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Assen WSBK: Low track temperature the biggest problem - Sykes

Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes ended the day’s wet World Superbike action second at Assen on the overall timesheets with low track temperatures his biggest cause of concern.

Sykes struggled to keep any heat in the left-hand side of the tyre, which he says is critical to a good laptime at the Dutch circuit, however he kept consistent times in the tricky conditions.

“Overall, the nature of the circuit and the track conditions means that being second fastest on day one is quite promising. The guys are working well on the Ninja ZX-10R and considering everything together I am happy with our performance,” said the Huddersfield man.


“Today has been wet but the biggest problem is the low track temperature. Because we have quite low temperatures it is difficult to keep heat in the left side of the tyre. The left side is very critical here.

“You always have some issues with pure grip in these conditions but it is something we are working on, in case we have these conditions again tomorrow. We have some good information to sleep on and we will see what the conditions bring for Saturday.”

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