Tom Sykes is aiming to emulate superstar team-mate Ben Spies by becoming a WSBK race winner this weekend at Valencia.
While Spies has stunned the two-wheeled world with three wins from four races, fellow rookie Sykes has made a more low-key start to his first full WSBK season - claiming a best finish of fifth for sixth in the standings heading into the first European round.
"I'm really looking forward to getting into European races, I've tested at Valencia in previous years so I've had a start with the learning aspect of it,” declared the Yamaha rider. “I'm feeling quite confident as I feel like I've got a good base setting on my R1.
“In Qatar we made little improvements here and there and as far as race distance is concerned the package works very consistently. Hopefully coming to Valencia we've put a few things together to make a nice improvement and we'll be on it to win!" he added.
"Tom's getting his confidence, we're helping each other really well and he's been great as team-mate,” said Spies. “We are both looking forward to racing in Europe and having some fun!"
Team manager Massimo Meregalli is confident the new 'long bang' R1 will suit the tight and twisty stadium circuit, as the team continues its search for a title sponsor.
"We are ready for Valencia, we changed the gear box to be ready for the circuit, we have already got a set-up that works so we're set to race!” he said. “We are especially pleased with our performance so far this year as we are still looking for a title sponsor, being one of the top performers on track is great for raising our profile for potential sponsors."