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WSBK Donington Park, UK: Sykes: I have no idea why Donington is special for me

Tom Sykes heads to his home event at Donington Park undefeated since 2012 but says he has no clue why he gels with the track so well.
Tom Sykes heads to his home event at Donington Park undefeated since 2012 but says he has no clue why he gels with the track so well.

The Kawasaki rider has claimed a double race win weekend in the past three consecutive rounds at Donington Park in World Superbikes and is duly aiming to extend his victory streak to close the points deficit to championship leader Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies.

Sykes, who had never won at the Leicestershire track in WorldSBK until the start of his run in 2013, says he has no secret method for success at the circuit but it is certainly a place he relishes returning to.

“It is always a pleasure to race at a home round and it is a fantastic circuit,” Sykes said. “Obviously we have some good history there and the plan is to continue that. If I think of previous events we are in a good position to make it all possible.

“I have no idea why Donington has been such a special place for me in the past few years. People always suggest that I am familiar with it, it is a home race, or something else like that. There is no particular reason for me.

“I try with the same effort at every circuit but I am grateful for my success at Donington.”

Sykes claimed his first World Superbike win since the second round last time out at Sepang before struggling with the wet conditions to finish eighth in race two.

Taking confidence from his performance in dry conditions, Sykes is keen to keep pushing the development of the new Kawasaki ZX-10R to find a set-up he's comfortable to attack with.

“The most recent venue of Sepang was a fast flowing circuit with new asphalt. It had a lot of grip and tyre life issues for everybody,” he said. “We managed that the best in race one and that is really rewarding and comforting for me because it reassures me that we are at a good level. Once we get the bike somewhere in the ballpark we can be as strong as anybody.”



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FisherSam

May 24, 2016 11:53 PM

Hahaha, you sound like a Crutchlow fan. Ifs, buts and maybes, race pace this, lap times that. The proof is in the pudding, Johnny 5 wins so far, Chaz 4 wins so far, Tom 2 wins so far. Johnny has been on the podium every race, Chaz and Tom both have 8, results speak for themselves. You seem to be using the whole 'shredding rubber' thing like it makes a dfference....Johnny was on the same bike so it's not like Tom was on a poorer package and beat Johnny despite a disadvantage. Same bike, same fundamental tyre wear issues so your point about tyres makes no sense. Who is best around Donington doesnt really make much difference over the course of the championship unless every round was at Donny! Yeah Tom might win the Donny races but he's still not beating Johnny over a season on equal machinery and I still think Johnny and Chaz are more than capable of ending Tom's unbeaten run this weekend.



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