Tom Sykes says he has a 'smile on his face' after a back to basics approach helped him to win two of the three British Superbike races of the weekend at Brands Hatch.
Making a guest appearance at the triple-header, the World Superbike regulars faced tough competition early in the weekend as Sykes could only manage a fairly modest fifth place in the wet in race one.
However, changes to the ZX-10R overnight reinstated Sykes's status as the rider to beat as he fended off Ryuichi Kiyonari in both of Sunday's races, marking the first BSB victories for Kawasaki in six years.
Currently 16th in the WSBK standings with a best finish of fifth place at Monza, Sykes says his wins at Brands Hatch are indicative of the efforts and competition that currently defines the world championship and proves both he and the team deserve to be there.
“It's great to race at Brands Hatch again as it's a circuit I really love,” he said. “There was quite a bit of pressure from myself to perform this weekend but we used this as a bit of a test and up until last night things weren't really going that well. But we went back to basics and made a few changes which obviously seemed to work in today's races.
“Hats off to the team and Paul Bird for pushing hard for us to come here as the results paid off and it just goes to show we're not doing a bad job in where we are in the World Championship. It's a nice pat on the back to the guys for all their hard work this year and really good for me to get the double. It has certainly put a smile on my face.”