Sykes: "I just race myself and the tarmac"

Kawasaki Racing’s Tom Sykes stormed to pole position for the 4th time this season at Donington Park this afternoon. The Brit broke his own lap record from 2012 around the Leicestershire circuit multiple times 

So that’s how he does it…

Photo: KRT

during Superpole and now has the out right record of 1m 27.378s, four tenths faster than his previous.

With this being his 4th pole in succession this season, Sykes now has a tally of 15 pole positions in World Superbikes, which puts him 6th in the overall Superpole standings since the championship’s inception back in 1988. 

Sykes has dominated all sessions he has competed in throughout the weekend and is naturally beaming following today’s result. “I had a small crash yesterday on a damp section of the track but the boys did a really good job and gave me a great Ninja ZX-10R to ride today. We have worked hard on the race set-up here not just in qualifying. There are a number of factors why I can do well in Superpole but I have always enjoyed riding by myself on the best package we have. Combine that with the ‘time-trial’ element of Superpole and I just race myself and the tarmac. The refreshing thing is that the Ninja ZX-10R is working well over race distance and now when we start at the top. We should have a fairly consistent package for tomorrow’s races. That is the most important thing.”

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