USA WSBK: Sykes content with extended points lead

Despite missing out on a potentially lucrative double victory at Laguna Seca, Tom Sykes says he can be pleased with his extended 23 point advantage with two rounds remaining.
Tom Sykes says he is focused on the positive of an extended lead in the World Superbike Championship standings with two rounds remaining, despite a late crumble in race two that prevented him from securing a potentially lucrative double at Laguna Seca.

Having multiplied his overall advantage with victory in the first race of the weekend, Sykes looked capable of doing the double as he grabbed the lead of race two after just four laps.

However, once there the Kawasaki rider would struggle for grip and though his inch-perfect lines would prevent the close-following pack from overtaking initially, Eugene Laverty's pass for the win with just over a lap to go would signal the unravelling of Sykes's hard work.

Indeed, both Davide Giugliano and Marco Melandri would proceed to find a way past the waning Sykes before the chequered flag, demoting last year's runner-up to a somewhat unsatisfied fourth position.

Even so, the Briton still finished just ahead of erstwhile closest challenger Sylvain Guintoli, ensuring his lead remains at a healthy 23 points, albeit now over Laverty.

“It was great to win in the first race and I led for a long time in race two but that was the first time we have struggled with grip all weekend. We were six or seven tenths off our best times in the same track conditions and we have to think about why that was. We know what our potential was here again today. Overall, we have extended our championship lead but it would have been nice to taken that second podium!

“We can keep improving and we have a couple of good circuits coming up so we will move on with confidence. In less than a week's time we will be in France and doing it all over again. We have worked hard and well all race weekend and took a win on Saturday.”

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September 30, 2013 5:06 PM

When will Kawasaki get some support for Tom? before the next event if possible, he is fighting a one man battle against the quick Aprillia duo, if they dont find someone to spoil the Apillia party we could end up with a result like 2012. There must be someone that could help him, Haga? he is not under contract as far as know, he could mx it with them.


September 30, 2013 1:27 PM

Tom did well overall was a positive result for the Champ i guess that is the biggest margin for 2 place that we have all year.. The realaty is that the Championchip is super competitive and is not esay.. Anyway i bealive Tom and Kawasaki will not give up, aim with big hopes for Magny cour last year was great racing... lets just hope that everythingh go well without crashs, this races have been so intence that my heart is going mad...

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