|Tom Sykes didn’t live up to potential in Aragon
Photo: Kawasaki Racing Team
Kawasaki Racing team rider Tom Sykes went to Aragon fully recovered from an injury picked up in testing, gunning for a race win.
Technical issues in race one forced the Huddersfield grinner to pull out on lap six, after leading the race.
Sykes made up for misfortunes in race two however, by finishing on the podium in third, seven seconds behind race winner and fellow Brit Chaz Davies.
Tom’s third place finish leaves him six overall in the championship standings after just two rounds.
Sykes said “Scoring a podium in race two was not a perfect way to end race weekend but it was certainly an acceptable way. It would have been good to finish race one as well just so that I could have collected a bit more information to take into race two, but I am not making excuses – the riders ahead of me in race two rode fantastically well. We are now moving onto circuits where we are a little bit stronger than here. I am also riding uninjured now and Kawasaki has been working really hard so let’s see what Assen can bring next time out.”
French teammate Loris Baz had a similarly eventful race day, securing a fifth and sixth position respectively.
Race one brought drama for the 20 year old, he dropped down to ninth on the first lap but fought back to secure his best result of the year in fifth.
Baz was forced to start race two from pitlane following complications on the grid. This made it even harder for him to gain places, and finished the race in sixth position after running off track.
Baz’s two top six results means he now stands in eight position in the championship.
Loris said “Race one was good but I missed the start a little and I think if I made a better start I could have been with some of the guys up front. I had to fight to pass other riders and we knew that race distance was going to be hard. We did a big step in setting a fast lap time in testing and I think we can fight for the top four or five places that way, but we maybe still need to find some more for full race distance. But I was happy finishing fifth in the first race, although I would have been P6 without another rider stopping. Race one showed the hard work we have done is paying off. Race two I went on the grid then they delayed the race so I stopped my engine because normally that is what we do in that situation. They said I could not do that, so I had to start from pitlane with Jules Cluzel. I am not sure if I could have got higher than P6 in the final result if I started like normal but at least I would have been able to see how long I could have run with some other guys. We had two good points scoring finishes in dry conditions so I am happy.”