“The Ninja ZX-10R is a brand new bike,” Sykes said. “The first few tests we had have been fairly positive. At the official IMS testing at Portimao we came out fairly decent, which for Kawasaki I think was very good, because Portimao was one of our worst tracks last year.
“The bikes are two completely different machines. At the moment the new bike does everything better. Last year the Kawasaki seemed to stop very well in a straight line, and I expected not to improve on that this year because it was such a strong point – but Kawasaki still managed to improve on that with the new bike, let alone everything else. Possibly one of the biggest changes is the ability to hold a tighter line with the new bike. There are big changes this year.”
Sykes is entering his 4th year in the World Superbike division, and will be looking to better his 14th place finish from last year.
“I have targets and goals set out in my head, but I am not a rider who shouts about what he wants to achieve. I do not been any extra pressure from anybody else. I am going to go out there and give 110% as always. With Kawasaki and PBM behind me I think we have a good base package to move forward this year. I have worked with a lot of these guys before in the British Championships, and then again last year in WSBK, so my comfort level with this team is brilliant really. I am so relaxed in the garage.”
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com