|Sykes is looking forward to the first UK round
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Kawasaki Racing team-mates Tom Sykes and Loris Baz are feeling positive ahead of the European round of World Superbikes at Donington Park this weekend.
Although race two at Monza was surrounded by controversy, Sykes sits in third position in the world championship standings trailing leader Sylvain Guintoli by just 18 points, following one win and five podium finishes. The 27 year old has never won at the Leicestershire circuit but he feels confident ahead of the weekend, knowing his ZX-10R will suit the sweeping track and hopes to add to his one win so far in 2013.
Skyes said “I am really looking forward to Donington. Monza for me was one of the hardest circuits we should have gone to, even though we won there last year, but we got on the podium twice. Donington is a flowing, twisting circuit so I am looking forward to riding my Ninja ZX-10R there. There are no real straights so it should be really good. It has always been a favourite of mine and I am very excited to go there with a fast and consistent package on the bike. I have led races at Donington in the past and we have been able to make good laps even at the end of races this year at a variety of different tracks, so I am really looking forward to Donington because it should be a nice one for me and the bike.”
French team-mate Loris Baz celebrates one year in the World Superbike class at Donington this weekend, and is aiming to finish on the podium for the second time this season.
After making some positive changes to his Kawasaki’s set-up last time out at Monza, Baz will hope to make the most of qualifying to allow him to be up in the battle for the podium on race day. The 20 year old is in sixth position in the championship standings following just one podium position finish at Assen, however Baz is a proven winner on the ZX-10R; he won race one last time the World Superbike paddock visited the UK at Silverstone.
Baz revealed “I have taken some time out relaxing after Monza and I feel 100% again. I am impatient waiting to get to Donington and it is now one year since I started racing in Superbike with the team. I did not race BSB at Donington when I was doing that championship but I raced there in SBK last year and two times in Superstock before that. It should be a better track than Monza for us and only that final slow part that is not so much fun to ride. The final part is like it was not designed by the same guy that did the main part but it gives us some places where to overtake. We have improved our set-up a lot at Aragon, found some positive things at Monza too, so I am sure we will be really good in all the first section at Donington. Then I’m sure we should also find improvements in the last two corners. I would like to be inside the top five in both races and this weekend I am really looking for that.”