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In-form Sykes heads to scene of first win

Having secured his second World Superbike win of the season in Russia, outside title contender Tom Sykes returns to where he first stepped on the WSBK podium at the Nurburgring.
Fresh from his second World Superbike Championship win of the season in Russia, Tom Sykes is heading to the scene of his first ever victory at the Nurburgring confident that a similar performance can spur him on to a late title challenge.

The Englishman notched up a surprise victory for Kawasaki in Germany last season after assuming the lead from a crashed Noriyuki Haga just moments before the race was halted due to adverse weather conditions.

Marking Kawasaki's first WSBK win in six years, though the unpredictable conditions at the time raised doubts as to whether Sykes could replicate that form in the dry, he has since gone on two win two races this season, at Monza (where half-points were awarded when the race was stopped early) and at the Moscow Raceway.

With the Moscow win proving his first full-distance dry victory, Sykes feels he has turned a corner in terms of set-up and momentum, form he is optimistic of replicating at the Nurburgring, where he has performed well in previous years on the ZX-10R.

“We go to Germany now and the recent form of the Ninja ZX-10R is great, so we are obviously a lot closer in the ballpark to where we need to be with the overall set-up,” he said. “Germany should be good for us - going on the results we have had there in the past. We got a win last year there. OK, in wet conditions of course, but even in the dry we have been quite close to the front there, which fills me with a bit more excitement for this weekend.”

Having scored podiums in four of the last six races, Sykes has consolidated his third place in the overall standings and remains in the hunt for the overall title, 41 points adrift of leader Marco Melandri and 22.5 points behind second place Max Biaggi.

“The current package we have now is even better and that means that we have to go to Germany with the aim of collecting lots more points. People ask me about the positions in the points rankings now and realistically it is still possible to win the championship. The goal is obviously to keep inside the top three and keep pushing.”


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Nick636

September 05, 2012 9:08 AM

Go Tom! This season has been a true showing of what you and the Kawasaki can do in only the bike's second season. Can't wait to see how the end of this season plays out. At this stage, him and Melandri are the guys to watch. GO GRINNER! GO BAZ! GO TEAM GREEN!

Vilas

September 05, 2012 12:15 PM

I know that the Ninja had a lot of potencial and its a damm powerfull bike=).. But i wish that rain for this race i wish a lot.. Normaly this track is very suit for the Ducati very hard to beat the red Team here.. But with Rain Tom is a master its more esay to use the Ninja here on wet condicion.. Man if he win both races i will be so happy, sht.. So many years waiting to Kawasaki become what they are right now a competitive Team.. I wach then since the time of Scoot Russel on the zxr 750 i wach Antony Gobert making miricles with that bike then come Yanagawa time, great rider but the Ninja was not very competitive.. Then come the ZX10r 2004 A damm great bike i was thinking was this the machine but no still the same then come the 2006 design and i was thinking Damm i dont like the bike loocks so much big why they think this will be better?? and they get one podium nothingh more.. then come other beast him 2008 beautifull bike allways think this bike is a winner but they have hard time,



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