High Speed Monza Welcomes Sykes And Vermeulen

May 6, 2010

The fast straights and heavy braking zones of Monza are the challenges facing the Kawasaki Racing Team pairing of Chris Vermeulen and Tom Sykes this coming weekend, at the historic parkland circuit.

Monza, like the previous circuit of Assen in the Netherlands, is an iconic venue, and one that has high average speed at the centre of its character, despite the presence of several chicanes to slow down the 200bhp-plus World Superbike machines.

A classic venue in every sense, Monza is an essential stopping off point for any fan that wishes to understand the passion and heritage that underpins Italian Motorsport.

The first chicane has been altered for this year's race, making it a faster and more flowing section, which is expected to take the times down between 1.5 and two seconds per lap.

After making a breakthrough in set-up at Assen, Sykes is hoping he can carry on the aggressive form he showed there and start moving up the championship table from his current position of 16th. Tom had two top six finishes last year at the Monza circuit.

Having been forced to miss some 2010 races due to a troublesome knee injury, Vermeulen is all ready for his latest challenge at a circuit he holds dear. Chris won there in 2005, before embarking on a stint in MotoGP.

Tom Sykes: "I'm really looking forward to getting back on the bike for the Monza weekend. I feel slightly cheated that I wasn't able to finish race two in Assen after the progress we'd made there. Each race I am getting more and more comfortable on the Ninja ZX10R and I'm learning a lot about the bike every weekend. We are making steady progress and I have full confidence in my team. I hope that I continue to bring the bike home inside the points scoring places and hopefully creep in to the top 10, which we're all aiming for."

Chris Vermeulen: "I'm really looking forward to the Monza event as it's an exciting race and a special circuit, partly because it is so fast. It will be great to race there again, this time on the Kawasaki. The last time was 2005 and I had a win so it's a positive circuit for me, with good memories and results. As for my knee, I'm still not 100% but I'm working hard on it and it's improving each day. I still have some difficulties with movement but for sure it will be an improvement from Assen. I'm looking forward to jumping on the bike and seeing what Monza brings to us."