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Sykes motivated after two podiums and the lap record at Monza

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KRT rider Tom Sykes left the Monza race weekend with a second and a third place finish, new track and race lap records and third place in the championship after two blistering displays of fast riding.

Sykes was so close to the win in the first race that the gap at the flag was only 0.085 seconds and he was delighted to be able to race hard right to the end on his Ninja ZX-10R. A last lap manoeuvre on an inside line at the classic Parabolica final corner took him past Eugene Laverty but not quite to the win itself.

In race two he had to fight hard all the way and scored a third place, only 0.725 seconds from the win. Tom‰Ûªs new lap record is 1‰Ûª42.229 seconds, set on lap five in the first race. In the championship Tom is third, on 119 points, 18 points off the lead.

‰ÛÏToday I put it all out there for everybody to see." Sykes stated. "I could not give any more.

"Race one was a great race, a great battle although I was like a sitting duck at the back for a time. I was waiting to see where those guys were strong, and they have some speed, so I used that to my advantage and it led to a very exciting last lap.

"I tried to lead after lap 15 and pull a gap but it was not to be, because they reeled me straight back in," the British rider added.

"The last lap was great, it was almost a third to first run from the last corner, but I did not want to do anything stupid, so to have the Kawasaki working like that here makes me very motivated.

"Monza was going to be one of the most challenging circuits we would visit this season but we have come away with pole position, a new circuit record, a lap record and two podiums, so I am happy!‰Û

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