later Vermin will probably beat both of them. And if you reckon that means Sykes isn't up to the job you'll probably be better off watching football instead.

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