Tom Sykes says he is giving himself 'a bit of pressure' to maintain his and Kawasaki's magnificent start to the 2012 World Superbike Championship season, but is confident he can be a front runner once more at Miller Motorsports Park.
Sykes heads to the sixth round in the United States just five points off Max Biaggi's series lead following a pair of podium finishes at Donington Park, though the man himself admits race day at his home circuit did not live up to the expectations of his fourth Superpole from five attempts on his home soil.
Heading to Miller Motorsports Park, where he and Kawasaki have enjoyed modest success in the past, Sykes is determined to keep the points ticking over.
Indeed, having led 72 of the 184 racing laps completed so far this season – almost 40 per cent -, Sykes is optimistic he will be able to 'keep the performance up'.
“I am really looking forward to going to Miller because Salt Lake is a beautiful part of the world, so the atmosphere and scene is set for me already. Miller has not been a spectacular venue for me in the past but it has also not been too bad. This year, with the Ninja ZX-10R the way it is, we have come a long way with the bike and I am hoping we can go there and start afresh.
“I hope we will be able to compete and we have been fairly consistent this year. Now we are only five points off the lead, which is really promising. There is a bit of pressure going into Salt Lake, just to keep the performance up, but the only pressure is from myself. I do not want to let myself down.
“Last time out Donington was a little bit of a challenge for us so it was good to come away with a pole position and two third places. My main goal is, like always, to get two top four or top five positions and keep those points coming in.”