Imola Podiums For Tom
Tom stood on the podium for the second time in two days at Imola on his all-new Ninja ZX-10R.
Rea and Sykes rode in tandem at times in the second race of the Imola weekend, which was finally held in dry conditions after heavy overnight rain. Neither KRT rider could get into contention with double race winner Chaz Davies today, despite each making changes for the second race that indicated a positive direction in overall set-up.
Like the first race of the weekend, held on Saturday 30 April, Tom was just too far back at the end to make a challenge on Rea.
With two third place finishes at Imola Tom has now scored seven podiums from ten starts in 2016 and 71 podiums over his career, which includes a world championship win with Kawasaki in 2013. Tom extended his lead over fourth place in the championship to 48 points today – equivalent to almost two full race wins.
The next round of the championship takes place at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, with racedays on May 14 and 15.
“We made some improvements from yesterday but we suffered after losing almost one hour on Friday in practice. Considering the race yesterday I felt a little bit more comfortable with the bike today but when there was a bike in front I was not able to do a good lap time. I was dropping back into the 1’48s and on a clear track I could bring it into the 1’47s. Even on the last lap there was a 1’47.7 and that was with making a mistake out of the final double lefts. So there are positives to be taken from this weekend. You are never happy with third but you also have to be realistic and sometimes be happy with that. Even when we are struggling we are on the podium.”