Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes has kept his feet firmly on the ground following his first double race win at his home round at Donington two weeks ago.
|Sykes is feeling confident ahead of Portimao
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However the Yorkshire Grinner is keen to keep up the momentum after winning three out of the last six races, and is trailing world championship leader Sylvain Guintoli by just four points. Sykes is feeling confident ahead of the Portuguese round of the season; he won the first race of the day there in 2012 and feels his ZX-10R will be competitive in the sixth round of the World Superbikes season.
Sykes said: “I think it is safe to say that we have kept our feet on the ground after our first double win at Donington. Race weekends do not get any better than that and we took the maximum in all ways. The bad news is that we can only equal it again now! But the good news is that if we can do it again we will be in a really good situation. Both the Ninja ZX-10R and I have been fast in Portugal recently so I’m honestly really looking forward to it. Expectations will be high of course but I feel we have a good package to keep working forward with. I think Portimao is even more intense than Donington, very physical for the arms. The hills and so on are a bit extreme, almost too much but the beauty is that it is the same for everybody. I am sure we can get the Kawasaki working strongly and we need to keep the momentum going there. Racing is a massive team effort nowadays. A few years ago I thought that a strong rider could always make that last little bit of difference, and of course he still can, but I have learned a bit more since then. I think it is clear to understand that not only do you need to be a good rider you also need every single person involved to be in good working order. Luckily I have a very good blend of people around me and we are all working at a high level.”