Sykes: "We are lucky to be racing here"

Friday, 29 September 2017 16:05 GMT

British rider fighting through the pain in France

Returning from injury following a monster crash last time out in Portugal, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) was able to secure a top ten finish in the opening day’s action at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours.

Happy with the pace he was able to set on used tyres, the British rider is greatful to be able to return to the track action and keep up with his team-mate’s pace in France. With sunny conditions greeting the riders for day one of the Pirelli French Round, Sykes was able to get some strong lap times with his race pace. Thanking his team for the set-up they have secured for him on the ZX-10RR, Sykes is hopeful ahead of Saturday despite the threat of rain.

Setting a lap time of 1.38.21, Sykes explains: “My hand has felt better but during the session we were second on race set up and used tyres, we tried some set up changes and to make myself more comfortable on the bike for the race set up and we only lost ground in the last few minutes to people who put new tyres on, I’m happy to be in the top ten. I’ve surprised myself, I’m only one tenth from Jonathan at the moment, of course I’m riding with a lot of pain but I need to thank all the doctors and physiotherapists who have been working on me.

Thanks to my team for making me comfortable on the bike, sure it’s not perfect but we’re here and I’m very lucky to be doing what I’m doing. I’m enjoying it and tomorrow we will be able to be more sure of the pace.”

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