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Sykes targeting improvements in USA

After two disappointing events at Assen and Monza, Tom Sykes believes Kawasaki is due for good results at Miller Motorsports Park.
Tom Sykes thinks Kawasaki deserves to see the results from their hard work as he bids to shrug off an indifferent start to the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Miller Motorsports Park.

The Briton has shown flashes of speed on the much anticipated ZX-10R, most notably with his front row grid slot at Donington Park, but he struggled to break out of the mid-field at Assen and Monza.

Nonetheless, Sykes is confident Kawasaki is heading in the right direction with the bike and expects to see a step forward in the United States.

“Personally, I really look forward to this race,” he said. “It is a beautiful part of the world and it is massive bonus to go racing there. We struggled there last year but we have a new bike this year and I am positive about that.

“I am hoping we can go there and certainly improve on last year but also improve on our previous results this year and move forward again. Hopefully we can make our hard work at the previous rounds count in America.

The challenges for the rider there are the time zone change and the massive increase in altitude. You lose a bit of power from the bike at the high altitude but what you need is a bike set-up which turns and holds a good line at Miller.

“There is little of this circuit where you are completely upright. It sounds obvious but the more time we get on the bike the better we will be.”

Sykes is 13th in the WSBK standings after four rounds, 13 points behind the top ten.



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Sweeble

May 27, 2011 8:27 AM

I'm a big Sykes fan and Kawa rider, but I feel as if I am starting to live in hope rather than expectation. I think that Tom will be the top K rider (and needs to be!), but I get the feeling that there may be something not quite right about the PBM team.

smasher - Unregistered

May 26, 2011 11:04 PM

sykes is a top rider always riding the bike on the limit. wish he was getting the results he deserves. shame the bikes not quite there yet hopefully it will come soon.



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