Kawasaki Racing Team Ninja ZX-10R
The 2013 World Superbike Championship headed to the UK this past weekend for round nine of 15 at Silverstone, which brought mixed results for the Kawasaki Racing Team.
An immediate favorite was British rider Tom Sykes, who has been on a tear aboard his Ninja ZX-10R. But under the ever-changing weather conditions at Silverstone, Sykes didn’t garner the results he had hoped for.
Sykes would finish 11th in race one, and seventh in race two. Regardless, he is still second in the overall points race, 13 behind Aprilia Racing Team’s Sylvain Guintoli.
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Ninja ZX-10R Superbike) says: “Race two was similar to race one and today in these weather conditions it was always going to be a difficult one.
“I was not prepared to put too much on the line in these kinds of conditions – slick tires, rain falling – and that is just the way it is. I was not prepared to gamble too much and we saw how easy it was for people to crash, so taking some points is better than taking none. I do not like thinking about the championship but I was maybe forced to think a little bit about it in race two.
“We have not given away too much to the championship leader. We struggled a little bit in the beginning of race two as the rear tire did not feel as strong as in race one but I know the Ninja ZX-10R is working well. Congratulations to Loris on his win and after the summer break we will move on and see what we can do at some circuits we should do well at.”
There was more luck on the other side of the Kawasaki paddock. The Frenchman Loris Baz finished fifth in race one, and won race two. This gives Baz two wins at Silverstone due to him also taking the race-one victory there last season.
Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team Ninja ZX-10R Superbike) says: “After race one I was really disappointed because I was fighting for the podium but maybe I was thinking too much about this and made a lot of mistakes, so I finished fifth. In race two I said to myself, ‘OK, this one is mine.’
“In the first part of the race, even in the dry, I had good pace and I pushed at the front. I tried to control the pace from the front but there were some fast people behind me and it was difficult to go away. Every time somebody tried to pass me I passed them back and at the end the conditions were really wet and I nearly fell. I want to say thanks my team because they are making a really good job with this bike for not just Tom or me but for both riders. Now I feel really comfortable. I also want to dedicate this victory to Andrea Antonelli’s family.”
Attached above are video highlights of the Kawasaki Racing Team at Silverstone World Superbike. For a report, including full results, click here.