Tom Sykes says the example of how quickly the World Superbike championship picture changed in Germany proves he still has a fair shot at the world title despite trailing Kawasaki team-mate Jonathan Rea by 47 points.
After Rea crashed out of race one at the Lausitzring Sykes slashed the points deficit down to 26 points with second place but then saw his efforts were spoiled by a fall in the wet race two. With the defending champion winning the second race Rea has built his points lead back up to 47 but the Yorkshire rider has no plans on giving up his title hunt with three rounds remaining.
“We have seen already this year how fast things can turn on their heads,” Sykes said. “In Germany on one day it all went for me and then on the second day it went against me. We can see how fast things can change in racing. We still have a long way to go and we are still in the running.
“Kawasaki riders are 1-2 in the championship so obviously we are doing something right! We have some good ideas, if the weather is wet, to change things up to give me what I need.”
Sykes holds fond memories at Magny-Cours having claimed three race wins in his career including a vital double victory in 2013 on his way to the World Superbike title. The Kawasaki rider heads back to the French track full of confidence and solely targeting the top step of the rostrum again.
“Magny-Cours is a track that we have had great results at in the past but the thing is that now we can go to every track knowing we have the potential to win,” he said. “Magny-Cours is one venue that has stood out in the past, so we are going there to utilise the best of our potential.”