Kawasaki trio aiming for Monza boost

Tom Sykes, Joan Lascorz and Chris Vermeulen head to Monza with high expectations following Kawasaki's results there in 2010.
Tom Sykes is 'quietly confident' he will be challenging up at the front for the latest round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship around Monza, scene of his breakthrough result in 2010.

The Briton scored a surprise top five finish around the high-speed Italian venue last season, Kawasaki's then best result for more than two years.

One year on and Sykes is sure the new ZX-10R, which has shown flashes of pace since it was introduced at the start of the season, will be similarly competitive at Monza again, particularly after a positive recent test in Japan.

“I am really looking forward to Monza because it is a venue I enjoy and a circuit we had a relatively good result at last year,” said Sykes.

“We should be looking to improve on that result with this year's bike. I have had a boost because we had a test in Japan after the previous round and we found some good settings, so hopefully those changes will transfer to the Monza round and then through the rest of the calendar.

“My crew chief Johnny, and also Danilo who is the man behind the electronic strategy, were there in Japan for the test and it was good for me to work with the Japanese development engineers again. It was all a positive. I am quietly confident and I do like racing at Monza.”

After a tough weekend at Assen, Sykes's team-mate Joan Lascorz is also keen to get back to form at Monza.

“Each race I know the bike a bit better and it seems each time if we make a good setup we should be competitive. The choice of the tyres will be important, as we learned in Assen. I think my transition to WSBK has been fine, I feel comfortable and competitive. Not as much as I used to be in WSS but I think that will arrive soon.

“Our bike is good, KHI is focused so much and my technicians are very good. I just have to learn a little more and regain more physical strength and I'm sure the results will arrive. I know Kawasaki is working hard, and me too, so we are heading in a good direction.”

Having made a tentative race return at Assen, Chris Vermeulen has been working hard on building up his fitness for Monza and is hopeful he will be able to do a full weekend, including the two races.

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RaceFan - Unregistered

May 05, 2011 5:19 PM

Strikes me Constantinos may have missed seeing last year's races where Sykes was a front-runner on an aged bike. He could be a factor at the sharp end this weekend and here's hoping! It's easy and simplistic to be negative, why not get behind the guy? He deserves our support.

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