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Sykes taking it 'one race at a time'

Tom Sykes: 90 per cent of my thoughts are about taking it just one race at a time. Ten per cent of me is also thinking that we are in a good position in the table.
Tom Sykes heads into the penultimate round of the 2012 World Superbike Championship knowing a good or bad performance at Portimao could prove pivotal to his title hopes.

The Kawasaki rider has been steadily reeling in title favourites Max Biaggi and Marco Melandri in recent rounds, and though he wasn't able to take full advantage of his rivals' misfortune last time out at the Nurburgring, two solid top five finishes were still enough to take a significant chunk out of their advantage.

Currently 26.5 points behind Biaggi – and just 17 points from Melandri –, Sykes feels it wouldn't take much luck to get himself into position to fight for the 2012 title at the season-ending Magny-Cours event, though he maintains that he will take it 'one race at a time'.

“The Portimao circuit is quite extreme, especially in the way it changes elevation so fast and so often, but I think that the way the Ninja ZX-10R is working we should be able to go to any circuit and do well.

“Right now, with two rounds to go, 90 per cent of my thoughts are about taking it just one race at a time, and of course we will do what we have been doing all year when we get to Portugal. Obviously, ten per cent of me is also thinking that we are in a good position in the table.

“If we play our cards right we can stay in the top three, and if we play our cards really well then we can win the championship. But in reality, come race weekend, we will go race-by-race and carry on as we have been doing.”

“I think that we have proved to people that when the bike set-up is working we can be fast and we have the pace to run at the front consistently.

“I am confident in my own ability and both the team and Kawasaki have been fantastic. If we keep working on the set-up and get it to where it should be every time, then we all should be pretty happy.”

Sykes is well placed to finish in the top three overall having now pulled out a 44 point margin over Carlos Checa in the standings.


Tagged as: Kawasaki , Portimao , Tom Sykes

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Nick636

September 18, 2012 10:27 AM
Last Edited 825 days ago

What he has managed since joining the Green Machine is nothing short of remarkable. Tom has finally given Kawasaki fans something to cheer for, something to get excited for beyond the odd top 5 / 10 finish. He is the first rider since Scott Russel in '93 and MAYBE Yanagawa in '99 to even be in the title fight, and the first since Russel to be considered an actual contender. When considering his year with Yamaha that so many give him so much flack for, when not knowing the facts behind the matter, Tom has proved his mettle and gained the support of the die-hard Kwakka fans. IF things go in his favour he COULD have a shot at the title, if not, he's almost certain of a top three, and I will almost guarantee he'll be a protagonist next year. GO TOM! GO BAZ! GO TEAM GREEN!!!

Nick636

September 18, 2012 11:49 AM

Md Zane And why aren't you on the grid? I don't know if you've noticed or not, but even when he's going hell-for-leather in the opening laps, he's not flying off to a 20sec lead... So, if, as you (and many others propose) he slows down, all that will happen is that he will be passed by the Ducatis and Aprilias that CAN push all race long... It all comes down to fine tuning. The Aprilia is in it's 4th year, the BMW in it's 4th year, the Ducati in it's 6th year and the Honda in it's 5th. That means these teams have a minimum of 2 years more development time on the bike. Look at the massive change the electronics pack made that Provec brought...



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