HUDDERSFIELD’S Tom Sykes is promising to put his South African nightmare firmly behind him as he heads to America for round seven of the World Superbikes.
The 23-year-old lost ground in the championships standing last time out, finishing a disappointing ninth and 10th respectively and adding just 13 points in the process.
Sykes is tied for seventh position in the WSB overall rankings – just 13 points behind fourth-placed fellow Brit Leon Haslam.
But after admitting he’s once again walking into the unknown in America, Sykes has promised to make up for lost time at the Miller Motorsport Park.
“I’ll be heading to America to try and make sure that what happened last time out in South Africa doesn’t repeat itself,” said Sykes.
“What happened in South Africa was disappointing because I went there confident that I could get into the top five and keep pace with the top guys.
“But it didn’t really go to plan because I was struggling with the set-up on my bike.
“I am only 13 points behind fourth place and I am confident that if I go to America and ride well that I can be right back in there.
“For me I’ll be starting from scratch in America just like I have in every round but I don’t mind that.”
The Yamaha WSB rider is refusing to give up on his championship dream despite Ducati’s Noriyuki Haga sitting on 250 points – 147 ahead of the British rider.
First things first, Sykes is aiming for a top-four finish.
“The aim is to get there and get to grips with the track and hopefully taste the champagne again,” added Sykes.
“Hopefully the team will help me out with giving me plenty of technical information from the data they have got from last year and then I can just get out there and ride quickly.
“Noriyuki Haga and Ben Spies are riding well which is to be expected really but I am confident I can keep pushing on and be looking to get in the top four.”
British Eurosport 2 has live coverage from every round of the 2009 Superbike World Championship. See the action on Sky channel 411 or Virgin Media channel 525. Next race Miller Motorsport Park, USA on Sunday, May 31, and for SBK updates visit uk.eurosport.yahoo.com