Points For Sykes In South Africa
May 17, 2010
WSBK, Kyalami, South Africa, 16 May 2010
Tom Sykes and Chris Vermeulen worked hard on raceday at Kyalami but the nature of the circuit and set-up issues did not help their joint push towards the top places in two 24-lap races.
The Kawasaki Racing Team Ninja ZX-10R riders had been 12th and 19th respectively in qualifying, with the best single result of raceday being 14th for Tom, in race two.
Sykes was an agonising 16th and one place from a point in race one, but rallied to take two points in the second leg. He is now 15th in the championship standings.
Chris Vermeulen once more had his weekend conditioned by his injured right knee, but he found real progress in race two with his set-up, and hopes for better results in two week's time in America. Chris was 18th and 16th today.
The track conditions at Kyalami remained dry through raceday and the fans were treated to a particularly close contest in race two, with four riders finishing inside one second.
Tom Sykes: "A very tough one out there today but I made it count when we have good grip. Again we have not been able to make it work out the way we want over race distance, which is frustrating for us all, but it something we are keeping working on. Realistically, we have come away with more points on the board and we cannot fix things overnight. We have to sit tight and take the results when we can."
Chris Vermeulen: "In the first race we made some changes to the bike based on work we did in warm-up and it made the ultimate performance better. But front tyre durability was a real issue and we have not had that all year. I struggled in the later parts of the race. In race two I got held up in the first couple of corners but started to come through and towards the end the lap times were strong. We have really improved the bike and we are on a direction to help us go fast and improve tyre durability."