Peter Hickman expects to put up a fight at Thruxton this weekend after a frustrating opening to the MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch.
Hickman made a breakthrough at Thruxton last year when he finished as the runner-up in race two to secure his debut podium finish in BSB.
He admitted his frustration in the wake of a disappointing weekend at Brands but is optimistic he can make a significant improvement on Sunday.
“I'm feeling frustrated after a tough weekend at Brands but I know we're making progress so it will come soon. I'm glad Thruxton has come straight afterwards as it has always been one of my best tracks and I always enjoy riding there,” said Hickman, who finished 16th at Brands.
“From what we have learnt from Brands I think we should be further up the front where we belong.”
MSS Bathams Kawasaki team boss Nick Morgan is confident the ZX-10R will prove a competition package whatever the conditions at Thruxton.
“We're up for the challenge at Thruxton. As a team we've had some good results there and we believe the bike will perform there come wet or dry conditions,” he said.
“We've just spent two days on the Dyno working on more top end power which has been mostly down to fuelling changes at the top end.
“All the teams will be thinking about tyre life at Thruxton as it's so fast and abrasive, the lack of traction control could really show up for everyone.
“Michael obviously ended Brands on a bit of a high which is fantastic and we know 'Hicky' can go well there so we need to make sure he's happy too.”