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WSBK Lausitz, Germany: Sykes maintains hunt of Rea with second

Tom Sykes is determined to keep up his rapid run of form having cut Jonathan Rea's World Superbike championship lead down to 26 points.
Tom Sykes is determined to keep up his rapid run of form having cut Jonathan Rea's World Superbike championship lead down to 26 points.

After Rea suffered another hit of false neutrals which tipped him off on lap seven Sykes held on to second place despite a late charge from Nicky Hayden to effectively halve his Kawasaki team-mate's championship advantage.

Despite being unable to match the race pace of Davies, Sykes was content with second which continued his stretch of consecutive podiums (including three race wins) over the past four rounds.

“I feel we have had an acceptable race not perfect but second position compared to many others is fairly good,” Sykes said. “I would like to say a big thank you to Marcel [Duinker], Danilo [Casonato] and my side of the garage because I feel we achieved the best we could in the short time available. We had no previous data reference here and we were able to make a good race.

“We had to experiment a lot and I think we found an acceptable set-up. Not perfect, because ten seconds to the lead is quite a gap, but I was able to react to my pit board with Nicky Hayden sitting behind me.”

Looking to push on tomorrow and continue to chip away at the points deficit, Sykes is confident his crew know which areas need improvements with a full race distance under its belt to work from.

“Tomorrow we need to find a bike set-up where I can do the lap times a little bit more easily,” he said. “Today I was missing some apexes and tomorrow we need to try and iron that out. There is a lot of pressure at this time of the season and we have seemed to find some kind of momentum, so we have to build on that.”
by Haydn Cobb



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