Double podium delight for Kawasaki Racing Team

Sunday, 18 June 2017 15:16 GMT

Rea and Sykes end the weekend with some work to take through to Laguna

Following a dramatic opening day at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) was able to secure a double podium finish but is continuing to struggle with his tyre feeling with his ZX-10RR machine.

Starting from the third row of the grid, the reigning world champion fought through the field in a high action second race and was locked in a battle with his team-mate in the early laps. Rea quickly understood his limits with his Kawasaki, and was able to secure a podium finish despite being able to catch Marco Melandri ( Racing – Ducati).

 “We didn’t change the bike too much compared to yesterday,” begins Rea. “But I had a big problem with the rear tyre, I had so much vibration with the rear and I was thinking too much about this. I tried to take the pace back a bit and just worked on trying to finish the race. Overall I’m happy with the result, but I’m just disappointed with our pace and the bike today, but big congratulations to Marco, it’s a fantastic achievement for him”

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) was able to take his second podium of the weekend following a victory secured in race one. Despite the result, the British rider was happier with his pace on Sunday. With plenty to work on ahead of the next round of the season at Laguna Seca, he looks ahead to the stunning circuit.

Sykes explains the positives and negatives from the race: “Overall I have to look at the positives and it was a good weekend. In today’s race the consistency was pretty good, but I was disappointed in the opening laps. I wasn’t able to do as I should do on fresh tyres, I’m not able to perform as I should and it’s really strange, but it was the same yesterday. Today I have to say that my pace was much stronger, but the issue from the beginning of the race could have improved. If we can improve this alone, it will be a big step towards the front but at the end of the race we had some good consistency. Overall we have to be happy with the weekend and the main focus is to improve the bike in the first five laps.”

Follow all the action from Misano all on the WorldSBK VideoPass as the paddock prepares to hit Laguna Seca ahead of the summer break,  a circuit in which the Kawasaki Racing Team have a strong record around.