Tom Sykes maintains he is pleased with his performance at Motorland Aragon, despite missing out on the chance to score a brace of top five finishes.
The Kawasaki rider showed strong pace throughout the weekend as the ZX-10R diced inside the top five during free practice and qualifying, a performance that was translated over a race distance when Sykes became embroiled in the fight for fourth in race one.
Though he would ultimately lose out to Eugene Laverty – by just a tenth of a second -, Sykes looked well on course to make it a pair of top five finishes as he circulated in fifth during the second race two, only to fall on lap seven.
Although he was disappointed to miss out on another good top five finish, Sykes was pleased to have shown a consistently good pace throughout the weekend.
“Again there are some positives and negatives but I am going to ignore the latter,” he said. “”The positive side is that we have been top five all weekend, and in race one, and in race two I went down but we were still racing in a good position. Unfortunately I went down, but I went down trying.
“We came away with good levels of performance during a dry weekend, which is another big positive. We will get a test in Aragon to be ready for the Brno race, and we have a lot to test.
“Maybe too much for one day, so we'll prioritise things and make it count. Brno is a fantastic circuit that I love and hopefully the new Ninja ZX-10R will work well there as well.”
As a measure of the improvements Kawasaki has made this season, Sykes – who is 13th in the standings, just 18 points from eighth – and team-mate Joan Lascorz have helped put the manufacturer just two points shy of its entire 2010 total with only half of the 2011 season completed.