Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes has admitted he still needs to change and adjust his riding style to suit the new ZX-10RR if he has any hope of chasing team-mate Jonathan Rea for this year’s WorldSBK title but alterations already made are beginning to bear fruit for the Huddersfield man.
Sykes’ had to endure more changes to the bike over winter - including adding a generator to the crank - which took it further away from suiting his stop-point-squirt style but he says he has to adapt and learn what the 2017 bike needs in order to win.
“In winter testing I have been working really hard to get closer to what the bike needs. That’s something I came to accept last year and at Phillip Island we showed consistency. Then again here I think my last lap was the fastest of my race so I am really trying to understand the bike and evalute where I can adjust myself to allow the bike to work more easily,” said Sykes, speaking at the track.
“This is my natural style and it’s not an excuse, I am trying to learn and adjust, and over the 16-lap race I was able to take something extra from my package at the end of the race at that is a good sign. Ultimately, we are missing just a little bit of striking pace, real sheer speed at the beginning and that’s where I lost ground at the beginning. I was able to close Marco down but Jonathan was on good form.”