Tom Sykes will ride for the factory Kawasaki World Superbike team in 2010. The 24 year old Brit signed a deal last week that will see him line up alongside Australian Chris Vermeulen in the British run squad onboard the fast developing Kawasaki ZX-10R.
Sykes currently holds eighth in the World Superbike championship standings with one round of the series remaining. Onboard the factory Yamaha R1, the former BSB front runner has secured a best result of fourth during 2009, but is confident he can become a front runner in the class with Kawasaki next year.
Speaking exclusively to MCN, Sykes said: “It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m looking forward to it. I believe that from what is in place in the team we’re going to be able to do a good job.”
Sykes will get his first ride on the Kawasaki next Tuesday in a two day test at the Portimao circuit. He said: “I definitely feel that the character of a conventional inline four will suit me and I think the power delivery will work better with my riding style.”
To read the full and exclusive interview with Tom Sykes speaking about his switch to Kawasaki see MCN out Wednesday 21st October.