WSBK Assen: Sykes anticipates stronger Assen

Following an indifferent weekend in Spain, Tom Sykes is feeling confident about his chances when as the World Superbike Championship resumes at historic Assen.
Tom Sykes is confident he can produce a strong performance at Assen to kick-start his World Superbike title aspirations following an indifferent weekend last time out at Motorland Aragon.

The Kawasaki rider came into race day as the hot favourite after smashing the lap record in qualifying, but a technical issue in race one and a run to third place in race two represented compromised returns from his single lap pace.

Nonetheless, having secured his first podium of the season in Spain, Sykes is looking forward to returning to action in the Netherlands, not least to avenge the disappointment of his 2012 race when he retired from the lead with a mechanical problem.

“I am looking forward to racing at Assen and it is a circuit that the Ninja ZX-10R has gone well at in the past. I will enjoy getting on the bike again. One of the reasons that I am looking forward to this weekend so much is that there are quite a few people from the KME headquarters in the Netherlands coming to Assen.

“This is the first circuit we have gone to this year without having had a test there first. We know the bike well now and in these circumstances we simply focus on setting it up for the two races on Sunday and we don't spend a lot of time fine tuning and trying many different things.

“Assen is a good track to ride at and it's a circuit that has changed a lot over the years. I did not get the chance to ride the longer version they used in previous eras of SBK, with the long loop at the start, but I would have liked to. Only the slow first section is really different from the rest of the current layout, which is still unique in some ways.”

Sykes is currently sixth in the standings, 47 points behind Aprilia Racing's Sylvain Guintoli.

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jvp114 - Unregistered

April 23, 2013 2:44 PM

After what happened last year when he missed the championship by 0.5 points, Sykes is very deserving of the championship. However, the team needs to consistently give him a bike that does not produce a mechanical failure. The fact that he is 47 points behind schedule even though there is still a long season ahead of us tells me that it will be difficult to regain the lead if Aprilia and BMW consistently outpaces him during the race. Kawasaki needs to do a better job with the bike so he can just race and hopefully to consistently place on the podium.

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