Sykes: "I want to leave here with a lot of points"

Sykes sped into pole at Aragon

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes securing his first pole position of the season at Aragon with a time of 1.56.339. 

The Yorkshire Grinner who is fully recovered after picking up and injury at the beginning of the year, has been in the top four all weekend and produced his best lap in the closing moments of Superpole 3. 

Sykes, who finished 2012 half a point behind World Champion Max Biaggi, hopes to leave Aragon a strong championship contender after leaving Philip Island in fourth. 

Tom said of his 12th supersport win “It has been a long break since the first race a few weeks ago but Kawasaki has worked so hard since then and made improvements to the bike, and that brought something extra. It has been nice to ride without any injuries this weekend as well after my fall in testing at Phillip Island. The most important thing to get today was a start on the front row and not worry too much about pole position but it was good to get my first Superpole win of the year for my Spanish-based team. There will be two long and hard races tomorrow so it is important to keep up a high level of consistency. I have a lot of supporters here because the team is based here and my old team-mate Joan Lascorz is also doing commentary on Spanish TV so hopefully I can give him something to talk about in the races. I want to leave here with a lot of points and move forward consistently.”

Sykes’ French teammate Loris Baz had a successful Superpole, securing a second row start. 

Baz is beginning to build up his confidence following a 6th position at the first race of the season in Philip Island back in February.

His time of 1.57.869 was only 1.530 seconds off teammate and pole man Tom Sykes. 

Baz revealed “I am very happy to be able to take a second row start in Superpole and it is the result of all the good work we have done recently. I was a lot more confident after the weekend at Phillip Island and we used our qualifying tyres here properly, with a race tyre in Superpole 1 then qualifiers in Superpole 2 and 3. It is different for Tom because he has so much experience but to go into the first Superpole sessions with a race tyre you have to ride with complete confidence and be very precise. You have to get every single corner exactly right and not make any mistakes. I am pleased to be on the second row and hope for two good races now.”


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