Tom Sykes has now taken two race wins on the latest specification WorldSBK Ninja, the most recent at Sepang in Malaysia only a few days ago. Tom, who was the 2013 champion with Kawasaki on the previous generation of Ninja, is third in the championship rankings after six rounds of a 13-round season.
His recent Donington record shows he has a special connection with the circuit and he is more than ready to return to his home round after a recent set-up breakthrough that has helped his pace over full race distance.
‰ÛÏIt is always a pleasure to race at a home round and it is a fantastic circuit," Sykes said. "Obviously we have some good history there and the plan is to continue that. If I think of previous events we are in a good position to make it all possible.
"I have no idea why Donington has been such a special place for me in the past few years," Sykes pondered, "People always suggest that I am familiar with it, it is a home race, or something else like that. There is no particular reason for me. I try with the same effort at every circuit but I am grateful for my success at Donington.
"The most recent venue of Sepang was a fast flowing circuit with new asphalt. It had a lot of grip and tyre life issues for everybody. We managed that the best in race one and that is really rewarding and comforting for me because it reassures me that we are at a good level. Once we get the bike somewhere in the ballpark we can be as strong as anybody.‰Û