Sykes: We did not have the perfect set-up

After winning Race One in dry conditions on Saturday in Sepang at the WSBK event, Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes could only manage an eighth place in a wet Race Two on Sunday, blaming the bike set-up for the poor result.

Sykes had looked untouchable having stormed to a fourth pole of the season and setting the fastest ever time recorded at the Malaysian track.

What made the weekends racing rather interesting was that the Sepang circuit had recently been resurfaced so the teams had not had much time on the track.

While things seemed to go fairly well for most in Saturday’s racing in good conditions, it was a very different story when it came to Sunday’s wet conditions as no one had ever raced on the new track in the wet meaning that the bike set-up was vital in the trying conditions.

Sykes, who is currently third in the standings with 187 points from six events, said in an interview with the WSBK site that he was disappointed with how things went on Sunday especially after how well it had gone over the previous few days.

“It was a big shame after the strong run we have had over the other parts of race weekend,” said Sykes. “I looked at a small change for the dry conditions today but heading into the wet we took on some experience from the Assen weekend and then went racing. But when the water cleared the grip from the surface was quite high.”

“Unfortunately, we did not have the perfect set-up for the grippy surface. I was not able to push the tyres onto the ground and get the traction we needed.

“Other than that, I felt if we would have made some changes we could have been stronger. I am disappointed not to capitalise on our momentum from yesterday’s win, but this is racing sometimes.”