First blood to Sykes at Cadwell.

Tom Sykes is awaiting qualifying with interest after topping both free practice sessions for the latest round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park.

Bidding for his fourth win in three meetings, Sykes dominated both the morning and the afternoon sessions to emerge with a comfortable two tenth margin over closest competitor Leon Haslam.

The latest high point in a season that began ascending sharply following his maiden Oulton Park double, Sykes is pleased with his ever-improving Rizla Suzuki and is satisfied it will need only minor adjustments ahead of qualifying to stay top.

“I'm really pleased with how today went. My team has been working hard and my Rizla Suzuki is performing well. We have just been making small changes, fine-tuning really, and it is all going in the right direction.

On the subject of qualifying, Sykes is looking forward to the new knockout system, claiming that it will eliminate the issue that traffic often brings towards the end of the session.

“I like Cadwell Park. It is a real rider's circuit and I think the new qualifying will keep things interesting for the fans and give us riders a bit more space on track. Bring it on.”

Team-mate Atsushi Watanabe finished the day a solid 12th fastest as he tackles one of the toughest circuits on the calendar for the first time.

“When I first come to Cadwell I think 'scary circuit' but now I am learning and it isn't so bad. I need to work on my braking points and then I can go faster. I want to stay inside the top 10 and I was there during both sessions today. My aim for tomorrow is to go forward to the final qualifying session with clear track. British fans will see what Watanabe can do.”

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66. Tom Sykes Rizla Suzuki, Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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