HUDDERSFIELD’S Tom Sykes is prepared for the challenge of qualifying when the new Swan Combi 50 Roll for Pole system is introduced at the Bennetts British Superbike meeting at Cadwell Park this Bank Holiday weekend.
The Rizla Suzuki rider’s confidence is sky-high following three race wins on the trot and his debut appearance in the World Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch two weeks ago
But now the ‘Grinner,’ from Fenay Bridge, is setting his sights on a second double victory when racing gets under way on Monday.
Sykes, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Tuesday and is currently third in the BSB Championship, said: “I am really looking forward to this weekend.
“Cadwell Park is like Oulton Park in the respect that it is a real riders’ circuit. It is very narrow and it’s one of those circuits where if you make a mistake then you will get punished. You have to go out there and ride a 110% committed.”
“The new qualifying should make things more interesting and I am looking forward to the new challenge.
“If any of the top riders have an unfortunate incident at the start of the session then they could miss out completely and I would be annoyed if it happened to me!
“For sure it will be more exciting for the fans, so we will have to wait and see how it goes this weekend. We already have some kind of base setting from when we tested there earlier in the year and we also have a second revised setting that we can try, so we will try both and see what works best. I have three wins now and I will be aiming for more at Cadwell.”
The Swan Combi 50 Roll for Pole qualifying is based on the current Formula One strategy which sees pole position being decided by three separate sessions.
The first session (Q1) will be 25 minutes and all riders will be on track setting their best times to ensure that they are in the top 20 and allow them to progress to qualifying 2 (Q2). Those finishing 21st and above will be filtered out and take their positions for the race based on their best times in this session.
Q2 of 15 minutes will see 20 riders fighting for 10 positions to advance to Q3. This session will require the ultimate set up, confidence and a little bit of luck. Those finishing 11th and above will be eliminated and take up there grid positions based on Q2 results.
Qualifying 3 (Q3) will be the top 10 for 10 minutes, and the track will light up with the top 10 battling it out for the pole position.
BSB Championship standings: 1 S Byrne (Airwaves Ducati) Pts 332, 2 C Crutchlow (HM Plant Honda) 222, 3 T Sykes (Rizla Suzuki) 214, 4 L Haslam (HM Plant Honda) 199, 5 L Camier (Airwaves Ducati) 179, 6 J Ellison (Hydrex-Bike Animal Honda) 177, 7 M Rutter (North West 200 Ducati) 174, 8 M Laverty (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) 110, 9 S Andrews (Lloyds British Yamaha) 108, 10 T Palmer (TENA for Men Honda) 75.