Sykes in a positive frame of mind

Tom Sykes is happy with his start after a challenging season opener in Australia, and is eyeing another podium finish at Assen.

While things did not go to plan for the Kawasaki rider at Phillip Island, he has recovered nicely in the four races since, achieving four straight rostrum finishes, including a win in race two in Thailand.

Sykes only managed two podium finishes in six races at the start of last season, so he feels in a much better position this year.

He also hopes to find more gains with the new Kawasaki ZX-10R at Assen.

“Assen is a track where we have had success in the past and had good speed and consistency,” Sykes said.

“We know after Motorland Aragon we have some work to do. My crew chief Marcel [Duinker] and I have had some quite lengthy conversations, and we will see how it goes this weekend, but all-in-all I have certainly had a stronger start to the championship than I had last year. Everything feels quite positive.

“There are a couple of things on the set-up that we need to improve but these are things we can work on in the near future.”

Sykes has had some success at Assen – several podium finishes and a win back in 2013 – and Sykes love racing at the Dutch track.

“Assen is a track that, as a rider, is always a great pleasure to ride around,” he said.

“It is quite special because you have banked corners with positive camber, so it is always that little bit extra special. We have good points of reference from previous visits and I think the whole Kawasaki Racing Team can have a potentially good race weekend.”