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Sykes seeking a return to the top at home
31 July 2013
Tom Sykes is looking to resume his place at the top of the World Superbike Championship standings at Silverstone after a frustrating conclusion to what had looked to be a strong Moscow Raceway round.
The British rider was fairly dominant during the first-half of the Russian event, but after a crash in qualifying left him ninth on the grid, a dramatic technical problem in what would become the only race of the day would see him fail to reach the chequered flag.
With Sylvain Guintoli taking advantage to sneak back ahead of his main rival in the standings, Sykes is hoping a return to home soil at Silverstone will see him challenging for wins once again.
“At the previous round we had an issue in the race but we had been fastest in most of the practice sessions and had great race pace,” he said. “So in that respect I am happy. When you are pushing at the front of races sometimes mistakes or issues come along.
Despite the 'home advantage', Silverstone has not been a kind circuit to Sykes in the past, the 2012 runner-up forced out of the 2011 event with injury, while difficulties in the wet weather consigned him to a best finish of just eighth last year.
Nonetheless, Sykes remains confident that he can mirror his performance at Donington Park when he was the runaway double winner of the event.
“Last year at Silverstone in normal conditions the Ninja ZX-10R was good but in the wet conditions of raceday we struggled a bit. I think many people understand that we have made a big step with the set-up since then. I am looking forward to racing again in front of my home crowd and hopefully we can have a similar kind of result as we did at Donington, but we will see.
“I am going to Silverstone relaxed and motivated and we can look to hopefully get ourselves back on track. There is a long summer break afterwards with three weeks off; then in September the calendar gets really busy again. So a good result at Silverstone would be ideal to enjoy the summer break all the more.”