Kawasaki Racing team owner Paul Bird says he is hoping for a vast improvement in performance at the next World Superbike round at Monza after the factory team failed to crack the top ten.

Tom Sykes had shown the potential of the ZX-10R by qualifying in seventh position before running with the leaders during the early stages of race one. However, the decision to use soft tyres - which even saw Sykes claim a new race lap record at one stage - would prove misguided when the Briton's pace dropped off significantly, leaving him 14th at the chequered flag.

Adjustments to the bike failed to improve the situation in race two, Sykes settling for 11th place, much to his frustration.

"I was really confident going into the races and we had chosen a set-up and tyre which we felt confident with and I was really comfortable running up front with the leaders.

"Then the grip levels started to disappear and it was a case of just trying to bring the bike home so for race two, we tried a few different things but it wasn't our weekend. We need to put these results behind us and look to a significant improvement at Monza."

Indeed, save for a fifth place finish for Joan Lascorz - who claimed an 11th and 12th in the Netherlands - at Donington Park, Kawasaki's results haven't quite lived up to initial expectations, something Bird is eager to rectify for Monza.

"It goes without saying I'm not happy with our performance this weekend and we are looking at what went wrong. We need to learn from our mistakes and put it right as it's one of the most disappointing weekends we have had in a long time.

"We aim to make some major changes in time for Monza whereby I'm hoping for a vast improvement in the results all round."



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