SU­PER­POLE KING SYKES DOWN BUT NOT DOWN­BEAT

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

Af­ter win­ning Su­per­pole and say­ing through­out win­ter test­ing about how the lat­est ZX-10R is the bike he has been wait­ing for, Tom Sykes ex­pected much more than a sixth and a fifth-place fin­ish at the open­ing WSB round.

Sykes started strongly in both races but couldn’t quite mus­cle his way onto the podium. He ex­plained: “We made a cou­ple of small changes, one on the rear and a lit­tle change on the front ge­om­e­try, just to en­able me to get it through the cor­ners a bit bet­ter in race two,” said Sykes, who left Aus­tralia sixth in the cham­pi­onship ta­ble. 29 points from the top spot.

“I feel with our set-up we could have cer­tainly built on that if the week­end was longer. Kawasaki has done a great job, and it has been a suc­cess­ful week- end for them, but we just need to build on this and try and have some bet­ter races in the fu­ture.”

It all started out so well in Su­per­pole but Sykes is sixth in the stand­ings

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