WSBK Assen: Pole man Sykes confident in race pace

Kawasaki's Tom Sykes is hoping his 13th World Superbike pole position will yield some luck as he seeks victories at Assen.
Kawasaki's Tom Sykes believes he has the set-up that will help him turn his 13th career World Superbike pole position into a much-needed victory at Assen.

The Briton was once again in peerless Saturday form as he topped all three Superpole sessions to lead Jonathan Rea by a clear six tenths of a second, Sykes picking up his 11th pole position in 16 consecutive attempts.

However, while few can question Sykes's ability over a single lap, it remains to be seen whether he can put it together for an entire race distance.

Nonetheless, Sykes is one of the few riders to have completed a race distance in the dry this weekend and having been satisfied with the results, he is aiming high for the races.

“The ZX-10R is working well and I was quite happy with my race pace, so when we put the Pirelli qualifying tyre in it was even better. I am happy to be on the front row and even better to be in pole position. I just hope we can have some dry conditions tomorrow. Our decisions are pretty much made on what settings to run but we do have a little bit of discussion to have later, just to confirm things, but I think we know what to do.

“We put 22 laps on a tyre earlier and were very surprised and happy with the results, so when I am on clear track I can do what I want and I know what's needed. Tomorrow we will be faced with a bit of a fight maybe but if we can have some good luck I am confident.”

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prof-x - Unregistered

April 27, 2013 10:01 PM

His time today would have put him in front of all the CRT bikes and the satellite Ducatis in last year's qualifying session. His time in qualifying today would have put him less than 1/2 a second behind Casey Stoner's fastest race lap (2012 Assen race winner). And this was on a track that was recently 'wet'. Sure those were Pirelli Qualifiers, but Pirelli doesnt make as good a tire as the GP BStone slicks, even with the nobbling that occurred with the front tire in 2012. Put Sykes on BStones and watch him destroy the CRTs :) I really wish they would wild card him, his crew and his bike at PI and show up the field. Of course that would mean Carbon brakes too, not just the better rubber :)

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