WSBK Aragon: Kawasaki's Sykes eager to do Aragon justice

Kawasaki Tom Sykes sets his sights on the top spot at Motorland Aragon as he looks to get his WSBK title defence on track.
Tom Sykes says he is eager to put good form into stronger results at Motorland Aragon this weekend having struggled to do Kawasaki justice around the Spanish circuit in recent years.

The British rider pin-points the 2012 Aragon WSBK event as where he potentially lost the title that year (after he was collected by Ayrton Badovini on the final lap whilst running third), while he could only manage a distant third in 2013 having smashed the lap record in qualifying.

Nonetheless, the Kawasaki rider is confident of performing better in 2014, saying he is happy with the progress made to the ZX-10R during a recent three day test at Jerez.

“I am excited and ready to go to Aragon,” the defending champion said. “We have had good form there in the past but the results from last year do not do us justice. We have been working a lot with the bike and definitely improved in some areas, so now we need to assess things under full race conditions.

“I am happy with the changes we have made and with the three days of testing at Jerez we are a little bit more prepared. We know where we can work towards in the future, starting at Aragon.

“It is a circuit that is enjoyable to ride around and although the track is not my absolute favourite it should provide some close racing. It is also a track where we have done a lot of testing, so we have a lot of information about it.”

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April 11, 2014 7:52 AM

Sykes will be fine. He has to be looked at as the favorite to win the championship. The way he dominated the latter stages of last years series shows that dude has the stones and focus to close. After all, a half a point away from being two time defending champion. The great thing about WSBK is there are twice the points and opportunities to bag. Guy's like Sykes or Laverty can have an engine go kaboom and still pile on the results and stay in the thick of things.

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