Sykes pleased despite missing podium

Pole sitter Tom Sykes just misses out on a podium for Kawasaki during the sixth round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Misano.
Tom Sykes says he cannot be disappointed to come away from one of Kawasaki's 'least favoured circuits' with a pole position and a run to fourth place, even if he feels the race two red flag scuppered his hopes of getting onto the podium.

Following his remarkable run to pole position in the damp during Superpole, while Sykes freely admitted pre-race that he would struggle to replicate that form in the dry, the Briton held his own as he tussled inside the top five during race one.

Though Marco Melandri would escape to take away the chance of a podium, Sykes launched a charge during the final laps to catch and pass Eugene Laverty for fourth position – equalling his best finish for Kawasaki and lowering the new ZX-10R's best result.

Similarly in race two, Sykes was well in contention for a podium placing behind Leon Haslam, an objective that received a boost when Melandri crashed out. However, Sykes lost out at the restart and was bundled down the order onto the fringes of the top ten, before a crash when he clipped a white line would leave him 14th at the chequered flag.

Admitting he is unsure why the race was stopped in the first place, while Sykes was pleased with his performance at Misano, it remains tinged with an element of disappointment.

“We have come away from one of our least favoured circuits with a pole position and a fourth. In race one I was feeling good. In race two, part one, I dropped a couple of positions but I felt I had the pace to get them back easily.

“Then the race was stopped, I do not know why because as it turned out there was no oil or anything down, certainly nothing to stop the race. We were looking strong there, and there was just Haslam between me and the podium. We were gapping the guys behind.

"In the 'real' race two, I got batting with a couple of guys and that put me out of my rhythm. It was a sprint race so some had gambled on soft tyres. I tried turning just a little bit tighter to got inside Xaus at turn three and unfortunately ran over the white line inside the track and that took the front away.

“I remounted and got two points. We were a lot stronger in race one for fourth and we have to be happy with the way things went this weekend, with a Superpole win and a good top four finish.”

The result puts Sykes back onto the cusp of the top ten in the overall standings.

Tagged as: Misano , Kawasaki , Tom Sykes

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jimbob - Unregistered

June 13, 2011 10:07 PM

Constantinos for the first time you have got one thing correct saying that the bike is not as fast as the rest, I would say that is Sykes's biggest problem at this time as he is having to run into corners so late on the brakes in order to keep up, that in turn makes the bike more out of control and must also make the bike run wide. He also has to put the gas on earlier than the rest to help make up the lack of speed (come on Kawasaki get some more speed) As for your comment that Sykes re run position was "clearly his fault" HOW THE HELL DO YOU KNOW have you got access to team data ? If you have let us in on it otherwise keep your silly comments to yourself.

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