Kawasaki team-mates Tom Sykes and Chris Vermeulen hope that set-up advances and new Pirelli tyres used at the recent Imola test will help them be competitive this weekend at Brno.

The pair start round nine holding just 16th (Sykes) and 19th (Vermeulen) in the championship.

Sykes' best result so far is a fifth place finish at Monza, while Vermeulen has an easier target of 13th to try and beat this weekend, after a season affected by a knee injury.

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"We did a lot of work at the Imola tests and we know what we should be working on, and in which direction," said Sykes. "Overall I am reasonably happy with the way we will enter the Brno round. It should be a good place for us now so we need to start well, get a good set-up as soon as possible and work round about that. We were more consistent at the tests and that will be needed at Brno."

"We should get some new tyres for Brno and hope we do because we found a good one in testing," added Vermeulen. "Brno is full of fast esses and it's one of those circuits where if you get one corner right you should be able to get all of the corners right. There are so many similar corners on the racetrack. It's a good layout, I enjoy racing there, and so we should be able to get some good results."

Kawasaki's all-new 2011 ZX01R recently broke cover and both present riders surely already have one eye on the much-anticipated machine.