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Sykes positive after solid Misano results

Tom Sykes keeps the points ticking over a run to fourth and seventh at Misano, but admits the Kawasaki must continue improving.
Tom Sykes says he knows where Kawasaki must improve if he is to make the most of his superb qualifying efforts after another solid, but somewhat unfulfilling race day at Misano.

Though Sykes and Kawasaki have been revelations this season following many years at the tail end of the manufacturer order, the British rider's outstanding five pole positions in seven races has served to highlight bigger struggles over a race distance.

Indeed, though Sykes's fourth in race one and seventh in race two would have been celebrated twelve months ago, it is a measure of how far Kawasaki have come that he feels Misano represented 'a bit of a hard weekend'.

Nonetheless, despite missing the podium, Sykes was content to leave Italy having retained third in the standings, pointing out many of his main rivals made bigger errors. Even so, he insists Kawasaki must continue developing if he to maintain his strong start to the year.

“To be honest race one was not too bad after we have had a difficult weekend trying to find traction with the bike in hot conditions. We have done a great job in the first part of the year and we know where we can improve. In race one, we did what we needed to do to finish top four. I'm satisfied with race one best four and eight seconds off. It was certainly good compared to last year.

“Track temperatures went up considerably for race two and unfortunately because we have been struggling with bike setting we had to concentrate on this. We were very limited on track time for tyres and the main focus for us was to improve the bike to get the result.

“In race two we made the wrong tyre selection. We did not have the tyre experience to gamble on another tyre choice. Rea chose a different tyre and look what happened to him. If we had done the same we would still be in the same ballpark. Others made bigger mistakes today. So, we lost a few points but I'm still third in the championship after a bit of a hard weekend.”



Tagged as: Misano , Kawasaki , Tom Sykes

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Nick636

June 11, 2012 6:43 AM
Last Edited 800 days ago

I agree. This weekend was disappointing from Tom. I still stand adamant that the improvements they have made this year are epic, and when you see the age (years of development) behind their competition, they're still doing fantastic to be where they are. But they need to figure it out now. Tom is NO MORE AGRESSIVE THAN GIUGLIANO, yet his tyres don't last. As for team orders being the reason Baz couldn't pass him, please, grow up children.. What wa the reason Fabrizio couldn't pull a gap, or that Sykes nearly passed Fabrizio again at the end? TEAM ORDERS? I think not. This has still been a great start, and Tom is still in it. COME ON TEAM GREEN, COME ON TOM, and welcome Baz, you are indeed a keeper.

jimbob - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 8:57 PM

Nick36 It is so difficult to understand the logic of some of the posters here, most are just plain clueless. Having changed teams from last year Sykes is with a completely new team now and without any useable data for all circuits exept the ones they have done pre-season testing unlike every other team out there running at the front who have more than a couple of years worth, Sykes openly admits they dont yet have the tyre and set up data req'd. Did anyone notice he was the only one that got 3 laps in vital morning warm up due I am reliably told that his chosen race tyre was a duffer and shredded after just 3 laps, so more valuable data lost just when he needed it. IMO he will succeed big time and the armchair knockers will no doubt change names and sides when he does !



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