High End Finish Is The Aim For Tom
May 13, 2010
WSBK, Kyalami, South Africa, 11 May 2010
The 4.246km circuit of Kyalami is the venue for the sixth round of the Superbike World Championship, as both Tom Sykes and Chris Vermeulen go for strong points scores yet again.
Sykes was on superb form in qualifying and in the two Monza races themselves a few days ago, and he intends to keep the momentum up as he attacks the hills and bumps of the intense Kyalami circuit. Monza was a personal best in Kawasaki colours for Tom, with his top five in race two taking him to 14th in the championship, after five rounds.
Located just outside Johannesburg in South Africa, Kyalami is a known quantity for the English rider, who rode there last year and left with two top ten finishes.
Chris Vermeulen last raced at Kyalami in his Supersport days, and is therefore on an early mission to reacquaint himself with the spectator-friendly circuit.
Chris is continuing his recuperation from a serious injury to his right knee suffered in Australia in February, riding through the pain barrier in his wish to get back to competitiveness at the earliest opportunity.
The high altitude Kyalami venue in the Gauteng region of South Africa is a real test for both man and machine, with the physical nature of the track not helped by its short main straight and the thin air dropping horsepower compared to most circuits. The layout offers few, if any opportunities for the riders to rest between the many corners and changes of elevation.
Tom Sykes: "I'm really looking forward to this weekend in Kyalami as it's coming straight off the back of a good weekend in Monza. That gave the team and myself a big boost in time for the busy part of the race calendar. We have been making steady progress over the past few races and we were over the moon to have come away with a top five and top ten finishes at the last round. The Kawasaki appeared to do fairly well here last year with Sheridan Morais and Broc Parkes so I'm looking forward to jumping on the bike again and facing the challenge of this old-school circuit. The key now is to continue our consistency and maintain the level of results from the previous few races."
Chris Vermeulen: "After my return at Assen I was determined to make up some ground but unfortunately my knee is still not 100% and I found it more difficult in Monza than I would have liked. I'm continuing to work hard on rehabilitation and physiotherapy and I am certain that the more I ride, the more movement I will get back in the knee. I have high expectations of myself but I have to be patient and work away at getting back to the platform where I think we are at. I have raced in Kyalami before in World Supersport but I can honestly say that I don't have much of a memory of being there! I will more or less treat this as a new track and hope that I can bounce back to consistent point scoring finishes."