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WSBK Laguna Seca, USA: Sykes gains boost from Misano test for Laguna Seca

Tom Sykes feels he and Kawasaki can attack Laguna Seca with extra vigour thanks to the gains found at last month's Misano in-season test.
Tom Sykes feels he and Kawasaki can attack Laguna Seca with extra vigour thanks to the gains found at last month's Misano in-season test.

The British rider and his team-mate Jonathan Rea spent the majority of the test focusing on Kawasaki's 2017 challenger with an eye on electronics and suspension settings.

Immediately after the Misano test Sykes says he was 'depressed' by his results at the race weekend which ran before the test – where Rea grabbed a double victory with Sykes taking second place in both races – and Sykes hopes to use what he learnt from the test and apply it to the set-up of his 2016 machine in America.

“I feel we took a big step in the right direction at the Misano test so, considering that, I am really looking forward to going to Laguna,” Sykes said. “We have had great success there in the past and I love the track. I really, really love the country and the people.”

Sykes has claimed two race wins and one pole position at Laguna Seca since World Superbikes returned to the iconic circuit in 2013 and last year he picked up a two runner-up finishes to Ducati's Chaz Davies.

Like the majority of the World Superbike grid, Sykes adores the challenge of Laguna Seca and will be aiming for more success at the American track in order to close the points deficit to Rea in the riders' championship.

“The track is quite a one off. When you go around the layout on a scooter at low speed, or even just walking, it is unbelievable,” Sykes said. “You go up towards the Corkscrew and when you look back not only does the track drop away, the world itself also seems to because the land just keeps going down and down.

“Laguna is unique, and quite testing, so I really enjoy it. It is special and I like the whole American experience from when I first land there.”

Rea holds a 66-point advantage over Sykes after eight rounds of the 2016 World Superbike championship and the Yorkshire rider will be eager to reduce the deficit ahead of the mid-season break.
by Haydn Cobb



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