SYKES IMPROVES BUT REA REMAINS HIS NEMESIS
Despite coming away from the US with a pole and two podiums, Tom Sykes couldn’t hide his frustration at being beaten by his team-mate yet again.
“That is something that definitely has not gone unnoticed. Jonathan’s riding style is definitely more at one with the championship regs and the engine character of the ZX-10RR,” explained Sykes after race two at Laguna.
“If the machine was like it was in say 2013/14, when the engine mass was a lot less, etc, the bike was bit more of a beast but it really suited my racing style. I spent a lot less time on the edge of the tyre whereas now I am not getting the best from myself. It is disappointing because you are watching someone on the same bike as you have going away from you, and you would like to do something extra - but you can’t.
“I want to attack the corners in a different way but every time I do, the bike does not like it. I am trying to adapt, and looking at it positively we were able to beat Chaz at such a good circuit for him but we just gave away that little bit every lap to Jonathan.”
It’s tough for Sykes to see his team-mate finishing in front... again