Tom Sykes has hinted that he will remain with Kawasaki for the 2012 World Superbike Championship after claiming the team has a good understanding from what he needs from the bike.
Sykes's second year with Kawasaki ended with a sole eighth place finish at Portimao, the Nurburgring race winner ending up 13th in the overall standings behind team-mate Joan Lascorz.
Looking ahead, Kawasaki has been silent on its rider line-up for 2012, with Sykes dismissing earlier claims by outgoing team manager Paul Bird that he had been dropped for next season.
With this in mind, Sykes talks in a future tense when commenting on the final round, saying Kawasaki knows what it needs to do with the bike to help his results.
"Race one was a big learning session and we struggled a bit all weekend with front end feel. We are definitely not where I need to be with the feeling of the bike. Badovini passed me in turn one and put me wide and onto the dirty bit of the track, so I lost places. It was unfortunate but we had a great start and got up to fifth position at one time.
“I was consistent at the end of the race and every lap gives us information. We all know where we need to be and the team has a very good understanding of what I need from the bike. I finished eighth when I was back in 11th and it is quite promising. Race two was unlucky for us but that's racing sometimes.”